Orest Stanko

Head shot of Orest Stanko Orest Stanko is the head coach of the Pakmen Volleyball Club, and the first full-time head coach in Canada, at the club level. He is the former head coach of the University of Toronto Blues, where he coached the most successful men’s volleyball program in the history of Ontario University Athletics (OUA); several athletes advanced to play for Team Canada, indoor and beach. His tenure resulted in 13 OUA Championships, 14 appearances at the CIS National Championships and being named the OUA Coach of the Year, an astonishing seven times. His success at the varsity level led to an impressive coaching resume with Volleyball Canada on both national and international stages. In 2001 Stanko was the Head Coach of theNational Women’s Beach Volleyball Team. Two years later he coached athletes Josh Binstock and Brian Hiebert to Gold at the Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championships. As a former Executive Director of the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA), Stanko played a key leadership role in the introduction of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model in Ontario and throughout Canada. He developed LTAD implementation plans for other sports including Ontario Golf Association, Ontario Table Tennis Association and Ontario Modern Pentathlon Association.

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  • Volleyball Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals
    November 8, 2016

    Medals Are Overrated

    by Orest Stanko Head Coach, Pakmen Volleyball Club What is more noteworthy, the experience or the end result?  Perhaps not a relevant question at the highest, professional levels of sport.  However, it is a critical question at the ...more
  • February 1, 2016

    What Not To Say

    by Orest Stanko There are some statements that you might want to reconsider uttering either as an athlete or as a coach. These phrases or comments can often be interpreted as self-absorbed, demeaning and fundamentally have no real, ...more
  • Pakmen Volleyball Coach Orest Stanko
    December 29, 2015

    Lines and Push-Ups and Burpees, Oh My!

    by Orest Stanko Pretty much any coach with minimal experience and in any sport can prepare and run a physically demanding practice. In the sport of volleyball classic drills such as volley to your partner than run back and touch the ...more
  • Pakmen player spiking a volleyball
    November 30, 2015

    A Case for the Two Point Play

    by Orest Stanko The Federation Internationale de Volleyball’s (FIVB) latest tinkering with the rules of volleyball has done nothing to make the game more exciting.  And, it’s nothing new.  Net violations of any kind are once again ...more
  • Pakmen team timeout during volleyball game
    November 24, 2015

    TIME OUTs: DO’s & DON’Ts in Volleyball

    by Orest Stanko Game management is an area of volleyball that is not often on the agenda at coach clinics. Ordinarily topics include technical skill development, offensive and defensive systems, training the setter, sport-specific ...more
  • Volleyball Canada
    November 9, 2015

    Catching-up With the Rest of the World

    by Orest Stanko Recently Canada’s national teams accounted themselves very well at several important international competitions: Canada’s U21 men’s team finished a very respectable eighth at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico; ...more
  • November 3, 2015

    First Touches: Keys to Success in Volleyball!

    by Orest Stanko If you ask any athlete that I have coached to date, "…what is Orest’s singular preoccupation as a volleyball coach?" he/she will undoubtedly remark, "…first touches". Simply put, serving and service receive are ...more
  • 3 volleyball nets and sunset
    October 27, 2015

    The Game is Played Across the Net

    by Orest Stanko In case you haven’t noticed, the game of volleyball is played across a net that separates two (2) opposing teams.  My statement is not meant to be condescending.  It simply begs the question: why do coaches spend an ...more
  • A girls hand on a volleyball
    October 20, 2015

    Every Touch Counts!

    by Orest Stanko Athletes and coaches alike have undoubtedly heard the phrase, “…you play the way you practice” or “…practice the way you want to play, and play the way you practice.”  But how many teams really embrace a ...more