“Make your journey about the athletes, not about yourself.”
From National Team player to National Team coach, Dan Lewis has spent his life on the court.
The assistant coach of the men’s national team was a long-time member of the team he now coaches, highlighted by bronze medals at the 2001 and 2011 NORCECA Championship and 2015 Pan American Games. He also played for the Canadian beach national team in 1999 at the Pan American Games, finishing seventh.
He started his lengthy career at the University of Manitoba, winning a 1996 CIAU (now U SPORTS) Championship while being named the Championship MVP and Rookie of the Year. On top of his 15-year national team career, he played professionally in France, Poland, and Slovenia. He helped his teams to two Polish Cups, two Polish Championships, four Slovenian Cups, and five Slovenian Championships.
After playing with Team Canada to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Lewis was not part of the Olympic roster. Instead, he shifted to a spot with the coaching staff. He is currently the men's NEP head coach and the men’s senior team assistant coach.
Volleyball Canada recently spoke with Lewis about his career and some general thoughts on coaching in the sport.