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Art O’Dwyer | U of Calgary
The Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence welcomes Art O’Dwyer to the coaching staff in Calgary.
Art O’Dwyer is a NCCP Level 3 certified volleyball coach who has been coaching with both boys and girls club and high school volleyball teams in the Calgary area since 1984. He was assistant coach of the University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team in 1985-86 and 2005-06.
For the last six years, O’Dwyer has been coaching female club teams including the Canuck Club U18 girls team, which he guided to Nationals on May 13-15, 2011 in Abbotsford, BC. Previously with the Canucks program, he has coached teams to four Provincial Championships and National Championships.
The 2011-2012 season was his first experience in leading a women’s post-secondary squad.
Art O’Dwyer’s coaching philosophy is based around hard work, passion and a shared vision in which a team of people can learn to work together in a selfless manner, and have fun doing it too.
As a player, O’Dwyer was a member of the U of C Dinos men’s volleyball team for five seasons (1977-81, 1986-87) and one year on the Canadian National Junior Team (1979). He continues to be an active volleyball player with the Canuck Classics.
O’Dwyer, who was born and raised in Drumheller, AB, moved to Calgary when he began his post-secondary learning in 1977. O’Dwyer completed both a Bachelor of Physical Education degree (1981) and a Bachelor of Education degree (1987) from the University of Calgary.
Along with coaching, educating youth has been integral in his professional career as a physical education teacher, principal and school administrator. He and his wife Allison have three children -Edward, Beth and Carolyn.
Becki Kosinski | Kelowna
Head Coach of the Girls Daytime program in Kelowna.
Becki joined the UBC Okanagan Heat Women’s Volleyball coaching staff part way through the 2006/07 season. Becki’s role is to help coordinate the Heat’s serve receive and defensive system, Becki works extensively with our power hitters. As a former top power hitter in the CCAA, Becki’s knowledge of that position is a great asset and resource for our student athletes.
Some of her career highlights include:
UBC Okanagan WVB Asst. Coach – 2006/07 to present
BC Summer Games Beach Volleyball, Zone 2 Asst. Coach – 2006, 2008 & 2010
Kelowna Volleyball Club U16 W – 2010/2011 and U17 W – 2006/2007
Douglas College Head Coach – Women’s 2003-2005
Douglas College Asst. Coach – Women’s 1998-2002
CCAA All-Canadian – 1998
BCCAA Player of the Year – 1998
Douglas College Player – 1996-1998
Grande Prairie Regional College Player 1993-1995
Brock Davidiuk | Edmonton
Volleyball Centre of Excellence Edmonton is very excited to welcome Brock to the coaching team.
Brock is a former Team Canada Setter and Captain. He began his post secondary career as part of the Red Deer College Kings winning two CCAA championships and was named All Canadian, Player of the Year and Championship MVP. He went on to join the University of Alberta Golden Bears where he helped earn two silver medals and one CIS Championship gold, and he also earned two All‐Canadian awards, a Tournament MVP, and the 2006 UofA Athlete of the Year.
During his post secondary career and after he graduated, Brock was a member of Team Canada for a total of 11 years during which he played 4
years professionally in France and Germany including a French Cup championship with Tours and was named captain on two of his teams.
2006‐2010 FOG Skills Camps Founder/Head Coach
2010‐present Grass Roots Volley Founder/Head Coach
2011‐2012 UofA Golden Bears Assistant Coach
2012‐2013 UofA Golden Bears Guest Coach
2013‐2014 UofA Golden Bears Assistant Coach
2013 Team Alberta Head Coach NTCC Champions
This year Brock is beginning a Masters in Coaching program at the University of Alberta.
Carl Nienhuis | Lead Sport Mental Performance Specialist
Volleyball Canada is excited to have Carl Nienhuis, MHKin, work with the Centre of Excellence program in the area of Sport Psychology.
Carl has helped performers from all ages and sport and non-sport backgrounds. This has included helping youth develop positive living skills; helping national team athletes perform consistently on the world stage; helping recreational athletes find more joy in their game; helping Olympic athletes prepare and compete at the biggest show of their lives.
