Episode #35: Effective Ways to Build Confidence and Chemistry In Your Volleyball Game

Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable!

Building confidence and chemistry within your team and on your own is an essential piece of the volleyball game. Owning your own emotions fosters the self-assurance that you matter, exactly as you are, regardless of what other people may think. Listen along with Coach Mark Burik and Coach Russell Brock and let's achieve amazing things in this episode!



  • 00:33 - Introduction
  • 13:21 - Do you think it's more important to look at the blocker or the defender?
  • 19:33 - How to know that the shot is not good enough?
  • 30:28 - Pass-Set Drill and Hit
  • 40:00 - Transition From Indoor to Beach Volleyball Coach
  • 52:27 - Drills that Build Chemistry
  • 1:00:56 - A Skill From Indoor that Mistakenly Bringing to Beach Too Much
  • 1:35:46 - Better at Beach Volleyball Announcement

Head Coach Mark Burik has been coaching sports for 16 years and has over a decade of playing and coaching experience in volleyball. Burik has been a mainstay on the AVP Tour and also competes regularly on the FIVB World Tour. Recognized as one of the top beach volleyball players in the country, he has numerous championships under his belt and has won the legendary Pottstown Rumble three times. He has been a part of the Gold Medal Squared staff, which promotes a system of teaching designed by national team coaches.

Brandon started playing volleyball in Chester, Virginia when he was 16 years old for his high school volleyball team. As a senior, Brandon was named Virginia State Player of the Year and has been a coach for more than 10 years. He found success in the National Volleyball League as high as third and also took home the “Most Improved” award in 2016.

In Russell Brock first four seasons as LSU’s head beach volleyball coach, Russell Brock has led the Tigers into national prominence. He will enter his fifth season as head coach in 2021. Brock has been with the program since its first year of existence in 2014 when he served as the associate head coach under Fran Flory until being named head coach prior to the 2017 season.

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Brandon Joyner

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Russell Brock

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