Volleyball Position Camp (VPC) Coaches


Visit CAMP COACH LINE-UPS for a look at VPC's coaching line-ups from previous camp years.

Over the years, VPC has had coaches who are current and former National, Professional, University, and College Team players, in addition to current Canadian University and College coaches. Please find listed below, a sample of coaches who have worked at VPC recently and throughout the years.




Leslie Irie, VPC Director


Coaching Experience

  • Mentor Coach, Queen's University Women's Volleyball (2011-2012)
    • OUA Champions
  • Head Coach, University of Saskatchewan (1997-2011)
  • Head Coach, Dalhousie University (1991-1997)
    • 3 time AUS Champions (1995-1996; 1992-1993; 1991-1992)
  • Head Coach, 2002 Junior National Women’s Volleyball Team
  • Assistant Coach, 1999 FISU and A2 National Women’s Volleyball Team
  • CIS Coach of the Year (2001-2002)
  • Canada West Coach of the Year (2001-2002 and 1998-1999)
  • AUS Coach of the Year (1992-1993)
Playing Experience
  • Ottawa Gee-Gees (1983-1988)
    • 4 time CIAU All-Canadian
  • Senior National Women’s Team (1988-1989)
Administrator
  • Chair, National Women’s Team Sub-Committee (2001-2007)
  • Chair, CIAU/CIS National Team Initiative (1998-2005)
  • President, Canada-West Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association (2010-2011 and 2000-2001)

 

Christy Hansen (nee Torgerson), VPC Consultant

Christy was born and raised in Calgary, AB. She started playing competitive volleyball in grade 9 and never looked back. She is currently residing in Edmonton where she is a Co-Founder of ASPIRE Volleyball. 

Here are some of her volleyball highlights:

High School Volleyball 

  • 1989-1992- Sir Winston Churchill High School Calgary, Alberta 
  • Junior and Senior Teams

Club Volleyball

  • 1987-1992- Dinnie Volleyball Club - Midget, Juvenile and Junior levels
Alberta Provincial Team Volleyball
  • 1990- Team Alberta Midget Provincial Team
  • 1991 & 1992- Team Alberta Juvenile Provincial Team
  • 1993- Canada Games- Team Alberta - 2nd Place

University Volleyball

  • 1992/93- University of Calgary Dino's - 4th at CIAU National Championships
  • 1995/96 & 1996/97- University of Alberta Panda's- CIAU National Champions
  • 1998/99 & 1999/2000- U of Alberta Panda's- CIAU National Champions
  • Inductee to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

National Team Volleyball

  • 1992, 1995, 1996- Canadian Junior National Team Member
  • 1993 to 1995, 1997- Canadian Senior National Team Member  



Leah Allinger, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience

2010 - Current
Assistant Coach, UBC Women's Volleyball

2010-2011
Coach, Volleyball Centre of Excellence

2009-2012 
Mental Trainer, SFU Volleyball Centre of Excellence, SideOut Beach

2008-2010
Head Coach, Beach Volleyball

2003
Assistant Coach, BC U-19 Provincial Team (Gold Medalist)

Indoor Playing Experience
1997-2002
UBC Volleyball (CIS Silver Medalist, 2 x CIS Bronze Medalist)
 
2001-2002
Canada-West 1st Team All-Star and CIS Honourable Mention All-Canadian
2000-2001
Canada-West 2nd Team All-star

Professional Beach Volleyball

2009, AVP Beach Tournaments (5th-Ft. Lauderdale; 7th-Long Beach)
2009, Vancouver Beach Volleyball Corona Open (5th)
2008, Vancouver Beach Volleyball Corona Open (1st)
2008, AVP Beach Tournaments (17th-San Diego; 25th-Chicago and Manhattan Beach)




Heather Brinkman (nee Osberg), VPC Coach

Heather Osberg, born in Ontario and raised on the West Coast, attended West Vancouver Secondary School where she played both volleyball and basketball with a highly competitive senior squad throughout her high school career. After a successful start with her high school and club team, BCO, she headed south of the border to Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) where she continued to play both sports. During her time there, she played for the developmental Canadian A2 squad and competed in several international tournaments. After moving up to the top Canadian squad for three years, Heather continued to play professionally in Europe and Asia, and has recently settled down in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has spent the last six summers coaching throughout the Pacific Northwest, and, after 18 years as a player, is looking forward to making the transition from player to coach.

