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Men's Volleyball Head Coach Certification

Unlock the Success Secrets of 2 of the Best Coaches in Men's Volleyball

POWER. It’s the driving force in men’s volleyball. But how do you harness that power to earn points and win matches? You could spend years trying different strategies and learning through trial and error. Or you take a quicker, easier route and enroll in the Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Certification. When you do, you’ll get instant access to more than 400 minutes of comprehensive coaching instruction that will beef up your coaching abilities. How? By tapping the knowledge of two of today’s most successful men’s volleyball coaches—U.S. Hall of Fame Coach Pete Hanson and Canada’s Coach of the Year Ben Josephson. In 38 hard-hitting lessons, you’ll get detailed instruction on how to develop your offensive and defensive systems. You’ll get coached on serving strategies, attacking principles and blocking tactics. You’ll even discover how to use scouting reports and statistics to positively impact your team’s performance.  

After taking this certification course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Train your setters to beat the block using deception and good decision-making  
  • Enhance individual serving performance with the “green to tee” strategy  
  • Improve hitter decisions using “if / then” scenarios 
  • Run five different blocking systems designed to thwart multiple attack situations 
  • Teach players when to run a spread vs. overload attack  
  • Promote better passing based on the opposing server’s location 
  • Use statistics during a match to quickly correct issues  
  • ... And much more!  

You’ll also get transcriptions of each lesson, exclusive 24/7 access to the “members only” online forum, and unlimited entry to the expansive Art of Coaching Volleyball library where you can view an additional 1,500 coaching videos and download valuable coaching resources.  

If this sounds good so far, but you’re short on time – don’t worry! We know coaches are busy people, so we designed this course to be self-paced. That means you can move through it as quickly or slowly as your schedule allows. If you want to dive in, you can watch the entire program in about seven hours. Or you can view one or two videos at a time. It’s all up to you.  

What’s not up to you is that fact that the men’s game is growing. If you don’t want to get left behind, you need to take action and enhance your coaching prowess. NOW.  

With the skills and strategies you’ll learn in this program, you’ll be able to run a quicker, smarter offense; defend more effectively against opponent attacks; and handle any kind of serve the other side throws at you ... leading to more points scored, more games won and more kudos for you.  

Are you ready to get started?  

Key Features

Toolkit of Master Coaches

Take a peek inside Pete and Jim's personal coaching toolkits. Each of their 38 lessons contain proven strategies designed to help you master the sport and win more games.  

24/7 Members-Only Forum

Ask questions, share your expertise and chat with fellow coaches as you work through the course. With exclusive 24/7 access, you can connect with peers anytime, anywhere. 

Bonus Content

Look for links to bonus videos and reference materials in each lesson. These “added value” resources from the AOC library are designed to further enhance your coaching chops. 

The Total Package

  • 400+ minutes of advanced volleyball instruction 
  • 7 core modules + bonus extras 
  • 38 video lessons 
  • Transcriptions of each lesson 
  • “Test your knowledge” quizzes with each module 
  • “Members only” access to the Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Certification online forum  
  • Bonus videos and reference materials through The Art of Coaching Volleyball  
  • A digital badge for use on your website, social media platforms and other communication vehicles  
  • A digital certificate you can print, frame and display in your home, office or gym  

Topics Covered

Skill Education

Ben Josephson Men's Volleyball Head Coach Certification

System Development

Pete Hanson Men's Volleyball Head Coach Certification

Game Management

Pete Hanson Men's Volleyball Head Coach Certification

Full Curriculum - OVER 6 HOURS!

Skill Development in Practice

  • Practice development based on skill value
  • Improving the serve in practice
  • Developing the setter

Serve Technique and Strategies

  • The mindset of an effective server
  • Exploring serve types and strategies
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the serve
  • Developing a hybrid serve
  • Serving strategy

Keys for the Effective Attacker

  • Transition footwork
  • Approach angle discipline
  • Decision making concepts
  • Transition from blocking to attacking
  • Developing a variety of shots

Blocking and Team Defense

  • Introduction to blocking systems
  • Becoming a better blocker
  • Using visual keys in blocking
  • Blocking tactics
  • Defensive system concepts

Developing the Offensive System

  • Objectives when creating and offensive system
  • Offensive system tactics
  • Developing your offensive principles
  • Organizing the serve receive system
  • Strategic principles in serve receive
  • Considerations for creating a set tempo
  • Developing a back row attack


  • Key performance indicators
  • Identifying key peformance indicators
  • Numbers that matter
  • Skill value based on statistical analysis
  • Statistical evaluation of offense

Important In-Match Numbers

  • Strategies of the time out
  • Using statistics during the match
  • Statistics in game

Pre-Match Scouting

  • Scouting the opponent
  • Development of a game plan

Bonus Extras

  • Introduction from Pete
  • The Men's and Women's games
  • Transition from high school to collegiate volleyball

Certification Pricing

Men's VB Head Coach Certification


Men's Certification for AOC Premium Members 


Learn more about the AOC premium membership here.

