Antiga takes the helm of the Canadian men’s team
GATINEAU, Canada, December 15 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to
officially announce that Stephane
Artiga - originally of Suresnes, France, and most
recently Poland’s national team coach - will be Canada’s new
men's head coach.
"I’m very happy to start this
collaboration with Canada. The team has improved greatly; with
very good players and the excellent work of Glenn Hoag and his
staff," he said. "I'm very excited to start my new adventure
with the Canadian team."
Antiga, 40, played under coach
Hoag in France’s professional league. His playing career as an
outside hitter included: Paris Volley (1994 - 2003), BRE Banca
Lannutti Cuneo (2003-04), Portol Palma de Mallorca (2004
- 2007), Delecta Bydgoszcz (2011 - 2013), PGE Skra Bełchatów
(2007 - 2011, 2013 - 2014). He was also a fixture on the French
National Team from 1998 to 2010.
As a coach, he led the Polish
National Team to its 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World
Championship title in Poland. The team also qualified for the
Olympics, finishing fifth – the same rank as Canada.
"Canada’s fifth place in Olympic
Games is the best illustration of the gains the team has
made," said Antiga. "The last time that Poland played against
Canada, it was a very tough game." Poland won 3-2 in Japan at
the World Olympic Qualification tournament.
Canada’s men’s coach for the
past 10 years, Glenn Hoag, will remain with Volleyball Canada,
and work with Antiga as High Performance Consultant (Men).
“We are very pleased to have
Stéphane on board – he has worked with Glenn in the past both as
a player and as a colleague on the international coaching
stage,” explains Volleyball Canada’s President and CEO, Mark
Eckert. "It’s important to have some continuity and to cement
our ongoing commitment to performance on the journey to Tokyo in
2020 and beyond. Stéphane knows what it takes to win at the top
level, and we’re looking forward to seeing players rise to that
challenge under his leadership."
The men’s program is based in
Gatineau, Quebec, at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau.
Antiga’s contract with
Volleyball Canada will officially commence on May 01, 2017.