UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais is in Des Moines, Iowa for the 2012 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, which are set to take place July 24-28 at the Iowa Events Center.
Dagenais is serving as the head coach of the Junior A2 squad. He directed that squad to a bronze medal finish at last year's USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. Adding to his High Performance coaching accomplishments, Dagenais was the head coach for the 2007 USA White Select National Team that won the silver medal at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
A2 Programs consist of the top 10-40 athletes per gender and age group who were not selected to their respective A1 or National Team Program. The A2 Program is an essential component to the success of the HP Pipeline and the National Teams, as many athletes who train and compete in the A2 Program progress to a National Team program in subsequent years.
Dagenais filed this blog entry from steamy Des Moines Wednesday evening:
Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa. I just flew in after saying goodbye to our 68 elite camp participants this morning. It was a great camp with a superb staff. Hopefully there were more than a few future Knights in that group.
I'm all checked in at the Grandview University dorms, waiting for all the Junior National A2 players to arrive tomorrow. We will have our initial meeting, then get a first practice and follow it up with more meetings.
It should be a fun group to work with. Each of them have hopes of making the Junior National Teamthat will represent the USA in the World Junior Championships next year. My job is to help prepare them to take advantage of that opportunity. Many players have made the jump for the A2 program to the National Team. thoroughly enjoy my part of the pipeline process.
Des Moines was unbearably hot today. It was 103 degrees when I landed. My tournament host then informed me I would be staying in the dorms that don't have air conditioning. I have heard of USA Volleyball National Team trips to foreign places that do not enjoy the same
amenities that we take for granted in the USA. I didn't think Iowa was one of them.
Regardless, it's the motto of USA Volleyball to deal with whatever conditions we find ourselves in. That's exactly what I will do. My bed is a typical dorm single, very tiny. However, being the dad of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old who often make their way into my bed at night, I'm guessing I will have more sleeping room on this single bed than I do at home.