Rick Beedham

2024 Honouree – Builder: Volleyball

Rick BeedhamRick is Head Coach of the Brant Youth Volleyball Club 6V6 and U18 Girls Teams and  as well as one of the co-founders, along with his wife Sandy. Since its founding 25 years ago the club has grown from 10 to over 500 members. Rick was integral in the formation of the BYVC, finding out the necessary requirements and filling out the paperwork to make it official.
Rick has been coaching for over 40 years. His coaching experience includes youth soccer and girls’ fastball, but his primary focus is on volleyball. He has achieved various NCCP Volleyball certifications including Certified Development Coach, Trained Advanced Development Coach (indoor and beach), and Trained Performance Coach (indoor).

Rick has been involved with the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for many years, serving as the Assistant Coach for Region 3 Female Volleyball in 2002 and Region 3 Treasurer for six years. He has been recognized for his contributions to the sport with the OVA Recognition Award in 2013 and the OVA Achievement Award in 2019.

Rick’s coaching philosophy is centered on John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, which, to paraphrase, is to prepare yourself to the best of your ability to play your best when your best is needed.  He’s OK with losing as long as the team has played their best.

He believes that mistakes are a natural part of athlete development and encourages his athletes to learn from them and not repeat them.
When coaching, Rick aims to teach his athletes not only how to perform a skill but also why they are doing it that way. He values engagement, focus, and critical thinking in his athletes and aims to create a positive and supportive learning environment.