Last year, a university volleyball coach I admire, told my father at a club tournament he was observing:
‘There are several Ryan White’s playing volleyball across the U.S., but there is only one Ryan White that is playing in this tournament this weekend.’
At the risk of sounding arrogant, I truly believe this statement fits my athletic performance, my coachableness, my academics, my unrealized player potential, my player/leadership versatility, my work ethic and my big picture awareness of all the player, coach and leadership dynamics for both sides of the net.
I can play every position in volleyball as many talented players can. That is not the point. Libero is who I am. It’s not a matter of playing at the position of libero. The point is to be Libero not play at Libero.
My coach and teammates need to know, under all conditions, that when I receive/pass the ball, everything has just been provided for them to excel at that moment.
I have my sights set on a career in medicine with volleyball coaching as a give-back to all those (including my parents) who have and are currently helping me live an extraordinary life.