Larry McKay and Georges Laplante land Volleyball Canada national coaching positions

OTTAWA - Volleyball Canada announced Tuesday that Larry McKay of the University of Winnipeg and Georges Laplante of l’université de Montréal were respectively named head coaches for the men’s Team Canada at the World University Games and Canada’s national junior men’s team.

McKay has been head coach for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s volleyball team for 22 seasons.  Last year he was the head coach of Canada’s National 'B' squad and was part of the National A team’s staff in preparation for the world championships.

He has led the Wesmen to seven national championship medals and was named the CIS’ coach of the year for the 1992-93 and 2001-02 seasons. In 2003 he was Team Canada’s head coach at the men’s under-21 world championships.

His assistant coaches for the World University Games are Ben Josephson of national champion Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., and Steve Leknois of Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

The World University Games are August 12-23 in ShenzhenChina. The team will hold their selection camp in Gatineau from May 7-13, and will begin their training and preparations for the summer immediately upon the selection of the team.

Laplante has been head coach for the Université de Montréal Carabins for 14 years leading his squad this past season to the Quebec conference semifinals.

Internationally, Laplante was Team Canada’s head coach at the 2007 and 2009 World University Games earning the silver in 2007, Canada’s best ever result at the Games. He has also been a national team assistant at four separate events including the 1994 world championships.

The main objective this season for the men’s national junior team is the world junior championships August 1-August 10 in Brazil.  Canada qualified for the world juniors last summer with an impressive silver medal at the NORCECA championships.

Similar as the Universiade team, the selection camp for the junior team is also scheduled for next month in Gatineau, from May 17-22, and the team will then train throughout the summer leading up to the world championships.

Laplante’s assistants are Greg Barthel of the University of Regina and Brad Poplawski of the University of Alberta.