April 17, 2019 featured article on Coach Lynden
by Paul Honda
Lynden Keala’s experience has provided a boon to volleyball players on Oahu for years.
Wednesday’s recruits on letter-of-intent signing day included seven from Hana Hou Volleyball Club, coached by Keala and staff. In all, 23 women’s volleyball recruits signed at the ceremony hosted by Education 1st at the Honolulu Elks Lodge. Four of Hana Hou’s club players were at the signing ceremony: Vanessa Colling of Roosevelt (Odessa); Makenzie Fa‘amausili-Cacoulidis of Sacred Hearts (Missouri Southern State), Halie Hetzler of Le Jardin (Pacific Lutheran) and Megan Suka of Kaiser (Whitman). Other signees include Anuhea Kaohi of Kamehameha (Western Nebraska), Kaehukai Keala of Mid-Pacific (Eastern Washington) and Jordyn Nichols of Kamehameha (Arizona). Another, Kama Kekoolani, has been nominated by the Hawaii Congressional team to attend Navy or Air Force.
Keala’s experience as a club and high school coach, and guiding his own children through the process, have made him savvy about the details. Keala’s club navigates players through the networking aspect, with each player writing letters to as many as 20 college coaches before the team plays in mainland tournaments. That’s where coaches get a chance to do live scouting. He also has the process of steering players through the NCAA Clearinghouse, and even if players opt for NAIA or junior college, there’s a fit for just about everyone.
“There’s something for everyone, from Division I to JCs. JCs have the most assistance, and no NCAA rules. They can give you money not just based on need,” Keala said. “I’m sitting and talking with college coaches every day. The networking is tremendous. Kids are finding success in the East, and now in the Midwest. Now, they’re breaking into the Big Ten (Conference).”
Keala is still active in high school volleyball as an assistant coach to Tommy Lake at Mid-Pacific.
The growth of Hawaii-born players becoming coaches at the NCAA level has accelerated the trend of scooping talent from the islands. Former Kamehameha player Mike Johnson, now head coach at Notre Dame, invited Keala on campus to give a talk. A few other coaches with local roots include Jalen Reyes of Kamehameha, who played at BYU and now coaches at Nebraska; Jason Kennedy of Maryknoll, now at Boston College; and Diane Nelson, now at Gonzaga. Of course, there’s Reed Sunahara, the former Hilo great, who went on to Ohio State and is now at West Virginia.
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2019-2020 Junior Girls Volleyball Season
By request here are the teams we will be fielding next year and the travel requirements
The coaches will be announced at a later time – Mahalo
12u- No Travel-USAV League-Spring Break Madness/Aloha Summer Classic
13u - USAV League- Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness/- Travel –Anaheim Soiree
14u –USAV League- Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Anaheim Soiree
15u- Champs League -Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Las Vegas Classic/AAU Junior Nationals or USAV Junior Nationals
16u- Aloha Region Power League -Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Las Vegas Classic/AAU Junior Nationals or USAV Junior Nationals (1st Team)
16u- Aloha Region Power League -Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Las Vegas Classic/AAU Junior Nationals or USAV Junior Nationals ( 2nd Team)
17u-Aloha Region Power League -Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness-Travel – Las Vegas Classic /AAU Junior Nationals (1st Team)
17u-Aloha Region Power League - Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Las Vegas Classic/AAU Junior National (2nd Team)
17u- Aloha Region Power League - Trans Pacific Tournament/Spring Break Madness- Travel –Las Vegas Classic or Colorado Crossroads or SCVA Red Rock or PNQ Qualifier/AAU Junior Nationals/USAV Junior Nationals
18u- Aloha Region Power League - Trans Pacific Tournament- Travel –Las Vegas Classic ( Note 18u season ends after 18u local regional)
18u- Aloha Region Power League - Trans Pacific Tournament- Travel –Triple Crown/Las Vegas Classic and 18u USAV Junior National Championships ( Note 18u season ends after 18u local regional or 18u USAV Championships)
All pre-season accessments and player evaluations to be held at Kaka'ako Volleyball Gym
We got more seats!!!
