October 9, 2019
"[My dauthter] is a good kid and really works hard at everything she’s ever done. She loves to come to you and it’s very helpful in many ways. I think you have helped developed her love for volleyball more than ever. Very thankful we found you. "
September 12, 2019
"I'm glad you are out there.
give my daughter an opportunity to follow her dream"
August 6, 2019
"Hi Coach Houser I want to thank you for the couple of times you worked with my daughter. She took everything you said and ran with it....and SHE MADE the JV team. I know it's because of her determination and you and Kelsey. We hope to see you soon."
July 20-21, 2019
"Our day of camp went great. The staff is awesome. I like their organization, it helps to eliminate people being left out They are enthusiastic about everything. It was a great day"
"My gosh, your staff is amazing, mature and they know how to teach the game. Where did you find them?"
July 29, 2019
"You go coach!! What I wouldn't give to be there with you again. . . I know you remember how the court was my BFF!!! #GYMROACH. WISH YOU THE BEST COACH!! THEESE GIRLS ARE SOOOO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU!!"
June 15, 2019
"I want to thank you so much! My granddaughter has really enjoyed her time with Elizabeth, and now Bre, and she has learned a lot. So excited to see how she does in school ball this fall!"
February 6, 2019
"Happpppppyyyyyyy birthdayyyyy!!!! I am truly so so thankful to have you in my life. I genuinely don’t know what’d I’d be doing with my life rn if it was not for you. I pray that our friendship continues for many many years to come."
December 18, 2018
"And... thank you so much for your input in my daughter's life. She has not only responded performance wise, but she has grown greatly in her game knowledge under your guidance. I only wish she could be with you in the gym more. She thrives on it. Thanks again."
November 28, 2018
"[My daughter] made the club and she has really bonded with them. Just thought I would let you know and thanks for your opinion when I asked before we picked our club. Oh how I wish we lived closer to you or your private lessons weren't so booked all the time."
September 23, 2018
"[My daughter] is learning from the the BEST!
We can’t thank you enough for all you have done for her!“
August 2, 2018
"[My daughter] made the middle school team! We are so very thankful for your excellent instruction!!!!! She is so excited!!!! Her hard work paid off and she was working hard and doing it THE PROPER WAY. That’s a pretty powerful combination! We’ll be back.”
July 29, 2018
"But since my daughter was at College Expectations, that’s her expectation right now! Why don’t you start a program at Sweet Briar so she can go there and play for you? The presiden tof the college said she wants to start a volleyball team. [My daugthter] would come play for you in a heart beat "
March 1, 2018
"Another great lesson! Thank you. First thing [my daughter] said to me as we got in the car was 'get me another lesson. I want more!' You are making a difference!"
February 12, 2018
"It is nice to see that the hours with you certainly translate into a stronger player. Many girls on the floor this weekend have worked with you and it's obvious how much you've helped them. Congrats to you!"
January 23, 2018
"Your STAR camp was good back then, I'm sure it has only gotten better.
I would never hesitate to have one again."
December 23, 2017
"[My daughter] has been asked to complete a questionnaire for a D1 univesity. I'm telling you because she is listing YOU as her favorite coach. She says you are her favorite because you were prepared for and planned practices before the actual practice. She says you were fair to all of the team members. You coached your team to play to win. You encourage team bonding and you had each individual's best interest at heart. Wow. What a compliment! Merry Christmas."
September 9, 2017
"[My daughter] had 13 aces yesterday. You really really helped her. She is rocking! If only you could coach her all the time."
June 25, 2017
"[My daughter] has her sights set on varsity and is excited to get a private lesson in also. When I forwarded your openings to her, I have never seen her respond so quickly."
May 24, 2017
"Thanks for putting up with my tempermental daughter. You can get a whole lot more out of her than any coach I know. This trait of her puts pressure on me to find a private coach who absolutely knows what they're taking about. We got that in you."
March 29, 2017
"And thank you for all you have done to help and encourage [my daughter]. She’s in a rebuilding mode you have been instrumental in guiding her growth "
July 17, 2017
"You are one of a kind. Amazing."
November 18, 2017
Coach sent this to her athletes:
"Strategy decisions for spring season, hard work, excellent instruction (Tom Houser), buy-in, and follow through! We finished 1st in the ODAC last season with 214 aces. The hard work paid off, ladies! "
Head Volleyball Coach,
Eastern Mennonite University
December 17, 2016
"So happy to say that I made a travel volleyball team, but I didn't just make it. I made the 17's group. I tried out for 16's and the coach said he was very impressed with me and pulled me up to his team. I want to say a hu thank you for helping me and coaching me over the summer and this fall! Thank you for spending your time with me and helping me approve, I couldn't have done it without you." "
December 5, 2016
"[My daughter] LOVED your directness by the way. She appreciated that you told her flat out that she didn't serve well enough to serve on your team, but you gave her tools and the knowledge to become such a person. She is tired of getting it over the net being good enough. She wants to be better than 'good enough.' "
October 17, 2016
"She was learning so much about a skill that she didn’t want to stop. Your encouragement has made her want to take another crack at setting. And that’s a serious accomplishment because the amount of negativity before yesterday was crazy huge!"
|Comments after the 2016 Expectations Camps
at Sweet Briar College!
"That was by far the best camp we have ever been to! Thank you and your coaches for pushing my daughter to do new things and work harder. She learned so much!"
