Episode 20 - Physical literacy, Ottawa U Men’s Volleyball & Learning with Colin Walker

November 13, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Ottawa U Men's Volleyball Head Coach Colin Walker to discuss integration of physical literacy, the evolution of the men's program at Ottawa U and the importance of learning.
(0:50) - How is Frank's club preseason going?
(2:50) - What does it represent to be producing episode 20?
(4:45) - Resource: Changing the Game Project
(10:40) - Colin's bio
(10:55) - What is Colin's description of himself as an athlete?
(12:00) - How did a grade 12 enrichment course kick start Colin's coaching career?
(13:15) - Why did coach Walker choose to coach volleyball over other sports?
(15:50) - What did Colin learn from his time with the Youth National Team alonside past UBC Men's Volleyball Head Coach and present Volleyball Canada's Director of Sports Science, Medicine and Information Kerry MacDonald?
(16:30) - What are some of Kerry's thoughts on serving?
(18:20) - Resource: Coach Your Brains Out Podcast - Serving Mindset with Andrea Becker (episode 1episode 2), Andrea Becker on Perfect in Mindset
(20:55) - What are some of Kerry's thoughts on controlling jumping load?
(26:40) - Why did coach Walker take on the Ottawa U Men's volleyball program?
(28:08) - What kind of men's team could Ottawa U have using primarily regional volleyball players?
(29:15) - What is the history of the Ottawa U Men's volleyball club team?
(35:30) - How is the team doing this year so far?
(38:30) - Is a men's varsity program at Ottawa U going to see the day any time soon?
(39:50) - Why and how did Colin found the SportsCan project?
(42:00) - How does SportsCan cover the full LTAD pathway and focus especially on ancillary training?
(46:50) - What can be done to facilitate physical literacy development? What can a 12-15U volleyball coach do to enhance physical literacy development?
(51:50) - Can physical literacy still be developed at the older age groups?
(53:08) - How can broader physical literacy activities be integrated into a volleyball practice already taxed for time to develop volleyball skills?
(54:50) - When would be a good time during the season to integrate physical literacy activities? How long should athletes work on given skill sets?
(55:50) - What are some of coach Walker's tips to teach ball control with younger age groups?
(61:00) - What is Colin's definition of learning and how does learning take place in his coaching environment?
(64:30) - What is coach Walker's analogy to explain learning from a neurological perspective to his athletes?
(66:00) - Why are growth mindset, grit and failure key words Colin uses repeatedly with his students and athletes?

Épisode 19 (FR) - Le développement du passeur avec Olivier Faucher

October 30, 2018
Dans cet épisode, Thierry accueille le conseiller technique volet volleyball masculin de Volleyball Québec Olivier Faucher pour discuter de l'apprentissage d'un entraîneur recrue et de la position de passeur.
(0:50) - Suivez-nous ou partagez vos commentaires sur les réseaux sociaux sur Instagram ftfcpodcast, Twitter @FTFCpodcast ou Facebook From the First Chair Podcast
(2:14) - Bio d'Olivier Faucher
(2:34) - Est-ce qu'un parcours multi-sports a aidé Olivier à cheminer plus rapidement au volleyball?
(3:40) - Est-ce qu'Olivier a évolué seulement à la position de passeur?
(5:45) - Quel est le fait saillant de la carrière internationale de coach Faucher?
(7:46) - Qu'est-ce qui a poussé Olivier vers le rôle d'entraîneur?
(9:05) - Comment est-ce que coach Faucher a surmonté quelques défis lors de sa première année comme entraîneur recrue avec les Faucons de Lévis?
(13:10) - Qui ont été les mentors d'Olivier?
(17:45) - Quel est le rôle de coach Faucher à titre d'entraîneur-chef et conseiller technique pour Volleyball Québec?
(20:05) - Quel est l'objectif à long terme au niveau du développement du volet masculin au Québec?
(25:00) - Quelles sont les principales problématiques qui empêchent de prioriser le développement de l'athlète?
(28:15) - Comment est-ce possible de bien développer le passeur, soit possiblement la position la plus importante?
(29:24) - Comment est-ce que des passeurs potentiels devraient être identifiés?
(34:55) - À quel âge est-ce qu'un athlète qui démontre du potentiel comme passeur devrait se spécialiser à cette position?
(37:20) - En fonction du développement et de l'âge, quelles devraient être les priorités à enseigner au passeur?
(44:16) - Lors d'un entraînement dédié au passeur, quel devrait être les conseils à respecter?
(47:00) - Qu'est-ce qu'un passeur peut faire sur son propre temps pour s'améliorer?
(48:38) - Quels sont les conseils d'Olivier relativement à la gestion d'un passeur en compétition?
(51:40) - Quelles sont des erreurs communes à éviter dans le développement des passeurs?

