The Olds College Broncos are excited to welcome Ryan Marsden as the interim head coach of the men's volleyball team. Marsden brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his past coaches experiences.
Ryan comes to Olds College after a 6 year hiatus in the college game. His last ACAC appearance was the Head Coach for the SAIT Trojans Mens Team from 2007 – 2012. Where he led the team to an ACAC Provincial Championship (2010) and a Silver medal at CCAA Nationals (2010). Prior to that, he coached at Mount Royal University, University of Alberta, and University College of the Cariboo (Thompson Rivers University).
In addition to coaching at the post-secondary level, he has also made a name for himself on the National scene. He has been a guest coach at many National Team camps, named Head Coach of the Junior National Team, and was the Head Coach at the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence in Calgary. Ryan’s most memorable experience sporting the maple leaf was as an assistant coach for the National B team who won a silver medal at the 2007 FISU games in Bangkok, Thailand.
Marsden is a long serving member in the Provincial Team program having coached multiple indoor teams over the course of his career. In 2009 he was the head coach for the 21u Alberta team who won their first ever Canada Games gold medal in Mens Volleyball.
An active member of the club system since he first started coaching in the late 90’s, Marsden founded the Park Volleyball Club in Sherwood Park, AB. Upon moving to Calgary, he has coached at 403 Selects, Dinos Volleyball Club, and Canuck Stuff. Highlights in this time are winning 18U provincials in 2001 & 2005. Also in 2005 he led the 18u Canuck YQM Boys team to a National Championship in Moncton, NB.
Ryan has a proven track record for winning and developing young players. He credits much of his success to team building and his love for the game. He not only excels at game tactics and instruction, but has an interest in every player and strives to bring out the best in them. Marsden doesn’t demand respect, he earns it. This has been shown by the successes of his teams and the recognition by his peers. In 2008 Marsden was the ACAC Coach of the Year. In 2005 he was the awarded the prestigious Tachikara Volleyball Canada 18u Male Coach of the year.
The last 6 years away from the game have not been lost on Marsden. He could always be found on a court nearby as he took time to coach his own kids. Ryan and his wife Brandi have 4 children, all of whom have played volleyball at some point. He coached their oldest son, Bailey, for 3 years at William Aberhart High School and throughout his 15u – 18u club seasons. This year he’s coaching at Canuck and helping daughter Kya (15) and son Jaxson (12) with their teams. His oldest daughter, Aspen (16) has chosen a different path and plays soccer – a sport he admits he knows nothing about but has become a great cheerleader. Bailey (18) is currently serving a church mission until 2019 in Toronto, ON.