"My dauthter really enjoyed learning from you and the other coaches and players. It was a great first, overnight client opportunity for her and glad that her team played well together."
My daughter loved your camp and thanks you profusely!!! Today, she told me on the long trip back home that she learned more at your camp than during her entire last club season!
June 21, 2016
"Thank you so much for the thorough response. That was fantastic information. I am much more at ease now after reading your excellent advice. I really appreciate your thoughtful replay !"
February 2, 2016
"You spoiled us forever. We especially miss your strong leadership-- the way you inspire while still correcting those you coach."
January 14, 2016
"All of my daughter's success is thanks to the time & effort you put into helping her, along with so many girls. What a blessing to have such a great impact on so many young people's lives."
December 7, 2015
"My daughter is playing for Coach Houser this year. What an awsome experience we are having! Coach Houser is bringing this team together like they have all been together for years. He is so passionate about volleyball and it just flows over to his team. His volleyball knowledge is also amazing and the girls are right on his heels! We think so much of Coach Houser he is such a caring and dedicated coach. He is teaching these girls the true game of volleyball and they all have the love of the game in their hearts and it shows through every pass dig set spike."
October 8, 2015
"Thanks for answering my questions. I now realize if it's on my mind just to ask you. Together we will find a way. I so appreciate that."
August 26, 2015
"I read your comments to her about making mistakes and learning from them. She had one of her best games Tuesday. Her hits were harder, deliberate and more aggressive, and 6 aces. Some good kills. Like a switch was flipped. I cannot tell you how excited the girls are to have the opportunity to work with you again. Look forward to seeing you soon!"
July 11, 2015
"We are so happy that we found you. My daughter has come so far and just loves it."
The next night:
"My daughter and her doubles partner just won their match! She used her jump serve and it was awesome! Thanks!"
April 27, 2015
"Our daughter experienced the same bonding experience 3 years ago. It's all developed, nourished, and promoted by Coach Houser. He is an amazing man, who brings the best out of a group of young ladies. Hats off to Tom. You've done it again in 2015."
February 6, 2015
"Happy birthday Coach Houser! I hope you have had a wonderful day today! I want to thank you for all that you have done for me. I owe my volleyball career to you. Thank you for taking the awkward girl on your team and helping coach and develop her skills as an athlete, for seeing my potential and acting on it. I am truly appreciative and words do not express that! I hope you have a wonderful day Coach!"
January 5, 2015
"Best of luck to you and to your players. I have never known a coach that puts forth more effort and time into any sport than you!"
December 9, 2014
"We wanted you to know that our daughter made the 13's travel team. In fact, she did so well in the 13's try out that she was asked to try out for the 14's team! She is thrilled! We wanted you to know that your coaching, I am sure, helped her do well in the tryouts and greatly increased her confidence level. Thank you so much."
November 27, 2014
"Happy Thanksgiving to you!!
We are so thankful for you...the best coach our daughter has ever had!!!"
September 25, 2014
"Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and inspiration! Without sounding too mushy, I hope you know how special you are. There needs to be more people like you in this world!"
September 11, 2014
"Please know that you, singlehandedly, by just being yourself, and doing what you do best ....turned a spiraling negative situation into a triple shot of confidence, and [my daughter's] self esteem is visibly soaring. Her whole attitude and mood is different, the world is generally a good place, she sings, (really), she skips down the stairs, her glass is now half FULL, and she is happier than I have seen her in a LONG time. She has more energy, and has realized that all that she worked for, is a real possibility now. Every other sentence is " I CANT WAIT to be in the gym on Sunday."
August 25, 2014
"[My daughter] said last night with tears in her eyes that she felt good about her progress! I can't thank you enough for being such a huge encourager to her. Have a great week and thanks again for making her dreams come true!"
July 7, 2014
"We think so much of you not only as a coach but as a person. We have watched our daughter grow in these last 2 years so much as a young lady and a volleyball player, b/c she listens to you and learns from you. What a great role model you are! And we thank you!"
July 5, 2014
"I must tell you...Coach Houser was our coach in high school and he was AWESOME then! Glad to know he's still inspiring young women to be their best and to give it their all!
I loved having you for a coach...you made us have high expectations from ourselves to be our best. Thank you for that! "
June 15, 2014
"Someone asked me if you were really that good. I said his team could play in a match, and he would not even have to be there because he has reinforced everything in practice to the point the girls are a well oiled machine. I said yeah he is that good."
May 2, 2014
"[My daughter] wishes there was a Coach Houser in Maine. We really appreciatde all of your lessons "
May 12, 2014
"Thanks again for teaching and guiding the girls through a great season; and for building a team of girls who learned to play well together on and off the court. "
May 12, 2014
"[My daughter] is dying to come back for more to you for more lessson and is planning to come back Sunday!! "
April 15, 2014
"Thank you again for all your help. I cannot believe the difference in [my daughter] over the past year. She has improved so much!! Her last tournament was Saturday and she served out the one game (8 points) and served 9 points in another game. When we left your practice session on Wednesday, she said that she learned more in that practice session with you than she thought she had during the whole travel season."
April 14, 2014
"You the MAN!!!! Of course your team won HiNeighbor! Not a surprise. You have a gift wirh these girl's. In the world of volleyball you know your stuff. So happy for you!"
