Introducing: Coach Neil Mason, CEO
Mason enters his 16th year as CEO, Founder of Complete Athlete Incorporated and TCA Volleyball Club. Continuing his pursuit of excellence both on and off the court Mason has fulfilled his goal to create more opportunities for student athletes and coaches through the game of volleyball.
Mason gave up his playing career to pursue and fulfill his life vision of working in youth sports and empowering change through positive self-belief. Out of this vision, Complete Athlete Incorporated and TCA Volleyball Club were started. Mason, who earnestly espouses that “What you believe is what you become,” jump-started his career based on that philosophy and propelled his organization to heights very few clubs have seen to include 3 Junior Olympic Gold Medals in the highest division.
Mason’s new stated goal, is to work hand in hand with club directors to help them start and successfully operate club teams in states across the country.
Prior to his collegiate career, Mason was MVP of the Canadian National Team Challenge Cup. Mason also played internationally for his native Canada. He was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that competed in the 1995 N.O.R.C.E.C.A championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mason played four years for Pope John Paul II high school, and was named the team’s most valuable player all four years. Even from a young age, Mason knew his passion for volleyball would be something he would incorporate into his life.
Mason spent his college career playing for the 49ers of Long Beach State as a scholarship athlete. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2000, Mason was an Academic All American, a President Ambassador, and a member of the Presidential List while at the Beach. Along with his academic successes, Mason was also successful on the court as part of the 1999 Men’s Volleyball Team that went on to be runners-up in the NCAA National Championship that year.
TCA’s foundation for success is that EVERY athlete improves in their game. It’s not all about winning, it’s about getting better. However, TCA is no stranger to the Junior Olympics. His coaching methods and ability to motivate and direct players have been keys to these successes. On the court, TCA Volleyball Club has won three Open Junior National Championships in the 17’s division in 2004 and 18’s division in 2006 and 2008, along with several National Qualifier Championships. Over the last few years,TCA has amassed successes at every age level. In 2006, Mason even was honored by the United States Olympic Committee as the 2006 Developmental Coach of the Year for the sport of volleyball! With a committment to spreading the TCA brand of sport nationwide, TCA has opened clubs in Atlanta, Orange County, CA, Austin, Baltimore, Houston, Virginia, and has plans to open up in at least two more states by the start of the next season.
In addition to expanding TCA Volleyball, Mason has also been leading the expansion of NM Enterprises, as it has grown from a small entity with a few customers to a multi-national firm serving thousands of customers nationwide.
As TCA’s leader, Mason is currently focusing all of his energies and is gearing his efforts to utilize the sport of volleyball as a vehicle and tool in teaching life skills to young athletes across the nation. Mason has been working tirelessly to publish hisBlueprint of a Champion, An interactive goal setting workbook that has been used in conjunction with his national clubs. A compilation of the sports’ greatest minds, combined with proven methods for goal setting, young athletes learn how to set goals, establish a plan for achieving then, garner support from people that are instrumental in their lives, chart progress, and ultimately reach their goals both on and off he court. So inspired by the success of the program within the volleyclub, Mason recently teamed up with Chicken Soup of the Soul co-author, Irene Dunlap, to make the product available to national audiences. The book production is scheduled for later this year. (More information, along with some of the world’s greatest volleyball athlete can be previewed at www.blueprintofachampion.com.)
Also noted as an inspirational speaker and clinician of the game, Mason has been published in numerous trade magazines and professional publications such as:
- Volleyball Magazine
- AVCA Magazine
- ACVA Coaching Seminar – Final Four
- Gold Medal Squared
- USA Volleyball Rotations
Some of the nation’s best junior volleyball players have been trained by TCA and even personally by Neil. At TCA, Mason has coached more than 25 Junior Olympic All-American Athletes; has placed over 300 Athletes in NCAA/NAIA programs; has developed more than 40+ USAV high performance team members, and, in 2008 alone, had four Gatorade “Players of the Year” in four different states. Since 1999, TCA Volleyball has represented the State of California as the only team to win the 18-U Junior Olympics in the Open Division. In recent years, Mason’steams have earned three gold medals, one bronze, and a fifth place finish in the Open. A list of TCA’s recent successes can be found below, as well as a list ofsome of the players Mason has worked with, and their individual successes. In 2006 Mason was honored as the 2006 Developmental Coach of the Year by the USA Olympic Committee.
Outside of TCA, Mason recently spent time coaching the USA Youth National Team Holiday Camp in Chula Vista, California. He also coached the USA Youth National A2 Team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2007 and 2006 at the High Performance Championships, also in Ft. Lauderdale. In July of 2008, Coach Mason served as the Assistant Coach of the U.S.A. Girls’ Youth National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Mason has also been busy building his brand and partnering with other entities to expand volleyball across the nation.
In an effort to insure that all kids that want to play the sport, have a chance to be introduced to it, Mason is proud to announce the debut of his newest company, a 501C3 foundation called The Complete Athlete Foundation for Kids. CAFFK is a nonprofit 501C organization that empowers youth by offering life skills and athletic instructional training by professional coaches and players. The first launch of this exciting new program was implemented in South LA at ReachBack LA youth center.
Mason, above all, is a motivator and passionate leader. Instilling confidence and direction in his players and coaches is his top priority. Mason teaches and lives by a simple motto that “Thoughts are things and there is nothing you cannot achieve if you visualize, apply yourself, and dedicate all your necessary effort.