USA Volleyball Ahead of NORCECA

Lindsey Berg, Foluke Akredewo and Jordon Larson of USA Volleyball on Life and Volleyball

Jordon Larson of USA Volleyball
Jordon Larson of USA Volleyball

USA Volleyball will be in Omaha next week to compete for the NORCECA Zone Championship.

On today’s show, Lindsey Berg, Foluke Akradewo and Jordan Larson will joining Stephen McCarthy to talk about life, volleyball and elite performance.

1. Lindsey Berg will be discussing the balance between ultra positive thinking, reality and pessimism.

2.  Jordan Larson will talk about her training and how each athlete is an individual and secondly, you need to find out what works best for you, not what everybody tells you.

3. Foluke Akredewo took to time to develop how your school work and high end performance can work together, not either/or.

For more information, visit The McCarthy Project.


David Epstein of Sports Illustrated on Genetics in Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and SportAuthor David Epstein of The Sports Gene:Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss his book and his motive for writing Sports Gene.  Secondly, we discussed how to apply his findings to athletes and the future application of dna or genetic research. Complete interview will be aired on Friday September 6th at 8am CST.

David’s motive was his joy for researching, science and sports. He has always been fascinated with elite performance and why certain athletes from certain areas of the world perform at higher levels.  To listen to this portion of the interview, visit David Epstein and His Story.

During the second part of the interview, we talk about future applications of his research and the trend of analyzing your DNA for the purpose of understanding how you can train at a higher level.  We also discussed some of the pitfalls of the science and how athletes can use the information for their benefit. Click here to listen to David and Stephen’s thoughts on The Future of Genetic Testing and Its Application.

Author and Writer David Epstein
Author and Writer David Epstein

Sports Illustrated Senior Writer David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter for SI. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s “Big Hearted Journalism” award for his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes. Epstein was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100 mph fastballs.

Iowa Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman Live

University of Iowa Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman on Purposeful Training and Common Sense

University of Iowa Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman
University of Iowa Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman

Stephen McCarthy and Iowa Volleyball Coach Sharon Dingman talked about life as a coach ,as well as, the concept of purposeful training and getting back to the common sense, basics of athlete development.

Today’s world of youth sport has changed over the last 30 or so years from her start as a high school player looking to make friends. Coach talked about her thoughts on her coaching career and the simple motivation of assisting young athletes in their life as people and athletes.

We discussed the role of club teams and attending the big tournaments is double-edged.  Coach mentioned that the players really benefit from the extra coaching and experience, but sometimes at what cost to the parents and families.  Sharon also developed her thoughts around purposeful training, not just going to the gym for 5-6 hours without a goal or idea on why you are going.

Another area of focus for her athletes are the common sense aspects of elite performance.  Proper nutrition, sleep, learning to recover and focusing on the task at hand.

Tune in for the complete interview, Sept 30 at 9:00am CST.

About Coach Dingman:

Sharon Dingman was named the eighth coach in the history of University of Iowa volleyball March 21, 2008. In five seasons at the helm of the volleyball program, she has imposed a winning attitude and established a volleyball culture.  She has previously coached at Butler, Illinois State University and Auburn University.

Foluke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball

Foluke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball on Life as a Student First-Athlete Second

Foluke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball
Foluke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball

All too often we hear the stories about athletes who are given a passing grade just because they are an athlete.  Well, Foluke Akinradewo of USA Volleyball broke that mold.  Foluke joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to talk about world of high level volleyball and staying focused on pursuing an education.

Foluke grew up in a household that education was priority and sports came second.  She excelled in school and eventually attended Stanford University to play volleyball and complete her education. She graduated with a major in Human Biology.  She was named the PAC Ten Player of the year in 2007 and 2008,

She continued her career with Team USA narrowly missing the 2008 Olympics.  Foluke returned for the 2012 London Games to help the team win a silver medal.

She talked about the balance of studying, playing a sport and the value of completing your education.

For the complete 20 minute interview, click here.

For a detailed history of her career, visit the Team USA Volleyball site.



