Winnipeg’s Scott Koskie named women’s national volleyball team’s assistant coach

WINNIPEG – Volleyball Canada announced Thursday that Scott Koskie of Winnipeg has been named the women’s national team’s new assistant coach.

A graduate of Dakota Collegiate and the University of Manitoba, Koskie brings an impressive volleyball resume to the table.

He started with the national team in 1995 following his university career, and went on to compete for Canada for 14 seasons, including team captain for seven (1997-2004). He competed in many major international events, including three Pan Am Games (1999, 2003 & 2007), three world championships (1998, 2002 & 2006) and three World Cups (1995, 1999 & 2003).

In 2005 he was selected as the best setter at the NORCECA Championship which was held in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre. In total, Koskie competed in 326 international matches for Canada. He also played for 10 seasons in professional volleyball leagues in Europe and in the Middle East.

As a coach, Koskie has recently worked with the University of Manitoba Bison men's team as an assistant coach, is currently the head coach of the 16U Big Sand Girl’s Club, and has worked with various provincial team programs in Manitoba. He has also been a developmental coach with the Montpellier University Club in France, the Arona Tenerife and PTV Malaga Clubs in Spain and was a player/head coach with Athletica de Vigo Club in Division 1 Spain. Koskie is also the co-founder and lead instructor with 'Success for Volleyball', a developmental volleyball program for athletes 5-17 years old.

"My experience as a former national team and professional player will help me relate to and be a resource for the players," saidKoskie. "I am very familiar with what these players will being going through as they prepare for the upcoming season, which includes a major competition with the world championship this fall, and further down the road for the Olympic qualifying process.  

‘’I have worked closely with the support staff in Winnipeg as a player and these relationships will help me as I continue to learn and grow as a coach.  The program is moving in a very positive direction and I will do everything that I can to support that, and offer input to help it continue."

Arnd Ludwig, the women’s national team head coach agrees Koskie’s international experience will benefit the team.

"We had a couple of really good candidates and the decision was very hard," Ludwig said. "But I am sure that we found with Scott the right candidate. He brings a lot of international experience as a player and I am sure he will transfer that into our training and competition environment. Everybody in the program will benefit from him, including the athletes and also myself. I am really looking forward to working with Scott."

Koskie starts his duties in late April and will help prepare the selection camp scheduled for early May. The 2010 season schedule for the women's national team includes:

May 1-5 Open High Performance Camp - Winnipeg

May 5-9 National Senior Team Selection Camp - Winnipeg

May 21 Red & White Match - Calgary

Jun 11-16 Pre-Pan Am Cup TrainingBaja California, Mexico

Jun 16-27 Pan Am Cup - Baja California, Mexico

July 23-24 9th Annual Coors Light 'Superspike' Beach Volleyball Tournament - Maple Grove Rugby Park - Winnipeg
July 26-Aug 3 Exhibition Series -
Belgium

Aug 26 Drive Fore the Gold Annual Golf Tournament - Breezy Bend Golf

October 3-10 Exhibition Series - Winnipeg

Oct 29-Nov 14 FIVB Women's World Championship - Various Cities, Japan

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For further information please contact:

John Blacher

Team Canada Volleyball Centre - Winnipeg

Ph: 204-474-7210

Mobile: 204-479-3612

email: jblacher@volleyball.ca