SKY COACHES

Dwayne Remple

Dwayne Remple

18UB-Black, Coach

Dwayne has been coaching the Vernon Christian School Royals Senior High Boys team for the past 8 years and just completed a school best Silver medal finish at this year’s provincials. Dwayne played 4 years of college volleyball for the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in the BCAA winning a bronze medal in the 1994 provincials. He then went on to acquiring his NCCP level 2 coaching certification and spend 2 years coaching the same Bearcats college team down in Abbotsford before moving to Vernon for work. Since then he has Coached the U18 boys Vernon Club team as well as the U13 boys team and recently assisted the U16 boys team this past season.

His coaching philosophy is player development and more importantly seeing young men grow in their character through playing and training with discipline, intensity, integrity and grace. He stresses treating the opposition, teammates, coaches and officials with respect all the while competing at your full potential. He loves introducing players to advanced game strategy.

Dwayne is married and has a daughter age 12 and a son age 14 who both love volleyball. He works for Interior Savings Credit Union as an Estate Planning specialist and still finds time to play volleyball in the community.

Chris Bannick

Chris Bannick

18UB-Black, Assistant

Chris has been coaching volleyball for 22 years at various levels in school and club seasons. He has been coaching senior boys at Vernon Christian, where he teaches, for the past 13 years winning a bronze medal at Provincials in 2014, a silver in 2017, and most recently a championship title in 2018! Growing up in Kelowna, Chris was a multi sport athlete playing soccer, softball, and hockey. He caught the volleyball bug while going to Bible College and has loved playing and coaching the sport ever since!
Philosophy of coaching includes wanting to not only teach the game, but instil a passion for the sport; one that strives to be the best an athlete can be on and off the court. Volleyball is a game that requires teamwork, sportsmanship, and fellowship. As much as hard work and passion is required, so is his motto of D.I.I.G.- play with discipline, intensity, integrity, and grace. Training these young boys to become men of D.I.I.G. is important as it develops their character. He looks forward to working with this year's team and seeing them develop to be the best they can be.
He enjoys spending his time with his family, especially his 2 grandsons. In the summer you can find Chris enjoying the outdoors whether he is at the lake, camping, or on the golf course.
Fane Triggs

Fane Triggs

18UG-Blue, Coach

Fane played 3-years of college volleyball in Quebec, and 4 years at McGill University.

He has coached OUC College for 3 seasons, and the B.C Provincial team for 4 seasons. Fane has a long high school coaching career, including 17 years with the Kelowna Secondary School senior boys, and 4 years with the W.L. Seaton Senior boys. Fane has been coaching in the Sky Volleyball Club for the past 5 seasons, at various age levels.

As Sky Volleyball's Director of Coaching, Fane helps select, train and oversee our excellent team of coaches at all levels of the club.

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Kyle Brewer

17UG-Blue, Coach

Kyle's list of volleyball  accomplishments is deep. A high school Fraser valley MVP, Provincial all-star, and Fraser Valley Volleyball Club two-time Provincial champion.  He played for Team BC for 4-seasons and UCC for 1-year where they were Provincial silver medalists, and National bronze medalists.

Kyle went on to play at TRU for 2 seasons and was a red-shirt at UBC for 1-season.  He has been a beach volleyball Provincial Champion 3 times, and National Gold and Bronze medal winner.

Kyle has coached the Men’s BC Deaf Team 2-time national champions (ages 15-72 years old), the Women’s Canadian Deaf Team to a silver medal at Pan American games in Brazil. He has coached club volleyball ages 13U-18U, and is the former Vice President of Sky Volleyball.

Currently, Kyle is a Pharmacist at Nolan's Pharmasave and father to Hayden (future Sky athlete).  "I love watching players grow as athletes and as humans. My biggest pride is sending athletes off to college and university volleyball teams".

Lenai Schmidt

Lenai Schmidt

17UG-Blue, Assistant

Lenai is a graduate of Kalamalka Secondary and a native of Vernon. Her playing career began with the Kal Lakers as a power hitter where she won the AAA Provincial championship in both her junior and senior years.

