Famous Volleyball Quotes From Famous Players and Coaches About Confidence in Volleyball

Quotes about confidence from Courtney Thompson, Krista Vansant, Sarah Wilhite, Kerri Walsh, Destinee Hooker, Russ Rose, Karch Kiraly and Misty May Treanor

Famous volleyball quotes about confidenceFamous volleyball quotes about confidence

There are a slew of famous volleyball quotes  that talk about players

needing to have confidence on the court and the importance of having

it when you play. 

Many of the quotes are pinned on Pinterest and have been shared

through the years on posters, pictures and gift items. 

Here are a few for example : 

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no

excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."

"If you're behind focus on one point at a time. Don't focus on the score. Don't focus on anything else. Just focus on that one sole point."

-Serena Williams

"Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that

entitles you to succeed" 

-Pat Head Summitt, University of Tennessee Knoxville Head Coach

Famous Volleyball Quotes That Aren't Volleyball Quotes

Many of these "famous volleyball quotes " are sports specific not

volleyball  specific. 

I mean that the quotes are great but they weren't made to speak to

volleyball players about volleyball.

Even though the actual quote works great to motivate you as a 

volleyball athlete, it most likely came from someone who played

another sport like Michael Jordan, or his coach Phil Knight or Olympic

swimming legend Michael Phelps or other football, swimming, soccer or

basketball legends. 

Here are several that are perfect for volleyball but didn't come from

volleyball players...

"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who've pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back...play for her."

-Mia Hamm (All-Time Great USA Soccer Player) 

"Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears"

-Laird Hamilton (surfer, husband of Gabrielle Reece)

"Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there"

-Bo Jackson (NFL All Star, MLB All Star) 

"Champions keep playing until they get it right" 

-Billie Jean King (Tennis Champion) 

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination" 

-Tommy Lasorda (MLB Dodgers Head Coach) 

"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards and when you reach your limits that is real joy"

-Arthur Ashe (Wimbledon, Tennis Great)

Famous Volleyball Quotes From Famous Volleyball Players

I challenge you to listen and learn some famous volleyball

quotes from famous volleyball players and coaches. 

Pro players are people who started exactly where you are starting

now...at the beginning when the struggle was real.

They had to go through the process of learning how to be confident in

playing and facing their fears. 

They had to grow their confidence and strengthen their mental game by  

continuously making mistakes. 

Why not learn from people and players who have gone through your

experience and who have more in common with you? 

So here's my thing, how do you get confidence?

How do you build it so that you can stand on the court and face the other

team with no fear. 

Check out these famous volleyball quotes from well known famous

players on building confidence and developing your mental game. 

Courtney Thompson

"I've always felt Im here to do something special. I know I can do it. Not to 

sound cocky or anything but that doesn't mean I never doubted myself. 

There are always moments when I say "Are you kidding me am I really 

doing this? But I always felt like I could. "

-Courtney Thompson

"For girls naturally in today's society confidence is the biggest problem.

Either they don't have any or they don't have the right kind or they aren't

secure...or they think they need to be 'this" because so and so says so or


As a girl being on a team (or if you are just playing the sport) it teaches

you those lessons before you are out in the real world. 

It teaches you how to work for something...it teaches so many things..."

-Courtney Thompson 

Source: Confidence in Volleyball video by Allison Wood

Famous Volleyball Quotes from Sarah Wilhite

On developing her mental game at the beginning of her college career...

“My mental game was not very


“At the beginning, I was beating

myself up over it. There was a lot of

pressure that I put on myself

through that, [pressure] about

performing and meeting


“I had to go through those experiences [of not 

playing] to figure it out,” Wilhite said. 

“The huge shift for me was getting rid of the fear 

and pressures, and just being able to focus on 

the actual technique. Whereas if I would have

played right away, I don’t know if I would have 

seen that barrier.”

Source; Skiumah Magazine

About Sarah Wilhite

  • First Minnesota Gopher named AVCA National Player of the Year and EspnW Player of the Year
  • Big Ten Player of the Year
  • NCAA Regional MVP
  • NCAA Final Four All Tournament Team
  • Pan American Cup Gold medalist - USA Volleyball

Famous Volleyball Quotes from Krista Vansant

Krista Vansant on developing confidence and a strong mental game..

“Honestly, I feel like I am still working on it. I think it is

something that can always be improved. Jim (Jim 

McLaughlin, former Washington Huskies coach) always

says the mind is the athlete, the body is just the means, so

I am just learning to control my mind and control my

thoughts in order for me to perform better.” 

“I think it just goes back to mental toughness 

and knowing how to talk myself through games, 

knowing what to say to myself so I don’t start 

thinking negatively. I’ve learned to play outside 

myself and just let my instincts come.

I think it’s just mental toughness and preparation for

each match.” 

-Krista Vansant

Famous Volleyball Quotes Russ Rose

Russ Rose on having confidence...

"Its not a right to be an athlete its a privilege to be an athlete, I feel the

same about being a coach. It's a privilege to be a coach. How are you

going to handle your responsibility. "

-Russ Rose

Source : Art of Coaching Volleyball

Karch Kiraly on the Mental Side of the Game

Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance

Nicole Fawcett on the Mental Game

Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance

Famous Volleyball Quotes from Destinee Hooker

I stay focused under pressure by 

1. Praying

2. Always looking to my teammates

I think a lot of athletes feel like you have to be looking

at the coach..when in reality the coach is not on the court with you.

So its better to stay together as a team.

A lot of athletes are known to drift away in their own little

islands as people say.

But its better to stay together and Be Positive!

Fake it to make it. " 

-Destinee Hooker

USA Volleyball, Olympic Silver Medalist

Volleyball Quotes from Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh on mentally preparing for the 2016 Olympics...

“I know what my goals are and I don’t want to minimize what I want, and I believe in April [Ross] and I so much,”

People always say, ‘Do you think about losing?’

And what I say is, ‘I don’t even spend one second thinking about that.’”

About teaching the same mentality to new partner April Ross...

“I think she’s getting more and more comfortable saying

it out loud. I know she believes that and her self-talk is that, but

it’s another thing saying it out loud...” 

“I believe myself to be a humble person and I know April is very

much a humble athlete, but I think it’s important to put it in words

and to put it out there. It reaffirms the goal, it reaffirms the

mission and it reaffirms the fact that you have confidence in


-Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time Olympic gold medalist

Source: US Weekly

Two Famous volleyball quotes from Kerri Walsh

"True confidence comes from within"

"Confidence comes from the way you talk to yourself"

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