“One thing I’ve learned over time is to trust the process, never lose sight of your goals and never move too quickly.”
In 1992, Gino Brousseau was a star player for the men’s national volleyball team. Twenty-eight years later, he’s heading back to the Olympics – this time as the assistant coach.
Brousseau is the head coach of the Laval Rouge et Or men’s volleyball team, joining the team in 2010 as an assistant coach. The school is also where he played himself from 1987 to 1990, helping the school to its first-ever U SPORTS championship in 1990.
He went on to play professionally right after university, playing for Fréjus and Asnières Volley 92 in France from 1990 to 1994. He spent the next three years with the Suntory Sunbirds in Japan. He then returned to France, spending time with Cannes, Poitiers, and Paris Volley, helping his team to five French Championships and four French Cups.
With the national team, Brousseau spent 16 years wearing the red and white, competing in three cycles of the World League, the World Championship, the World Cup, and the World University Games. After his playing career was wrapped up, it wasn’t long before he was behind the bench, getting his coaching career started.
After building up his coaching resume and working with Laval, Team Canada came calling. He started out coaching the junior national team for two years, including the 2017 World Championships.
Former Canadian head coach Stéphane Antiga offered Brousseau a position with the Canadian team, but he turned it down. After getting the offer again a few years later, Brousseau accepted as the men’s team geared up for an Olympic push.
Volleyball Canada recently had a chance to talk with Brousseau about his coaching career and some general thoughts on coaching in the sport.