Talbot Walton

St. Augustine hosts coaches’ volleyball camp

More than 45 volleyball coaches from around central Alberta took part in a coaches’ training camp last week.

More than 45 volleyball coaches from around central Alberta took part in a coaches’ training camp last week.

The informal camp was held at St. Augustine Catholic School Wednesday, Sept. 9 and was hosted by the school’s senior girls’ coach Darren Josephison. He invited Talbot Walton, Red Deer College’s female volleyball head coach for the Queens, to provide the training.

Walton jumped at the chance to instruct coaches. “I’ve always kind of discussed the possibility of coming up and doing something here,” said Walton.

“Hopefully we give them a few different looks at volleyball,” said Walton of the day.

He provided basic coaching skills but also drills conducted at the college level to give coaches an idea the level of volleyball being played.

“But also, sometimes let’s not overthink volleyball too much. Just make sure they’re really good at a few basic things,” said Walton.

He added that sticking to the basics and working drills around that can always improve a player’s abilities.

Josephison said this was a first time bringing Walton to the school to help coaches and he was pleased with the strong turnout. He hopes this can be turned into an annual event. “We just invited anyone who wanted to come.”

Players from the senior girls’ volleyball team were there to receive direction from Walton.

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