DIRECTOR KATHIE MAY
When Super Skills is looking for a Director of one of our programs, we are looking for someone with great integrity, knowledge of the sport, and a positive and enthusiastic zest for teaching fundamentals. Our Volleyball Director, Kathie May, is all of that and more. Kathie has been coached by and worked with multiple USVBA Hall of Fame coaches and U.S. National Team Coaches. She was recruited out of Elkton High School in 1983 by USVBA Hall of Fame coach Gerry Gregory to play at Oregon State University. A coaching change during her tenure at Oregon State put her in the hands of Head Coach Jim Iams, a US National Volleyball Team Coach and Olympic Advisory Team Member from 1988-1996.
The summer after her freshman year at OSU Kathie was introduced to coaching. She was asked to coach the OSU summer volleyball camps – and she’s never looked back having coached 100’s of camps and clinics since that first summer. Kathie spent eight of the first ten years as a member of the founding administration of The Volleyball Festival. Originally founded in Davis California by the Epperson family, the Festival’s first year hosted less than 50 volleyball teams. By the tenth year, the Volleyball Festival had grown to be the largest women’s sporting event in the world, surpassing the number of women athletes participating in the Olympics with more than 2400 teams from 12 countries with competition taking place over a ten- day period. This event has since moved to Nevada and is second only to the USVBA National Tournament in youth volleyball competition. It was during these years with the Volleyball Festival where Kathie started building her reputation and her network within the professional volleyball coaching vocation. Working hand in hand with NCAA College Volleyball Coaches from across the country expanded Kathie’s understanding of coaching styles, philosophies as well as introducing her to the world of collegiate athlete recruiting. It was these connections that also expanded her coaching experience from the West Coast to as far away as Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
In 1989 Kathie began 2-year graduate coaching assistantship at California State University, Fullerton. Head coach Jim Huffman, and notable assistant coach, Marlon Sano, (former US National Volleyball Team Coach 1980-84; World Grand Prix Women’s Volleyball Team coach, 2011), did more than aid in Kathie’s transition from college player to college coach. They offered unlimited access to questions unanswered about all things coaching. In Kathie’s words, “I only scratched the surface” of the knowledge available to me at CSUF.
While coaching at CSUF, Kathie was a member of the WPVA (Women Professional Volleyball Associations) and toured throughout the West Coast playing in professional sand volleyball tournaments. She also coached 14U’s for Orange Country Juniors Volleyball Club under Charlie Brand.
My Personal Philosophy: 'I coach the individual first. Teaching an athlete is more than improving their on-court skills. It’s about engaging the athlete both physically and intellectually. It’s about allowing them to discover who they are and what impact they want to make on those around them, both on and off the court. It’s about nurturing a strong drive to succeed balanced while maintaining their inner integrity. It’s about taking responsibility for their actions; and, it’s about celebrating the rewards of their hard work, and the work of their teammates – even if a match is lost on the score board.’
Join us in welcoming Coach May to our Super Skills Teaching Family!