Volleyball Canada Hires World Class Beach Volleyball Coach Steve Anderson

OTTAWA (December 23, 2012) Volleyball Canada is extremely pleased to announce that Steve Anderson has accepted the position of Head Coach of its High Performance Beach Volleyball Programs.  Steve has a very impressive resume that is specific to coaching beach volleyball around the world, with the experience and skills needed to build a leading edge Beach National Team Program in Canada that produces International competitive excellence.

Steve, who originally hails from Kentucky and played on the AVP tour in the USA, has been coaching elite beach volleyball athletes for twenty-two years, working with well over one hundred of the highest level athletes from fourteen countries.  As part of his career, he has trained and mentored many National coaches and contributed to the advancement of several international volleyball programs.  He is a four time Olympic coach, and an Olympic Bronze and Gold medal coach (1996 and 2000) for Australia.  Steve has worked with athletes, coaches and National Sport Organizations around the world, including: USA, Australia, Indonesia, Great Britain, Japan, Costa Rica, Switzerland, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Denmark, Angola, Aland, France and Canada.  Steve is no stranger to Canada, having worked as a personal coach for many Canadian athletes over the years.

Steve was a National Team Coach for Australia for almost a decade.  During this time he was the Australian Women’s Beach Volleyball Team Coach for four Olympic Games, leading the team of Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst to bronze in Atlanta and gold in Sydney.  The duo was later voted the co-FIVB women’s “team of the decade.” Steve also coached Cook and new partner Nicole Sanderson to a fourth place finish in Athens. He returned as Australian Women’s Team Coach in London 2012, working closely again with Cook who became the first Australian female athlete in any sport to compete in five Olympic Games.

Steve will be working closely with Canadian coaches to build a coaching team environment, sharing his experience and knowledge for future succession.  He has demonstrated through his past work that he is highly experienced and skilled at strategic planning, coordinating support services, creating successful competition and periodization plans, individual team and program management and delivering a daily training environment conducive to achieving international and Olympic Games success.  

Volleyball Canada is extremely pleased to have been able to secure such an experienced beach volleyball coach with demonstrated international success that can help build a quality program.  Steve will be working out of the Downsview High Performance Facility in Toronto and will be starting in his new position on January 7, 2013.