Episode 18 - Dealing with Adversity, Emphasizing the Process, Leadership & more with Tim Louks

October 16, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome McMaster University women's volleyball Head Coach Tim Louks to discuss dealing with adversity, the process of coaching, developing good leaders and more.
(0:10) - Follow FTFC on Instagram ftfcpodcast, on Twitter @FTFCpodcast and on Facebook From the First Chair Podcast
(1:45) - How is the weekend going so far for the Mauraders at the GeeGee's Preseason Classic?
(2:40) - What are some goals for the weekend for coach Louks?
(7:38) - Tim's bio
(10:22) - What were Tim's playing days at McMaster like?
(12:00) - How did coach Louks get into coaching at a young age and why did he transition to the women's game?
(15:00) - Who are one or two coaches that particular impacted Tim's coaching?
(21:20) - How does coach Louks explain the recent run of OUA titles?
(28:20) - How does Tim approach more successful programs and coaches to learn from them?
(30:20) - What would coach Louks do differently if he had to start his coaching career again?
(34:40) - How does Tim make the communication process within the team as efficient as possible?
(37:34) - How are 3 words at the centre of coach Louks' process: engaging, enabling and empowering?
(43:10) - What are some team rules Tim likes to set and how are the athletes involved in the establishment of these guidelines?
(48:00) - How are the athletes involved in the decision making process?
(51:00) - Why is coach Louks using mostly a leadership council these days and who chooses the various leaders?
(58:00) - Are there particular resources Tim likes to read or consult to help him learn and emphasize the process?

Episode 17 - Transformational Coaching with Jordan Chen

October 2, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Queen's Jordan Chen who is completing a master's degree in sport psychology to discuss transformational coaching.
(1:19) - Who are some coaches from various sports that are great leaders?
(9:15) - How should leadership be defined in a coaching context?
(10:15) - What is transformational leadership?
(11:00) - Resources: transformational coaching education
What is Transformational Coaching, Ontario Soccer Webinar
Jean Côté on Transformational Coaching, United States Center for Coaching Excellence Podcast
How to Become a Transformational Coach, Changing the Game Project, Way of Champions Podcast
Transformational Coaching, Smarter Coaching Podcast
Dr Jean Côté, The Athlete Development Show (podcast)
Transformational Coaching Workshop, International Sport Coaching Journal, Jean Côté & Jennifer Turnnidge (article)
(13:48) - Jordan's bio
(17:20) - How did being a data analyst for the men's team at Queen's change his perception of the game?
(18:50) - Has Jordan ever coached volleyball formerly?
(20:00) - Why did Jordan choose to study in the field of sport psychology?
(20:50) - Is the buy in from athletes and coaches in regards to sport psychology better nowadays or is it still marginalized?
(21:30) - What are early discoveries on youth coaching?
(26:30) - What is effective coaching?
(28:45) - What is transformational leadership and how does it apply to sports?
(32:48) - How recent is this concept of transformational coaching?
(36:30) - How does Jordan deal with coaches that aren't open minded to this concept of transformational coaching?
(38:10) - What does the early data collection on transformational coaching indicate?
(40:15) - How can the 4 C's be measured?
(42:50) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the first I: Idealized influence?
(46:42) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the second I: Inspirational motivation?
(50:30) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to the third I: Intellectual stimulation?

(56:40) - What are some key coaching behaviours in regards to fourth I: Individualized consideration?
(60:00) - How can the transformational coaching concept be adapted to younger age groups versus older age groups in club volleyball?