By taking an athlete-centred approach, Carl listens, provides support, and works collaboratively with athletes while selecting appropriate skills and strategies to enhance performance and wellness.
Aside from working as a mental performance specialist, Carl also instructs in the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department at the University of the Fraser Valley, and coaches with the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Volleyball teams at UFV.
Chris Abra | Victoria
Head Coach of Girls Daytime program in Victoria’s PISE centre.
Chris is a Victoria native who started his volleyball career at Lambrick Park Secondary. Chris moved on to play post-secondary for 5 years with the Camosun College Chargers Volleyball Team under coaches Head Coaches Charles Parkinson and Linda Henderson from 2005 to 2009. He was a team member of the 2008 BCCAA Silver Medalists and 2009 BCCAA Gold medalist bring home a bronze medal at nationals. The past two years he has been part of the coaching staff who guided the Camosun Chargers to back to back BCCAA provincial championship gold. Chris has been active in the Victoria volleyball community coaching with Victoria Volleyball Club and Lambrick Park Secondary.
He is currently the director of the South Island Volleyball Association, running leagues, tournaments and programs for youth and adults in the Victoria area. Chris is on his way to completing his BSc Kinesiology degree with Honours at the University of Victoria. Chris is a valuable asset as a head coach with the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence at PISE in Victoria.
Colin Walker | Ottawa
VCCE Ottawa welcomes Colin Walker to the coaching team.
Colin is a certified teacher who is currently completing his level 4 NCCP Coaching Certification and has spent 27 years coaching at different levels in the community. He has recently begun to work with coaches helping them reach their potential.
Colin is a certified National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Learning Facilitator who is able to certify coaches in Multi Sport Certification and level 1 and 2 volleyball.
Dedicated to helping athletes and coaches learn to become the best they can be is his priority as the President and CEO of SportCan.
Dale Ann Melnick | Niagara Region
Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence is excited to welcome Dale Ann Melnick to the VCCE Niagara Region
Dale , a NCCP Level 3 trained coach with a Masters in Business Admin and near completion of her Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration, brings a wealth of experience to the Centre. In her role as the Head Coach, Brock University Women’s Volleyball Team for the past 3 seasons, Dale’s committment to athlete success is driving the VCCE Niagara Region. She is currently coaching the Team Ontario Canada Games team.
In 2011, Melnick returned to coaching after a 12-year hiatus. In the CIS coaching ranks she was the head coach at the University of Western Ontario in 1995-96 and worked as an assistant coach at the University of Guelph from 1996-99. She was also the head coach of the Region 3 Ontario Team in 1995.
As a university student-athlete, Melnick had great success capturing five conference titles. She began her university career at the University of Georgia where she was a member of two Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship teams in 1985 and 1986.
She returned to Canada and played at York University where she was part of the York dynasty in the early 90’s capturing three OUA Championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She also played professional beach volleyball for 10 years from 1990-99 on both the national and international circuit all while coaching and mentoring high performance athletes.
Melnick holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Guelph and Bachelor of Arts from York University. She also has a Human Resources Certificate from Conestoga College.
Dan Huzar | North Vancouver
Dana Lis | Head Program Nutritionist
Dana is well known for her energy, passion and dedication to helping athletes reach their full potential. As a graduate of the University of British Columbia Dietetics program and the prestigious IOC Sport Nutrition diploma she continues to stay on top of leading edge sport nutrition research and finds unique and practical ways to translate science into the every day sport environment. Over the past several years Dana has worked in Canada and abroad with a wide range of high performance sports, including the Vancouver National Swim Center, Canadian Snowboard Federation, Women’s National Soccer Team, Field Hockey Canada, the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer team, Canadian Cycling Association and numerous Provincial, National and Academy athletes.
Dana’s involvement in sport dates back to her competitive experiences as a figure skater and more recently as a category 2 road cyclist. When she is not helping others reach their performance nutritional goals, she can be found in the mountains backcountry skiing or mountaineering. You may also find her cooking for NASA astronauts as a side job! Starting this Fall Dana will be pursuing further studies in the area of nutritional physiology at the University of Tasmania and is eager to further her research knowledge.
