SKY COACHES 2020 (UPDATES IN PROGRESS)
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.
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 Lumby IDA and father to Hayden & Mylo...future Sky athletes!! "I love watching players grow as athletes and as humans. My biggest pride is sending athletes off to college and university volleyball teams".
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!
Maddie began playing volleyball 10 years ago, and has been coaching for 3 years. She played with Sky Volleyball and the Seaton Sonics volleyball team all through high school. Some highlights include winning silver in her grade 12 senior year with Seaton, and then taking a gold metal home at nationals with Sky. Maddie’s main position was libero and defensive specialist but she always loved to hit when she got the opportunity. Since retirement, she continues to play volleyball in recreational and beach leagues.
She is very excited to continue to be apart of Sky Nation and share her skills with the athletes.
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.
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 setting 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, Troy was Assistant Director of Alberta Volleyball Association, and owned a volleyball camp company called "Up With Volleyball".
Troy is married to Tracey and has 2 daughters both who played in the club. 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 10-seasons.
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.
Anita achieved dual intercollegiate athletic scholarships in soccer and volleyball while completing her post secondary education at different post secondary institutions in Canada. She has had her share of team try out jitters and learned through life that “courage is not the absence of fear, but feeling the fear and doing it anyway” (Hoisington). Anita knows the value of excellent coaches and is so grateful for the great coaches she has had throughout her life.
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.
Lori competed as an NCAA Div II athlete while earning a degree in Kinesiology. She went on to Indiana University graduate school (Human Kinetics/Sports Psychology), and while there coached their club men’s volleyball team, Junior Olympic U 16 girls and teaching undergrad classes (including many courses of volleyball). After a few years away from coaching, Lori is excited to be back assisting a team this season! She loves to watch athletes discover their inner strength and the importance of team over individual.
Lori earns money as a kinesiologist and speaker, but more importantly is an above average water skier, enjoys coffee just a bit too much and loves living with her teenagers, cat and magical fish. Go Sky!
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.
Sarah grew up in Vernon attending the Vernon Christian School. She has always loved volleyball and has enjoyed sharing that passion through coaching for the past 10 yrs.
Her coaching resume includes 2 years of head coach for VCS grade 8 girls, a year leading their junior boys team and acting as assistant coach for 2 years with SKY volleyball's U13 and U14 girls teams. This year she is taking on the role of head coach for the U15 SKY White team and is excited for what this year will bring.
Sarah loves coaching and sharing her love of volleyball, along with the important life skills gained playing team sports. She hopes to impart the importance of cooperation, self-esteem, encouragement and communication both on and off the court. Seeing young athletes grow in skill and character is the motivation that drives her to be the best coach and mentor she can be.
I love coaching because I like helping young players grow and find their potential. I've played volleyball for 8 years and am always looking for a way to get better.
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.
Aly has been involved in Sky Volleyball for 7 years and has coached a variety of teams from 13U to 15U. She was also the secretary of the board for 2 years. Aly grew up playing volleyball, fast-pitch and hockey in Armstrong and Vernon and has shifted her passion from playing to coaching. In addition to coaching at Sky, she has coached several high school teams, including the Seaton Junior Girls for the past 5 years. 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 children, Zag and Pippa, who are cats.
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.
John has been coaching for 20 year at various levels. Following John’s post-secondary volleyball experience, John began his coaching career as a high school coach to both girls and boys teams. John continued to pursue his education in Kinesiology and made some connections with coaches who began to mentor him and bring him on board to help with club programs. John then took a step into collegiate athletics and became the head coach of the Prairie College men's team. While he was in this position he had the opportunity to coach both the U16 and U18 Alberta Boys Provincial teams. Both teams had great success with the U16’s finishing second at Western Elites and the U18 team winning the NTCC gold medal. Throughout his time in Three Hills, John had a passion for developing a volleyball club with the focus being on introducing kids to volleyball and creating a love for the game. It is a highlight in John’s career as 15 years later the club is still running.
From Prairie John moved to Olds College to coach the men's volleyball team. While at Olds College, John coached the team to a provincial championship in 2011 in the Alberta College Athletics League (ACAL) and brought the team into the ACAC. Since moving to the Okanagan John has been involved in club programs, school athletics and has begun a mini volleyball program in Armstrong.
John has a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Briercrest College, Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy.
John’s hope as a coach is to provide an environment where athletes experience a stretching of their character and a continual growth mindset. An athlete's love of the sport, a genuine caring for their teammates, a relationship with their coaches and a continual desire for competition is a sign of success for any team John coaches.
John is currently the Farm Manager at Riemersma Family Farms Ltd in Armstrong and has 4 kids, Cash, Mila, Lucy and Remington, with his wife Candice.
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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