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 Forman first thought up the Volleyball Coaching Wizards concept. He authors the well-respected Coaching Volleyball blog. John is currently Volleyball Director for a US club, after transitioning from coaching at an NCAA Division II program in Texas. This follows a stint as head coach of Svedala Volleybollklubb in Sweden’s top women’s league.
Before going to Sweden, John coached university volleyball in the U.K. while earning a PhD at the University of Exeter. He’s now Dr. Forman. During that period, he spent time as a visiting coach with a pair of German Bundeliga teams. He also helped out a bit with the England youth national program.
John previously coached at the NCAA Division I and Junior College levels. During that period, he was also a Juniors club director and coach. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). He holds a CAP II 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 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.