Ben Wilkinson

CJV North Director & 13 Elite Head Coach

Ben Wilkinson

In 2016, Ben arrived in South Florida and shifted his passion for playing volleyball into
coaching where he was appointed 13U National head coach with Wildfire Volleyball
Academy as they saw his strengths in development. In Ben's first year, he led the 13U
National Team to a top 5 team in the state. In 2019 & 2020 they qualified in Open for
USAV junior nationals and finished with a ranking of number 2 in state both years.

Ben built his reputation and saw an opportunity to focus my attention around the sport
fundamentals and grass roots development. He was then promoted to Club Director in
2018 and in addition to head coach responsibilities, where he led the local train and play
program which focused on development and introducing new athletes to the sport. Ben
also ran all summer camps at the club.

He also helped lead the 12-14 age group at club level to ensure we had a solid
foundation in terms of skill fundamentals and athlete mindset. Ben stated that he is always striving to
grow by making sure he is up to date with current techniques and new coaching

This will be Ben's first year with CJV and we are very excited to have him on board to work with our younger group developing their skills and love for the game!

Coach Philosophy:
- I will work to instill a COMPETITIVE MENTALITY by creating a COMPETITIVE ATMOSPHERE in every practice.
- I aim to be a ROLE MODEL for the athletes by showing them the most effective way to PLAY and BEHAVE on and off the court.
- I will let the athletes make MISTAKES and not be AFRAID TO FAIL.
- I will help the athletes become natural COMMUNICATORS.
- I will encourage the athletes to RESPECT themselves, team mates, coaches and parents.

"Excellence is achieved by mastery of fundamentals AND having a the mark of a champion - Self confidence"

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