English volleyball coach win's Belgian title
1st May 2018
If anyone ever thought that English volleyball talent could not compete at the highest level, then Joel Banks has provided a timely reminder about just what can be achieved.
The former England setter is head coach of NOLIKO Maaseik and has just lead the club to the Belgian League title. It was the 15th national title in the club’s history and much celebrated at the STEENGOED Arena – the club’s home. Banks has knitted together a great squad and helped nurture developing talent to deliver the title in his first season in charge.
The victory is even sweeter for the club as it came at the expense of bitter rivals Knack ROESELARE, who had enjoyed more success than NOLIKO Maaseik in recent years.
It’s a fantastic achievement for the hugely experienced coach and not the first time he has won a European league. He lead Langhenkel Volley Orion to the Dutch national title in 2012.
In his illustrious coaching career, Banks was also part of the Great Britain volleyball coaching team at the London 2012 Olympics and in recent years has worked for Belgian national volleyball with their youth teams.
Originally from Portsmouth, Banks was a regular in the England national team as a player and represented London Malory before moving to Belgium to turn professional. He played for Sparvoc Lanaken and Volharding Eisden-Maasmechelen, before getting into coaching as a player-trainer.
Banks has lead NOLIKO Maaseik in this season’s CEV Champions League too where they have defeated some top-quality opposition, before being knocked out at the playoff stage.
It’s inspiring for his fellow countrymen to see what he has achieved – congratulations Joel!
Main pic: NOLIKO Maaseik Official Twitter.