March 5, 2014
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for letting me come to your practice last night. I had a great time and definitely learned a lot just by watching your players practice. it gives me a challenge to do better and try to accomplish the things they do at practice and for me just to become better as a player. I'm really happy I got to experience what it was like and the way you do things at your practices because I would really like to hopefully play for you one day. I also loved the way you talk to your team at practice and the way you come across...it's very motivational!"
January 27, 2014
[My daughter] is ready to work with u again! She is so excited and loves to play. Thank u for working with her and your patience.
March 30, 2014
"At any rate we will get her signed up for camps and get our privates going! Thank you so much for the much needed advice! You are the best!!!!!"
February 5, 2014
Happy Birthday Coach Tom Houser!! Your an inspiration in my life. Thank you for always being there when I needed help with volleyball. Your the best!!! I hope you have a great birthday. (: See you soon!
November 10, 2013
Thanks for your kind words and years of encouragement. My family has been blessed to know you and call you friend"She is also ready to work with u again! She is so excited and loves to play. Thank u for working with her and your patience.".
September 10, 2013
I had a BLAST today at practice!!! THANK YOU so much for helping me and helping our middle hitters. Your encouragement and advice and even the big ol' hug helps us out a lot! Thank u Coach HouserThanks for your kind words and years of encouragement. My family has been blessed to know you and call you friend.
August 25, 2013
Your programs this summer made a HUGE difference for her! I don't think she would have made varsity without the trainings she had this summer!
August 15, 2013
We went to tournament yesterday we played 3 teams. We won all three! :) That's a big smile. Thanks for all your help! We will see you soon.
August 6, 2013
The High Expectations Camp fanned a fire within her to play at college. We now knows she has more growing to do, and we know you have the wisdom and talent to help her.
April 7, 2013
Thanks for taking [my daughter] on Friday! And more importantly thanks for being such an awesome coach! She has learned so much from you! This has been an experience of a lifetime for her. She needed this so much.
February 27, 2013
[My daughter] loved your girls last night. She said she
liked the way you practiced with all the drills and wished her team
January 26, 2013
By the way, thanks again for coaching these girls. I know [my
daughter] is learning a lot and she is enjoying playing for you.
She will work hard to get better. I am looking forward to seeing how
the team does at the next tournament. Thanks again for all that you
do for the team!!
December 21, 2012
I just wanted to let you know that I verbally committed
to playing college vball today! I wanted to say thank you for all the help along the way. I
would not be half the player I was without your coaching and
continued support! Thank you so much again, it means the world to me
:) I would also love it if you came to my signing if you want to and
can make it... It will be sometime in January but I don't know the
exact date yet, I'll let you know when we schedule it!!
December 5, 2012
Thanks! I cant believe my baby is sixteen!! She
told me she got your bday text.....very sweet of you.
She was very lucky to have you as a coach last year. You have
been such a positive coach and influence in general.
Hard to find coaches\adults that make a difference with kids these
days. I hope you know, you did! Hope we will see you
October 25, 2012
Thank you for everything you've given me these past high
school years. You have really have shaped me into the person I
am today, and I can't thank you enough! I told [my school
teammate] about how if she can play on your team, then it's more
than just the average, routine team. I told her that if she
loves volleyball, then your team is the one she needs.
:) Your the best!
October 23, 2012
If you add any
player training times, please let
me know. Wish I could get a standing time with you – would be
happy to pay 2-3 months in advance to secure such a spot.
Thanks again for tonight's lesson. My daughter LOVES YOU!!!
September 9, 2012
Thank you for your advice on our difficult situation.
We always hear about great trainers and programs to help teach the
players. It would be wonderful if someone with your level of
coaching and understanding of team building could have training
programs for coaches. Thank you again.
August 12, 2012
Wow! Thank you SO much for your thoughtful, helpful,
articulate, and PROMPT response! Providing a personal example really
helped to clarify my situation and know that you really thought it
through before replying. It's obvious that you are an exceptionally
dedicated coach and teacher. Thanks again for really helping both
parent and player.
August 12, 2012
I have read your other
replies and am very impressed with
I wish we lived in Virginia so she could play at your club!
July 31, 2012
We'd gotten to our lesson a bit early to time to talk
with Maggie a bit regarding your observations. She filled me in
before I opened my mouth. I certainly appreciate it.
Maggie was able to see a couple of issues and was able to help
correct any problem areas. Maggie was impressed with how far my
daughter had come since the last time we were with her, and pleased
with how she was looking when we left. Again, thanks so much
for going above & beyond!
July 18, 2012
Congratulations in getting NRV Coach of the Year 2012!!
You really deserve it and my daughter thinks so too! I know
you are proud of your team and their hard work.
July 12, 2012
I'm so glad I got to play on your team. Words cannot express
how happy that season made me. Thank you so much for giving me the
opportunity to play on that incredible team. It was an amazing
June 10, 2012
[My daugher] loved seeing you tonight.
Thanks for being such a great coach to her. She misses you.
July 11, 2012
You don't owe us anything, it's us who owe you for the
experience of what a real team should be like.
July 29, 2012
Tom thanks for all u do for the girls. Your such a
inspiration. I wish there was another [player
training] opening today.
May 19, 2012
There just are not enough “Coach Housers” to go around!!!
