Canada calls for Spartans coach

Ben Josephson will assist Team Canada at World University Games in China

Trinity Western Spartans men's volleyball coach Ben Josephson has been named an assistant for Team Canada at this summer's World University Games in China.

There will be no resting on his laurels this summer for Ben Josephson.

After coaching the Trinity Western Spartans to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship in volleyball, Josephson could have kicked back, relaxed and gotten ready to defend the title next season.

Instead, the 31-year-old will join Team Canada as an assistant coach at the World University Games (FISU Games).

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with our national B team this summer,” Josephson said. “The message coming off of our championship season was that we will have to work twice as hard if we would like to do it again. By spending the summer with the national team and having the chance to work with some of our nation’s best players and coaches I hope to learn and grow as a coach to better help our group make another run at a national championship.”

Josephson will assist Larry McKay, the head coach of the Winnipeg Wesmen.

This is Josephson’s second stint with Canada’s national program as he was on the coaching staff in 2005 when they finished 10th at the FISU Games in Turkey.

“Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country at any event, it is an honour,” he said. “I have had this opportunity in the past and cherish it deeply and am honoured to be getting another chance to wear our country’s colours at a sporting competition.

A former Spartans player, Josephson has been head coach for four years, and guided the team to a CIS gold and silver the past two seasons, respectively.

The World University Games are August 12-23 in Shenzen, China.

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