Photo By: Courtesy of Dave Radford
Los Altos High recently hired Dave Radford to coach the boys volleyball team.
Unlike most new coaches, Dave Radford isn’t inheriting a team – he’s starting one. Radford was recently hired to coach Los Altos High’s first boys volleyball team.
Tryouts began last week for the varsity squad, set to make its season debut Feb. 26 at Lynbrook.
“My expectations for the team this year are wide open,” Radford said. “This is our first year having a program, so it is going to be fun to see what happens. I look forward to LAHS developing a culture of boys volleyball and seeing where it goes.”
While Radford doesn’t know how good his Los Altos team will be in its inaugural season, he has set three goals. The coach wants the Eagles to be “just as competitive as the other teams” on campus, to “represent our school with endless pride” and “no matter what, we’ll have fun.”
The Long Beach native was a three-sport athlete at Millikan High. Recruited to play volleyball for Hope International University in Fullerton, the libero helped the Royals win three National Christian College Athletic Association championships.
Radford has coached a variety of sports – including football and basketball – since 2001, but has focused solely on volleyball since 2009 when he was hired to guide the freshman girls team at Sacred Heart Prep.
Radford then coached girls teams for Eclipse Volleyball Club of San Jose. His squad finished third in its league in 2010, second in 2011 and first last year with a 22-0 record. This year he is coaching the Redwood City-based Monsoon Volleyball Club’s under-18 girls team.
No matter what level he’s coaching, Radford said he tries to instill four principles into his players.
“Work hard, don’t hardly work; Don’t worry about the outcome, worry about how we finish; Be an athlete, not a spectator; Good or bad, act like you’ve done it before,” he said.
The married father of one said he learned a lot about coaching from those who coached him in high school and college – and from his father.
“My dad is a world-class coach who has been coaching longer than I have been alive,” Radford said. “He has taught me so much about how to treat teams, manage players and personnel, and how to accept outcomes with humility. I don’t know if I could ever amount to what he has accomplished in his career, but I would be just fine coaching all my days in his shadow.”