The Locker Room with Angie Shen and Eddie Coleman

Thursday, July 31, 2014

For the first time ever, The Locker Room is turning the spotlight on Coaches!

And it kick-off, we have decided to feature not one, but two coaches - Beach Volleyball coaching duo Angie Shen and Eddie Coleman!

Angie and Eddie are hot off their coaching win at the U21 FIVB World Championships in Cyprus where their athletes, Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric, won Gold!

As a part of a partnership between the Ontario Volleyball Association and Volleyball Canada, Angie and Eddie work with provincial and national level athletes on a daily basis, and are both identified coaches within CSIO’s Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program (Sophie and Tia are OHPSI program athletes!). Angie and Eddie are also a part of CSIO’s Advanced Coaching Diploma program, with Angie nearing completion of the program and Eddie having just finished his first semester.

Get to know Beach Volleyball coaches Angie Shen and Eddie Coleman in The Locker Room:

Name: Angie Shen
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Hometown: Vaughan, ON
Team/Club: Team Ontario/Team Canada
Twitter Handle: @angieshen

1. How did you get started in your sport?
Back then beach use to be the natural progression after your indoor career was complete. It’s easier on the knees! These days athletes have opportunities to start with beach and play beach fulltime.

2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career in sport?
Former coach and current mentor Brian O’Reilly. Brian taught me the importance of self-awareness and creating a loving environment that allows you and your teammate(s) to succeed. In this, he also showed me the opportunity that sport has as a vehicle for transformation in life and ultimately change our world for the better.

3. How long have you been coaching?
17 years

4. What is your favourite exercise/drill/activity to have athletes do?
It involves a rubber chicken!

5. Do you have any superstitions?
Definitely not as a coach, I remember trying to have them as an athlete!

6. Do you have any hidden talents?
Well, it’s definitely not cooking or singing. I think they are still hidden.

7. What was the last book you read?
Inside of a Dog

8. What is the last movie you saw?
Gravity

9. What is your favourite competition city?
Larnaka, Cyprus

10. What is your most embarrassing moment in sport?
Thankfully none yet!

11. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
A selfie of myself Eddie Coleman and our U21 World Championship Gold Medalists Tia and Sophie!

12. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I hope Wonder Woman, but Eddie, my colleague, keeps naming people like Sandra Oh, Lucy Liu and Lisa Ling!

Name: Eddie Coleman
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Team/Club: Team Ontario/Team Canada
Twitter Handle: @eddie_coleman

1. How did you get started in your sport?
I was in high school and I would go down to the beach with my friend to watch him play beach volleyball at Ashbridges Bay. After he had a hard time finding a partner for tournaments, he encouraged me to pick up the sport. I did, and the following year I competed on the Canadian National tour. Six years later I represented Canada on the FIVB World Tour. I walked away from the sport in 2002. In 2010, I got a call from Angie Shen to coach with the Full-time Training Centre, which I accepted and have been with the Provincial beach volleyball program since then.

2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career in sport?
Brian O’Reilly

3. How long have you been coaching?
5 years (since 2010)

4. What is your favourite exercise/drill/activity to have athletes do?
I love teaching athletes how to play defence.

5. Do you have any superstitions?
I don’t believe in superstitions.

6. Do you have any hidden talents?
I can juggle… sort of…

7. What was the last book you read?
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. I read it once a year.

8. What is the last movie you saw?
X-Men Days of Future Past

9. What is your favourite competition city?
Coaching: Larnaca, Cyprus Playing: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

10. What is your most embarrassing moment in sport?
I have to think about this one…

11. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
Photo of Tia Miric and Sophie Bukovec on the podium at U21 World Championships - GOLD!!!

12. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I want to say someone like Chris Evans or Hugh Jackman, but in reality, it would probably be Russell Peters.

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