Team Building with Lindsey Berg, USA Volleyball

Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball Discusses Team Building

Lindsey Berg on Team Building
Lindsey Berg on Team Building

Leadership and team building are two of the most discussed topics in today’s business world. Lindsey Berg, Olympic medalist and entrepreneur,  joined host Stephen McCarthy to develop out her ideas around developing a successful team or company.

Lindsey has been known as a leader through out her career in volleyball.  She talked about how she applies the same concepts to business.

Lindsey talked about the balance between being a team player and maintaining your individuality. In the end, you do not have to choose, you can have both.

Secondly, they talked about the power of assumption in leaders and how wrong it is to use a tool of management.  Earning the right to talk and lead and much, much more.

Fore the complete show, tune in to Lindsey Berg on Team Building

Check out Lindseys website for more information on her new boutique and other projects.

Lindsey Berg: Her Story and Volleyball

Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball: Her Story and How She Rose to Become Captain of the Olympic Team

Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball
Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball

Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball joined The McCarthy Project to talk about her life growing up in Hawaii to the gold medal game during the London Olympics. She talked about growing up as a coaches kid in Hawaii and traveling to the mainland to play in travel volleyball tournaments.

She also shared why a athlete from Hawaii would choose the University of Minnesota to go to school.  Lindsey discussed her vision for volleyball in the United States.  Currently, there are few opportunities for volleyball players post college and the ones that are available are in Europe.

She covered a whole host of other subjects, like how to be the best when you are not the best pure athlete, the recruiting game, and leadership.

For the complete interview, visit here and on the 2012 Olympic games, visit here

Lindsey Berg’s Complete Bio Information:

Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball in London
Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball in London

