Gina Schmidt named head coach of national Senior “B” volleyball team
By Steve Frost
Volleyball Canada has named Simon Fraser University women’s volleyball coach Gina Schmidt the new head coach of the Canadian National Senior “B” women’s team for the 2017 season.
The “B” team is an extension of the senior national team program, and Schmidt will be responsible for training players who do not travel to official competitions. Among other competitions, the women’s senior team will compete in 2017 FIVB Women’s Grand Prix, which includes games in Richmond, July 21 to 23.
”I had the chance to work with the national team last summer at the World Grand Prix and this is another great opportunity to be involved with the sport at the highest level in our country,” says Schmidt.
“I look forward to using my experience as both a coach and former player to compliment the new vision Marcello has for the future of the Canadian program.”
Schmidt led Simon Fraser to a 21-8 record this year and the program’s first berth in the NCAA Division II national playoff. SFU is Canada’s only NCAA team, and the Clan has shown steady progress in Schmidt’s four years as head coach. She has compiled an overall record of 64-43. The Clan’s record was 11-13 in Schmidt’s first season, 17-9 in 2014, 15-13 in 2015 and 21-8 this season.
One of Schmidt’s first recruits was Alison McKay, who has been with the national program for two seasons. McKay wasa a two-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a 2016 AVCA Division II Third-Team All-American, and 2016 D2CCA Honourable Mention All-American, a first for the SFU Clan volleyball program.
Schmidt is a former Canadian national team member (1998 to 2007), and was the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Montana prior to joining SFU in 2013.