Jun 3, 2018
#64 “I’m just a kid playing a game”: Overcoming adversity, managing disappointment, and building an athlete warrior ethos with USA Volleyball Player Cassidy Lichtman
Imagine playing your entire career with unimaginable pain or working your hardest for four years to fall one spot short of making a lifelong dream come true. Now imagine the kind of warrior ethos required to say “my pain will not control my life and my disappointments will not define me”. This is the amazing journey of Cassidy Lichtman, who ends up as one of the best role models any coach or athlete could have. Listen to the entire podcast to hear her phenomenal story of conquering life.
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5:30 The vast importance of free play
7:15 I’m just a kid playing a game
11:15 Volleyball was her sport, but it wasn’t the only sport
14:15 Great coaches have a collaborative relationship with athletes
18:30 Cassidy moves beyond disappointment before the Rio Olympics
24:45 The hardest thing that ever happened to Cassidy
31:45 On finding her limit: you don’t know until you step off the cliff
39:15 What do I want, what do I want to do in this moment? (Internal Locus of Control)
About Cassidy Licthman
With a mom who was a volleyball coach and an older brother who played sports, Cassidy Lichtman’s life since her early years centered around sports, specifically volleyball. In high school she was named PrepVolleyball Finalist and National High School Junior of the Year in 2005 and was elected to the San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame in the same year. In college, she played for Stanford University where she graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree majoring in political science and followed with a master of arts degree in history later in the year. She was selected AVCA All-America First-Team in 2009 and 2010, capping a four-year career at Stanford.
Cassidy joined the USA Volleyball team in 2011. She was named to every U.S. Women’s National Team Roster in 2013, earning two gold medals and a silver medal in four tournaments. She started all seven matches at outside hitter helping U.S. win 2012 Pan American Cup.
Cassidy created her own volleyball clinic series called Play with a Purpose in which all money goes to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
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A John O'Sullivan Show. Episode #64 Hosted and Produced by Coach Reed