Who’s Doing This?

John Forman and Mark Lebedew are the two main movers behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project. They do, however, get lots of help from their friends, colleagues, and contacts in the global volleyball community.


John FormanJohn Forman first thought up the Volleyball Coaching Wizards concept. He authors the well-respected Coaching Volleyball blog. John is currently Head Coach at Medaille College for both the Men’s and Women’s teams, plus Global Director for Volleyball at Nation Academy.

John has also coached at the NCAA Division I and II, plus the Junior College and Juniors levels in the US. In the UK, he coached at the university and National Leagues levels, and he coached professional in Sweden. John has spent time with teams from Juniors all the way up to to the national team level in places including Argentina, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). John holds a CAP III certification from USA Volleyball, and is a Volleyball England Level 3 coach.

John is also an oft-published author. He is author of multiple books and dozens of articles. In 2011 he published the book Inside College Volleyball, which focuses on US college recruiting.


Mark LebedewMark Lebedew joins John on the project. Mark has spent the last few years coaching in the Polish PlusLiga. Before Poland, he coached five seasons coaching Berlin Recycling Volleys. During his tenure they were 3-time German champions. They also were 2015 CEV Champions League bronze medal winners. His previous professional coaching stops include SV Bayer Wuppertal (Germany), VC Pepe Jeans Asse-Lennik (Belgium), Tonno Calippo Vibo Valentia (Italy, assistant coach), and VC Franken (Germany)

At the international level, Mark was the Men’s National Team head coach for his native Australia from 2017-2020. Earlier in his career he was assistant for both Australia and Germany. That means he got to coach in competitions like the Olympics, World League, and World Championships qualification.

Mark is author of the At Home on the Court blog. He holds a German DSB A license and an Australian NCAS Level 2. He has been an FIVB Coaches Instructor since 2009. Mark partnered with his brother and father to publish My Profession: The Game.  It is an English translation of the last book from Russian volleyball coaching legend, Vyacheslav Platonov.