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Rounds…Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…NORCECA Championship (Gold)…FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)…NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth) 2008 – U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil…FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)…Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 2007 – NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place). 2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (gold medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (gold medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal). 2004 – Yeltsin Cup…Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)…Pan American Cup (Silver Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)…Olympic Games. 2003 – Montreux Volley Masters…Russia Tournament…Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)…NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)…Texas Tour…World Cup (Bronze Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started the first six matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round, including victories over Olympic qualified teams Brazil, Italy and Dominican Republic…Averaged 4.75 running sets…Starting setter in seven of eight Olympic Games matches helping squad to the silver medal…Averaged 10.96 running sets and 2.21 digs…Added five kills on 13 swings…Missed quarterfinal round victory due to injury, but came back to lead U.S. to sweep of Korea in semifinals with a .400 hitting efficiency…Helped Team USA to an overall .347 hitting efficiency during the Olympics…Finished 2012 with 18 points and 118 digs with 16 starts and 53 sets played. 2011 – Named USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for her performance during the 2011 season…Started 12 of 14 matches of the FIVB World Grand Prix and helped the Americans win their second straight title…Aided the U.S. to a .293 team hitting efficiency with 7.57 sets per set…Added 78 digs (1.86 per set), eight blocks (0.19 per set) and seven aces (0.17 per set)…Scored three blocks and a kill versus Italy on Aug. 20..Helped Team USA hit .302 in gold-medal match versus Brazil on Aug. 28…Named Best Setter of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship after averaging 7.07 assists per set and helping the squad to a .364 hitting efficiency on the way to winning the gold medal…Added a 1.13 dig average during the NORCECA Championship…Turned in 29 assists leading the U.S. to a .342 hitting efficiency in a three-set victory over Dominican Republic in the NORCECA gold-medal match…Started 10 of 11 matches in FIVB World Cup leading to the silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification…Averaged 10.27 assists per set at World Cup, helping the squad to a .368 hitting efficiency and 46.5 kill percent…Ranked third in Best Setter at FIVB World Cup…Scored 53 assists, two kills and an ace in four-set win over Brazil…Totaled 51 assists in four-set win over Italy as U.S. hit .314. 2010 – Played in 17 sets during the FIVB World Championship…Started the bronze-medal match versus Japan on Nov. 14, recording 26 assists, nine digs and a kill in a five-set loss…Came off the bench to provided 40 assists, 11 digs and a block in the semifinal match versus Russia on Nov. 13. 2009 – Tallied 115 assists in 39 sets after taking much of the year off to recover from surgery after 2008 Olympic Games…Averaged 2.63 assists per set at Final Four Intercontinental Cup to rank second among all players…Added four kills, six blocks and two aces during the Final Four Cup, her first tournament competition of 2009…Totaled five points (2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace) and 10 digs versus Brazil on Sept. 9…Provided 3.17 assists per set during NORCECA Continental Championship in starting all six matches and playing in 23 sets…Contributed 34 assists, two blocks, an ace and five digs versus Dominican Republic on Sept. 26. 2008 – Named USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year…Started four of six sets played during three-match exhibition series with Brazil, including three set starts on June 11…Started 43 sets of 51 sets played at World Grand Prix…Ranked seventh in setting based on assists per set (6.58) during the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round…Scored three blocks in match versus Italy on July 12…Despite only nine set starts and 25 overall sets entered during the Olympics Games, played a key role at setter in leading USA to a silver medal at the Olympic Games…Started the fourth and fifth sets against Italy in the Olympic Games quarterfinals, which led to scoring runs of 8-0 and 5-0 to begin each set to help USA advance to the medal round…Tallied three aces and a block in the victory over Italy, along with 21 assists…Served as co-captain for the team at the Olympic Games. 2007 – Provided 37 assists in mainly a reserve role at the NORCECA Championship…Started the final three sets of the NORCECA Championship gold medal match against Cuba…Contributed four points, all aces, against Mexico on Sept. 18…Started 17 of 27 sets played at the FIVB World Cup with an average of 5.74 assists and 0.70 digs per set…Started first six matches of the World Cup resulting in a 6-0 record, in addition to the final match against Italy. 2006 – Named Best Setter during two of the three legs of the World Grand Prix (Macau and Bangkok)…Ranked as the second-best setter through the World Grand Prix Preliminary rounds…Averaged 9.59 assists per set (355 total assists) in the World Grand Prix…Helped U.S. to an overall .303 team attack percentage for the entire World Grand Prix. 2005 – Starting setter for the USA Women’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…Captured “Best Setter” honors and earned a gold medal as Team USA won its third-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a five-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 11…The USA Women qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the win…Also named “Best Setter” as she earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Women qualified for the 2006 World Championships…Named “Best Setter” at the Pan American Cup tournament in the Dominican Republic in June as the USA Women finished fourth and clinched a berth in the 2006 World Grand Prix. 2004 – Lindsey made her first Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece, as Team USA finished fifth overall… Earned “Best Setter” honors at the Pan American Cup in Mexico as Team USA earned a silver medal and a berth in the 2005 World Grand Prix. 2003: – Earned “Best Setter” honors at the Pan American Cup in Mexico after guiding the United States to a perfect 5-0 record and a berth in the 2004 World Grand Prix…Finished third in assists per set at the World Grand Prix in Italy with 11.42 assists per set…Helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2003 World Cup and a berth in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece…Played in a team-high 156 sets during the year as she saw action in all 44 matches…Led the team in total assists (1,093) and finished third on the team in digs (177).

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Led Asystel Volley Novara to the Italian Serie A semifinals. 2007 – Played for Scavolini Pesaro in Italian Serie A League. 2006 – Played for Scavolini Pesaro in Italian Serie A League. 2005 – Played for Scavolini Pesaro in Italian Serie A League. 2002 – Helped lead the Minnesota Chill to the United States Professional Volleyball league championship…Berg earned Outstanding Server, Outstanding Setter and All-USPV honors for her efforts.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Berg was a three-time All-Big Ten selection at the University of Minnesota (1999, 2000, and 2001)…She finished her collegiate career in 2001 ranked third in the Big Ten in all-time assists (5,913).

PERSONAL: Born Lindsey Napela Berg on July 16, 1980 in Honolulu, Hawaii…Parents are Dennis and Tina Berg…Also has a sister, Erin…Enjoys fashion, music and traveling…Her happiest moment in sports was winning a Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and getting an opportunity to play in the Gold Medal Match…Graduated in December 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing…Graduated high school from Punahou High School in Hawaii, which has notable alums such as U.S. President Barack Obama and women’s pro golfer Michelle Wie…Will be inducted into the University of Minnesota M Club Hall of Fame in September 2012.