Here are some recent highlights from her playing career:

Canadian National A2 team
  • Colorado Springs International Cup 1999: 2nd place
  • Japan Tour 1999: 3rd place

Canadian National Team

  • NORCECA Tournament 2000, 4th place
  • Canada Cup 2000, 3rd place
  • FISU Games 2001
  • NORCECA Tournament 2001, 3rd place
  • Japan Tour 2001, 3rd place

Professional Teams

  • Aguere Exentric, Tenerife, Spain: 2001/2002: 2nd place
  • Castelo da Maia, Portugal: 2002/2003: 1st place
  • Aguere Exentric, Tenerife, Spain 2003: 1st place
  • Aguere Exentric, Tenerife, Spain: 2003/2004: 6th place
  • Surabaya, Indonesia, 2004: 4th place
  • Rossano, Italy, 2004/2005: 5th place
  • Le Cannet, Côte d’Azur, 2005/2006: 8th place

 

Sophie Chenail, VPC Coach
  • majoring in Nutrition, Sophie is entering her 4th year with the Gee-Gees and is a starting middle blocker
  • graduate from one of Canada's strongest volleyball programs, College de Sherbrooke



Joely Christian MacFarlane, VPC Coach
  • currently the Head Coach at Royal Military College of Canada and Head Coach, CISM National Women's Team
  • as a Head Coach, led Ontario to it's first and only Gold Medal at the Canada Games
  • as a Head Coach, led Queen's to it's first and only Gold Medal at the OUA Championships
  • a former National Team athlete and Canada-West All-Star, Joely played for Regina and Manitoba

 
 
Kelsie English, VPC Coach

2013-2014, student-athlete on the Women's Volleyball Team at l'Universite d'Ottawa (4th year)
2012-2013, OUA Champion and All-Star (2nd Team)

2011 23U Team Ontario Provincial Team

2010 Team Ontario Provincial Team * 2010 NTCC Champions

Graduated from Louis-Riel High School (Sport Etude Volleyball Program)
* two-time AAA Provincial Champions (08-09 Soccer and 09-10 Volleyball)
* six-time National Capital Finalists (5 gold and 1 silver: soccer and volleyball)


 
 
Myriam English, VPC Coach

2013-2014, student-athlete and co-captain on the Women's Volleyball Team at l'Universite d'Ottawa (4th year)
2012-2013, OUA Champion and All-Star (2nd Team)
2011-2012, OUA All-Star (2nd Team)
2010-2011, CIS and OUA All-Rookie Team and OUA All-Star (2nd Team)

2013 Junior National Team

2009, 2010 Team Ontario Provincial Team * 2010 NTCC Champions

Graduated from Louis-Riel High School (Sport Etude Volleyball Program)
* two-time AAA Provincial Champions (08-09 Soccer and 09-10 Volleyball)
* six-time National Capital Finalists (5 gold and 1 silver: soccer and volleyball) 




Laura Fedorak (nee Mireault), VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  • Laura has had coaching experiences at Simon Fraser University and at NAIT (with Erminia Russo) 
  • Laura was Head Coach of the St. Albert Saints Volleyball Club's 17U Women's Team (2012-2013 Indoor Season)
Playing Experience
  • Laura played five seasons with Simon Fraser University (CIS) 2005-2009
  • She is the CIS all-time digs leader
  • She played for Team BC (2005) 
  • Laura attended the 2009 Team Canada selection camp




Émie Gaboury, VPC Coach

In her 1st year, as a starter for one of the top programs (academically and athletically) in the country, Émie brings a wealth of experience to Laval's Rouge et Or as she has been a member of Canada's Youth and Junior National Team. Émie is an OVA recipient of the prestigious Evelyn Holick Award which recognizes determination, leadership, athletic ability, sportsmanship and fair play.




