Printed on: July 26, 2013

Still in the middle of things

Former BYU, Olympic star Millar coming to Rexburg


Eastern Idaho volleyball players will have the opportunity to learn from two of the best next week.

Ryan Millar, a three-time Olympian and middle blocker for BYU's 1999 NCAA national champion team, and former BYU libero Joel Silva will be leading a three-day volleyball camp beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday at The Zone in Rexburg.

Millar, who was a member of the 2000, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic teams, began The Next Level

Volleyball Camps 10 years ago and has made previous stops in Rexburg before. He decided to return to the area this year after corresponding with Jeff Roderick via email and learning about the activities taking place at The Zone.

Millar said he has two points of emphasis that separate his camps from others: fueling the inner fire within an athlete and playing the sport as often as possible.

"I just think back on my progression as a player, especially as a younger player, and I try to tie that into camp," Millar said. "My friends and I would play all the time -- at the park, school, a friends house, tournaments. I try to shy away from the technical aspects of volleyball. If they've developed kind of that fire within, give the type of energy and effort to become a better volleyball player."

Millar's volleyball ca- reer spanned almost two decades. After Team USA won gold at Beijing 2008, he played professionally overseas and was named an alternate for the London 2012 team. His competitive career now over, Millar is a consultant for a leadership development firm in southern California. Although he doesn't get to lead as many camps as he used to, he still enjoys it and plans to continue doing them.

"I enjoy teaching kids the sport of volleyball," Millar said. "In the ocurse of just a few days of doing camp, the competitive drive is built and they become better."

The camp will be divided into two groups: beginner/intermediate for 8th graders and JV athletes with an 8 a.m. to noon session each day and advanced with a 2 to 6 p.m. session. Space is limited and registration can be fulfilled by contacting The Zone. Millar will also be doing private lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Zone. Registration for the lessons is $60 per person.

On the Internet

To sign up:

www.rex burgzone .com