Volleyball Source
Volleyball Source


Indoor: Antiga to Gatineau?

There's no doubt that Volleyball Canada has some big decisions to make before spring rolls around. 

The beginning of the 2017 season marks the start of a new Olympic quad, and there's still a few pieces to the puzzle missing - mainly Head Coaches for both the women's and men's national teams. 

For our men's team - that means filling some pretty big shoes after ten years of Glen Hoag - arguably one of the best coaches in the world who's lead the team to heights the program hasn't seen since the 1980's. 

Rumors have been swirling ever since Hoag's last match - a 3-0 loss to Russia in the quarterfinals of the OIympics - about who will be the one to try and fill the massive crater. 

According to World of Volley, one of Hoag's protégé's might be up to the task. Stéphane Antiga of France has confirmed he's been approached by Volleyball Canada to take over the role.

I was offered to lead [the] Canadians. This is a very interesting team with whom I’d like to work with
— Stéphane Antiga

Antiga, one of the most decorated players in French national team history, has been at the helm of the Polish national team - leading them to a World Championship in 2014. Canadian fans already have reason to thank the native of Suresnes, France as he led Poland to a 3-0 over Australia in the final match of the Olympic Qualification Tournament - a match that meant nothing to Poland and clinched Canada's spot in the Olympics. 

Antiga is very familiar with Hoag's coaching style - having played for him during his time with the French National team as well at Paris Volley where the pair won the Champions League in 2001. 

While the decision and official announcement likely won't come until the new year - Canadian volleyball fans have hope that the program is attracting some of the top coaching talent in the world.