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About Your Instructors

Pete Hanson

Pete Hanson Ohio State Men's Volleyball 

Pete Hanson knows what it feels like to be covered in confetti. That’s because the U.S. Hall of Fame coach has celebrated more than his share of collegiate and national team wins during his storied 41-year career. As one of the most celebrated coaches in the country, his vast knowledge and experience have earned him the reputation as a master of the men’s game.  

Collegiate Career - Head coach of The Ohio State University men’s volleyball ..program from 1985-present - Overall record of 677-335 (through 2017) - Three-time NCAA Champion - Appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments - Twelve-time MIVA Tournament Champion - Appeared in 17 MIVA Championships  

National Career - Coached various USA National & Regional Teams from '86-'13 - Won gold at the Olympic Sports Festival (as Assistant Coach for the North team)  

Awards - Four-time AVCA Regional Coach of the Year - Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year - USAV All-Time Great Coach in The Ohio State Athletics Dept. Hall of Fame 

Ben Josephson

Ben Josephson Trinity Western Men's Volleyball 

As a former standout athlete turned standout coach, Ben Josephson has become one of the hottest coaches in Canada over the last decade. His ability to recruit talented personnel and train successful sides has allowed him to develop one of the best college programs in the country. It has also earned him multple Coach of the Year honors and recognition as an expert in the men’s game. 

Collegiate Career - Head coach of Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team ..from 2007-present - Four-time Canada National Champion - Three-time Canada West Champion - Appeared in eight U SPORTS tournaments - Earned 11 Canada West medals  

National Career - Coached various CAN National & Regional teams from '09-'16 - Finished third at the 2013 Canada Summer Games (as Head Coach for B.C.’s U21 team)  

Awards - Two-time Canada West Coach of the Year - Two-time U SPORTS Coach of the Year - CIS Coach of the Year  


Q: Who should get certified? 

The Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Certification is for anyone who wants to establish credibility as a coach for men’s programs. It also serves as a valuable reference for parents who want to understand the game better, players making the transition to coaching, assistant coaches advancing to head coaching roles, athletic directors who want to educate their coaches, and avid enthusiasts who want in-depth insight about the men’s game.  

Q: Why should I get certified?  

While certification is not required for volleyball coaches, being certified provides you with immediate credibility. Your commitment to enhancing your knowledge so you can coach at a high level will positively impact how players, parents and your administration view your skills and expertise. The Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Certification is special because it will expose you to the philosophies and strategies used by two of today’s most successful elite coaches in the men’s game—something you won’t find anywhere else.  

You’ll discover how to plan practices based on the value of each skill. You’ll learn how to combine mental and physical aspects to enhance individual player performance. You’ll also find out how to use statistics and scouting to develop a winning game plan. Once you complete your training, we’ll give you a badge and certificate as proof of your advanced understanding of the men’s game. It’s just the tool you need to launch your program and career to a higher level.  

Q: I’m the coach of a women’s volleyball program. Is this course applicable to the women’s game?  

Absolutely! This first-of-its-kind program offers several innovative approaches to training, evaluating skills and system development that apply to both the men’s and women’s games. It also addresses the development of the mental game, which is a key component at the elite level. The lessons may even spur you to take a second look at current methods and inspire you to adopt several of the creative concepts presented. No matter what, we’re confident you’ll find this program to be a useful tool in the development of your coaching skills and, ultimately, the performance of your team—regardless of gender.  

Q: How do I get the premium price?  

When you enroll as a premium member at The Art of Coaching Volleyball, you’ll get 50% off the course fee. Plus, we’ll give you your own all-access pass to The Art of Coaching library where you can view 1,500 additional coaching videos and download valuable reference materials. Click here to learn how.  

Q: How long will it take me to get through the course?  

You lead a busy life. That’s why we designed this course to be consumed in chunks or all at once. The program is self-paced, so you work on it when it’s convenient for you. Depending on your schedule, you can watch one video, two videos or more in one sitting. If you work full-time on the program, you can complete it in about seven hours. Important note: To receive your certification, you must complete the course within six months of enrollment. 

Q: Do I have lifetime access to the content?  

Yes! Once you enroll, you’ll be able to view the course as many times as you like. You’ll also have access to all future updates and any bonus materials we may add later. Just remember that you must complete the course within six months from your date of enrollment. You’ll still have access to the content if you miss the deadline, but you won’t be able to receive the certification. 

Q: Where can I use my certification? 

Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a badge to display your newly earned credentials. Feel free to use this on your website, LinkedIn profile, email signature, and any other marketing channels. You’ll also get a digital certificate to print, frame and display in your gym, home or office.  

Q: Will I be able to view the videos in any order? 

With the Men’s Head Coach Certification, each lesson builds on the previous one. The first time you go through it, you’ll need to watch the videos in order. After you finish the course, you’ll be able to go back and view any video you like in any order. 

Q: What happens if I fail a quiz?

Don’t worry if you don’t do well on a quiz; it won’t go on your permanent record. Just retake it as many times as you need to. The quizzes are designed to test your knowledge, not prevent you from earning your certification. 

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