Patricia Eggleston, mother of Amy,
North Cross c/o '16
April 21, 2012
You are always such a positive person and I enjoyed the
pictures of your team winning the
Bid Tournament. You are such a
wonderful role model for these girls and I just want to thank you
March 12, 2012
I was perusing the internet looking for new/fun drills for my
11-year old group that I have, and stumbled up on this awesome
site! I was checking the author and realized.... it was YOU!?
How neat! Thumbs up for awesome contributions!
November 23, 2011
You bring out the best in our daughter. You are an
May 7, 2012
We love you too!
We hope that we will still be seeing a lot of you over the next
year, and far beyond.
November 15, 2011
Our daughters accomplishments have come from training with
you and your team.
We appreciate your help.
January 11, 2012
Your work with my daughter on her serve has been evident all
high school season. This past Saturday at their first club
tournament her coach switched her to the first server after this
first set. Her first serve was a ace and the next five the
passer could not put them on target. The other coach complimented
her on her serving after. So thank you again for all your help.
July 31, 2011
Thanks to you i can get my serves over. if i never went
to you i would have never gotten this far so thank you so much
really i look up to you. really you're like my role model.
thank you (:
June 19, 2011
You’re the greatest – you always saw something special in [my
and you always made her feel special.
May 20, 2011
In addition to her improved volleyball skills--not that
important in the overall scheme of things--she has matured and
learned so much from you over the past two years and for that her
mom and I are grateful to you. Sometimes it takes a non-parent
(adult) to help reinforce or get a message across.
April 25, 2011
All I can say is Thank you!!
You definitely care so much for what is going on in "your" girls'
March 21, 2011
You have a big heart for the game of volleyball and you work
very hard with the girls in the area. I don't think I have seen
someone so passionate in my life!
Blair Trail, head coach, Roanoke College.
February 23, 2011
Wow! I’m thrilled to receive such a quick response. This
is inspiring me to dive into more lessons from your website.
Appreciations from Madagascar. Andry Rajaobelison
I ran into your site by searching for some information for new
coaches - and all I can say is WOW!
March 21, 2011
The girls continue to learn a lot from you whether
winning or losing. We are setting standards for our girls
and you are expecting nothing less. Thanks for caring
February 10, 2011
NRV/16N has been such a pleasure, that it has also been such a
productive and rich athletic experience is a combination not usually
realized in youth athletics. When Coach Houser mentioned in a recent
email that we had 2 months left I thought, "Woah, that's not
possible. Does this have to end?" While I know, of course, that it
will eventually end, I am really pleased that we have extended the
January 20, 2011
You guys are AMAZING. Thank you for all of the time and energy you
have already devoted and will devote to our daughters!!
January 18, 2011
ability you have to make a team come together is rare and very
special. The team concept that you can achieve is something
that most others can't. i know that [My daughter]
has not had any experiences like what I believe she will have
playing for you --- I am really excited :)You guys are AMAZING.
Thank you for all of the time and energy you have already devoted
and will devote to our daughters!!
January 11, 2011
I can't thank you enough for your time and answers to my questions.
I was able to use your expertise to ask the "right" questions. After
listening to the answers and discussing with my daughter, she was
able to make an informed decision.
December 18, 2010
Moving to the public school system made her a little bit nervous
when volleyball tryouts came around, but she made the team. She said
it was because of the extra help you & your staff provided to her
during these previous months. She says thanks for everything &
that she looks forward to working with you folks again.
Lori Taylor, parents of Robyn, Riverheads c/o '13
December 1, 2010
very much enjoys your approach to the game and how you relate to the
I can see why you have such a wonderful reputation.
November 2, 2010
You said if there's a coach the player really wants to work with
have them try out for their team right?
Well, my daughter wants to play on YOUR team so expect to see her at
November 16, 2010
You are kind to send that info to college coaches, and you are the
best coach our girls have had. :)
October 27, 2010
I know she enjoys the sessions with you so much because she is
”doing” while you are teaching.
October 20, 2010
I hear you are the best. My daughter's teammates just brag on you.
October 4, 2010
couldn’t wait for the monthy e-mail. I really enjoy
reading them. Thanks for all you do!
Jim Barber, head coach, Westover Christian
Academy, Danville, Va
October 3, 2010
Coach Newman gave Maegan great feed back on what she was
doing right and awesome instruction and help in what she was doing
"not-so-right" haha. Thanks for introducing us to her, Maegan would
love to work with her again so we will be getting in touch.
Thanks again for making opportunities like this available for young
aspiring volleyball players.
Mary Agee, mother of Maegan, Lord Botetourt, c/o '16
September 22, 2010
Thank you coach Houser for getting back to me and taking time
to help me out with this.
It will be a huge help to our team and my coaching.
September 10, 2010
My daughter participated in the
VIP training at North Cross and
said of all the camps and clinics she attended, VIP was by far the
most beneficial. She made her middle school team and has discovered
that she is "in love with volleyball" (her words).Thank
you coach Houser for getting back to me and taking time to help me
out with this. It will be a huge help to our team and my coaching.
August 28, 2010
We greatly appreciate you coming to practice last
night! The girls loved it and ALREADY the ones who have constantly
struggled with their serves are getting them over! One girl
who has never really made it over the net tonight served two in a
row over - FROM THE SERVING LINE! It was great! The other ones
also did well. What a great thing to see as a coach!
August 2, 2010
She enjoyed her session yesterday. Tryouts start
tomorrow and I am so excited for her because I know she will take a
“quiet confidence” with her that has come from JO’s and her time
working with you.
