Kisumu, Kenya 28th November 2019. Legendary former Kenya International, Godfrey Okumu returns to Kenya, not on holiday but to mentor Volleyball Coaches. Okumu, a Level III FIVB Volleyball Coach will conduct a workshop at Kisumu sports grounds children’s park on Saturday 30th November 2019, starting at 9am.

Both theory and practical aspects of Volleyball will be shared in the one day event East of Kenya, the workshop is free to all participant and the first 36 participants will get free T-Shirts.

“The workshop is free of charge, this is because costs has been an issue to some coaches and aspiring coaches. Also, the coaching courses are not done as frequently, and this is a way of sharing something.” Said Okumu who started his Volleyball in Kisumu having played for Kisumu Postal while in secondary school.

“First I would like to give back to the Kisumu volleyball community because this is where I started. This is the only way to reach many people especially the Grassroots so that they can spread the word of volleyball.” Said the former Kenya International.

A strong believer in grassroots Volleyball and a member of Japanese Society of Volleyball Research, Okumu is targeting the foundation of Volleyball.

“I want to share the right coaching skills with the local coaches, especially primary and secondary schools coaches. This is the most important stage where introduction of the game is done, they need to get the right introduction.” Added Okumu who was appointed University of the Philippines head coach in November 2017 and also coach of Motolite Professional club

The former hitter is not new to handling Kenya Volleyball, Okumu was part of the Kenya National Women’s volleyball team coaching staff at the 2006 and 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships, as well as in the 2011 and 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cups.


Godfrey Owese Okumu is a Kenyan volleyball coach. He is also a former player who has played for the Kenyan national volleyball team. Okumu is a native of Nyanza.

Playing career

Owese, Shirt 14 lines up for KCB in the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Tournament in late 1990’s. Courtesy Photo

As a player, Okumu played for various clubs as well as the Kenyan men’s national volleyball team from 1990 to 2003. After his retirement, he moved to Japan. He worked as an English teacher in the Kumamoto Prefecture in 2002 before coaching.

Coaching career

Godfrey Okumu is a holder of a FIVB Level 3 coaching certificate and is a member of the Japanese Society of Volleyball Research.

In Japan

After his playing career, Okumu moved to Japan sometime in the 2000s.  Okumu served as part of the coaching staff of the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler men’s professional volleyball club from 2006 to 2012. He also served as coach of the Hataka Girls High School volleyball team as well.

Kenyan women’s national team

The Kenyan women’s national team had Okumu as part of their coaching staff at the 2006 and 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships, as well as in the 2011 and 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cups.

David Lungaho (L) with Godfrey Owese handling the Kenya National Team. Courtesy Photo

In the Philippines

The UP Lady Fighting Maroons volleyball collegiate team under head coach Jerry Yee trained with Okumu as early as June 2016. Following Yee’s resignation from his post on September 2017, Okumu was announced as the new head coach of the women’s volleyball team of the University of the Philippines on November 2017. Okumu will start leading the team in UAAP Season 80 which was slated for 2018. Okumu has said that he will introduce the “Japanese style” of play to the collegiate team which he learned in his Japan stint.

Additional report from Wikipedia

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