TOLUCA, Mexico - North Texas volleyball coach Ken Murczek and Dr. Trent Petrie, head of UNT's Center for Sports Psychology, took their expertise to Toluca and the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México to host an international coaching clinic.
The two schools have become research partners in the fields of sports psychology, and Petrie invited Muczek to come to Mexico and speak to the athletes and coaches.
Murczek conducted clinic and classroom sessions for players and coaches on technique as well as coaching philosophy and strategy. Murczek, through a translator, developed a practice plan and actually ran an on-court session with the school's volleyball team.
"It was really interesting working with folks who speak another language, but still being able to connect with each other through sport," Murczek said. "We were teaching volleyball, but these principles apply to everyday life, and it made for an amazing experience for me."
Murczek hopes his work with Petrie and the Universidad leads to more interaction with coaches from across the world, and he hopes to host the Toluca players and coaches in Denton in the near future.
He and the Mean Green volleyball team will begin their 2010 campaign on Aug. 27 in Jackson, Miss. The first-year head coach has a winning pedigree as both a player and assistant coach, and comes to North Texas after a two-year stay at Kansas.