Dustin Reid | Mississauga
Dustin Reid enters his seventh year as head coach of the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball program in 2014-15.
In 2013-14, Ryerson finished with a 14-5 record before being eliminated in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
Reid led the Rams to their best ever season in 2012-13, posting a 14-4 record and reaching the OUA Final Four for only the second time in program history.
Reid was named OUA East Coach of the Year in 2009-10 after leading the Rams to their best record in five years.
To date, Reid has collected 46 career victories as Rams head coach.
A former Canadian national team player, Reid represented Canada in more than 120 international matches including two World cups, the 1994 World Championship and two Olympic qualification attempts (1996 and 2000). He also played professionally for four years in Germany and Switzerland. Reid played one season with the University of Toronto men’s volleyball program and was a captain of Ontario’s gold medal winning team at the 1993 Canada Games.
A NCCP certified Level 3 volleyball coach, Reid served as Technical Director for the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for four years prior to coming to Ryerson. From 2001-2004 he coached Professionally in Switzerland winning four different national championships including leading the MTV Naefels VC professional men’s team to back-to-back Swiss League championships in 2003 and 2004.
Reid remains very involved in Long Term Athlete Development initiatives both provincially and nationally. He is an active coach and learning facilitator in the OVA ADP and Coaching programs, is a volunteer LTAD committee member at Ontario Volleyball and currently serves as the chair of Volleyball Canada’s Domestic Development Committee.
Herb Tepper | Kootenay
1996 to 2001 – head coach for the Mt Baker High School Volleyball Team (best result was 2nd at the 2001 High School Provincials)
2002 to 2006 – assistant coach for the COTR men’s volleyball program.
One of the founders of the East Kootenay Volleyball Club (EKVC)
10+ years EKVC head coach for a variety of boys teams from the U14 to U18 level
Conducted numerous mini-volleyball and beach volleyball camps/clinics over the past 10+ years
Soon to be Level 2 Volleyball Coach
Level 1 Ski Coach with 4 years of coaching experience at the “Nancy Greene” level, including 2 years as head coach of the Kimberley North Sar Racers – Nancy Greene program, involving 70+ kids and leading a team of 10+ coaches.
Jeff Mooney | Ottawa
VCCE Ottawa is pleased to welcome Jeff Mooney to the coaching staff.
Jeffrey brings exceptional coaching skills to Sportscan offering innovative goal setting ideas to help motivate young and upcoming athletes. His coaching methods assist young players to recognize their potential and achieve their personal goals while enjoying the sport.
Jeffrey was a member of our National Mens Volleyball team and has coached an 18u boys team to a National Championship. This experience brings phenomenal discipline to coaching while teaching young athletes how to achieve their personal aspirations.
Jesse Knight | Calgary
Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence is pleased to welcome Jesse Knight to the VCCE team in Calgary.
Founder, Abstract Volleyball
2013-14 Technical Advisor, Mount Royal University Womens’s Volleyball
Head Coach Lindesberg Volleyball (Professional Sweden)
Head Coach University of Calgary Dinos Women’s Volleyball, 2009 National Silver Medal
Assistant Coach University of British Columbia, 2008 National Champion
Assistant Coach Saint Mary’s College, Moraga California,NCAA Div. 1 WCC
Head Coach Holy Names University, Oakland California
Head Coach 2012 Represent Sweden in the CEV Challenge Cup
Head Coach Team Canada Youth Women’s National Team, NORCECA Championships
Asst Coach Team Canada Junior Women’s National Team, NORCECA Championships
Assistant (Guest) Coach 2006-08 Olympic Sr. Women’s National Team
Joey Martins | Niagara Region and Hamilton
The VCCE Niagara Region welcome Joey Martins to the coaching staff!
Joey Martins, a Burlington, Ontario native, is the Head Women’s Coach at Niagara College, after a very successful playing career in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association, Ontario Provincial team, a member of the Canadian National senior team and a year of playing professional volleyball in Portugal.
Martins is a graduate of the Bronte Beach volleyball Club, where he led his teams to a number of national championship medals.
