Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor
Day one is in the books for Olympic legend Misty May-Treanor as she joined the USC Sand Volleyball team in her first practice as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. The three-time Olympic gold medalist donned some new USC gear and found her sweet spot in the sand at Merle Norman Stadium, hoping to bring her rich knowledge to the Trojans' practice.
"I don't know when to stop talking or coaching," said May-Treanor. "There's just so much to share. I am looking forward to sharing some of my expertise to help them get to the next level."
Today, she taught the team "the fine techniques of hand setting" which gets lost in the beach game at times. Senior Sam Hirschmann said the new techniques, combined with their new coach's perspective, will add much to the team's play this season. "It will really help all of our games when we get into those close sets and we need to get the ball out to the hitter. Everything she says really motivates us because she's obviously gone really far in her volleyball career like we all want to."
May-Treanor bounced all around the practice courts, offering feedback to student-athletes and observing the team as a whole. Even after just one practice, head coach Anna Collier says she is already noticing the impact of her new assistant. "Misty brings everything to the table," explained Collier. "The girls immediately responded so well to her. They are really putting their energy into trying to do the skill that she's teaching."