IBVCA Coach Awards 2019

The IBVCA Coach Awards for the 2019 season were held last night at the European Championships in Jurmala, Latvia! These awards are voted by our members and are based on the performances and/or development achieved by the coach and their respective team(s).

The winners for season 2019 are:

Best Coach Women: Scott Davenport

Best Coach Men: Slava Nyrka

Most Outstanding Improvement Men: Martin Olejnak

Most Outstanding Improvement Women: Genadijs Samoilovs

 

Interview with Danny Wood about the differences and similarities between the men’s game and women’s game

Dani Wood is one of the coaches on the world tour who worked with both genders at a high level. In this interview he answers how he worked with men compared to women and what he changed in his approach and what remained the same. If you are interested in switching from coaching men to coaching women or the other way round or if you just want to hear what an experience beach volleyball coach at the highest level has to say, this is a good read for you!

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Interview with Dr. George Giatsis about th kinesiological analysis of arm swing techniques in Beachvolleyball Players

Dr George Giatsis is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology of Volleyball with an emphasis on Beach Volleyball at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He played for Greece on the World Tour and has been a top-level coach for many years in Volleyball and Beachvolleyball.

His current scientific project in Kinesiology is about the arm swing technique in spike attack in Volleyball and Beachvolleyball. He has analysed all the top players (male and female) since 1982 in Volleyball and Beachvolleyball in the major events of Olympic Games, World Championship and Champions League. He is focusing on differences in the movement during the cocking phase (arm movement from jump to “turning point” (elbow is back)).  

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Interview with Martin Plessl: Scouting in Beachvolleyball!

In recent years a phenomenon can be observed in beachvolleyball: a crazy amount of cameras and some people with laptops are sitting behind the courts at tournaments and type as fast as if their life depended on it. Martin was one of these Scouts, as these specialists who analyse the tactical aspects of the game, are called. Read in his interview what his job is about and how it helps coaches and players to develop better strategies to beat their opponents.

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Interview with Alexander Raev: Scouting in Beachvolleyball

Alexander Raev works at the FIVB Tour since 2011. Yet, not even all Coaches know that his job exists. He sits with his laptop behind the court and his fingers move so fast over the keyboard you might think he is the shorthand wizard in a courtroom. Alex is a scout and works for the russian federation in Beachvolleyball. Learn more about his job in this interview.

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Interview with Andrea Tomatis

Andrea Tomatis was a beachvolleyball player between 2002 and 2014 before he started coaching. Andrea worked with the male Czech Beachvolleyball Team (Perusic/Schweiner among others) but also coached womens team Kvapilova/Kolocova . So in this interview IBVCA asekd him about similarities and differences in coaching men and women.

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Interview with Lenka Hajeckova

Lenka is one of the few female coaches on the FIVB tour. A former player herself, she made the transition to coaching when Kristina Kolocova asked her for help. Now she is responsible for the development of Dubocvoa/Strbova. Read in her interview what she thinks about female coaches on the FIVB tour.

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