Breanna Golding, VPC Coach

Currently, Breanna is a student-athlete at Humber College.  A starter for one of the top College teams in the country, Breanna was a two time age class VC National Champion.  Breanna has been in the gym since she's been 'little' as her mom was a former setter with the National Women's Volleyball Team. Combined with a strong work ethic, Breanna will continue to improve her knowledge and skill going forward.





Chelsea Hobbs, VPC Coach

Chelsea is from Edmonton, AB and has been playing competitive volleyball since grade 7. She is currently playing for Mount Royal College in Calgary and entering the fourth year of her Bachelor of Arts Degree in the fall. She is eager to return to her former stomping grounds to help share what she has learned with other athletes. She is also excited to give back through a camp she enjoyed so much growing up.

High School Volleyball 

  • 2000-2004 McNally High School, Edmonton

Club Volleyball

  • 1999 Northern Alberta Volleyball Club - Bantam
  • 2000 South East Edmonton Volleyball Club - Midget
  • 2001-2002 Northern Alberta Volleyball Club - Midget
  • 2003 Sherwood Park Volleyball Club - Juvenile
  • 2004 Red Deer Queens Volleyball Club - Juvenile

Alberta Provincial Volleyball

  • 2004 Team Alberta Juvenile Provincial Team
  • 2005 Canada Games - Team Alberta - 3rd Place

College Volleyball

  • 2005 Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves - 1st at ACAC Provincial Championships, 4th at CCAA National Championships
  • 2006-Present - Mount Royal College Cougars - 1st at ACAc Provincial Championships (2007), 4th at CCAA National Championships (2007)

Awards

  • 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Mount Royal College Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 ACAC First Team All-Star
  • 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 CCAA Academic All Canadian



Tracy Keats Lapointe, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  • Assistant Coach, 2011-2012 University of Calgary Dinos Women's Volleyball
  • Head Coach and Mentor Coach, 2003 - 2011 Dino Women's Volleyball Club (2008 16U National Champions; 2008-2010 Provincial Champions)
  • Head Coach, 2007/2009/2010 Team Alberta
  • Assistant Coach, 2006-2008 Mount Royal College Cougars (CCAA Silver; two-time ACAC gold)
Playing Experience
  • 2001 - 2004 Team Canada (2003 FISU Games)
  • 1998 - 2003 University of Calgary Dinos (CIS Silver Medalist; two-time Canada-West Champion; CIS Championships All-Star; Canada-West All-Star and 4 time Academic All-Canadian)



Annie Levesque, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  •     Assistant Coach, Universite de Sherbrooke
Playing Experience

    8 years, National Women's Volleyball Team
  • 17th World Championship 2002 in Germany
  • 11th World Grand Prix in Italy 2003
  • NORCECA Continental Championship:
    • 2003: 4th
    • 2005: 6th
    • 2007: 4th
  • NORCECA Olympic Qualification:
    • 2003: 3th
    • 2007: 2th
  • has been selected as Best Libero; Best Receiver; Best Digger at various Norceca Championships
  • 8th FISU Games in beijing China 2001
  • CCAA National Champions, 1999 Volontaires de Sherbrooke
  • 2 Time CIS Champions, 2003-2005 Universite de Sherbrooke



Jeremie Lortie, VPC Coach

Currently, Jeremie is in his 3rd professional season playing overseas in France. Jeremie has been a National Champion while playing club volleyball for the Mavericks ('09) and as a member of Laval's Rouge et Or ('13). While at Laval, Jeremie was a 4 time conference all-star as well as being recognized as the tournament MVP the year the Rouge et Or captured the Championship. In his final year with the Mavericks, Jeremie was presented with the highest honour as the winner of the  OVA's Ken Davies Award which recognizes determination, leadership, athletic ability and sportsmanship.




Marcela Mansure, VPC Coach

Marcela's coaching experience involves assistant coaching positions with the uOttawa Gee-Gees and the Maverick Volleyball Club. It is no coincidence that McGill's last appearance at the CIS National Championships was when Marcela was the starting setter. Marcela comes from Rio de Janeiro where she played for Fluminese, one of the best clubs in Brazil.




