Dan Glenn likes to say he's coached quite a few talented players in his 25 years with the Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball program.
The most recent one was Cody Caldwell, a 6-foot-6 outside hitter.
Another newspaper quoted Glenn as saying Caldwell was the best he has ever coached. Glenn mentioned he took a lot of heat for the quote, undeservedly because Glenn said he never said Caldwell was the best.
As for where Caldwell ranks with the rest of the greats at Newport Harbor, Glenn just says he is right up there. The reason for the praise is that the biggest strength Caldwell possessed was his overall game on the court.
"He's good at everything," Glenn said. "Pass, serve, receive, he does it the best."
Caldwell turned in by far the best season of any player in the area.
While his Sailors did not go the furthest of the local teams in the playoffs, Caldwell proved almost impossible to stop. For that, Caldwell is the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year.