July 13, 2010
Thanks to you and your team of coaches for doing an AWESOME job at
this past week. My daughter is a rising 6th grader and had such an
incredible time. She has never been one to enjoy athletics so
we were a bit skeptical about putting her in this camp. She was
excited everyday after camp and enthusiastic about returning each
morning. We were thrilled for her and thank you and your coaches so
much for making this a fun and enjoyable time. She grew & learned
so much in that short amount of time. We have been so proud of her
progress & happy that she found a sport she enjoys (much to the
credit of your coaches.. she loved 'em!)
July 17, 2010
Carrie thoroughly enjoyed your camp this past week at
Catholic. I have long been telling her that I thought
"you" would be able to better fine turn her skills and I think she
is starting to believe me...Yes!!
Beth Heldrith, mother of Carrie, Lord
Botetourt c/o '13
June 24, 2010
Thank you for all you do to help girls with their volleyball skills and to
appreciate the game. You had more of an impact on Amanda than you will ever know
and why she loves the game.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed your camp this past week at Roanoke
Catholic. I have long been telling her that I thought "you" would be
able to better fine turn her skills and I think she is starting to
Debra Alderson, mother of Amanda and Amy, both
Westover Christian graduates.
February 22, 2010
Your girls played so well and you are an exceptional coach.
Also, thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement you gave
[my daughter] at the tournament.
February 9, 2010
I don’t get to come to practice very often but I was so impressed with Haley's
progress. In the short time she has spent with you and your team ,
she has learned so much. Thanks to her drive and your coaching I
think she will really be a standout on her high school team next
Haley, c/o '12 at William Byrd
January 1, 2010
Amanda was all smiles when I asked her how it went. The training she
has gotten from both you and Devyn has really boosted her confidence in her
game. Big thanks to you both!!
Deb Eichenlaub, mother of Amanda, Franklin County c/o
November 2, 2009
Just wanted to let you know that I thought you and Kelsey made a lot
of progress last night at player training. A good teacher
never gives up on the students. You reminded me of that last night.
I saw a lot of progress of getting back to where she used to be.
You’re the best.
Susan Sine, mother of a Cave Spring player
May 17, 2009
Thank you for being such a
fantastic coach. She said that she really enjoys working with and
for you, and is getting so much out of your sessions!
Sylvie Peterson mother of Dani Austin, c/o '11 at Staunton River High
April 2, 2009
I am really excited about these camps this summer. I have been
Barry Kane, head coach at
Timberlake Christian School
March 18, 2009
I hope that you'd have some time to do a couple of lessons for my
daughter and a few of her friends. We have access to a gym where we
go to church. Just let me know what I need to do as I'm trying
to get her off to the right start with some really sound
fundamentals. I know you have more volleyball knowledge than
anybody around here.
Leigh Ann Shields, mother of an athlete in Danville, Virginia
Jan 8, 2009
What you told me
just encouraged me so much, that maybe I may have a chance at being
a setter. Before I just thought I had passing, and that wasn't even
that great. I have always looked at that other good as a good
setter, so that is just really really exciting for me when you said
I could be as good as her. After the session that was before
the one tonight, I told my mom that I liked setting. That was the
first time id ever said that, because I felt like I was getting
maybe a little bit better. I just wanted to thank you because
I think that everything that you have been teaching me has FINALLY
clicked. haha. well thanks again sooooooo much!!
Aug 28, 2008
I'll take you and Shannon
ANYDAY because you don't play favorites, it's about the TEAM only,
there were no hidden agendas. Another thing I really appreciate is
your ability to fix things both physically and emotionally. Because
as we all know, with 10 -12 girls there are equal amounts of both!!!
Alyssa loves player training.
It has really given
her a boost in confidence. Your "words of wisdom" have also helped. She keeps
reminding herself that she is part of a team and that is what is important. It
is a very valuable
Bradley, mother of Alyssa of Andrew Lewis Middle School
May 18, 2008
My daughter truly enjoys the game and she enjoyed her session with
you so much.
She and [her friend] both talked about how much they learned in that
Thanks again for all you do. It is such a pleasure watching the
and learn so much in their sessions.
Kerri Vipperman, mother of Sarah, a vball
player at William Byrd High
April 14, 2008
I didn't know if you were aware that [our]High School
is in search of a Varsity Head Coach. I know [my daughter]
and I would love to have you as a coach there. The girls
would benefit so much from your expertise.
April 15, 2008
We have observed your ability to create a strong, united
team year after year. It is with that in mind that I
am writing you today. My girls attend ABC High and the
school is in the process of hiring a new Varsity Coach.
Right away I thought of you.
April 30, 2008
appreciate your time, enthusiasm and involvement in the game of
What would the girls do without a coach like you in Roanoke?
[Our daughter] said she
got a lot out of your time together .. you are awesome .. by
the way .. the position for head coach at [our school] is
available???!!! Interested?? :-)
I received this April 23, 2008
We all agree that the year Millie played for you was the best sports
experience we ever had so I know
Millie would love
to help out if she could. I am happy to recommend you as a coach and
teacher of the game.
Maria Leech, mother of
One of my team parents sent this to me on April 2nd, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that the way our team works together is
a reflection of the expectations that are set by the coach. You do a
great job teaching our kids and keeping us organized! Thanks for
your commitment to our team!