While attending Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, he led the Lancers to two OCAA Championships, and a CCAA Bronze medal, and Silver medal. After graduating from Loyalist, Martins moved on to the perennial Red Deer College Kings in Red Deer, Alberta.
With the Kings, he continued his domination as an outside hitter including – Two-time Loyalist College and Red Deer College Athlete of the Year, OCAA Scoring Champion, OCAA Athlete of the Year and twice named the Alberta Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year. He was the recipient of the CCAA All-Canadian Award for four consecutive years and twice CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year.
In his final two years with Red Deer, he won back-to-back CCAA Male Athlete of the Year honours (Across all Sports), becoming the first student-athlete to ever accomplish this feat.
In 2005, he was named the CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships Most Valuable Player and 1st Team All-Star. That same year, Martins was selected to Team Canada FISU Team, and when they traveled to compete at the World University Games in Turkey, he stayed as a member of the Senior “A” Team as a second Libero.
In 2007, he played professionally in Portugal in Division 1. He ended the season as the fifth best passer in the league. Upon his return home, he began giving back to the sport that gave him so much by coaching at the grass roots with the Burlington Blaze Volleyball Club, a nationally ranked 16 and under girls team.
Julie Young | U of Calgary
Julie has experienced and excelled at a number of different levels of volleyball, gaining valueable experience as she moves into coaching. She played her university career as a Leftside attacker at the University of Calgary, winning a number medals at nationals and earning herself All-Star and All-Canadian acheivments along the way. During this time she was quickly Identified and chosen as an elite player in Canada, playing for the National Indoor B team and, after graduating U of C, moving onto the A squad. From there she went International, playing professionally in both Germany and Finland. Julie is now back in Calgray and excited to be passing on her knowledge coaching at the VCCE!
Kerry MacDonald | U of Calgary
Coached 13U, 14U, 16U & 18U club for Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club 2002-2006
Head coach Team AB 2006, Assistant Coach Team AB 2005
Assistant Coach with UofC Dinos 2006-2012 Including Head Assistant Coach 2009-2011. 2009-10 CIS Champions, 2010-11 Canada West Champs, Bronze at CIS.
Head Coach Western Canada High School 2005/06 AAAA Provincial & City Champions
Former Program Director with Alberta Volleyball
Former High Performance Director – Sitting Volleyball for Volleyball Canada
Former Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Standing Disabled Team
Current Chair of the Disabled Volleyball Committee for Volleyball Canada
Level 3 NCCP. Level 1 & 2 Technical Instructor
BKin from U of C 2006. MEd in Coaching Studies from UVic 2011
Kyle Joslin | Kelowna
Head Coach of the Boys Daytime Program in Kelowna’s UBC-O centre.
Kyle Joslin comes to the Volleyball Centre of Excellence with a extensive amount of knowledge about how to succeed in volleyball, both Nationally and Internationally. After graduating from Mt. Boucherie Secondary in 2002 he played 2 years at the College of the Rockies. From their he moved out to play the rest of his University career at the University of Manitoba, Graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education. He then went International playing for a number of years as a professional athlete in Switzerland. Kyle is now the Assistant Coach for the University of British Columbia who compete in the CIS. He is also experienced in the youth volleyball community holding a Head Coaching position for the 17/18U Kelowna Volleyball Club.
Lennard Krapp | Mississauga
We are very excited to have the experience of Lennard Krapp at the VCCE Mississauga Centre.
Lennard’s experience at all levels of the game will ensure the athletes are receiving excellence in skill development.
A-level” certified Indoor Volleyball & Beach Coach (highest German certification level)
2012 Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Canada)
Chartered Professional Coach
M. A. Sport Science
Lennard Krapp has been involved in the international volleyball scene for over 25 years and has amassed an extensive resume in this sport, including:
Coach instructor and learning facilitator for indoor and beach volleyball in Germany and Canada.
