Posted on November 10, 2015 by Jadene Mah

Outside of Coaching, what is your “day job”? I have been a teacher for 32 years and an Administrator for about 25 of those years. This will all come to an end in June when I retire and start pursuing that bucket list item. What should every person try at least once in their life? …

WVB Coach, Bryan Laskosky

Vikings Volleyball Coach, Bryan Laskosky

Outside of Coaching, what is your “day job”?
I have been a teacher for 32 years and an Administrator for about 25 of those years. This will all come to an end in June when I retire and start pursuing that bucket list item.

What should every person try at least once in their life?
Volunteering. The titanic was built by professionals….. Noah’s Arc was built by volunteers. Everyone has busy lives and it’s easy to come up with reasons why you can’t volunteer to help out a cause. Volunteers are the backbone of any community and I have found the experiences I have had in volunteering as some of the most rewarding times in my life.

What brings you the greatest joy?
As a teacher and a coach I think my greatest joy is watching those individuals that I have worked with find success. As a father I think my greatest joy is watching my children grow into the wonderful people that they are today.

It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?
Coffee and a muffin at Starbucks with my wife. With working all day, coaching into the evening and travelling to compete most weekends, Sunday is the one day Cindy and I can connect and spend time together.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
I have been given a lot of great advice in my life and and I can’t think of anyone who needed it more, growing up. I remember reading John Fulgrum’s Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten and it gave a list of the most important lesson you learn. The one that strikes me most is “Listen”. We don’t do enough of that.

Who do you follow on Twitter?
I am not much for social media. I have a twitter account but I don’t think I have ever tweeted anything. “It is better to stay quiet and let people think you a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” More people need to follow this. They don’t call it TWITter for nothing.

What is on your bookshelf?
Our family does a lot of reading and we all have very different tastes so we have a very eclectic collection in our library. When I was younger I enjoyed to science fiction/fantasy novels of Terry Brooks. Now, I enjoy Robert Ludlum or John Grisham type novels. Lately I have been trying some Clive Cussler novels.

What charity/cause do you like to promote?
There are so many great causes and all deserve promotion and support. Nelson Mandela said: There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.Our women’s volleyball team supports the Kinette Silent Santa Program. I think anytime we can help our most vulnerable, we are obligated to do what we can.

What is one item on your bucket list?
Visit the 7 wonders of the modern world + the great pyramid of Giza with my wife.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Inconsiderate or disrespectful behavior. Can’t stand it when others think their rights are more important than someone else’s.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning…. Tea at night. I get the best of both worlds.

What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Right now its golf shirts and casual pants for work but I suspect next year it will be jeans and T shirts. With any luck in a few years it will be shorts and Hawaiian shirts.

Who have been your greatest influences as a coach?
I don’t think I had any one coach, teacher or mentor that was a major influence. I learned a little (good and bad) from all of them. I also learn a lot by watching my colleagues and how they handle their own teams. Coaching has a technical side to it but I thinks its more about managing people and resources.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Neil Armstrong
Amelia Erhardt (just hope she doesn’t get lost finding the house)
Jackie Robinson
John A Macdonald (I have to hide the gin)
Ghandi (but we aren’t likely to agree on a menu)
My Dad (being a history buff he would love this group)

What is your weirdest habit?
I talk to myself a lot. Growing up with 4 sisters and now having 3 daughters I don’t often get a word in edgewise. Talking to myself insures that at some time in the day I get the last word.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
When I was younger the best gift I ever got was a gas powered airplane. We had no remote control stuff back then. The plane was attached to two wires and you had to turn in a circle as the plane flew around and around. If you got really good at the controls you could do loops and even fly the plane upside down. And if anyone ventured too close you could dive bomb them.

Today the best gift I get is when all my kids come home for holidays.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was younger I sang in a choir for about 6 years and I have two years of violin instruction. However, Itzhak Perlman is in no danger of losing his position in the top ten.

What’s the best thing about Augustana Campus?
There is so much going on at Augustana that no matter what your interests are you can find something in which to become involved.

Why should get Camrosians excited about Volleyball?
Volleyball is such a great sport and it can be played at all levels. Its also a sport that requires us to work together. The calibre of volleyball being played at Augustana is some of the highest in the province. The strength and speed of the athletes is amazing. If you are not wowed by some of the action at our games someone better check your pulse.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
Gasoline and firecrackers don’t mix well.

Anything to add?
I have a couple quotes that I try to live by and share with young people from time to time.
1. ‘Give more than is expected. Take less than is allowed.’
What a wonderful world we would live in if we all strive to do this in our daily lives.
2. ‘If the problem can be fixed with money….. then it’s not a problem.’
The most important things in life are not ruled by money.

Coach Laskosky grew up in Camrose and is an alumnus of both Augustana and of Vikings Volleyball, and has one daughter attending Augustana. He feels a great connection to the institution and to the Vikings Volleyball program. He has 30 years of experience coaching at various levels, including assistant coaching at Augustana, Head Coach at Camrose Composite High School for 7 seasons, and positions with Battle River Viking Volleyball Club and several youth leagues. He also played Senior A Club Volleyball in Edmonton for 10 years. Laskosky earned his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Education from the University of Portland.

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