I received this email from a parent of team we played
I am sure you have heard this before but you have done a phenomenal
job with your team. The parents are super impressed, the
players are excited and motivated and it appears you have got your
girls playing at their peak. You are the poster coach of
positive reinforcement. We look forward to our daughter
getting the opportunity to play with you in the future
From a parent on my
club team, Feb 21, 2008
I know you already are, but you should be incredibly proud of the
team of girls you and Shannon have developed and molded.
They are a special group. They are a testament to great
From a parent on my
club team, Feb 3, 2008
Thank you for doing a such a wonderful job coaching this weekend!
The girls really look up to you. The could not have a better coach!
One of the parents of my travel team sent me this.
You are something else! You manage to encourage the girls AND the
I bet it will be a long time (or probably never!) that we will get
to have a coach as dedicated and supportive as you are!!
A coach emailed me Aug 20, 2007 about a team situation. After
I answered, here's her reply.
Your responses are
always so timely! Your sage advice is so appreciated!
I'd love to talk to you about a middle school camp!!!
Danielle Stewart, Appalachian Avalanche and Green Valley School
I received this on July 2, 2007
Thanks for replying and please tell the coaches that i miss them so
much. Wow, i can't wait until next year's camp. You guys
taught us so much within 4 days. Your camp was really awesome and
got us all pumped about vb, I have never seen the girls play like
Timberlake Camp ended on Thursday
June 28 at 12:30.......look what happened that night!
Coach Houser: I just wanted to tell you about our summer
league matches we had Thursday night. Well first we played a really
good team and we won both games, then we played an even better team
and lost the first game like 25 to 12 . But the second and third
game, and I think what helped us a lot was we kept cheering our
teammates on !!!!!! Just like you said. Thanks a bunch for all you
did to help us become better players. Love ya!!!!! Hope to see you
2007 Timberlake Camp!
has been so much FUN and I learned A LOT! The drills were
sometimes difficult, but definitely important and I was glad
we all made it through them. Even though I am really
sore, I am so glad I came to camp. You inspired us all with
your speeches and hopefully not only will everyone change
themselves, but their team.
Just wanted to tell you thank you so much for the camp @
Timberlake and I appreciated it so much. I, once
again, learned so much, both about teamwork and volleyball.
your enthusiasm makes everything so much fun. I can't
wait till next year's camp, and hope to see you soon..
We were "extremely"
pleased with the level of training you and your staff
provided last week. Not only did you demonstrate skill, but
also "attitude & team work" which is so very important. I
will certainly recommend this to others.
Once I got to camp I was pumped,
excited, and ready to get out on the court and makes some
great plays, cheer, and have fun. Unfortunately today when
it was time to go and I was thanking all the assistant
coaches I was so sad, because I knew that camp was over and
won't be back until next year. But I am looking so forward
to next year, and I and the other players will be twice as
good as before, so look out! haha!
My daughter had a wonderful time and learned alot.
Stacey and the other girls were great.
I just wanted to thank you for letting me assist you this
week. I truly enjoyed every second! Every time I help you
with a camp I fall in love with volleyball again!!!! I
honestly and truly wish I would have had you as a coach,
because I am sure I would have loved you as my coach!
Thank you for everything, good luck with the rest of the
camps this year, and I hope to see you again! =)
Assistant coach Jennifer Thompson
I got this from a parent!
I have heard
that you "may" be coaching a Roanoke Juniors team and I just wanted
to say how excited we would be to have [our daughter] exposed to
your coaching. Players and parents alike speak very highly of
the quality and quantity of your coaching. My daughter
seems very responsive to you and she was also very excited about
working with you again. I think she has very good skills
that could be honed into great skills! Thanks for your time
and consideration........ but more importantly, thanks for your
passion for volleyball! Thank you so much for taking the time
and effort to invest in the lives of these young ladies. Maggie has
already heard many wonderful things about “Coach Houser.” Please let
us know how we can be of assistance throughout the season. Thanks
again for your organization and commitment to our daughter as well
as the rest of the girls.
This is so
Just wanted to let
you know I truly enjoyed your camp sessions. You are awesome with
the players and it's quite obvious that your teaching and coaching
comes from the heart. I have your website on my bookmark. One of
your staff mentioned to me how awesome your website is for
information and ideas. I agree!!
From a parent on December 13, 2006
I can tell u like (LOVE) volleyball :) You throw yourself,
your whole self right in it
Thanks for your honestly and professionalism and being a great coach
November 30, 2006
you so much for taking the time and effort to invest in the lives of
these young ladies. [Our daughter] has already heard many wonderful
things about “Coach Houser.” Thanks again for your
organization and commitment to our daughter as well as the rest of
Bassett hasn't been the same since you left, and I think they will
be hard pressed to find anyone that will work as hard for a sport as
you did vb. There is no doubt in my mind that if you were at
Bassett, they would still be the team to beat. You were constantly
doing things like tournaments, camps, J.O. etc. to make the girls
better and develop their skills. When you can consistently
stay at the top with what you have to work with, it tells you
something about that coach and their program. A "decent
coach" can win when they have the athletes to work with, but as we
both know you don't always have the athletes, year after year.
July 22, 2006
taken a lot of advice from your websites. I have a preseason
player and parent meeting scheduled, I have a contract for each
parent and athlete to sign, regarding playing time, team rules,
etc., and we're attending a team camp in August, so I feel like I'm
off to a better start. Started a "feeder" program last spring for
middle school girls and have been having open gyms three days a week
for the older girls. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your
websites and your advice. It's helped me become organized and I've
utilized a lot of your drills/suggestions. Thanks again.
