It’s a homecoming for NAIT’s new men’s volleyball coach
Doug Anton, a seasoned coach with over 25 years experience, including six at the college level, has been selected to head NAIT’s men’s volleyball program. Anton comes to NAIT from Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he was head coach of the men’s varsity volleyball team.
“NAIT is thrilled to announce the hiring of Doug Anton, our new men’s volleyball coach,” said Linda Henderson, NAIT’s director of athletics and recreation. “He comes to us with a complete package of technical, tactical and practical experience. His understanding and knowledge of the game, along with his passion, desire and commitment will be definite assets to the program.”
In addition to his role as a part-time coach with Algonquin College, Anton has worked as a sports consultant and with Volleyball Canada as their youth development coordinator. For the past 10 years he’s been the lead developer and director of volleyball’s National Coaching Certification Program for Levels 1, 2 and 3 and significantly contributed to the restructuring of Canada’s athlete development systems and structures. He’s written several books on the sport and contributed to the development of many others.
“After over 10 years in Ottawa, I am excited to be returning home to Edmonton, the place where my volleyball and coaching career started,” said Anton. “It's a great job, in a great city, at a great technical institute. The support NAIT provides its athletic programs is second to none. Getting the opportunity to become part of the tradition and guide the men’s volleyball program is something I am really looking forward to.”
Anton recently completed a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, where he received the Dean’s Award of Excellence as one of the top two students in the program. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta, where he also played on the Golden Bears varsity volleyball team in the 1980s.
Henderson thanked departing coach Simon Fedun for his work with the team.
“He did an outstanding job to bring the men’s volleyball program to the next level, and Doug can now take and develop it even further,” said Henderson.
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