Name and Team: Joe Lind, 16 Black
“Day Job”: TAV Houston Club Director – but I don’t consider doing what I love a “job” – I love the people that I work with, growing the sport that I love, and making an impact in people’s lives – that really isn’t “work” is it?
Volleyball-related/Coaching Accomplishments: Nationally ranked recruiting class at Sam Houston State & those freshman leading SHSU to 20 wins
About Coach Joe
What is your favorite volleyball memory?
See #4 above; Anytime our coaching staff implements a game plan and the team is able to execute the plan perfectly to defeat a superior opponent (2014 defeating Northern Lights 161 in 16 Open Gold Pool at Big South Qualifier play after losing to them on day 1) To Quote Colonel Hanibal from ‘The A-Team’, “I love it when a plan comes together”.
Tell us about your family.
I have a beautiful and funny wife, Stefanie – she challenges me and makes me a better person (and has made me a better coach). She is so passionate about teaching kindergarten. I’m in awe of her every day we’ve been married for the last six years. We have three wonderful and crazy boys, Jaxon (4.5), Brayden (3.5) and Cason (4 months). My Dad, Mom & step-dad and one brother live back home in Minnesota where I grew up, and my half-brother Andy lives here and works at TAV!
What advice would you give to volleyball players?
Anybody can play at the next level if you work hard and don’t give up when faced with adversity – I almost quit after not playing in a single match my first two years in college (I just started playing for real in college) – I stuck it out, worked harder and was named All-Conference my last three years. “Dreams don’t work unless you do”
Who was/is your role model and why?
My mom raised me to do the right thing and be a good person, all while being a single mom and earning her MBA at the same time. Volleyball – I would say my first coaches, Kathy Gillen, of Eagan HS (Minnesota) fame; and for Zaundra Bina, Erich Hinterstocker & Brenda Gray for giving me a shot as a collegiate coach.
What is your favorite food?
Pizza, or Brisket, or a perfectly cooked medium rare NY Strip Steak – I enjoy cooking/grilling/smoking BBQ for family and friends.
What college did you attend? Did you play a collegiate sport?
North Dakota State University – Bachelor’s in Human Performance & Fitness, 2005; Masters of Science in Exercise Science, 2009. Played on the men’s club volleyball team for six years at NDSU – I love my Bison \m/ (horns up)
What is something you’re good at outside of volleyball?
Quoting movies, I love to sing Karaoke, I like to line judge NCAA matches, and talk about VB on the radio or online podcasts, I know some random & somewhat useless facts (ultimate goal is still to be on Jeopardy!), smoking brisket/ribs, running self-made obstacle courses with my two oldest boys – usually what occupies my time outside of TAV.
What is your favorite book?
I’ve read some good Coach John Wooden books, ‘Beyond Basketball – Coach K’s Keywords for Success’, and my favorite fiction book is “The Ring”
What is your favorite song?
Hotel California – The Eagles. I could listen to the solo at the end of the song EVERY day of my life.
If you could meet 3 famous people for dinner, who would they be and why?
Michael Jordan – loved watching him compete and dominate basketball when I was growing up.
Dave Chappelle – he’s hilarious and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
Karch Kiraly or Kerri Walsh – best players ever (& Karch is a great coach with a growth-mindset).
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Becoming a father and marrying the love of my life.
What would your friends say are your 2 biggest strengths and 2 biggest weaknesses, and why?
They would say that I care about others and how they feel, and that I can read the room and empathize with others. As far as weaknesses – somewhat related: I often care too much, and managing my time between work and family/spare time.
Why did you choose to coach at TAV Houston?
When I was asked by John Sample to run TAV’s new satellite branch in Houston, along with the support of Jimmy Godail and Gary Becker; to restore the quality, service and experience of volleyball in The Edge facility – it was a no brainer for me, and an honor to join a great organization, work with a great staff, and an amazing community of people around us. I love having a full-time staff and coaches that work with us that want to grow and learn as well as genuinely care for the kids like me. It’s a beautiful thing.
Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
I have three boys under 5 – ‘nuff said. We used to have an Anole Lizard that Jaxon and I caught named “Izza”. I used to have a cat named Puma when I lived in Huntsville. I love animals, but don’t have time with kids and work!