Coach at various German Bundesliga indoor clubs for men and women: 1984-2000
2012 Olympic Coach with the Beach National Team at the London Games
Volleyball Canada Beach National Team Head Coach: 2009-2012
Coached Beach National Teams at Pan Am Games, Universiade, Senior World Championships, FIVB World Tour Events and Continental Cup Finals
German National Team Coach for Youth, Junior & Under 23: 1997-2008
33 medals at Junior World Championships and Junior European Championships from 1997-2008
Memorable indoor highlight while coaching the Bundesliga team of FT Adler Kiel:
Defeating the 33 time Soviet Champion and 13 time European Cup Champion, the Central Sports Army Club Moscow popularly referred to as Red Army Club Moscow.
Notable contributions to beach volleyball:
Built the development and support systems for the German and Canadian National Federations. Identified and coached the Olympic Gold Medalists Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann as well as many other German Olympians, during their time in the German development program.
During the past 2013/14 indoor season, Lennard has supported the following Pakmen rep teams as the technical coach:
13U boys, 14U boys, 16U boys GOLD, 16U boys BLACK, 13U girls and 16U girls
Mischa Harris | Head Program Strength Coach
Head Training Coach for all Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence Programs and Coach at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Mischa has been involved with volleyball his entire life as a player, coach, athletic trainer, strength & conditioning coach and researcher. He is a former UBC Thunderbird and Team Canada Beach athlete. He is a Canadian Beach National Team coach and an assistant coach with the UBC Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team. He is the president and co-founder of Sideout Fitness and works as the Sport Science Director for the Volleyball Centre of Excellence at the Richmond Olympic Oval Mischa is also working towards an MSc in Experimental Medicine at UBC, focusing on muscle activation patterns and injury prevention.
Naoki Miyashita – “MIYA” | Edmonton
Volleyball Canada is very excited to welcome Miya back and announce his commitment to the Volleyball Centre of Excellence.
Naoki Miyashita – “MIYA”, is a former Head Coach for the Team Canada Women. Miya is originally from Japan and studied at the University of Tokai where he earned a degree in Physical Education (1975-1979) as well as competing as a setter on the men’s team. Miya’s coaching career is extensive and he has coached at the highest levels professionally in Japan and with the Canadian National Women’s Team.
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Company (Japan)
1979-1986 Setter – Asahi Men’s Professional Volleyball team
1979-1986 Volleyball School Coach
1986-1988 Assistant Coach – Asahi Women’s Professional Volleyball team
1988-2000 Head Coach – Asahi Women’s Professional Volleyball team
1996-2001 Volleyball School Principal
Team Canada Volleyball (Canada)
2001-2005 Assistant Coach – Team Canada Women’s Volleyball
2006-2008 Head Coach – Team Canada Women’s Volleyball
University of Winnipeg (Canada)
2002-2005 Mentor Coach University of Winnipeg Women & Junior Wesmen Club
2009-2010 Assistant Coach
Takefuji Professional Volleyball Team (Japan)
2008-2009 Assistant Coach for the Takefuji Women’s Professional Volleyball Team
Pioneer Red Wings Professional Volleyball Team (Japan)
2010-2013 Head Coach for the Pioneer Red Wings Women’s Volleyball Team
University of Alberta Pandas (Canada)
2013-current Assistant Coach
Nathan Bennett | Kamloops
Hometown: Athabasca, AB
University of Alberta 1996-2001
Evivo Duren, Germany 2001-2002
Skovbakken, Denmark 2002-2003
Schuvoc Halen, Belgium 2003-2004
Oosthout Torhout, Belgium 2004-2005
Pafiakos, Cyprus 2005-2006
Enosis Neon Paralimni, Cyprus 2006-2007
Isku Veikot, Finland 2007-2008
Calcit Kamnik, Slovenia 2008-2009
Liiga Riento, Finland 2010-2011
Seat Volley Nafels, Switzerland 2011-2012
MuurLe in Finland 2012
Great Britain National Team summers of 2008-2011
A little extra:
Nathan is the Managing Director for Impact Volleyball Camp
Nathan is the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Volleyball team at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, BC.
His favorite drill Tacos Ladder
In his spare time “What’s that?”
Nathan’s most memorable place is Cyprus because he won the championship there.
“Be the best you can be on a daily basis. You are confronted with choices every moment, do your best to choose the right one.”
Leave no doubt.
