My Name: Chris Cloutier
Team: 16 Gold
I have completed IMPACT training and attended several Gold Medal Squared trainings since joining the club.
I started my coaching career with Maine Juniors in 2010 as the Assistant Coach to 18 Silver. The following year I migrated to coaching 16 White for 3 years. I am excited for what ever coaching opportunity comes next. Being able to work with players that enjoy the game has been a rewarding experience for me.
I starting playing organized volleyball in 1993, my freshmen year at Gorham High School. I played all four years of high school and a couple years of college club volleyball at University of Southern Maine and Johnson and Wales. I have also played for several years in adult leagues and open gyms.
I am excited about the opportunity to coach 16 Gold in a year that is expected to be deep with talent. Our Club is driven to provide an opportunity for our teams to excel. This is proven by our continued commitment of the Gold Medal Squared coaching philosophy and increased playing opportunities. One thing I have learned over the years and is preached at the GMS clinics is that the game teaches the game. My approach to coaching is built from that idea. We will learn by playing. We play volleyball because we have fun playing. We have fun building new friendships with our teammates. We have fun competing. Practices are expected to be up tempo, fun, and competitive while providing an opportunity to grow. Players’ attitudes, drive, and performance during practice and game play will all be taken into consideration when designing lineups.
My main goal since I began coaching is that having “Fun” be primary. In my opinion, if you stop having fun, you will stop playing, therefore you stop learning. I believe that fun and competition can coexist. I look forward to an exciting season with a great team.
Why I Love Coaching:
Coaching is my chance to give back to a sport that has provided me with a lifetime of stories and experiences. The ability to watch the youth start their stories is great. The look on a player’s face when it finally clicks is priceless.
My Day Job:
By day I work for Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. as an Assistant Controller. I handle several tasks from accounting, computers, insurance, environmental compliance, and more. I have worked for Shaw Brothers since 2005.
My hometown is Gorham, ME. I attended Gorham High School and graduated in 1997. Although I lived in Rhode Island and California for a couple of years, I came right back to Gorham.
Other Info To Share:
The friendships that I have made with teammates and opponents while playing and coaching would have to be the best thing to happen to me in Volleyball.