From one of the New Covenant campers after the
2006 New Covenant Camp.
I copied our team picture off your web. It is now my
background on my computer!! I love it! Thanks so much for all the
work you did to make our camp great and our NCS team even better!
I am exited about try outs and will remember all our line-ups,
drills, and my spike approach when we are at games, or playing
around in the back yard! I thank you, Maggie, Mary Beth
and Sarah for everything you have done!! You all are GREAT!!!
Then I got
this email from her coach!
Thanks for all you
did for the girls - they all had a great time !! We really
appreciate your help - Hope all your travels went well and we hope
to see you again soon ! And thanks for the complimentary Drill
Collection. They will come in very handy !!
Thank you coach houser and coaches this camp helped me
improve so much. I learned alot. From all of the things that
contribute to having an awesome team to learning how to hold
my arms with my thumbs touching to pass. I had always passed
with one hand over the other. It worked and wasn't a bad way
of passing but you taught me a better way to pass. I will
work on getting used to it. Thanks again
daughter enjoyed the camp very much and loves volleyball!
You and your staff have truly inspired her to continue with
the sport. I thank you for that. It was a great
camp and we hope to participate again next year. Best wishes
to you. You're a great coach!
really wanted to thank you for having the JF camp. I learned
a lot and it was definitely my favorite camp......and that's
saying a lot because I've been to MANY camps. Thanks for
"My daughter said this camp was the best camp she has ever
been to and that she really learned alot. Thanks.
We love to see her excited ."
I liked a lot of things at camp-Amoeba tag, the obstacle
course, and all the fun warm up games was something
different and new and I think it kept everyone's interest.
Also, the different drills, like the butterfly, really
helped put all the skills together. I also liked the way you
could show us new things, camps aren't as much fun when you
don't learn anything new of course. You've coached lots of
teams and could bring those experiences to us at camp --
that's definately a plus.
Narrows High Camp!
Houser it was a pleasure of ours to have you and the rest of
your assistants to come help us out. We appreciate all that
you guys have done and hope that you will come back to
Narrows next year.
I would just like to thank you for
coming to Narrows and holding your camp! I feel that I
learned more from your camp than any other I have ever
One of the girls just returned from a clinic at another
school. It was conducted by a university coach.
She said she got so much more from you camp. I was not
i had a great time too. And u were a
great help and so was your helpers please tell me when u
have another camp
I had a great time at camp. You helped me out also.
I learned alot from you and the assistant coaches this past
week. Thanks for everything!!
You have been a great help with
helping me better my skills and my confidence! Thanks
I really enjoyed your camp. Thank you for coming down here
to help us out. I feel like you have taught me a whole lot
that I needed to know. I had never set before in my life so
it took some getting used to but thank you
Coach Houser: i didnt get to talk to you b4 i left
today, but i just wanted to say thank you for a great
week, i had a blast. i really appreciate this week, i
feel like i have improved alot and it was great!
June 22, 2006
enjoy following you on About.com. Lots of common sense
thinking that helps me to have framework for making decisions.
You have great thoughts about player development, discipline and
motivation. And I can tell from the Roanoke photos that the
girls enjoy the program. I was not sure how to sign up for the
"I can't wait" drills - but $20 is a bargain for your Articles and
Downloads which appear to be free ! Let me know how to get the
money to you.
A graduate of '05 heard that I had directed a
camp at her school and she emailed me on June 13, 2006!
I'm glad the camp went so well! I'm sure it was a lot of
fun.......it always is when you're around! (you should
have been our school coach!). The pictures on your website are
awesome-- I enjoyed looking at them--the obstacle course ones are
just great.....I remember those days!
got this email May 2nd from a coach in Texas.
You have really been an
inspiration to me in this new realm I am entering- the head
volleyball coach of a high school. Thanks for your help and
your articles. I have read every
single one on your web site. They are all very good and full of
information. I have actually printed many of them off to put in the
notebooks I am making for all of my assistants. I believe my new
program already has an advantage- using you as reference. I hope I
can email you with any questions I have in the future (I KNOW I will
have them and you will be the one I ask for help). Talk to you
got this email in April, 2006 from a parent of one of my players!
want you to know that my daughter thinks the world of you as a coach
and a friend. The fact that she never has once complained about
having to go to practice tells me alot. I know that players get
tired of practicing, so you must be doing something right. I also
look at her progression this year as a player and thank you for your
I got this email from a Jefferson Forest parent. My
staff can't wait to go back to
I received the e-mail
this morning about the JF Camp you are doing again this year and am
very happy to see you will be coming back. My daughter really
enjoyed the camp this past year. You were an inspiration to
all the girls I talked to and look so forward to this coming Summer.
got this email from a STAR camper on October 5th, 2005
really missed having your great advice beside me when I play
volleyball and your crazy stuff too!! I try
to repeat lil phrases that you said at camp to myself while im
playing like when im hitting to snap my wrist and that I play tall
(to give me a boost of confidence) and when Im on the back row I
always think cover my shoes! It would be really cool if your
volleyball practice for your high school just ended a little early
and you took a field trip to see us haha! You are such a great coach
camp was in August 2005! Then I received this in September!