Nathan Groenveld | Hamilton & Niagara Region
Volleyball Canada welcomes Nathan Groenveld to the team in Hamilton and Niagara Region. Nathan brings an impressive resume to the VCCE.
As the Head Coach with Niagara College, Nathan is spending his summer with Team Ontario as the HPC Coach.
Groenveld, Of Welland, Ontario has competed at every level possible. As a member of the Niagara Rapids Volleyball Club, he was named to the Ontario Volleyball Provincial team where he spent the next three years and was named the captain of the team as well as capturing two bronze medals.
From 2004 – 2009, he would represent McMaster University in CIS competition where he garnered much success including team captain, OUA First team All-Star, CIS Championship All-Star, Team MVP, OUA Player of the Year, CIS 1st Team All Canadian and Male Athlete of the Year. The 6’ 7” Middle would take his skills to another level in 2007 when he was added to the National Team program and would spend his next three years with the National Senior team. He represented Canada at the NORCECA Continental Championships in 2009, and an exhibition series in 2008 against Australia.
In 2009-2010 Coach Groenveld spent six months competing for a professional club in Qatar before returning home and beginning his coaching career.
Coach Groenveld’s goal as a coach is: “to create an environment for student-athletes to maximize both their on court and academic potential. Creating a family atmosphere where they can grow as young men and develop as players”
Orest Stanko | Mississauga
University of Toronto Men’s Volleyball Team – Head Coach, 1981-2004
• 13 OUA Championships
• 14 appearances at CIS Championships
• CIS National Championships – 1985/bronze, 1991/silver
• OUA Coach of the Year – seven (7) times
Ontario Canada Games Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team – Head Coach, 1987 Cape Breton, 1989 Saskatoon, (4th place, 3rd place respectively)
Canadian National Beach Volleyball Team – Head Coach, 1999 Pan Am Games, Winnipeg
• Gold Medal, Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann
Canadian National Women’s Beach Volleyball Team – Head Coach, 2001
24U National Beach Volleyball Champions – Head Coach, 2002-2003
• Josh Binstock and Brian Hiebert
U19 2008 Beach Volleyball World Championships, The Hague, Netherlands– Team Canada Head of Delegation
Canadian National Beach Team Program – Assistant Coach October 2011 to March 2012.
Pakmen Volleyball Club – Head Coach 15U Boys 2013-2014; 2014 Provincial Championships, silver medallists; Head Coach 17U Boys, 2014-2015.
Patrick Johnston | London
Volleyball Canada is excited to welcome Patrick Johnston to the VCCE Coaching Staff.
Johnston joins the VCCE with an extensive background in volleyball, both as a coach and a player.
Recently named as the Head Coach at Fanshawe College in London, ON, his coaching resume also includes being an assistant coach with Western University, Boston College and the Junior Canadian National Team.
This past season, he helped Western reach the CIS National Final Four Tournament for the first time in the programs history.
Additionally, Johnston founded the Men’s Junior Varsity program at Western, a feeder system which has trained over 200 athletes to date.
As a player, Johnston was a member of Western University’s Men’s Volleyball program for 4 years. He
was an OUA All-Star and was named OUA Libero of the Year in 2011. In 2005, he was the starting libero
for the Maccabi Games Team Canada at the NORCECA Championships in Mexico City.
Rayel Bausenhaus | Richmond Olympic Oval
Rayel brings a breadth of coaching and playing experience to her role as the Head Coach of the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence at the Richmond Olympic Oval . As a player, Rayel won two national championships during her club career with Fraser Valley Volleyball Club, and Team BC. She then went on to play for the UBC Thunderbirds where she won five CIS National Championship Titles, and served as team captain for two years. Rayel’s desire is to coach and give back to the community. She is committed to creating a high energy environment, where each player can maximize and utilize their full potential to succeed. And this success, Rayel believes, is not just measured on court, but off court as well.
Richard Eddy | Waterloo
Richard Eddy, Coaching Profile:
Lead Coach at the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence in Waterloo.
Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Women’s Volleyball team.
Has coached teams to successful performances in the 16U, 17U, and 18U age groups, locally with the Cambridge Scorpions, and K/W Predators.
