BC Coaches Week Profile: Nick Del Bianco

BC Coaches Week Profile: Nick Del Bianco

Author: BC Games Society/Friday, September 20, 2013/Categories: 2013 News

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British Columbia Coaches Week is September 14-22.  An initiative of Coaches BC, this week focuses on the recruitment, development and celebration of sport coaches with events around the province.   In honour of BC Coaches Week, we wanted to introduce and profile one of our BC Games Coaches.

The BC Winter and BC Summer Games are an important part of BC’s athlete development pathway, but the Games also provide an important opportunity for coaching development including earning certification, attending coaching clinics, and learning from other coaches around the province.  Organizations like Volleyball BC have made the BC Games an important part of their coaching development as we can see through young coaches like Nick Del Bianco.

Nick Del Bianco is a current member of the Trinity Western University Spartans Men’s Volleyball team and brought his extensive experience as an athlete to coaching beach volleyball at the 2012 BC Summer Games.  Nick is no stranger to multisport Games having competed as an athlete for Team BC at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games and the 2013 Canada Summer Games where he won gold and bronze medals respectively.  An CIS Academic All Canadian, Nick credits his beach coach Kyra Iannone and Trinity Western coach Ben Josephson as major influences in his development as an athlete and a coach.

Why did you choose to get into coaching?

I chose to get into coaching because I wanted to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with younger athletes to try and help them succeed at the level they are playing at.

What kind of approach do you take when coaching?

I believe that I promote a very hard working, organized and detail oriented style of coaching.

Has coaching helped you grow as an athlete?

Coaching has had a tremendous effect on me as an athlete. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is how to better break down each skill. This has helped me as a player because I am often able to pick apart my technique on my own, which has enabled me quickly fix my own mistakes.

What was your favorite memory from coaching at the 2012 BC Summer Games?

My favorite memory from the Games was watching all of the different zones beach volleyball teams supporting each other whenever they didn’t have games.

 How is coaching at a multisport Games different from a single sport event?

Coaching at a multisport Games is different from a single sport event because of the many distractions that are there for the athletes. At a multisport event, there are far more athletes, different sports going on all around you, and activities to take place in. At multisport events, I like to encourage the athletes to enjoy their time there as much as possible while keeping their goals in mind and what they have to do in order to accomplish them.

What has been your greatest success in coaching?  What has been your greatest learning?

My greatest success in coaching has been assistant coaching a number of teams to Beach Volleyball National Medals. My greatest area of learning has been how get athletes peaking at the optimal time.

What was the experience of the 2013 Canada Summer Games like?

The 2013 Canada Summer Games was an amazing experience and one that I will always remember. I built new long lasting relationships, developed as an athlete, physically, mentally and technically and had an awesome time at the Games.

What are your next goals as an athlete and as a coach?

My next goal as an athlete is to compete for a National Championship with Trinity Western University.  As for coaching, I will be taking a slight step back from my involvement with coaching beach volleyball, and begin coaching a little more indoor volleyball and I will be getting into personal training as well.

Top: Nick with athletes at the 2012 BC Summer Games
Bottom: Nick (#7) in action at the 2013 Canada Summer Games


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