Rich Pickrell

Master Coach / Technical Director

Rich Pickrell

Quick Facts

Name:  Rich “Coach Pick” Pickrell

Hometown:  Springfield, MA

Current Team: 14 Black Girls, 18 Red Boys

Previous Team: 13 Black, 17 Red boys, 14 Ruby, 18 Black, 16 Red boys, 17 Black, 16 Black, 14 Black, 14 Onyx 15 sapphire, 13 Sapphire

Current CJVA position: Master Coach and Technical Director


Coach Pick’s volleyball resume dates back to 1974 where he attended and played for Springfield College. In 1977 he led his Springfield College Men’s team to an NCAA Men’s Final Four Appearance. In 1988 Coach Pick took the helm at his alma mater, posting a 31-1 season as Head coach before moving in 1990. Coach Pick continued to play after college at the Adult Open level and was named USA Volleyball New England Region All-Time Great Player in 1994 and was a 5-time Open USAV National Champion. He continued coaching in 1997 as the USA men’s volleyball team assistant. After that, he began his coaching career in NJ at Seton Hall University where he was the women’s Head Volleyball Coach from 1999-2003. In 2007 he got back in the men’s game as Head Coach for the men’s program at Stevens Institute of Technology. During his collegiate coaching career in NJ Coach pick has worked with and directed several juniors programs including TCA, TCV, and AVVC. He continued to play at the adult national level and is a 5-time USA Volleyball Open All American and Champion. Winning USAV Adult Open National Championships at the 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s, and 60s levels. He joined CJVA in 2012 as our Technical Director and has coached several of our teams to successful seasons.


How would you describe your coaching style?

Focused on technical training, increasing players awareness of their abilities and strengths.


What is your favorite characteristic in a player

Communicative and an energetic work ethic 


Who are the people that have influenced you most as a coach? Doug Beal, head men’s OLYMPIC team coach 1984, 2000; Carl McGown, head coach BYU Men’s team, 20 yrs., co-founder of the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball training system; Russ Rose, head women’s coach, Penn State U, 6 NCAA D1 national championships


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in coaching mode?

Volunteering at The Seeing Eye and Golden retriever rescue, watching old movies, watching college and international volleyball matches 


What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?

It’s the most fun and exciting lifetime sport I know!