Kaiva Mateus, VPC Coach

Completing her Masters at l'Universite d'Ottawa, Kaiva is playing her final year of eligibility ('16-'17) with the Gee-Gees. A former member of the National Women's Team full-time training centre ('12-'14), Kaiva competed professionally overseas in 2014-2016. Completing her undergrad at McGill, Kaiva was an All-Canadian as well as a QSSF All-Star. Kaiva was Quebec's nominee for the prestigious Therese Quigley Award recognizing excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community.



 
Linda Melnick, VCP Coach

Coaching Experience
  • Head Coach, 15U/17U Guelph Grizzlies
  • Former Head Coach, University of Guelph
  • Former Head Coach, Team Ontario 
  • OUA Coach of the Year (West)
  • Fox 40 Coach of the Year

Playing Experience
  • 5 time OUA Champion
  • Captain, Canada Games, Team Ontario


 
Joel Miller, VPC Coach

Coached various age class athletes (female and male) in Canada

Playing Experience
  • 7 years, Britain National Team  * 2012 Olympian
  • played professionally in Spain, Holland and Austria



Meggie Moir, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  • 2011-2012 Assistant Coach, 16U Pandas Volleyball Club Team
  • Coach, Aspire Volleyball
Playing Experience
  • 2007 - 2010 University of Alberta Pandas
  • 2006 - 2007 Boston College
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 Team Alberta



Jessie Niles, VPC Coach

A graduate of the U of A, Jessie was a 5 time Academic All-Canadian and she is a member of the National Women's Volleyball Team. In her final year with the Pandas, Jessie was Canada-West's nominee for the prestigious Therese Quigley​​​ Award which recognizes excellence in Academics, Athletics and Community Involvement. As well, Jessie was U of A's Female Academic All-Canadian, U of A's Female Athlete of the Year and a 1st Team All-Star for Canada-West and CIS.


 
 
Jen Neilson, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  • Assistant Coach, 2017 Team Ontario (16U)
  • Assistant Coach, 2015-2016 Windsor Women's Volleyball Team
  • Assistant Coach, 2014 Team Ontario - NTCC Silver Medallist
  • Assistant Coach, Coquitlam Ducks - U14 Provincial Champions; National Bronze Medallist
Playing Experience
  • Entering 5th year at University of Toronto
  • 2013-2014, OUA 1st Team East All-Star



Vincent Pichette, VPC Coach

Currently, Vincent is the full-time assistant coach for the Men's Senior National Team. Vincent has had this position since 2009 and has coached has coached at the 2016 Olympic Games, 4 World Leagues, 2 World Championships, 2 Pan Am Games, and numerous Norceca Tournaments. Vincent is the head coach for the Men's full-Time training centre team.




Michele Prince, VPC Coach

Michele is from Edmonton where she started her volleyball career at the High School, Club, and Provincial level. She continued on as a player through College and University then took on a Coaching Role. Through 24 years as a player and coach Michele has gained much knowledge and wisdom about the sport and is excited to pass on her experiences to the up and coming young athletes.

Here are some of her volleyball highlights: 

High School Volleyball 

  • 1982-1984- Senior Volleyball Teams 
  • 1984- School Athlete of the Year

Club Volleyball and Alberta Provincial Teams

  • 1982-1985- Edmonton Volleyball Club
  • 1983-1985- Alberta Juvenile Provincial Team

College and University Volleyball

  • 1986-1988- Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta
  • 1986-1988- Received All Canadian Award
  • 1988-1991- University of Calgary
  • 1988- Summer Training Camp - China
  • 1989-1990- CIAU National Champions

Professional Volleyball

  • 1991-1992- Glaronia, Glarus - Switzerland

Coaching Career

  • 1992-1998- Head Coach Mount Royal College
  • 1994-1996- Provincial Champions
  • 1994-1998- 4th in Canada
  • 1997-1998- Switzerland Tour
  • 1993,1995,1998- Coach of the Year

