As we return to play this Fall, I will be returning to LVC in my role as Head of Coach Development. In the post-COVID era, there will be more first-time athletes and parents than ever. I would like to take this opportunity to re-introduce myself.
I have been an active coach for 30+ years at the house league, high school, club, provincial, University and National level, including 9 years as the Head Coach at the University of Waterloo. As a Coach Developer I was one of the curriculum writers for Volleyball Canada’s Development, Advanced Development and Performance Coach courses. In addition to delivering these courses, I also work for Volleyball Canada as a Coach Evaluator at all three levels. Currently I am the only Performance Coach Facilitator/Evaluator in the Province of Ontario. Previously on behalf of Volleyball Canada I have worked with coaches in British Columbia, Alberta and Newfoundland and will shortly be going to Nova Scotia, the Northern Territories and Nunavut to help prepare coaches for the upcoming 2022 Canada Summer Games.
Currently my entire volleyball focus is on helping young coaches grow and develop, and that is where LVC comes in. LVC strongly believes that every single volleyball player deserves a certified coach. It is my role to work closely with LVC’s two Technical Directors (Sean and Patrick) to ensure that LVC coaches have access to the training and support required to be successful. LVC is committed to having every Head Coach meet or exceed the certification standards required by Volleyball Canada, as we have successfully done every year since we started our professional development program. I can assure you this in not the norm! In the last pre-COVID season there were over 200 active club Head Coaches in Ontario who did not meet the minimum standard of training required by the OVA and Volleyball Canada.
Our coaching objective is to provide every athlete with a safe, positive, technically sound experience so they can have the opportunity to pursue their personal volleyball goals. We feel strongly that investing in the development of our coaches is one of the best ways to invest in the development of your athlete.
I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and getting started. We are LVC!
Chris Lawson – Head of Coach Development