Episode 16 - Tryout Tips with John Nguyen

September 18, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Club Director of Finance and VP of Operations John Nguyen to discuss tryout and finance tips.
(2:10) - Best resource for tryout is an experienced coach
(2:26) - Resource: Volleyball Tryout Checklist by Art of Coaching
(3:23) - Frank's tips for a successful tryout
(9:01) - Thierry's tips for a successful tryout
(17:18) - John's bio
(19:05) - What were Jonh's playing days like?
(21:06) - What got John into coaching early on?
(22:15) - What is the OVA Banjam?
(24:02) - What is John's coaching philosophy?
(26:52) - Who are John's mentors?
(32:40) - As MVC Director of Finance, what are some tips John has for our club coaches on the financial level?
(36:26) - How often should a team's budget be discussed or reviewed?
(38:44) - What is the ideal tryout process?
(41:45) - How does a coach gather as much useful information as possible during a tryout?
(44:00) - What is the 4 or 5 step selection process MVC emphasizes during tryouts?
(46:50) - What should a coach prioritize to obtain the most important information on her or his athletes?
(50:22) - What does that first tryout practice look like for John?
(52:41) - How does John asses the intangibles?
(54:30) - Should a coach use video during a tryout to observe behaviours and even gather stats?
(57:43) - How important is the athlete & parent meeting during the tryout process and what should it include?
(59:45) - What are some thoughts on the "project player"?
(62:10) - What are some thoughts on the practice player?

Episode 15 (EN) - Sharing Lessons from the Summer & Pre-season Tips for Coaches

September 4, 2018
In this guestless episode, Frank & Thierry discuss their summer commitments with provincial programs and what they learned through such an enriching experience. Pre-season tips are also offered to coaches. 
(1:20) - Resources: Find a resource that forces you to reflect on your coaching practices. 

At Home on the Court (Mark Lebedew)

Coaching Volleyball (John Foreman)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards Podcast (Mark & John)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards (books)


(4:45) - Resource: Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew


(6:37) - If you have a resource you would like us to propose on a future episode, please share it with us at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca


(7:45) - Why should a club coach participate in a summer provincial program?


(8:40) - Thierry's takeaways from being involved with Team Québec


(11:00) - How can a summer program permit a coach to self-improve continually?


(12:22) - Is physical conditioning the most limiting training factor in regards to the athletes?


(17:40) - Why is seasonal planing so important even for a short program like a provincial team?


(20:09) - Why are classroom sessions so critical in preparing the high performance athlete?


(24:30) - Frank's takeaways from being involved with Team Ontario


(25:25) - Why is collaborating with passionate coaches every summer so invigorating?


(26:40) - What is the ideal selection process according to Frank?


(32:30) - Why are summer programs an ideal environment for professional development?


(34:45) - Why is team culture becoming a big part of Team Ontario programs?


(37:45) - Why should a head coach and her or his assistants hold a pre-season meeting? What should be discussed during that meeting?


(43:30) - What are the priorities when preparing the seasonal plan?


(48:00) - Why is the pre-season a great time to identify an area of coaching improvement, find a resource and set a plan to put in action?


Épisode 15 (FR) - Partage d’apprentissages de l’été et conseils de pré-saison pour les entraîneurs

September 4, 2018

Dans cet épisode sans invité, François et Thierry discutent de leurs engagements estivaux avec les équipes provinciales et partagent des apprentissages qui en découlent. Aussi, des conseils de pré-saison pour les entraîneurs sont présentés.


(1:30) - Ressources : Trouver une ressource qui fait porter à la réflexion est une excellente pratique gagnante.

At Home on the Court (Mark Lebedew)

Coaching Volleyball (John Foreman)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards Podcast (Mark & John)

Volleyball Coaching Wizards (books)


(5:40) - Resource: Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew


(9:10) - Les faits saillants de Thierry suite à son engagement avec équipe Québec


(9:55) - Pourquoi est-ce qu'un entraîneur civil devrait s'investir avec un programme estival?


(11:25) - Pourquoi est-ce que l'environnement d'une équipe provinciale favorise l'apprentissage?


(12:25) - Est-ce que la préparation physique est le principal facteur limitant en relation à l'athlète participant à un programme estival?


(16:33) - Pourquoi est-ce que la planification d'une saison est si importante même pour un programme aussi court qu'une équipe provinciale?


(20:05) - Pourquoi est-ce que les séances en salle de classe sont si critiques dans le développement de l'athlète de haut niveau?


