Lennard Krapp Teams up with Pakmen!
Former head coach of the German Developmental Program, Lennard Krapp, is joining us for the upcoming season!
Volleyball fans will be quick to remember that the German men’s team won gold in the 2012 London Olympics. The highly regarded program took a turn in the right direction in 1997 by establishing national training centers and boarding schools for its exceptional athletes. Dozens of athletes that underwent training with the German Youth Program went on to play in the Olympics, including Julius Brink – the 2012 Gold Medal Champion. The man behind this progression was none other than Lennard Krapp.
He will be joining Pakmen for the 2013/2014 season as a technical coach for our indoor teams.
Krapp has been running clinics for our beach teams this Summer.
“When Lennard comes in to coach, we are genuinely excited to see him,” says Pakmen Coach Jessy Satti. “He is extremely knowledgeable about the sport. Although he only coaches with us once a week, we implement everything we learn from him. It’s helped us tremendously so far.”
After coming to Canada nearly four years ago, Krapp began his Canadian career as the head coach of the Beach National Team. Since then, Canada has won multiple medals in international competition. Krapp has revived a program that was initially struggling on the international stage. He coached Garrett May and Sam Schachter to the Gold Medal at U21 World Championships, helped Canada in 2012 winning the Continental Cup Final, which qualified us for the Olympic Games in London.
Phillip Rodrigues has been with the club for multiple years and will be coaching the U18 boys team starting this Fall. “He has a very scientific approach to coaching,” says Rodrigues. “This enables him to rapidly and clearly point out any inefficiencies an athlete might have in his or her game. Not only is he a top beach coach, but his knowledge of the indoor game is just as strong as he coached in a top European professional league and worked for several indoor Bundesliga Clubs in Germany. He was also a learning facilitator for coach development in Germany (indoor and beach).”
Lennard Krapp recently worked with National Team athlete and former Pakmen standout Daniel Dearing. When asked about the former German Team coach, Dearing had nothing but high praise. “One of, if not my favorite coaches to date,” says Dearing. “His passion and precision will get you completely focused on the task at hand.”
And of course at Pakmen that is to win!
The upcoming season is sure to be an extraordinary one. With the addition of Krapp, and Orest Stanko Pakmen Volleyball has truly established itself as a premier volleyball club in North America.
We look forward to working with you Lennard!