Coaches Corner – Ryan Marsden
Men’s volleyball head coach, Ryan Marsden answers a few questions for the Weal.
How is this season looking so far?
The season looks good as far as results are concerned, but that is not my primary focus. We have many new guys to the program and what I am most pleased with is how they have been bought into the culture that we have here. We are very proud of what we have accomplished in the past. Our record thus far is 7-2 with losses to a very good King’s University College team (1-1) and also Briercrest (0-1).
Who do you think your biggest rival will be?
Our biggest rival will be Mount Royal University. It’s always MRU, with not a lot of love between the two programs. Our biggest competition is a number of teams as there is great depth to the league this year. Lethbridge, MRU, Briercrest, RDC, GMAC, NAIT, Kings, and Keyano College all have strong programs this year.
What games are “can’t miss” games for spectators?
I would say that there are two must see weekends. The first is opening weekend against Grant MacEwan University. The Dec. 3 weekend is very important as well, as we play Red Deer College. I believe that first place could be on the line for the first semester on this weekend. Whoever is first after semester one gets to host the ACAC provincials. We want to host because last year it was a massive advantage. We play so well in our gym.
Tell us a little about the past few matches.
We are still in the experimental phase as all these matches are pre-season. We are finding that our depth is something very special for our squad of 2010/11. If someone is hurt, or having an off day, we have another that can play that position. Our biggest issue right now is injuries. We have been hit by that bug pretty bad. It’s about trying to keep guys healthy or to get guys healthy right now. This is our biggest challenge. I am confident that we will be able to overcome in due time.
–by Jeff Clemens