Volleyball Coaching Wizard Jefferson Williams

Among the Winningest Coaches You’ll Find Anywhere

Transplant Jefferson Williams has amassed a ridiculous amount of silverware while coaching in his adopted country, England. He has also been involved in the English and Team GB programs in a number of different roles over the years, and is considered a mentor to many of the younger generation of U.K. coaches. All this while holding down a day job!

His resume includes:

  • Won 20 men’s national championships and 15 cup titles in England
  • Won 12 English women’s national championships and 11 cups.
  • Coached the English National Team 1987-2003
  • Additional professional coaching experience in Sweden

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

– The challenges of being a player/coach

– Cultural differences

– Coaching in a place where volleyball is a minor sport

– Coaching education and development

– Working with male and female players

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Simon Loftus

Coach of Scotland’s First Ever International Trophy Winners

Simon Loftus starting his coaching at the youth level in his native Scotland, but soon was on to bigger things. He developed the Leeds Metropolitan University program which dominated U.K. university volleyball for several years. He then went on to lead the Scottish men to their first ever trophy in international competition. After spending time coaching in the US, he recently took over the program at the University of East London.

His resume includes:

  • 2012 Novatel Cup winner as Scottish National Team head coach
  • 6 U.K. university championships (BUCS) and 5 Volleyball England Student Cup titles
  • NCAA tournament appearance while coaching in the US
  • Also coached professionally in Sweden

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

– Developing a coaching style

– Working with male vs. female athletes

– Comparing the US and European systems

– Coaching against lower caliber opposition

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Interview: Simon Loftus

Date: May 27, 2015

 

Download the audio file (right click and “Save As…” / 76mb – 1:50:45)

During the interview, Simon mentions some coaching videos featuring Canadian National Team coach Glen Hoag. You can find that on YouTube here.

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A highly experienced female pro coach, and one of the UK’s best

We’ve added perhaps the most successful coach in UK history to the list of Volleyball Coaching Wizards interview commitments. We’ve also added one of the relatively few highly experienced female professional coaches.

Svetlana Ilic (Russia)
bio pending

Jefferson Williams (U.K.)
When it comes to UK coaching success, it’s hard to beat Jefferson. As a player-coach with Mallory Eagles VC his teams won 20 national titles between 1987 and 2010, including 10 in a row and a 96 match unbeaten run. Throw in 15 cup titles to boot. Now, on top of that add 12 league championships and 11 cups between 1989 and 2006 coaching the women. This is alongside being the England Senior men’s head coach from 1987 to 2003, assistant coach for the Great Britain squad from 1990 to 1997, interim GB Women’s coach from 2005 to 2007, and head coach of the England Women’s Developmental Squad from 2007 to 2012. He’s been Volleyball England, England, and UK Coach of the Year. Jefferson also coached for a time in Sweden.

Closing in on 30 with three more commitments

You know you’ve earned some respect when other Wizards are recommending you for this project. That is the case with all three of today’s additions.

Craig Fail (UK)
As head coach of the Scottish Women’s National Team, Craig led the team to bronze in the 2013 CEV Small Countries Division Final and to qualification for the 2015 edition taking place this month. He spent several years as assistant with the Scottish men’s senior national team, as well as head coach of the Junior team. At the club level where he has coached for nearly 30 years, Craig’s 2003 Falkirk women’s team win the 2003 Scottish Cup, and his 2014-15 City of Edinburgh VC women won the Division I title, the Division I play-offs, and the National Cup Final.

Marilyn McReavy-Nolen (USA)
A member of the original class of AVCA Hall of Fame inductees in 2003, Marilyn was specifically cited by Ruth Nelson below during Ruth’s own induction speech in 2014 as being one of volleyball coaching’s luminaries. She became only the 3rd coach to reach 800 wins in NCAA Division I, and did it over 31 seasons with six different programs. Her honors include induction in to the Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 1978, being named a “Leader in Volleyball” in 1992 by USA Volleyball, selection as one of the inaugural recipients of USA Volleyball’s All-Time Great Coaches Award in 1996, and the AVCA Founders Award in 1999.

Ruth Nelson (USA)
An inductee into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2014 – which at least one other Wizard coach thinks was a ridiculously long wait – Ruth doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. Ruth racked up more than 500 victories during a 16-year NCAA Division I collegiate coaching career, and coached the likes of Flo Hyman and Rita Crockett. She also served under Arie Selinger as assistant coach of the US national team, as well as head coach of the Junior national team, in the World University Games, and in Major League Volleyball

 

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)