Glenn Hoag to return as coach of Canada
OTTAWA, Canada, November 20, 2018 - Volleyball Canada is pleased
to announce that long-time Team Canada men’s coach Glenn Hoag
will return as head coach of the senior program in 2019.
Hoag, who led the men’s team to a fifth-place finish at the 2016
Olympics in Rio and was a member of the 1984 Olympic team as a
player, has spent the time since 2016 coaching professionally in
Turkey, and serving as a coach/advisor to all Volleyball
Canada’s men’s high performance programs.
Hoag has agreed to return and guide the senior men’s team
through the Olympic period, with the first qualifier being held
in August 2019. This comes after the recent departure of
Stephane Antiga, who resigned due to family obligations.
"I have a strong connection to the men’s team, and I’m looking
forward to building on the progress made since 2016 under
Stephane’s direction," said Hoag. "The next two years are
crucial and will require a lot of work, but I have confidence in
the staff, including assistant coach Dan Lewis, and the players
that we are all focused on the goal of qualification and strong
performances on the world stage."
The men’s team finished third in 2017 World League, seventh in
2018 Volleyball Nations League (which will return to Ottawa next
June) and ninth in the recent FIVB Men’s World Championship.
"Glenn has successfully worked with the program as a coach since
2006 and resuming duties as head coach will ensure continuity
until Tokyo 2020," said Julien Boucher, Volleyball Canada’s
indoor high performance director. "The next 18 months will be an
exciting time for the men’s program."
Hoag began his coaching career in 1993 with the University of
Sherbrooke, and then, while still at Sherbrooke, he started
coaching at Paris Volley in France. His highlight during his
tenure in Paris was in 2001 when the team won the French Cup,
the French Championship and the European Champions Cup.
Glenn was also an assistant coach for the French National Team
from 2001-2004, and coached the ACH Team in Slovenia from
2008-2010 winning the Slovenian Championship, the Slovenian Cup
and MEVZA in both 2008 and 2010. He coaches the Arkas Sports
Club in the Turkish city of Izmir, winners of the Turkish Cup in
2011 and the Turkish Championship in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
In 2016, Hoag was awarded the Geoff Gowan Award by the Coaching
Association of Canada in recognition of a lifetime contribution
to coaching development. He is also a member of the Volleyball
Quebec and Volleyball Canada Halls of Fame.