- Current Team
- John Cabot University – Coed Volleyball
Name: Stefano Papari
Hometown: Rome, Italy
Team Coach: Coed Volleyball
Degree: Master’s Degree in Sports Science
Previous Coaching Experience: 15 years of volleyball coaching experience among female, male, and coed teams. He coached in the Italian Volleyball Major League and the Bulgarian National Team, with whom he participated to the 2012 World League and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!”
…More about Coach Stefano
1. What do you like the most about coaching at JCU?
The thing I love the most about coaching at JCU is that you can find true champions even in second-division categories. I coached at every level, and from my experience I can honestly say that the real champions are not those who play in the major leagues. Here, at JCU, I always find a few excellent players both on a technical/tactical and personal level. And coaching them is a huge pleasure for me.
2. What is the biggest challenge you have ever encountered while coaching at JCU?
My biggest challenge traced back to the first year of coaching at JCU when we played a very tough final game against a much stronger team composed of players who regularly played volleyball in important clubs. However, despite we only had a 3-month preparation, we were able to play the Final at our best, finding good tactical solutions, which ultimately brought us to win the Championship.
3. What do you expect in your players? What is the most important characteristic they should have?
I expect my players to always have a winning attitude. They must have willingness to work out and play a lot with commitment, continuity, and trust. This is the only way to improve and reach a good technical level even for those who have never played volleyball before.