Coaches Helping Coaches – Josh & Matt

Josh & Matt 

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Josh and Matt are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2014-2015. Read on to find out more about their experience!



New Coach – Matt
Assistant Coach (16U Boys)

Leaside Volleyball Club
Toronto, ON



How did this program benefit you as a new coach?
It was beneficial having a more experienced coach to ask questions and bounce ideas off of. It gave me more confidence when running drills/dealing with players knowing that I had already chatted with someone about appropriate practice plans, situations they’ve gone through, etc. Also, just knowing that I had someone to go to was probably the most beneficial as I never felt on my own, and never felt there was anything I couldn’t deal with.

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?
Making Head Way  and Volleyball Development Coach Workshop

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?
The most important thing I learned was how to progress the skills of lower level athletes. I’ve played Volleyball my whole life and my recent experience has been at the University level. Its been a while since I was the age of the players I’ve been coaching. Due to this it took some time to grasp how to approach certain skills so that players of a beginner skill level could learn them. Through one to one feedback between my coach mentor and I, I’ve learned how to better approach/break down skills of the sport so that younger more inexperienced athletes are able to participate and progress their skill sets.

What is your favourite part of coaching?
Being able to look at the practice from the other side of things. I’m a new coach so all my practice experience has been as a player. Its interesting to go through practice situations as the one who is actually running the drills. I often think about what previous coaches did in similar situations, and what I would do as a player. I think my recent playing experience is actually a larger benefit than I originally thought as it gives me some good insight into the minds of the players.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?
Short Term: To start running more drills which I haven’t done myself during my time as a player. I think coaches can become a little complacent in running drills that they have run a lot and are comfortable with. It can start to show when running the drills as they are just going through the motions.

Long Term: To start taking a leadership role. As of right now I am more of an assistant coach on my teams, so in the future my goal would be taking the next step towards solely running more practices and eventually leading a team as a head coach.




Mentor Coach – Josh
Team Ontario 18U Head Coach, Volleyball
Toronto, ON




Why did you decide to become a coach?

I enjoy being involved in sport at all levels. It’s a great way for me stay involved in my community while also being in a competitive environment.

What is your favourite part of coaching?
Helping athletes discover their personal power. It’s a great feeling when an athlete buys in to the fact that they are in charge of their own development and that they can accomplish anything if they are willing to put in the work. As a coach you are there to assist them in the process, they have to make their own decisions. Being a part of an athletes path is a great feeling.

How did the program benefited you as a mentor? 
The Coaches Helping Coaches program reminded me of what it is like when you are first starting out in the coaching world. It can be difficult to know all the steps you need to take to become a coach or how to deal with certain situations. It was nice to focus on a genuine level of coaching where Matt was brand new to coaching and his main focus was to get involved and give back to the sport he loves.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?
Coach each athlete as an individual. They have to know you care about them as a person before you can teach them tactical and technical knowledge. We only get to spend a few hours a week with them, they need to know you care about their development as a person on all levels.


 Apply for the 2015-2016  Coaches Helping Coaches  Program during  National Coaches Week in Ontario  September 19-27, 2015