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Hana Hou Volleyball Club is pleased to be the first club in Hawaii to offer professional live streaming of our students athletes. Does a potential college coach just can’t wait till your next visit to mainland tournament? The solution is live streaming where the athlete has the ability showcase their talents immediately during their next tournament in Hawaii. This immediately creates the bridge between Hawaii and continental mainland .
The technology used is HDMI and 4K Quality with the same types of cameras used by local news crews. The premium brands of Cannon and JVC with three cameras are immediately available utilizing the technology of broadcasting pro.
Presently in the volleyball world, the recruitment process has become a part-time job for athletes, parents, coaches, and club staff. It takes time and resources to record and break down video to make highlight reels, tally statistics, and then devise a plan to send this information to college coaches in an organized package. At the same time, high school and club volleyball programs are becoming more sophisticated in searching for an advantage in training and against competitors.
Hudl, a sports video analysis and software company, is revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition and addresses the needs of the growing sport. What began as a football product, Hudl has now developed programs specific to ten unique sports, including volleyball. Its top priority is to give athletes feedback and tools to help them improve as a player every day.
Glenn Hada, a Hudl user and director of Hana Hou Volleyball Club in Hawaii, said, “Our club cannot function without Hudl. In volleyball, we have a ball, a net, and a court. Hudl is the other component of volleyball that we need. We use Hudl to do our highlights and for coaches to use it as a tool to improve player development.”
Hudl has been giving athletes a platform to shoot and display video for various uses. Once a club or team has purchased the program, there is no limit to who may have access to the the account. Not only does this mean that multiple users can view the video simultaneously on a computer, phone, or tablet, but it also means that only one parent now has to record the match and upload it to Hudl. Gone are the days that there are ten video cameras set up behind the same court to get the same film.
Once the film is uploaded, users can go into the interface to take statistics, view technique for player development, scout opponents, and make notes within the program. Players can also use Hudl to choose their best clips to showcase individual highlight reels for recruiting, social sharing, and to feature at end of the year functions.
Within the Hudl application, a player can add music to and edit the video, and use highlighting features such as circling which player a scout should be watching. Within the team subscription, the club or high school program has a website and individuals also have their own page to send off to collegiate coaches in an easy-to-view package. Hada calls Hudl’s user websites “a concise, professional representation of our players.”
For Hada, being in the middle of the Pacific presents challenges to his athletes who want to play in college. Luckily, though, the current landscape of college recruiting almost requires athletes to send video before a coach watches a player live, due to strained time and financial resources.
Hada said, “We’re not like California and Texas, for example. We don’t have college coaches who can come into our gym to watch us. We only travel twice to the mainland, so Hudl is instrumental in our development. All of our players are recruited, 100-percent because of Hudl.”
Additionally, club directors such as Hada at Hana Hou see the benefit of Hudl because he doesn’t have the ability to staff full-time recruiting personnel. Because many athletes come to Hada’s club to compete as well as be seen and recruited, a service such as Hudl is a simple and effective resource to allow players to find a good fit in college, and for Hana Hou to retain club players year after year.
Hudl has taken its services to another level with Hudl Assist, an add-on to the Hudl subscription. Hudl Assist removes the time it takes to upload video from a device, break down statistics, and search for specific film bites. That “part-time job” that coaches once had to analyze film, on top of perhaps his or her day job and coaching, has a solution with Hudl Assist.
In Hudl Assist, you can send your match or opponent’s video to Hudl with a click of a button. Then, Hudl breaks it down statistically (based on the NCAA volleyball required statistics) for both sides of the net. Within 12-24 hours, it’s ready to view. The statistics then can be filtered by player, rotation, team, set, and match. Coaches and players can see trend charts, the box score, overall statistics, and set goals within the Hudl Assist program.
Dan Mader, Associate Club Director at VCNebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska where Hudl is headquartered, mainly uses Hudl for scouting, statistics, and player development.
Mader said, “To us, it makes using film way more efficient. We use Hudl Assist and we’re able to go through scenarios, skills, and rotations, and it makes it more efficient to say, ‘Here’s the area we struggled in and why,’ instead of flipping through film for a long time.”
