Team Canada will start out on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympics with a new face at the helm after the country’s national federation appointed Ben Josephson as the new head coach of the men's national team.
Canada appoint Ben Josephson as men's head coach
After huge success at the collegiate level, Josephson will lead the Canadian men's national team next year
Published 09:22, 01 Dec 2021
Josephson led one of the winningest programmes in Canadian college volleyball, Trinity Western University, and won national titles in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
He also worked with the country’s national teams in recent years and coached the Canadian Youth team in 2015 and 2016, working as an assistant for the teams that competed at the World University Games in 2005 and 2011.
His most recent connection with the international game was in 2019, when he was an assistant with the Canadian women’s team that won the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup and qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League for the first time.
Josephson will start his new role on April 1, 2022 and will replace the legendary Glenn Hoag, who coached the team for most of the last 15 years and stepped down after a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics.
Josephson inherits a team that has had significant success under Hoag over the last few years. Canada finished fifth at the last two Olympics and also won bronze at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League. They won both the NORCECA Championship and the NORCECA Champions Cup in 2015.
One of Josephson's first tasks will be to select a new captain after veteran outside hitter Gord Perrin recently announced his international retirement.
“I believe it is important to take pause as we embark on this new era of Team Canada men’s volleyball to honour those that have made this programme something we are all proud of,” he said. “Glenn’s contribution to volleyball in Canada cannot be overstated. His commitment to excellence and getting this programme to back-to-back Olympic Games is inspiring.”
In his first year in charge, Josephson will lead Canada in both the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in Russia.