She then moved on to play for the UBC Okanagan Heat, where she transitioned into the role of libero/defensive specialist. Lenai earned a spot on the BCCAA All-Star Rookie team, helping the Heat win BCCAA Provincial Gold and the CCAA National Championship, where she was named a Second Team All-Star. In her last 3 years the Heat enjoyed success at the CIS level, with Lenai leading the team in total career digs. In her final season, she helped guide the Heat to their first ever trip to the Canada West Final Four, while being named the 2013-14 UBC Okanagan Heat Most Valuable Player.

Lenai’s love of volleyball has not stopped since her retirement. She continues to play recreationally in several different leagues and has really enjoyed her experience as a Sky assistant coach.

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Troy Lorenson

16UG-Blue, Coach

Troy's high school volleyball career included captaining the 1982 AAA Provincial high school champs, the 1983 AVA Juvenile provincial champion "Alberta Selects", and playing 2-seasons on the Alberta Can-Am team.

During his 5-years as the starting setter for the U of A Golden Bears, he was a 3-yr captain, 2-time MVP/Costa Chrysanthou Memorial Trophy winner, and recipient of the U of A's President's Trophy for Outstanding Leadership. Troy received his degree in Physiotherapy (Valedictorian) in 1990. He was the Assistant Coach of the Golden Bears in 1989-90.

While in university, he was Assistant Director with the Alberta Volleyball Association, and owned a volleyball camp company called "Up With Volleyball".

Troy lives in Vernon, is married to Tracey and has 2 daughters. He works for Performance Health, and is President of Beyond Sport Inc. which he founded in 1992. Troy sets for the Canadian Masters team, and has coached Sky 14-17U teams over the past 7-seasons.

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Kalli hamilton-Gee

16UG-Blue, Assistant

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Richard Bedard

Richard Bedard

16UB-Black, Coach

Richard played 4 years of volleyball in Ontario at Cambrian College. His teams won Ontario College Athletic Association Silver Medals in 1990, 1991, 1993 and also went on to place 5, 6 and 6 respectively at the CCAA Nationals the same years. Richard also played 2 years Ontario Volleyball Association club series and won several beach tournaments in Northern Ontario.

Richard’s coaching career started at Fulton Secondary, with his wife Karen, and they are now coaching at W.L. Seaton. He has been coaching at all levels with Sky Volleyball since 2014, and his teams have brought home numerous division championships. "After finishing the last 2 years with Provincial Silver and Bronze, Karen and I are looking forward to preparing the boys for a push to challenge for that elusive Provincial Gold. We are also excited for the boys to be attending Nationals in Toronto!

Karen Bedard

Karen Bedard

16UB-Black, Coach

Karen belonged to a secondary school program that won Provincial silver and bronze. Her dad was one of her coaches, so she’s continued the tradition of giving back. Karen has coached since her last year of high school, almost 30 years, and is a Level 2 coach. The majority of her teams were Junior girls, but since having her children Bryn and Ronan, Karen has coached the boys with her husband, Richard.  Starting at Fulton Secondary, and now at W.L. Seaton.

Karen has been with club volleyball in Vernon since 2013. She had a great run with the Vernon Volleyball Club for four years winning 16U Nationals Div 2 gold, and 18U Nationals Div 2 bronze.

When the team was Sky 14U's in 2017, they won Provincial Div 1 silver. Last year as 15U's, they won Provincial Div 1 bronze. Karen is hoping to complete the set with the boys this year and is looking forward to their first National competition in Toronto!

Trevor Embleton

Trevor Embleton

16UG-White, Coach

Trevor has been coaching with Sky Volleyball Club since 2013 and has attained a Trained Advanced Development Coach certification.  He has previously coached 16U boys and girls as well as 18U girls.  He recently coached the Volleyball BC 14-16U Beach Train & Play camps in Vernon.

Trevor’s background in volleyball stems from watching hours of volleyball as a kid where he picked up the volleyball bug and played through high school into University.  He has also spent over 6 years coaching cross country skiing and when not skiing can be found riding his mountain bike.

His coaching philosophy is player development and believes it is critical to show the players the next steps and how to get there.  He strives to see the players reach their full potential while developing respect for their teammates, the game and themselves.  He is looking forward to another year of coaching and continuing to building on the Sky Volleyball Club momentum.

