Episode #41: Empowering the Mind, Body, and Soul of a Champion by Will Robbins

Get Your Core Ready for Volleyball!

Now is the time for Coach Mark Burik and Will Robbins to discuss their respective holistic approaches to volleyball, which include character development, leadership training, mental toughness, and volleyball-specific strength and conditioning. Create an environment where improvement in beach volleyball is expected. You only need to know this!



  • 00:41 - Introduction 
  • 10:31 - Are you gonna be giving your players over for some training or clinics with the other coaches? 
  • 21:00 - What do you hate that somebody teaches one indoors and one from the beach?  
  • 32:05 - Do you think people who have done it at an extremely high level have a work-life balance
  • 48:30 - What's the one thing that you need to fix jump mechanics the most when players come to you?

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.

After a brief indoor college career at IPFW, and then suffering what was believed to be a career-ending knee injury, William determined in 2006 that he would make his greatest comeback ever. Many indoor successes followed, as William went on to win the Gold Medal in the 2012 USA Volleyball Open National Championships, and the Gold Medal in the 2015 Premier Volleyball League, along with a Silver Medal in both in 2013. Along with competing professionally, William and his wife have a 68,000 sqft multi-sport facility “Empowered Sports Club,” an indoor club program “Empowered Volleyball Academy,” and a beach club program “Empowered Pro Beach Juniors.”

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Mark Burik

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Brandon Joyner

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William Robbins

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Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-robbins-700b1527/

Twitter https://twitter.com/empoweredbywill?lang=en



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