AVCA: Who or what has made you want to pursue coaching?
Danielle Soubliere: Ultimately, it has been my family who has made me want to pursue coaching. They saw my passion, intensity, work ethic and love for the game as a player and encouraged me to put all of that into coaching. My Parents, sister and brother-in-law, continue to support my dream and challenge me to become a better student and teacher of the game. Without their support, encouragement and motivation I would not be where I am today. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by people who not only believe in me and what I do but who also challenge me to learn and become better.
AVCA: Who or what has been your biggest coaching influence?
DS: I am incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn the game of volleyball from so many great coaches, starting with my high school coach Ann Armstrong, my club coach, Ed Tolentino, and Premier's Setters coach, Jodi Schramm. They have taught me to seek new perspectives, to develop character as well as volleyball skills, how to compete and how to lead. They instilled that same passion in me to pursue my love of volleyball and play at a collegiate level and to share that same passion in coaching others. I have been very privileged to have worked with many different coaches at many different venues (Club, Camps and Assistant Coaching) and continue to take every opportunity to learn from each. In each of these opportunities there have been people that have taught me not only the skills and technique of the game, but the work ethic, character, and leadership that is a required coaching the game at a high level. These past two years I have served as Graduate Assistant here at Springfield College, under my mentor, Head Coach Moira Long. She has helped me understand the importance of learning from other coaches and networking myself as a coach. I have learned that coaching is not just a job but an honor and opportunity to work with a group of amazing women. Coach Long has really guided me in what it takes to teach our athletes the leadership, drive and technique they need to be successful and to help guide our athletes be the best person and athlete they can be. She has given me the confidence that it takes to lead a program to succeed both on and off the court.
AVCA: Please list your past and present coaching/playing experiences:
- Springfield College Assistant Coach
- Premier Volleyball Academy- Head Coach 15s National Team, Head Coach 18s Regional Team
- Club O.N.E- Head Coach 15s Regional Team
- Howell High School- Howell, Michigan
- Top Gun- Club- Howell, Michigan
- Go Blue/M-Juniors- Club- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Premier Volleyball Academy - Club-Maumee, Ohio
- Youngstown State- Youngstown, Ohio
AVCA: What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention?
DS: The AVCA offers more educational opportunities than any other athletic event in the world. I want to take advantage of all the opportunities available to learn from other coaches by attending as many seminars that I can. I have aspirations to be a head coach one day and the AVCA offers seminars that will help guide me and teach me to have a successful program. Each seminar presents an exciting opportunity to learn knew ideas and perspectives.
I'm also looking forward to attending all the matches and watching the coaches and players in action and overall, being apart of the atmosphere.