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Volleyball coaching legend Terry Pettit is a writer at heart. He graduated from Manchester in 1968 with a degree in English and communication studies. Among other things, he was a writer for the Church of the Brethren before earning his master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas.
His latest book, “A Fresh Season – Insights Into Coaching, Leadership and Volleyball,” offers up essays on sports, volleyball, coaching and leadership. The NCAA championship coach writes about risks not taken and stories worth telling well.
He is bringing that knack for storytelling to the Manchester University North Manchester campus for a Values, Ideas, and the Arts speech, “Language, Leadership and The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Cordier Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
For 23 years Pettit was head coach of one of the most successful athletic teams in NCAA history. Under his leadership, the University of Nebraska’s women’s volleyball team won 21 Big 8 and Big 12 conference championships while leading the nation in both All-American and Academic All-American selections.
Retired from coaching, Pettit mentors fellow coaches and offers his expertise to teams and organizations through Terry Pettit Coaching Enhancement. He has written two books and produced an instructional DVD.
Pettit is among four Manchester University alumni who will be honored on Friday, Oct. 10, during the Alumni Honor Award Banquet during Homecoming Weekend. The other honorees are Joan LeValley ’57, Alumni Honor Award; Aaron Durnbaugh ’96, Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award; and Rachel Wilkinson ’10, Young Alumni Impact Award.
September 17, 2014