Olds College Sports Information
April 11, 2019
OLDS, Alta. - The Olds College Broncos will have a national presence throughout the summer.
Ryan Marsden, head coach of the Broncos men's volleyball team, will serve as an assistant coach for Volleyball Canada's Senior 'B' team as they compete on the international circuit this summer.
Marsden is looking forward to having the chance to work within the national team program.
"It's always great to be around talented players, whether it's developing our youth or working with those who have proven themselves on the national stage," he said. "I find great honour in this opportunity, and I hope I can help Volleyball Canada in whatever way I am needed as an assistant coach."
John Barrett, head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's volleyball team, will be the team's head coach.
It's familiar territory for Marsden, who has previous experience on the national stage, as he has been a guest coach at National Team camps, served as head coach of the Junior National Team, and was the head coach at the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence in Calgary.
He was also an assistant coach for the National B team, which won a silver medal at the 2007 FISU University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
"I am hoping to take away as much as I can over the next three months," he said. "I've done this role before, and know that one must be as if a sponge and soak up everything. Both coaches and athletes have a lot to share at this level, and I look forward to every single minute of it."
Linda Henderson, athletic director at Olds College, is excited for Marsden's appointment.
"Being selected as a part of Volleyball Canada's National Team staff is such an incredible opportunity for Ryan," she said. "He will be able to learn from, and network with, some of the best players and coaches in Canada. It's quite an honour for him to be coaching in Canada's Men's National Volleyball program."
Marsden will relocate to Gatineau, Que., for the position beginning in May, though he will be able to fulfill his Olds College commitments before returning to Alberta full-time in August.
The team's international commitments begin in June, as they will compete in the fourteenth Pan-American Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He is looking forward to taking some of his newfound knowledge and applying it throughout the 2019-20 season.
"Obviously, the knowledge gained will assist me with my duties within the Olds College Broncos," he said. "I will become a better coach technically and tactically, and can't wait to introduce these concepts to our team this upcoming season."