Coached the OVA Region 3 boys’ team that competed at the 2012 Ontario Winter Games.
Played junior varsity volleyball at the University of Calgary.
Competed for Team Nova Scotia at the 1997 Canada Games in Brandon, Manitoba.
Competed at the 1996 National Team Challenge Cup, in Calgary, AB.
Rob Gowe | North Vancouver
Rob Meckling | Olds College
The Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence welcomes Rob Meckling to the VCCE Olds.
Originally from Yellowknife, NWT where he grew up and returned to work after graduating from Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary. Coach Rob completed a 2 –Year University Transfer Program in Physical Education and Athletic Injuries at Mount Royal. While at the University of Calgary he completed his degree in Adolescent Physical Education. While attending post-secondary education, Rob was a member of the varsity men’s volleyball teams, and was co-captain of the 1982 CCAA National Champions. While living in the NWT he competed in Elite Men’s Fastball, culminating in a silver medal at the 1978 Men’s Junior Nationals and attended the 1981 Canada Summer Games. After graduating from university, Rob became active as a coach, official and administrator of volleyball for many years. He was head coach of the NWT Men’s team for the 1987 and 1989 Canada Games and head coach of the NWT Women’s team for the 1993 & 1987 Canada Games. Coach Meckling have been also involved in many multi-sport games as a coach, mission staff, assistant Chef de Mission and Chef de Mission. As well, have sat on many national committees’ and boards with Volleyball Canada and Coaching Association of Canada.
Since arriving in Alberta in the spring of 2008, Rob have been active coaching women’s volleyball. He have coached Notre Dame JV’s to 3 straight zone titles, and have been active in the Queens Volleyball Club, where they won the U16 Provincial Championships in 2010. Recently Rob Meckling have been involved with Team Alberta U16 program where they have won back to back gold medals in 2011 & 2012. He is currently a coach with the VCCE here in Olds and active in the province with Canadian Sport for Life and he is the Recreation Sector Chair for the Government of Alberta’s – Alberta Ambassador’s Network.
Ryan Adams | Langley
Head Coach of the VCCE program based out of the Fraser Valley.
Ryan is probably the best known coach in the Fraser Valley. His resume of coaching accomplishments is significant at all levels. He was the Assistant Coach with the CIS Champion TWU Men’s Volleyball Team. He has also served as Head Assistant Coach for TWU Women’s team, University of Regina Men’s team and Head Coach for Briercrest College Women’s volleyball team. He has been the Director for Athletes In Action Volleyball Camps since 2000 and has been the Head Coach for the Athletes In Action Tour Team since 2004. Ryan was assistant coach for Team BC NTCC Summer games 2009 and BC Summer Games Head Coach for Zone 3 in 2010. He has coached club at numerous levels since 2004 for FVVC and for several Junior Men’s and Women’s teams in Saskatchewan. He has been a technical instructor for NCCP level 1 and 2 for Volleyball BC and a guest coach and head presenter in Paraguay, Costa Rica and Honduras.
As a player, Ryan set for Trinity Western and also played with McMasters University in Ontario. As the Head Coach for the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence in the Fraser Valley, Ryan’s vast experience will be an enormous help to the athletes in the region
Scott Koskie | Winnipeg
Volleyball Canada is excited to welcome Scott Koskie to our VCCE team! Scott will not only be working with the Centre in Winnipeg but also leading the coaching development of our Centre coaches in the role of Lead Mentor Coach.
Scott joined the national women’s volleyball team as the Assistant Coach in 2010. During his 3 seasons with the national team, he was also the Head Coach of the junior national women’s team in 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Assistant Coach with the University of Manitoba Bison men for two seasons and Head Coach of the Manitoba 19U men’s provincial team who were the 2010 Canadian Champions. As a player, he was a member of the national men’s volleyball team from 1995-2008, playing 326 matches for Canada while serving six seasons as the team captain. He has also played 10 professional seasons for teams in Spain, Austria, France, and Qatar. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Scott captured 2 National Championships, was a 3 time All-Canadian and National Player of the Year with the Bison. In 2009, he was inducted into the Manitoba Volleyball Hall of Fame.