My Name: Scott McNeill
Team: 17 Sky
NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC)
USAV Safe Sport
2015-2017: Volunteer Assistant Coach, Gardiner Area High School
2017-Present: JV Coach, Gardiner Area High School
In addition to helping move Gardiner Volleyball from a club sport into a varsity sport, seeing it achieve it’s first Sportsmanship Award and playoff berth, I’ve also been a fill-in USAV coach for various club teams since 2015. This year (2020) is my first year moving into the ranks of the USAV Head Coaching Staff! I’m excited to do my part to promote a deep love and understanding of Volleyball.
As it still is today for many boys in Maine, High School volleyball was not an option for me back in the late-80’s. Volleyball was a backyard sport, and once in a while we’d travel to Old Orchard Beach to play on the sand.
I played the sport for fun.
I had an opportunity to take “Volleyball” as a physical education course in college, and that made me appreciate it in a new way. However, as an adult – I must admit – I probably played more “wallyball” than volleyball only because of the nature of the opportunities I had. Please don’t hold that against me. 😉
I have been motivated to join the USAV coaching ranks this year, more than any other previous year, precisely for the reasons that have given 2020 such a bad-rap. We face a level of unpredictability that can’t be described. We have masks and new rules; we have risks that we haven’t had to deal with before and I’m driven to play whatever part I can in making some lemonade out of these lemons!
I want to have fun. I want to help our athletes stay moving, stay engaged, stay motivated, stay healthy!
2020 didn’t look like anything we could have expected, and I doubt many of us dare to predict what 2021 will bring. However I know that I’m committed to grabbing every opportunity that presents itself and using it to remind ourselves of all the varied reasons we play sports.
Why I Love Coaching:
At Gold Medal Squared, they are fond of saying “Coaching is more than running drills”.
I so very much agree. For example, I like the athletes to know what the footwork is accomplishing: I want them to know “why”. Why do we position a right handed hitter on the left side of the court? The drills are the “what”, but I figure that if they know the “why” then they will be in a better position to understand the motor skills on a level that they will realize intuitively and retain even during the heat of game point, in the 5th set.
I am, and have always been, fascinated by the mechanics and strategies of this game. I love this game. I am a fan of this game. I am excited by the growth of volleyball in Maine over the last years. Clubs are getting bigger and high schools are adding teams each year. I want to help our youth realize that one of the “funnest” back yard BBQ games of all time (volleyball) is also an awesome, competitive, high-level sport! There is a great community and energy within this sport; sportsmanship is a priority on all levels and I feel we all truly want to see EVERYONE succeed.
I have not had the opportunity to play this sport at the level that many of my peers have. However I have been a fan and a student of the game since 1989, and having an opportunity to coach this “One Sport to Rule Them All”, is just about a bucket list item for me. I am looking forward to working with the players, parents, and community at large to foster a safe, healthy, fun environment in which to challenge, compete, and grow.
My Day Job:
I’m a “systems guy” – computer systems specifically, but in the end I just love me “a system”. For the last 20 years, they called me a “Systems Analyst” and just recently they started calling me a “Systems Team Leader”. Basically, you tell me what you want done, and I try to help you find a system that meets and exceeds your goals! We’re talking processes, rules, regulations, work flows, organization, coordination, and most importantly compromise. I’m a systems guy that works for State Government – let me tell you about compromise between “dreams” and “reality”! But I do love me a system! And that works well in volleyball too.
I’m a Mainer. Born in Portland, lived some toddler years on Loring Air Force Base, but I did the bulk of my growing up in Lisbon. I moved to Augusta the sophomore year in High School, but I consider Lisbon my “hometown”. Moxie Ice Cream at the Moxie Festival – good times!
Yes. Yes is my answer. Food is among some of my most favorite things. I love to cook, I like to eat, and I don’t consider myself very fussy!
Other Info To Share:
I am also a volleyball dad, who has been a Parent Team Rep, Team Statistician, and Videographer.
Oh, and I’m a huge fan of music, philosophy, and conspiracy theories (especially anything Alien related). Don’t distract me at practice, but we can chat for hours on these topics!