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Volleyball Works On Leadership and Team Building With The Program

Aug. 22, 2014

The Program

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame volleyball team was expecting a fun team activity (like ultimate frisbee) to open training camp Aug. 11-12. What they got instead was much different, as the Irish were put through rigorous activities that challenged them both mentally and physically. 

The Program, which has a "goal of providing professional and collegiate athletic teams with the best leadership development and team building services in the country," has been around since 2008 and has worked with many of the top collegiate sports programs nationally in addition to the NHL's Boston Bruins.

Jake "Mac" MacDonald, who completed two combat tours in Iraq and earned a Purple Heart, and Andre "Bo" Bosier, who has spent the last 22 years in the Marine Corps Special Operations unit, led Notre Dame's volleyball squad during its two-day journey.  

The mission was broken into two sessions with day one comprised of outside work, while day two saw the team hit the water.

With the sun peaking over the stands, the Irish hit the lacrosse field for day one last Monday morning. The session included: 

  • Circuit training with pushups, mountain climbers, flutter kicks and planks that the group had to do together or start over.
  • A circuit where four players would lift a heavy log over their heads while another teammate would run back and forth with a heavy sand bag.
  • Carrying a teammate in their arms for a specified distance. 

Day two last Tuesday saw the Irish report to the Rockne Memorial swimming pool on campus at 5:30 a.m. This session included:

  • Swam laps from side to side in the pool and at each wall would get out and either do pushups, mountain climbers, jumping jacks or planks ... They had to listen to the team leader and do the drills in unison ... this portion lasted over an hour.
  • Treaded water in a sweatshirt, ultimately having to remove the sweatshirt while treading water, trade with a partner and put the new sweatshirt on. 

 For highlights and reactions from The Program, check out the video at the top of the page from Fighting Irish Digital Media.

--Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director

--ND--


 

 

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7:00 PM
Valparaiso
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August 26
12:30 PM
Rhode Island
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 26
7:00 PM
New Mexico State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
September 1
11:00 AM
VCU
Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
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7:00 PM
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Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 2
7:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
September 8
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 15
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
12:30 PM
Southern Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
7:00 PM
Central Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 22
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)
September 29
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 1
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 6
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Memorial Gymnasium)
October 8
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 13
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 15
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 20
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tully Gym)
October 22
2:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
October 25
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 29
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 3
7:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
November 5
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
November 10
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 17
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 19
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 22
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)
November 24
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)

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