(24:15) - Les faits saillants de Frank suite à son engagement avec équipe Ontario


(25:35) - Comment est-ce que la collaboration avec des entraîneurs passionnés à chaque été peut être si motivant et bénéfique?


(26:50) - Quel est le processus idéal de sélection et de développement selon Frank?


(28:55) - Pourquoi est-ce que les programmes estivaux sont un milieu idéal pour le développement professionnel des entraîneurs?


(31:33) - Pourquoi est-ce que la culture d'équipe est présentement un thème très chaud avec les équipes de l'Ontario?


(36:15) - Comment est-ce que l'entraîneur chef devrait s'y prendre pour recruter ses adjoints?


(39:51) - Pourquoi est-ce qu'un entraîneur chef et ses adjoints devraient avoir une rencontre de pré-saison? Qu'est-ce qui devrait être discuté lors de cette rencontre?


(44:18) - Quelles sont les priorités lors de la préparation du plan de saison?


(47:10) - Comment est-ce que la pré-saison s'avère un temps idéal pour cibler une compétence à améliorer, trouver une ressource relative à celle-ci et établir un plan d'attaque pour en faire la mise en oeuvre?


(48:10) - N'hésitez pas à nous écrire au FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca pour partager votre rétroaction. Dites-nous ce que vous appréciez, ce que vous aimez, ce que vous aimeriez entendre. Aussi, proposer nous une ressource que nous pourrions partager avec les auditeurs.


Épisode 14 (FR) - Le développement de l’athlète, le recrutement et l’analyse vidéo avec Pascal Clément

August 21, 2018
Dans cet épisode, François et Thierry accueillent l'entraîneur chef de l'équipe masculine du Rouge et Or Pascal Clément pour discuter du développement de l'athlète, de recrutement, d'analyse vidéo et de plusieurs autres thèmes.
(0:20) - Épisode exclusivement en français.
(2:30) - Bio de Pascal Clément
(2:57) - Comment décrire Pascal Clément le joueur?
(5:00) - Qu'est-ce qui a poussé coach Clément vers le coaching?
(7:24) - Quels ont été les effets de la fin de la séquence de championnats provinciaux universitaires?
(10:10) - Quelques réflexions de Pascal au sujet de la séquence de 100 victoires consécutives.
(15:19) - Qui ont été les mentors de Pascal?
(21:05) - Quel a été l'impact de Glenn Hoag sur les pratiques de coach Clément?
(22:30) - Quelle est la philosophie de coaching à Pascal?
(25:55) - Comment est-ce qu'un entraîneur continue de cheminer après de nombreuses années à diriger des équipes?
(28:33) - Ronde éclaire : Sa plus grosse victoire?
(29:30) - Ronde éclaire : Sa pire défaite?
(29:37) - Ronde éclaire : La chose la plus difficile à enseigner à un athlète?
(29:42) - Ronde éclaire : La position la plus importante?
(29:49) - Ronde éclaire : Son moment préféré dans une saison?
(33:00) - Ronde éclaire : Meilleur athlète à avoir entraîné?
(34:32) - Ronde éclaire : Dernier livre lu? Conversation avec mon coiffeur de Tal Ben Sahar, Vivre : la psychologie du bonheur de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
(35:45) - Ronde éclaire : Si tu ne coacherais pas, que ferais-tu?
(36:30) - Quelle est la plus grande lacune typique qu'un athlète démontre à son arrivée au niveau universitaire?
(39:47) - Qu'est-ce qu'un entraîneur civil peut faire pour mieux préparer les athlètes au niveau universitaire?
(43:53) - Est-ce que les clubs civiles préparent suffisament bien les athlètes en terme de préparation physique pour la rigueur d'une longue saison universitaire?
(47:40) - Comment est-il possible de faciliter le développement de l'autonomie chez les athlètes?
(50:10) - Comment est-ce coach Clément pense qu'un athlète devrait approcher le recrutement?
(54:15) - À quelles qualités est-ce Pascal porte particulièrement attention dans le processus de recrutement?
(60:25) - Est-ce que les étudiants ontariens devraient faire le saut immédiatement à l'universitaire québecois ou est-ce qu'une escale au CÉGEP serait bénéfique? 
(61:50) - Comment est-ce que les entraîneurs civils peuvent mieux préparer les athlètes par rapport à l'analyse vidéo?

