The Olds College Broncos are excited to welcome Ryan Marsden as the new head coach of the men's volleyball team.
Marsden came to Olds College in early February to take over for head coach Daryl Noel after a 6 year hiatus from the college game on an interim basis. Marsden brings with him a wealth of knowledge from past coaches experiences, and his impact on the young Broncos team was felt immediately.
"Ryan's resume is oustanding," says Olds College Broncos Athletic Director Linda Henderson. "His understanding of what it takes to recruit and develop student-athletes at this level is remarkable; he knows how to compete to win on the court, in the classroom and in the community."
"We are truly blessed to have him lead our Olds College Men's Volleyball team."
Before the Broncos, Marsden's last ACAC appearance was as the Head Coach of the SAIT Trojans Mens Team from 2007 – 2012. Marsden led the team to an ACAC Provincial Championship (2010) and a Silver medal at CCAA Nationals (2010). Prior to that, he coached at Mount Royal University, University of Alberta, and University College of the Cariboo (Thompson Rivers University).
"My excitement to be involved with the program as Head Coach is honestly overwhelmingly amazing," says Marsden. "I never thought that my path would lead me back to coaching in the ACAC, but I could not be happier."
Marsden says he is thrilled to work with this group of young athletes in particular, and that he is excited for the opportunity to take the Broncos volleyball program to the next level.
"The returning players within this program are great athletes and people. They want for us to succeed so badly and are not scared to put in the added work to find some wins next season," says Marsden. "This is what drives me... the athlete that wants to succeed!"
One of Marsden's first challenges as head coach will be to develop, as well as recruit and develop, a young Bronco into a bonafide net front presence, a task of the upmost importance for the Broncos.
But with an off-season worth of training and recruiting, and a few decades worth of experience in developing young athletes, Marsden is up to the task. In 2005 he was awarded the presigious Tachikara Volleyball Canada u18 Male Coach of the Year Award, and was named ACAC Coach of the Year a few short years later in 2008 - experience the Broncos team can rally behind.
"We need to find a few missing pieces to help our program, but am sure that we will be able to do that with the help of our determined core," says the new head coach. "We want to win some matches and put teams in trouble. If we can stretch the matches to 4-5 games, I think that our athletes will be able to battle for the win.
"Having our program be respected in the league is what I would like to earn, but more importantly having men's volleyball be respected student athletes at the College and in the community is #1. Now, lets get to work!"