The Capilano University Department of Athletics & Recreation is pleased to announce Dan Huzar as the new head coach of the Blues women's volleyball team.
Huzar brings to Capilano a wealth of volleyball experience and success at the local, national, and international stages. He has been an assistant coach with the University of British Columbia women's volleyball team for over 10 years, helping the Thunderbirds to a total of seven national championships – which included six in a row.
A North Vancouver resident, he is also the head coach and centre lead for Volleyball Canada's Centre of Excellence, and a member of the coaching staff for the Canadian Women's National Team. He was previously the head coach of Team Canada at the 2017 FISU World University Championships, and coached with the Youth National Team and the Junior National Team. He has also worked with the Team BC Provincial Volleyball Program since 2008.
"I am really looking forward to assuming the head coaching role at Capilano University," said Huzar. "Cal Wohlford has done such a great job here the past six years building a winning culture, and Milt has been very supportive of me through the process of transitioning from my role with UBC. I think that my coaching experience with the National team and UBC will be of great benefit to me as begin my first year coaching in the PACWEST. Working with Doug Reimer, arguably one of the greatest volleyball coaches in Canada, has been an amazing experience and one that I am very thankful for.
"I was really impressed with the commitment and attitude of the returning players I have talked to; I know we have a strong core group of athletes and a number of new recruits that will make us very competitive next season. My goal is to continue to build on the strengths of this program, with the ultimate goal of leading CapU to a National Championship."
Huzar has been involved in the local volleyball scene, serving as a head coach with the North Shore's BCO Volleyball Club. He coached at all age levels – winning three provincial titles and the 2015 national championship with the 18U Girls team. He was honoured as Volleyball BC's 18U Coach of the Year in 2012.
"I am very pleased that Dan Huzar has accepted my offer to coach the women's volleyball program at Capilano University," said Milt Williams, CapU Manager of Athletics & Recreation. "Dan has a great coaching pedigree and has shown the ability to not only build a program, but also develop and connect with student-athletes on and off the court. He is an exceptional recruiter, and has been a part of many successful teams at several levels. I look forward to seeing the heights that the Blues volleyball program reaches under his direction."
Huzar, who has been a high school teacher on the North Shore, received his Bachelor of Education from UBC and his Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.
He becomes the 10th head coach for the Capilano Blues women's volleyball program since 1977.