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NCAA champion coach to headline U of W coaching seminar

Former USC and Texas coach Mick Haley will headline the U of W volleyball coaches seminar in September. (Photo:
Former USC and Texas coach Mick Haley will headline the U of W volleyball coaches seminar in September. (Photo:

An Olympic and three-time national champion coach will headline this year's University of Winnipeg volleyball coaching seminar in September.

Mick Haley, who coached the U.S. women's team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and won NCAA titles at Texas and USC, will be the keynote speaker at the day-long seminar slated for Sept. 7 at the Duckworth Centre.

Haley spent the past 17 seasons coaching the Trojans and won back-to-back national titles for the Los Angeles school in 2002 and 2003. Haley's other national title came in 1988 when he led the Longhorns to the NCAA's top prize.

In total there will be 11 presentations for coaches to learn from ranging in topics from practice planning to building better team defence. The presentations will cover a wide scope of skills from basic to advanced, making the seminar useful for coaches of all age groups and skill levels.

If registering before June 30 the cost is $125 and includes continental breakfast and lunch served at the Duckworth Centre, as well as a coach's manual, season passes to all Wesmen home games and door prizes. The cost of registration after June 30 is $140.

Other coaches confirmed are:

  • Wesmen head coach, national Senior B head coach and 2016 Olympic assistant Larry McKay
  • Former Wesmen and Olympic coach Mike Burchuk
  • Current Wesmen assistant and former national-team assistant Phil Hudson
  • Longtime national women's team assistant Scott Koskie
  • Former national-team player, current national junior team assistant and Ryerson Rams head coach Adam Simac
  • Former Olympian Michelle Sawatzky-Koop
  • Selkirk varsity girls coach Kyla Michalski
  • Former national youth team assistant and current Brandon Bobcats head coach Grant Wilson
  • Manitoba Bisons women's coach Ken Bentley 

For more information, contact Wesmen men's head coach Larry McKay (204-786-9238, or Mike Burchuk (204-479-9324,