Houser!! Thank you for all the knowledge I gained at your camp
this year. I would like for you to know that despite my height
challenges, with your help I am now a starting outside hitter. Your
camp really encouraged me and now that Im looking at colleges, I am
even more sure that I just have to play in college.
I received this email August 16, 2005 from a senior at the
Hey coach I just wanted to say thanks for comin and helpin us at
camp last week! I've talked to everyone and we all had so much fun
and all improved! Our final tryouts were yesterday and us seniors
got the team together and went out to eat last night after practice.
I just thought i'd say thanks and to keep us in mind when you have
your camps next summer!!
I received this email on August 19 2005 from John Kessel, USA
[When someone asked for
help] I thought of you. You are
I think you might have even been to one of my courses. So when this
guy wanted to start a program for boys and said Virginia, Tom
Houser's name came to my head. My focus is on working with coaches
who are positive and get it, and you have always been one who does
Forest camp ended on Thurs June 23.
Before I got to bed that night, I got this email from a camper!!
i was just writing to you to thank you for coming to my school this
week. I had a blast and learned alot. You taught me a lot about
being part of a team. Last year, i will have to admit, i had a
terrible attitude because i was a bench warmer. Even though i
played in almost every match, that wasnt enough for me. But
when I met you, I learned that its not the playing time that
matters. Next year if I still dont play as much , then i will
remember the words of wisdom you gave me. You really have changed my
attitude towards volleyball.
Even my assistant coaches have a great time!
these emails after my 2005 camps.
Hey Coach: I really enjoyed learning from
you! You make vball so much fun!!
#2) Coach Houser:
I got that job as an assistant coach, but I disagree with some of
his teachings!!! It's so funny because I never thought
once during your camp that I would do something different than what
you were teaching. I learned so much from you and was very
grateful for that experience.
#3) I had a wonderful
time and really enjoyed learning new things and getting some
experience helping the girls. You have the best coaching attitude
I've seen and I hope to be as successful as you one day in my
I received this from a parent on Sunday March 6,
Hello Coach Houser,
Just a note to let you know how much my daughter enjoyed your
volleyball camp at Richlands
High School yesterday. She came home talking about all she
learned and said she had a great time and hopes Mr. Ray will do this
again. Thanks for a great camp and a great time - the children
learned a lot and had a ball, no pun intended, haha!
Another parent in 2005 emailed me the
I think we have a wonderful group of girls and it is going to be so
exciting traveling with you guys. Thank you for all you do as well.
My daughter loves you and I think you are a wonderful coach. I like
that you never stop coaching. You are always so up beat and I think
that helps the girls.
I received this September 18th, 2004
Dear Coach Houser,
I just wanted to let you know that our girls loved the Rookie Camp
that you did for us. Your enthusiasm for the sport and excitement
about teaching girls how to play is catchy. I know that they loved
each day they attended camp. Your inclusion of all the campers in
every drill and activity made all those attending feel a part of
something new and important. You definitely made them feel like a
"STAR". You can bet that we will be hosting another "STAR"
volleyball camp and maybe even a clinic or two. You and your
assistants were awesome with our kids. Also, thanks for all the
support that you have given me during our 2004 season. It is
invaluable to have a coach that I can go to with questions and
concerns regarding our program. See you next summer.
I received this email from a camper on June 30, 2004.
Hey Coach Houser,
wanted to say thank you for the November Camp at Hidden Valley
Middle School in 2003. I enjoyed it alot. I am sorry that it took
me so long to tell you thank you, I just found the packet that you
gave us and it had your e-mail address in it. I learned alot at the
camp and I am glad that you held one at Hidden Valley. When I came
to the the 3 day camp I loved vball but I didn't know alot about it.
When I came out of the camp I knew my 3 step spike approach, over
hand serve, and my bump really well. I just wanted to take a minute
and tell you thanks alot.
I received this from a parent regarding the 2004
Hidden Valley Middle School Camp.
I am one of the parents who came to the last 1/2 hour of the HVM
school volleyball clinic you ran. I just want you to know how
thankful i am that you did that. Your wise words and wisdom
really sunk in with my daughter. You taught her more than just
volleyball skills. Thanks for your inspiration, enthusiasm, and
time. You are truly talented as a motivator, role model and coach.
I just thought you should know you are valued. Thanks again.
An email from July 2003:
Thank you soo much for coming to our school
for volleyball camp this week. I think I have learned more in 4 days
than I have in the 3 years I've played so far. I still need to work
on not hesitating for my approach, but it's still better than it
was. Thank you soooo much for working with me this week
:) I've improved my game a lot. Can you please send me the address
to that website? I'll try to stay in touch over the volleyball
season. You've helped out a lot!
An email from a middle school camper:
I love Volleyball so much and I Have been going
to camps every summer since the summer of when I was in 4th grade
and I think that your camp has been the best. I'm not just saying
that to make you feel good but other camps they just taught me the
basics and I think your camp went above and beyond.
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed you teaching me how to bump,
set, spike and serve better. I think it will help me for tryouts. I
am really excited about tryouts and it just meant a lot to me for
you to take your time out of your schedule for 3 days to teach some
middle school kids how to play volleyball when you really didn't
have to. Anyway I just thought that I should let you
know that I really appreciate what you and the coaches have done for
me over the past 3 days. Please tell them I said thank you very
Let's do a camp or an
in-season clinic for your kids soon!
Just email me at
we'll get the planning started.