The Niagara Rapids are excited to announce the hiring of Matthew Ragogna as Technical Director for the 2017/18 club season. Ragogna comes from an extensive volleyball background, including experience as both player and coach and has recently added academic research to his resume as a graduate student. “This opportunity is a dream come true”, says Ragogna. “I am excited to work with one of the largest clubs in Ontario. The athletes in this region are talented and motivated. I am looking forward to working with them to find success on and off the court”.
Ragogna has returned to his playing days and is the captain of the Brock Men’s Volleyball team. Brock is making their first appearance in the OUA after a 16-year hiatus. Ragogna is currently finishing his Master’s degree following his graduation from the Brock Sport Management program in 2015. His research will be beneficial for coaches and athletes alike and focuses on understanding communication, coaching efficacy and maximizing leadership styles in a team environment.
As a coach, Ragogna is currently finishing up his High-Performance Coach certification (Level 3). He was an Assistant Coach for the Brock Women’s Volleyball team from 2013 to 2016. He has coached for the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence (VCCE-Niagara) program, as well as the Brock summer HPC camps. Ragogna was named Head Coach for a Region 3 Ontario Summer Games team where he won a gold medal. Some of the athletes that he has coached have gone on to play for regional and provincial teams.
Matt has coached with the Niagara Rapids for the past 5 years, starting as an assistant coach with Albino Pereira as well as working with the Spikes program. Matt rose quickly to the position of head coach where his passion for the game, intensity and organizational abilities earned him the respect of players and peers alike. His teams have earned top five finishes at the provincial and national level.
As the Technical Director, Matt will oversee coach education, development and recruitment, community integration. Matt is scheduled to work with all of the Rapids teams throughout the upcoming season as well as continuing his role as a Niagara Rapids Head Coach.
This is an exciting new season for the Rapids and we welcome Matt as we move forward in our pursuit of excellence!!
Director Niagara Rapids Volleyball Club