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Damon Mays

Boys Club Director & Assistant Coach

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Name: Damon Mays


Coaching Position: Boys Club Director/14-1 Assistant Coach  


Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

 
Years of coaching experience:

  • This will be my 8th year coaching boys’ volleyball and my 3rd year as the Boys Club Director for Momentum.

 

Places/Levels/Ages coached:

 

  • Club Coaching Experience:  

    • Momentum Boys (2018 – Present)

      • 2020-2021: 18-1s Head Coach

      • 2019-2020: 17-1s Head Coach

      • 2019: 16-1s Head Coach

      • 2019: 14U Developmental Team Program Director/Coach

      • 2018-2019: 16-1s Assistant Coach

 

  • High School Coaching Experience:

    • Ironwood High School Boys Volleyball Varsity Head Coach (2021-Present)

    • Ironwood High School Boys JV Head Coach/Varsity Assistant (2017-2020)

    • Ironwood High School Boys Varsity Assistant Coach (2012-2013)


Coaching education/certification (ex. Impact, Cap I, II):

  • B.S. Sports Management

  • M.S. Leadership

  • Impact

  • Safe Sport

 
Greatest personal coaching moment: Beating the number 1 ranked team in the state (5A Boys Division) as the number 16 ranked team. Going into the match as the underdogs, I asked the team to focus on one word, which was “BELIEVE”. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the game but I received a call right after the match from one of my players yelling and ecstatic saying, “thank you so much coach for believing in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves”.
 
Coaching Philosophy/Why you love to coach: There are two things that you are always in 100% control of. Your ATTITUDE and EFFORT. Focusing on these two things day in and day out will allow you to strive for excellence and reach your full potential.    

 

I love coaching because it allows me to truly make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many valuable life lessons that are embedded into playing sports that players can learn from and use to help them in all aspects of life. Being able to see a person grow and become a better athlete and person gives me great gratification. If I’m able to inspire or impact at least one person to never give up and pursue their dreams in life then I’ve done my job. 

 

Hobbies:

  • Playing and watching sports

  • Working out

  • Traveling

  • Hanging out with family and friends