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Alyson Lypchuk

Aly Lypchuk

15UG-Blue, Co-Coach

Aly has been involved in Sky Volleyball for 7 years and has coached a variety of teams from 13U to 15U before joining the board two years ago. She grew up playing volleyball, fast-pitch and hockey in Armstrong and Vernon and has shifted her passion from playing to coaching. Aly believes in developing well rounded athletes who are exceptional people both on and off the court.

Aly is a french immersion teacher at Beairsto with a B.A. from UVic, B.Ed from UBC and an M.Ed from UBC. She lives in Vernon with her child, Zag, who is a cat.

Janelle Robertson

Janelle Robertson

15UG-Blue, Co-Coach

Janelle has been a part of the Sky family for 5 years, coaching teams with ages ranging from 14U to 17U.  She grew up in Armstrong, playing volleyball, basketball and fast-pitch throughout elementary and high school, before moving on and playing volleyball for the UBCO Lakers while she completed her B.Sc.

Janelle coaches as a way of giving back to the fantastic coaches she had, and believes all sports are an important part of growing up.  Her coaching philosophy revolves around working with individual and team goals, and not forgetting to have fun while competing.

Janelle is an Accountant in Vernon, with a B.Sc. from UBCO, and is working on her CPA designation.  She lives in Vernon with Zag's cousin, Cartel, who is also a cat.

Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

15UB-Black, Coach

Charlie is a 4th generation Okanagan resident, born in Vernon Charlie played volleyball for George Elliott secondary school in Winfield, with his club experience from the Kelowna volleyball club and his grade 12 year with sky volleyball In its inaugural season.

Charlie grew up as a multi-sport athlete playing rugby basketball and skiing all his life. He spent the previous year co-coaching the junior team at Fulton but has also coached grade 8 teams from George Elliott in the past. As well as coaching at camps in the summer.

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Tysen Meraw

15UB-Black, Assistant

 

Alan Forshaw

Alan Forshaw

15UG-White, Coach

Alan has played volleyball all his adult life as well as club and high school volleyball as a youth. He is currently in his second year coaching in the Sky Volleyball Club and loving it.

Currently Alan is a journeyman electrician with 1&2 Electric, and lives in Cherryville on a small farm with his fiancée and step daughter.

Alan's calm nature is always a welcome personality to his athletes.  He loves to watch his athletes and their passion for the sport grow over the season.

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TBC

15UG-White, Assistant

 

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Jason Reedyk

15UG-Grey, Co-Coach

Jason grew up playing a whole host of sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf and hockey.  A high school highlight included captaining his senior volleyball team to a provincial silver medal.  While college athletics led Jason to play basketball at the CCAA level, he has always had a passion for all sports.
He transitioned from playing to coaching a wide variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, golf and soccer.  Jason has coached volleyball for 12 years now: 1 year of grade 8 boys, 4 years of junior boys and 7 years of senior girls.  He was also an athletic director for 10 years, organizing sports leagues and serving as president for high school athletics in both the North Okanagan and Okanagan regions.  Jason is a provincially certified volleyball official and also certified to officiate basketball and slo-pitch.
Jason is a teacher and loves to do just that on the court.  He wants to get the best out of his players.  While volleyball skill development is important, Jason also places a high level of importance on character growth.  Growing in unity as a team is a key to success.
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Tommy Ip

15UG-Grey, Co-Coach

 

Cory Hoard

Cory Hoard

14UG-Blue, Coach

Cory has played volleyball all his life including many years of beach and grass volleyball.  He has coached elementary and junior high volleyball teams since 2005 and coached Sky Volleyball the last two years

Cory grew up in Vernon and is very passionate about this community and being involved in a number of kid sports.  He has been a police officer for 17 years and understands the importance of keeping our youth engaged in sports and a maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Aubrey Schalin

14UG-Blue, Assistant

 

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Steve White

14UG-White, Coach

Steve has been coaching volleyball since 2003, from grade 8 up to the senior high school level. After graduating from Kelowna Secondary, he attended UBC in Vancouver and was fully immersed in the sport, playing on the junior varsity team, refereeing, and participating in and coordinating intramurals. He’s spent many hours on indoor, grass, and beach courts. He even met his wife by visiting City Park in Kelowna one summer day after university, Mikasa volleyball in hand.

Now that the first of his three girls is in high school, Steve looks forward to many more years of coaching, and helping teenagers to grow in their skills and love for the game. His style of coaching is to help kids learn through focussed drills, game-like situations, and self-discovery. As Socrates taught, it’s almost impossible to teach someone without them having asked the question. So cultivating a desire to learn the game and how to improve is the key to excelling while having fun.

