Raiders learn from best in volleyball

Navarre’s volleyball team spent four days last week learning from the best.

Gold Medal Squared, a collaborative effort of some of the most experienced coaches that has been providing training for more than 30 years, put on a volleyball camp for the Raiders at the high school.

“The girls are getting great insight. It’s extremely valuable. It’s a good jump-start to the summer training,” Navarre head coach Ryan Davenport said.

Standout setter Sam McFarland came away feeling it was beneficial as well.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only did the players gain something from it, so did the coaches,” McFarland said. “The camp showed us basic volleyball fundamentals that really improved my skills, along with my teammates’ (skills). Everyone was so helpful, and the eight-hour days of hard work were definitely worth it.”

GMS is designed to improve both players and coaches, setting them up for success in the season ahead. It was founded by the late Carl McGown, who led BYU’s men’s team to a pair of national championships and once served as the head coach of the men’s national team.

Joe Trinsey headed up the camp. He was mentored by McGown and once served as a technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team in volleyball.

Read the full article in the June 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year. Visit to view subscription options.

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