Ottawa, Canada, April 16, 2019 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the staff that will join head coach Tom Black, previously named assistant coach, Ben Josephson, and assistant/NexGen coach Shannon Winzer for the upcoming international season, with key events including an Olympic qualification tournament in Russia from August 2 to 4.
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Jeff Baxter, currently the University of Portland’s head volleyball coach, has been named an assistant for the women’s national team. Baxter, who joined the University of Portland in the spring of 2016 as an assistant, has also been responsible for game analytics, video, and scouting, as well as serving as the head coach for the University of Portland beach volleyball team. In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, he has worked with the USA women's volleyball team, focusing on research and aiding in practice sessions.
Volleyball Canada is also naming two consultants to the team – Ryan Hofer and Joe Trinsey.
Ryan Hofer has been Trinity Western University’s women’s team head coach since 2006. In his 13 years as head coach, Hofer has led the Spartans to nine U SPORTS championship tournaments and has guided Trinity Western University to five national medals, including gold in 2015, silver in 2016 and bronze in 2011, 2013 and 2017. He has also coached the Spartans to eight Canada West medals, including gold in 2015 and 2016.
Hofer also has experience coaching internationally with Team Canada, as the head coach or the assistant coach at a number of major international women’s events.
Joe Trinsey is currently an assistant for the women's team at Brigham Young University, and on the advisory staff for Gold Medal Squared, which provides volleyball education clinics and camps, as well as other resources. Trinsey has also served as a technical coordinator for the U.S. women's national team (2013-2016) and head coach of the women’s World University Games volleyball team. He has also held other collegiate positions.
Also working with the team this year is Trinity Western statistician, Nadine Plett.
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