Steve is excited to join the Sky team, and to see teenagers developing skills and friendships throughout the season.

Sarah Koch

Sarah Koch

14UG-White, Assistant

 

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Brandon Aikema

14UG-White, Assistant

Brandon grew up in Armstrong playing basketball and soccer all throughout high school until his graduation year when he found a passion for volleyball. Since graduating he has continued to play volleyball recreationally, both indoor and outdoor. He has been assistant coach for both Pleasant Valley Secondary School and Vernon Christian School’s Jr boys’ teams.

Brandon’s favourite part of coaching is watching players learn and develop skills such as problem solving, communication, and leadership on and off the court. Through many years of playing multiple team sports his experiences have taught him the importance of self-confidence, leadership, respect, team building and trust. He hopes to teach the importance of these values and characteristics to every player he coaches.

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Wylie Barker

14UG-Grey, Coach

Wylie has been a part of SKY volleyball since 2011 with all 3 of his daughters playing in the club.

Head Coach 13U girls 2015; Head Coach 15U girls 2016; Asst Coach 15U girls 2017; Asst coach 13U boys 2018.

Wylie joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and has taken on the position of Director of Equipment.

Growing up a multi-sport athlete he sees the value of athletes playing more than one sport.

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TBC

14UG-Grey, Assistant

 

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson

14UB-Black, Coach

Jeremy joined the "Sky Nation" for the 2018 Season having just moved to Coldstream in the Summer of 2016 from Calgary to enjoy the LifeStyle the local area can provide!!
Multi-Sport is a large part of his family with their 3 kids playing Volleyball (Daughter on 15UAA, Son on 13UAA and Daughter in Training), Basketball, Ringette, Lacrosse, Golf & WaterSports.  With the exception of Ringette, he has been involved in Coaching all of these Sports.  Jeremy did play Volleyball as a Setter in his younger years before heading to College in Kentucky on a Golf Scholarship.  He enjoys seeing the kids progress as both Athletes and Young Adults with the emphasis on having FUN while RESPECTING themselves, teammates, coaches, referees, opponents and the sport.
Jeremy is looking forward to being a part of "Sky Nation" for many years to come!!

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Maria Hansen

14UB-Black, Assistant

 

Chad Romain

Chad Romain

13UG-Blue, Coach

 

Travis Kiel

Travis Kiel

13UG-Blue, Assistant

 

Gabriel Gock

Gabriel Gock

13UG-White, Coach

Gabriel has played volleyball for over 25 years in both Vancouver and Vernon.  He has played both indoor, outdoor (beach and grass) and in various formats spanning 6s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and reverse.  Gabriel has benefited from many great coaches in the past, taking various training sessions to improve his skills, and to further fuel his passion for volleyball.

Gabriel would now like to give back to the volleyball community and help kids love this sport too.  He is very excited to be a part of the Sky family and his goal is to help kids improve their self-confidence, their fitness level, and to give them a sense of team camaraderie.

Gabriel has worked for UBC Vancouver and now at UBC Okanagan and loves the people of the Okanagan, and the famous Okanagan Lifestyle!  He is looking forward to an exciting year of growth, support and community for your great kids!

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Monica Lee

13UG-White, Assistant

 

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Dawna Sales

13UB-Black, Coach

Dawna has been coaching for over 20 years.  She started coaching a 15U team and eventually led that team to a 5th place finish at 18U Nationals.  With most of those athletes still involved in the sport as well as lifelong friends. Continuing to share her passion for sport and athlete development, she has coached club, high school, elementary school, as well as community based youth volleyball programs.  Prior to moving to Vernon, Dawna was the president of Air Attack Volleyball for 10+ years as well as invested over 20 years as a sport administrator within the Canadian volleyball world and Richmond Olympic Oval.

Her philosophy includes teaching kids to be passionate about volleyball but also learn all life’s lessons along the way.  Dawna can usually be found spending time with her community, being outside, and enjoying her family and friends she has met through a lifelong involvement in sport!

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Brad Parno

13UB-Black, Assistant

 

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John Gardner

12UG-Blue, Coach

 

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TBC

12UG-Blue, Assistant