Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce that Kerry MacDonald will be its Director of Sport Science, Medicine and Innovation, effective May 15.
“We are excited to have Kerry on board in this new role, which will provide leadership, guidance and assistance to all programs within Volleyball Canada, with a focus on those programs targeted by Own the Podium (OTP),” said Julien Boucher, indoor volleyball director of high performance.
Among other duties, MacDonald will lead the planning and development of the Integrated Support Teams (IST) for all Volleyball Canada’s national team programs, and work with high performance staff and coaches to integrate and optimize sport science and sport medicine services in the overall team plans.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to return to Volleyball Canada,” said MacDonald. “This position allows me the opportunity to combine my passion for volleyball and coaching with my education and experience on the Sport Science & Sport Medicine side.”
MacDonald brings a wealth of both scientific and volleyball experience to this new role. For the past two years, MacDonald was head coach of the 2018 USports Championship winning UBC men’s volleyball team. He holds a PhD in Sport Injury Prevention and a Masters degree in Coaching.
MacDonald, a native of Revelstoke, BC, who is currently based in Vancouver, is no stranger to Volleyball Canada – he previously held roles as high performance director for sitting volleyball, and as head coach of the Youth National Team in 2017, among other positions. He also spent several years as a head coach at the club level in Alberta, winning several provincial and national titles.
“Kerry has a proven track record of success and the ability to work well in our system, and we are confident he will enhance our programs that are gaining traction on the road to Tokyo 2020 and beyond,” said Boucher.
At the last Olympics, Canada’s men’s team finished fifth, and the beach teams had three top-ten results.