With 25 years of experience coaching volleyball, Brian McCann is recognized as one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the Keystone region. Since founding ECP in 2013, ECP has sent more than 30 teams to USAV nationals and graduated players to more than 70 college programs. Prior to founding EC Power, Coach McCann coached club teams at Synergy and PVA, spent 10 years coaching CYO at Mother of Divine Providence, where he made nine trips to the Archdiocesan Championships and won three championships. Many top high school and Division 1 players from the region began their volleyball careers in CYO or club teams with Coach McCann. He is now head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School. His daughter Emily was a defensive specialist for La Salle University and recently graduated. Meghan, 17, plays for her high school varsity team along with club volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is steeped in Discipline, Hard work, and Mastering Skills correctly to create healthy habits and specific muscle memory for long-term athletic success. I believe that a well-skilled and mentally tough player who will sacrifice for the best of the team creates a strong collaborative effort that breeds success.
Best Volleyball Moment: Beating Mizuno Northern Lights in the Gold Crossover match to take over the No. 1 overall seed at the 2011 USAV National Championships in Atlanta.
My Life in Sports: I grew up playing baseball and basketball, and won a baseball and academic scholarship to play at LaSalle University. I was introduced to volleyball in college by my brother’s girlfriend (now wife) who was an awesome high school player. I began playing volleyball with the LaSalle Men’s Club Team, where I was a setter. In 1986, my sophomore year, I was drafted by Major League Baseball, but that dream ended when I suffered a severe leg break during a pickup basketball game. After going through rehab, I was able to return to volleyball and became an AA-Open player in outdoor beach and grass until 2003. What made me fall in love with volleyball was that it combined the skills of basketball and baseball. Jumping, approaching, and playing defense are very similar in basketball, while serving and attacking mimic the dynamics of throwing a baseball. I found a home in volleyball, and am still here and love it. But I still go to the batting cages with my daughters on the weekend.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am hanging with family and friends and getting to the beach whenever I can.
Favorite subject in school: Math
Last Book I Read: Inferno by Dan Brown
Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back (Stars Wars Episode V)
Favorite Quote: “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back(Here’s Yoda saying it in the movie)
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: St. Paul, one of the most amazing minds of all time.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I love to cook!
Joe Mahan has been involved with the game of volleyball for more than 25 years as a player, coach, and parent. He has more than a decade of experience coaching college and club volleyball, serving as an Assistant Coach at the NCAA Division I level (Indiana State) and a Head Coach at both NCAA D-III (Hood College) and NAIA (Robert Morris College-IL) levels. Coach Mahan also has co-directed and coached at the club level in Indiana (Hoosier Region) and Maryland (Chesapeake Region). Along the way, he has been both an athletic administrator and faculty member at the college level. These days, he enjoys watching his daughter, Erin (13), play volleyball and his son, Ethan (9), play baseball and soccer.
Coaching Philosophy: Early in my coaching career, I came across ‘The Definite Dozen’ by Pat Summitt, longtime coach of Tennessee women’s basketball. While I find all 12 principles to apply, three of them form the core of my approach to coaching: 1) respect yourself and others; 2) don’t just work hard, work smart; 3) put the team before yourself. With these principles as a foundation, I strive to create an atmosphere in both practices and matches where players learn to work together as a team while simultaneously elevating their volleyball IQ.
Best Volleyball Moment: Can I have two? As a player, winning the Silver Bracket in Men’s ‘A’ at the 1993 USAV Nationals in Memphis, TN (my first year playing USAV as an ‘adult’). As a coach, leading Hood College to its first-ever regular-season conference title in 2000.
My Life in Sports: Growing up, I played a variety of team sports–baseball, soccer, basketball–but something ‘clicked’ when I first encountered volleyball in 1987 while in high school. Ever since, volleyball has been an integral part of my life: as a player on my high school team, college club team, then on different USAV teams until 2007; as a coach at the college-level for almost 10 years as well as coaching & directing junior clubs; as an instructor, teaching volleyball classes at the University of Maryland; now, as a parent, passing on the love of the game to my daughter.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball…I’m probably driving my son (baseball/soccer) or daughter (volleyball) to practice. When not serving as chauffeur, I enjoy cooking, golf, and hanging out with family and friends.
Favorite subject in school: Statistics (no, really!)
Last Book I Read: Buy-ology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom
Favorite Movie: Ice Age
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: my Dad
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I’m a die-hard Boston sports fan (and grew up outside Boston)