|Currently ranked 12th in the world, the Canadian Men’s National Volleyball Team has taken many steps forward since it began international competition in 1959. The 2001 – 2004 quadrennial involved some of its biggest steps ever, including achieving a 10th place ranking in the world – the highest ever achieved. A disappointing end to the last quadrennial was evident when Canada failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics, but that has been put in the past and the team is now focused on new goals.
Now under the guidance of Glenn Hoag, the team is re-energized and motivated like never before. Team Canada finished the 2006 season with a 24-15 record, including and medaled in each competition they attended prior to the World Championships, including:
Gold – Anton Furlani International Cup (Ottawa Canada)
Bronze – Pan American Cup (Mexico)
Bronze – Hubert Wagner Memorial Tournament (Poland)
Despite suffering injuries to key players just prior to their departure for the 2006 World Championships, Team Canada still achieved an 11th place finish, just 3 spots away from their goal of top-eight.
The return of many key players from the past season will help Canada keep on track for their return to the FIVB World League. These include veterans such as Paul Duerden, Murray Grapentine, Steve Brinkman, and Chris Wolfenden, to name a few. Canada will also have added depth, with the likes of young talent such as Fred Winters and Louis-Pierre Mainville.
Hoag, a former member of Canada’s National Team (1981-86), was an integral part of the program as a player when they produced Canada’s best ever result, finishing 4th at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Since that time he has had a successful professional career as a player, and now as a coach. Glenn has coached for professional teams in Europe, most notably Paris Volley in France where he led the team to a never-before-achieved Triple-Crown victory winning the French Cup, European Champions Cup, and French Championship.
He also had success as an assistant with the French National Team program and has been coaching since 2003 at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.
Having just completed his first season at the helm of Team Canada, Glenn has already proven himself as a great leader and teacher to Canada’s Senior National Team, leading them to an 11th-place finish at the 2006 World Championships.