Name: Glenn Fannick
Hometown: North Plainfield, NJ
Position: Head coach
Previous Volleyball Experience: Holy Trinity School coach; Trinity Volleyball League founder
Current CJVA position: 14 Red Head Coach
Glenn has been coaching 14s at CJVA in Flemington since 2019. Before that, he was director of the volleyball program and coached volleyball for 11 years at Holy Trinity School in Westfield. He expanded the girls’ program to include children as young as 4th grade and created co-ed and boys programs. He also started Trinity Volleyball League to give middle school boys more opportunities to play the game. He is most proud of the times his players push themselves to achieve more than they thought they could, walk away with a rewarding experience and take their love of the game to higher levels. Glenn has completed USA Volleyball CAP I certification. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University.
How would you describe your coaching style?
I tend to be very thoughtful as I plan practices and put players in roles where they can best succeed. I’m empathetic and try to understand the player’s perspectives. I ask them to set personal goals for their season and be mindful about their play. I expect my players to bring their best selves to practices and matches. Success is not only about winning but about pushing outside of our comfort zones. I want my players to exceed their own expectations.
What is your favorite characteristic in a player:
I’m most excited when players show a desire to improve. If a teenager brings that focus and drive to the court, we can focus all our energy on learning and honing the skills.
Who are the people that have influenced you most as a coach?
My father was my first coach and one of the most genuine people I’ve ever known. He always built me up and encouraged me. I strive to bring that to the court every day. From a volleyball perspective, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside great coaches who always worked to build up the confidence of their players.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in coaching mode?
I enjoy any time I can spend with my wife and children. I also enjoy home improvement projects and volunteering.
What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?
It’s a true team sport that rewards those who can work well with each other. Successful teams are often those who have great chemistry and friendships off the court. This camaraderie can be a profound source of strength in a young athlete’s life.