Volleyball Coaching Wizard Garth Pischke

Coaching as a Continuation of Playing

A lot of people have probably never heard of him, but Canadian Garth Pischke has become one of the winningest colleges coaches of all time during his 30+ year tenure leading the University of Manitoba men’s program. This is after being one of Canada’s best national team players.

His resume includes:

  • More victories in men’s college volleyball than even the legendary Al Scates (approaching 1300)
  • 26 trips to the CIS National Championships, winning 9 golds, 9 silver, and 5 bronze medals
  • Head Coach of the Canadian National Men’s Volleyball Team from 1996-2000 and guided them from 21st in world rankings to 10th.
  • Selected to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Here’s some of what Garth discusses in his interview:

– The structure of Canadian volleyball

– The importance of being honest

– Shifting from having a player’s mentality to a coach’s mentality

– Training philosophy

– The use of visualization

– Parenthood and coaching

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Bill Neville

Looking back and looking forward

Bill Neville is one of the most respected coaches in US volleyball coaching circles, and probably beyond as well. His long experience in the game provides him a perspective on the sport and on coaching that few can match.

His resume includes:

  • Olympic coach for both the Canadian and US national teams, including for the 1984 gold medal winning USA.
  • Over 15 years coaching NCAA Division I women’s teams.
  • USA Volleyball Technical Director
  • USA Volleyball National Commissioner of Coaching Education
  • Developer of the Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP)
  • Author of Coaching Volleyball Successfully

Here’s some of what Bill discusses in his interview:

– His favorite memory for the 1984 US Olympic team

– The qualities of a great setter

– Key factors in good coaching education

– Being an innovative coach

– How the game has developed and where it might be headed

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Stelio DeRocco

Pro and National Team Player to Pro and National Team Coach

Similar to Vital Heynen, Canadian Stelio DeRocco became a coach following a career playing volleyball professionally in Italy and for Canada. He has gone on to have a career at both the club and international coaching levels and has as a coach mentor.

His resume includes:

  • Coached the Australian National Team during the 2000 Olympic cycle.
  • Coached the Canadian National Team from 2001 to 2006, which includes coaching in the 2003 World Cup
  • Won 2 Euro Cups with Montichiari (Italy)
  • Won 2 leagues and 3 cups with Constanta (Romania)
  • Won 4 cup titles coaching in Dubai

Here’s some of what Stelio share discusses in his interview:

– Transitioning from player to coach

– The importance of being consistent as a coach

– Developing a team philosophy and approach

– Training focus over the course of a season

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Two professional players turned national team coaches

The turnaround time for these two additions were quick. They agreed to be part of the project and were interviewed within only a couple of days. Lots of international and professional coaching experience.

Stelio DeRocco (Canada)
Coached the national team of Australia during the 2000 Olympic cycle, and then with his home Canadian national team where he won a NORCECA championship and coached in the 2003 World Cup. Coached several professional teams in the top divisions of Italy and Romania. Member of the Canadian Government Coaching Implementation Group from 2003 to 2004. As a player was a professional in Europe and a member of the Canadian national team.

Vital Heynen (Belgium)
Also a former international and professional player, Vital is perhaps best known internationally for leading the German men’s national team to the bronze medal in the 2014 World Championships. As a professional coach, however, he has also won four league titles, five Cups, and four Super Cups along with two CEV Cup medals in is native Belgium, and was twice named coach of the year. He has also coached teams in Poland and Turkey.

Nominees from the U.K., and beyond

Here are some suggestions of Wizard coaches from the U.K.

Jeff Williams (Malory Eagles)
Keith Trenam (Sheffield)
Audrey Cooper (VE/ Northumbria)
Craig Faill (Scottish Women’s Nation Team)
Thomas Dowens (Scottish Junior Men)
Harry Brooking (GB Coach & Sousse Tunisia)

And a few from beyond:

Joel Banks (Belguim Juniors)
John Speraw (USA)
Julio Velasco (Argentina)
Vladimir Alekno (Russia)
Hugh McHutcheon (USA)
Vital Heynan (Germany)
Ze Roberto Guimaraes (Brasil)
Bernardo Rezende (Brasil)
Lang Ping (China)
Guidetti (Vakifbank)
Glenn Hoag (Canada)