Master's Volleyball

  • 2005-2006- Master's Team Provincial Champions 40's
    Representing Alberta @ Nationals (Hamilton)
    Representing Canada @ US Open Volleyball Championships(New Orleans)
  • Most Valuable Player at the 2009 Indoor Master's Championships



Diane Ratnik, VPC Coach

Volleyball Experience 1977 – 1999

Scarborough Titans VB Club (1977 – 1982)
  • 1980 GOLD Canadian Junior Championships (19&under)
  • 1980 GOLD Canadian Juvenile Championships (17&under)
  • 1982 GOLD Canadian Junior Championships (19&under)
University of Michigan    (1981/82)
  • GOLD Wolverine Tournament
  • GOLD BIG TEN Championships
  • All Big Ten Award
  • 8th AIAW National Championships
Canadian National Volleyball Team (1982 – 1996)
  • 1983 4th University Games (FISU) Edmonton Canada
  • 1983 3rd Norceca Olympic Qualifications
  • 1983 5th Pan American Games Venezuela
  • 1984 8th Olympic Games Los Angeles
  • 1985 6th University Games (FISU) Kobe Japan
  • 1985 3rd Norceca World Championship Qualifications
  • 1986 15th World Championships Czechoslovakia 
  • 1987 7th University Games (FISU) Zagreb Yugoslavia
  • 1987 3rd Norceca Olympic Qualifications Cuba
  • 1987 5th Pan American Games Indianapolis
  • 1988 3rd Olympic Qualification, Italy
  • 1989 2rd Norceca World Cup Qualifier Puerto Rico – Best Setter
  • 1989 11th World Cup Japan
  • 1995 3rd Norceca World Cup Qualifier Dominican Republic
  • 1995 World Cup Japan
  • 1996 1ST Continental Cup Olympic Qualifications, Regina
  • 1996 11th Olympic Games Atlanta
Major League Volleyball – Minnesota Monarchs (Womens Professional League) 1989-1991

National Open Championships
  • 1991/92/93/94/95/97 USVBA Gold, 1st Team All Star & All Rookie Team
  • 1992 USVBA Player of the Year
  • 1992 Canadian Senior Open All Star
  • 1992 Canadian National Beach Champion
  • 1997/98 Canadian Senior Open Champions - MVP
PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • 1996 – 1997 University of Chicago Illinois, Assistant Volleyball Coach
  • 1998 – 2003 Amotion Productions, Event Director for  Canadian Pro Beach Tour & FIVB Olympic Qualification Events
OTHER  HIGHLIGHTS
  • 1988 Olympic Torch Runner, Calgary Olympics
  • 1992 – 2005 Volunteered on Toronto Olympic Bids for 1996 & 2008 
  • 2004 Inducted to Canadian Volleyball Hall of Fame
  • 2009 Inducted to Hall of Honour University of Michigan
  • 2012 Volunteer at Canada Olympic House - London Olympics

 

Allison Ritter, VPC Coach

Allison is from Westlock, AB. She played on AB's provincial team (16U-18U) during her years as a club athlete. She went straight out of high school to the U of A and played with the Pandas from 2007-2010. Allison has coached numerous U of A summer camps. In the 2012-2013 club season, she coached the Pandas 16U team. Allison graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Physical Education along with an after degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.




Pam Rogers, VPC Coach

Coaching Experience
  • Assistant Coach, 2011-2012 Dalhousie University Varsity Womens Volleyball Team 
  • Assistant Coach, 2009-2011 McGill University Varsity Womens Volleyball Team
  • Head Coach, 2007-2010 Nova Scotia Beach Volleyball
  • Head Coach, 2008-2009 Nova Scotia Canada Games Mens BeacVolleyball                                       

Playing Experience

  • 2003-2007 CIS Academic All-Canadian                                                        
  • 2006-2007 Acadia University Female Athlete of the Year    2002-2007 
  • AUS All Star (1st team three times, 2nd team once)                2004-2005
  • Saint Marys University President’s Award
    (Academic, Athletic, Community)  



Ashley Roth, VPC Coach

Currently Ashley is an Assistant Coach with the Ryerson Ram's Women's Volleyball Team as well as being the Head Coach for an OVA Club Team (2nd yr as HC). Her playing experience is immense as she has represented Canada as a member of the SR, Junior, Youth National Indoor Team and the SR National Beach Team. Ashley has been an Academic All-Canadian and a two-time 1st Team All-Canadian. In her first year as a student-athlete at U of M, Ashley was honored with the prestigious Mark Tennant Rookie of the Year Award. Ashley completed her Masters last fall and is a certified strength and conditioning coach as well.  