Episode 13 - Thoughts on the Middle Blocker with Nathan Groenveld

August 7, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome newly appointed York University men's volleyball Head Coach Nathan Groenveld to discuss the importance of the middle blocker position and how to train it more efficiently.
(0:30) - Congratulations to Coach Groenveld for being selected as York University men's volleyball Head Coach
(2:05) - Nathan's bio
(2:35) - What was Thierry's initial impression of Nathan Groenveld, the club player?
(4:21) - What is Glenn Hoag's advice to high level athletes that are pondering coaching after their playing  career?
(6:07) - What brought Nathan into coaching?
(7:15) - What were some of the challenges coach Groenveld had to overcome building the Niagara College program?
(9:10) - How have some experiences such as Team Ontario and the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence program made Nathan a better coach?
(10:55) - How does coach Groenveld develop a family atmosphere with his teams?
(12:50) - Who are Nathan's mentors and how does he interact with them?
(15:50) - How can summer programs such as a provincial or junior national team help a coach in his or her professional development?
(18:10) - Is the middle position presently undervalued at the club level and what can be done to change that perception?
(24:45) - How can club coaches improve their ability to coach middle blocker more effectively?
(29:00) - Middles need to include cue reading in blocking as early as possible such as Glenn Hoag's blocking progression
(30:05) - What good online resource for training middle blockers does coach Groenveld recommend?
(34:00) - Should every athlete get some repetitions in the middle at some point?
(37:05) - How can lateral speed or a fast arm swing be trained with 14U to 16U athletes?
(40:55) - How much block training is necessary and how quickly should drills be more random when considering the middle position?
(42:15) - What are typical weaknesses coach Groenveld sees in rookie college athletes playing in the middle?
(43:53) - How can an incredibly difficult skill like blocking be trained better in the club setting?
(50:20) - What are rookie middle athletes lacking on the offensive side of the game at the collegiate level? 
(55:00) - How is a middle's arm swing different and how do you train that efficiently?
(59:30) - Which middle from Team Canada should a young club athlete be watching?
(61:00) - Do you like podcast episodes that focus on a particular position like this one? Please provide feedback at FTFC@maverickvolleyball.ca

Episode 12 - Tips for Rookie Head Coaches with Niko Rukavina

July 24, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Niko Rukavina to discuss his path early in his coaching career and many tips for rookie head coaches will be shared.
(1:44) - Resource - I am a New Coach, USA Volleyball
(4:15) - Thierry's top three recommendations to a rookie head coach
(9:36) - Frank's top three recommendations to a rookie head coach
(15:00) - Niko's bio
(15:32) - How did a multisport background help Niko as a volleyball athlete?
(17:35) - How did Niko transition from left side to libero in his fifth year in University?
(21:38) - What are Niko's thoughts about being an assistant coach with your alma matter soon after your playing career?
(23:50) - How did Niko successfully transition from post-secondary athletes to 18U athletes to 13U athletes?
(25:40) - What were some of the biggest challenges Niko had to face with 13U athletes?
(29:30) - What brought Niko into coaching?
(30:50) - Who are Niko's mentors?
(31:55) - What particular skills or habits did coach Rukavina take from his previous coaches under whom he played?
(34:00) - Many coaches in the volleyball community including Frank believe Niko Rukavina is a young coach that is doing it right. What are Niko's thoughts about this statement?
(36:40) - What age group does Niko's recommend for a rookie coach?
(38:00) - What advice does coach Rukavina have for a coach that works with younger age groups such as 13U and 14U?
(39:25) - What certification level is Niko at and how did he go about completing it?
(40:09) - What are the benefits of head coaching a team and assisting with another team?
(41:45) - What is Niko's long term coaching plan?
(43:00) - What did coach Rukivina do specifically with his team to maximize both age specific needs and competition success?
(46:40) - How important is the serve-pass part of the game? What was done to develop it?
(48:12) - What offensive system was chosen and why?
(49:50) - What is the plan for setting at 15U?
(50:35) - How long would Niko like to go positionless with his club team?
(52:33) - What are coach Rukavina's thoughts on prohibiting overhead passing at the younger age groups?
(55:50) - What advice does Niko have to help rookie coaches deal with off court elements such as seasonal planing, physical preparation, etc.?