Mader and other coaches at VCN use Hudl Assist to tag players when they see a valuable teaching moment on film. When this happens, the player will get a message directly to their phone. Mader also uses it to bring lessons to life and to assign homework to his players off the court.
He said, “I’ll give them homework such as, ‘Look at five of your hitting errors and tell me what you need to change.’ And, it’s all outside of the gym on their time. They can do on their phone or at home… that’s where they are usually anyway, on their phone.”
With the breakdown of statistics, an attacker, for example, can now filter a match to view their own plays including kills and hitting errors, while setters can see which plays are successful in each rotation, and liberos can watch opponent hitting tendencies. Mader notes that it’s been proven that kids succeed more when they take the initiative and teach themselves, rather than being told what to do.
The benefit for scouting may be geared more for high school and college programs who face teams multiple times each year, but Mader sees the benefit for club, too.
He said, “We use Hudl Assist against some local teams we play often. In general, I use it to look for themes, like if we play a team that’s really fast, or more physical than us. Maybe we’ve played a team already that reminds me of them and I can remember what worked against them. At the end of the season, it’s useful because we’ll see teams again.”
In the five years Hana Hou has been using Hudl, Hada says it has progressively gotten better and the support is “unmatched” with staff following up with him constantly, performing webinars, and sending season reports.
Hada said, “They set you up with everything. They just don’t supply you the finger to press the ‘Play’ button.”
Not only is the product useful for development and recruitment as a juniors player, but it translates to a skill all players will have to learn at the collegiate level because at most programs, scouting occurs before each match. Since Hudl’s recent acquisition of VolleyMetrics, it has expanded its video and statistical programs from just the high school and club levels, to now being used at the collegiate level as well. Think of Hudl as getting a head-start.
“Hopefully in the future, it’s all seamless for the athletes,” said Mader. “When they learn how to watch film when they’re young, they don’t have to relearn anything. So, in college, the learning curve is faster.”
The cost of Hudl and Hudl Assist has not been a barrier to Mader or Hada because of the payoff. While both clubs subscribe as a program, users can also use Hudl per match in a pay-as-you-go format.
Hada said, “If I spend a certain amount for about 30 matches and all players get recruited, what is the return on investment? Really, really high.”
Lincoln, Nebraska – News Editor
Hana Hou Volleyball club lands in Lincoln, Nebraska!! This years 2018 HUDL Week ran from June 4th to June 8th 2018. Club Director for Hana Hou Volleyball Club Glenn was invited to be the guest speaker for volleyball among the Hudlies that returned from around the world at their annual retreat. Hoping foreign language was permitted ( da pidgin) the director set on the path to work and explain to the audience how HUDL has had a profound effect on recruiting players from the islands. In a hi tech world where there can be a strong disconnect between developer and end user, this opportunity provided a chance to bridge the gap and explain the rewards that this wonderful software has had on club volleyball and athletics throughout the world. The functionality of the software has revolutionized the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the game. Hudl now offers the tools to edit and share video, interact with stats, and create quality highlight reels for entertainment and recruiting purposes.
For Hana Hou Volleyball Club this priceless software combined with our excellent coaches provides the winning formula for moving our student athletes to the next level. Among more than 160,000 active teams and 4.3 million unique users, the club is blessed that our voices and opinions in the 50th state was valued and offered to be shared with one of the fastest growing companies in America.
The addition this year of HUDL Assist to Hana Hou Volleyball Club provided a professional presentation with stats and videos to potential college coaches and the results was evident by the complete recruitment of all our student athletes.
In an audience where the nation’s best and brightest were seated, there was validation that advanced technology was being breed in Lincoln, Nebraska. The city is now becoming incubators for hi-tech and becoming the “ silicon prairie”. A company called HUDL that not only supplies software but provides “ opportunities” . These opportunities have stretched far from Nebraska to Hawaii to a club in the middle of the pacific called Hana Hou.
Hana Hou First Graduating Class
Est May 2016 . Hana Hou Volleyball Club was formed by two parents whose previous club collapsed and needed to provide a opportunity to showcase their 17u old players in what would be the last year at summer travel prior to graduation. In six weeks the club went from zero to being featured as the media story of the 2016 AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando Florida
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