The Mizuno Blazers is a USAV volleyball club in the Heart of America Region. The team is based in the Shawnee, Gardner, and Olathe, KS area. For the 2008-2009 season the Mizuno Blazers will host competitive teams in the 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

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Gary Anderson -- 18U
Head Coach, Leavenworth High School
Head Coach, Mizuno Blazers

Coach Anderson brings 29 years of volleyball experience to the Mizuno Blazers.  Sixteen (16) of those years were spent playing volleyball for Jr. National teams during which, he received an offer to play at Ball State University.  Gary elected to serve in the armed forces where he was select for and played on the All-Army Volleyball Team.  As an army volleyball player, Coach Anderson competed at the national and international levels.

  After leaving the military, Anderson attended Kansas State University where he served as a Student Assistant/Assistant Academic Advisor. He was able to work with Jim McLaughlin, Suzie Fritz and a number of Olympic gold medal winning coaches and he has incorporated that knowledge into his programs.

  Having successfully coached high school for the past 12 years (eight (8) of which have been with the largest school classifications in Missouri and Kansas), he has been voted Coach of the Year three (3) times, appeared in five (5) State Championships, set numerous state statistical team and individual records, and propelled a significant number of athletes into the college ranks.

  Additionally, Coach Anderson has 13 years of head coaching experiences at the club level, not only has he helped established 4 club programs, he has taken eight (8) teams to a top 10 finish at Regional’s’ including one 1st place finish, in addition to two (2) top 10 finishes at Nationals. Coach Anderson also brings with him on the road college recruiting experience he has an established network with numerous college coaches, and is known for his fast paced, explosive offence.