Sabrina Roy, VPC Coach

A student-athlete competing in her 3rd year of eligibility with the uOttawa Gee-Gees, Sabrina's skill set is very good that it became somewhat of a 'disadvantage' as she could play any position well which led her to playing multiple positions in her 'younger' years. By not specializing in one set position became an advantage, as Sabrina reads the game extremely well but her greatest strength may be the combination of skill and passion that she competes with - if you get a chance to watch her play, you'll have a better understanding and appreciation for what she does!




Charlotte Sider, VPC Coach

A member of the National Women's Indoor Team, Charlotte has represented Canada on the beach competing in a FISU Games and 2 World Championships. A graduate of U of T, Charlotte was a 4 time OUA All-Star, OUA Player of the Year as well as a two-time All-Canadian. She has played professionally overseas in Belgium as well.




Kaly Soro, VPC Coach

Kaly is in her 3rd year with the uOttawa Gee-Gees. In her first season, she was selected to the OUA East All-Rookie Team. As well, Kaly was the youngest player chosen for the 2013 Ontario Canada Games Team.




Lia Stang, VPC Coach

Coached various age class athletes in Canada

Playing Experience
  • 2 years, Team Canada (indoor)
  • 3 years, University of Alberta Pandas
  • 2 years, Grant MacEwan Griffins



Tesca Wasylik, VPC Coach

Completing her physiotherapy degree, Tesca is a former National Women's Team libero. Tesca has competed in a World Championship, World Grand Prix and a Pan Am Cup. Having played professionally in Romania, Tesca's team competed in the prestigious Champions League. While in Canada-West, Tesca was selected as the conference's Libero of the Year.




Dr. Lorne Sawula, VPC Guest Coach 

This Sports Wall of Fame inductee is generally known as "Dr. Sawula" but for many he is called "Dr. Volleyball" for he has been called upon regularly to diagnose and prescribe treatment for volleyball programs across the country and around the world. 

Lorne entered the University of Alberta in 1964 and won a spot on the Golden Bears volleyball team until 1969. During these years, the Bears won the WCIAA championship in 1965 and were silver medalists in 1967 and 1968. He earned a spot on Alberta's Canada Games team in 1967. After a brief time away from the University of Alberta, Lorne returned to coach the Golden Bears for the 1971 - 1973 seasons.

For the next two decades, Lorne travelled around the world and was lured back to the U of A in 1993, as assistant coach of the team which, in 1994-1995, won a silver medal at the national finals. Beginning in 1995, Lorne joined Laurie Eisler and the Pandas, becoming part of the superb Panda teams that produced six consecutive national titles. In 1996 he became co-coach, a position he held until 2000 when he became coach of the Canadian Women's National team.

The siren call of Canada and other countries lured Lorne to the challenge of coaching national women's teams: the Canadians (1982-1988 and 2001-2005); the Swiss (1990-1993) who won a FISU bronze medal in 1993); the Australians (1994) and the Swedes (1997-1999). He also assisted the training and development of the Costa Rican Women’s team during the 2006 World Championships in Japan. The records of few volleyball coaches can approach "Dr. Volleyball's" numerous appearances at international competitions.

Today Lorne serves Canada's volleyball communities as a Level IV Canadian Certified Coach for Volleyball Canada and also is a Level III FIVB Coach and Instructor who is in demand around the world. 


2007 - 2009        Head Coach, Great Britain's National Women's Volleyball Team

2009 - present    Volleyball coaching educator/speaker and Co-Founder of ASPIRE Volleyball


(source: University of Alberta folio - 2004)


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