Coaches

Our Coaches:

Craig Marshall

  • Team AB 17u Women’s Coach
  • VCCE Coach
  • Former Kings University College Women’s & Men’s Assistant Coach
  • Former UofA Golden Bears Assistant

Mark Ritter attack behindMark Ritter

  • Former MacEwan University Left Side
  • 2013 CCAA Silver Medalist

Greg-Gulash-Volleyball-CoachGreg Gulash

  • NAIT Assistant Coach
  • Team AB Assistant Coach
  • Former NAIT Ooks Captain

Jay Olmstead

  • CIS National Champion
  • Former Professional Volleyball Player
  • 3 Time CIS All-Canadian

Jared Schubert

  • Former MacEwan Setter & Libero
  • UofA Golden Bears Libero
  • Coach of 18u Club National Champions

Clark Spencer

  • CCAA Champion
  • CIS Champion
  • Golden Bears Setter

Aimee Schubert

  • Former Towson University Captain
  • 2014 NCAA Colonial Conference Silver Medalist
  • 2015 NCAA Colonial Conference Champion

Alex McMullin

  • Golden Bears Left Side
  • Canada West and CIS Champion
  • Member of Australian National Team

Brandon “BZ” Zukowski

  • Former UofA Golden Bears Libero

Shauny Hogg

  • UofA Pandas Captain
  • Pandas Middle
  • Can West Champion

Former Coaches:

Dione Lang

  • Former UofA Panda
  • Canada West Champion
  • CIS Silver Medalist

Austin Hinchey

  • Team Canada Member
  • Former UBC T-Bird

Mariah Walsh Volleyball CoachMariah Walsh

  • Team Canada Member
  • UofA Pandas Setter

Brett Walsh Volleyball CoachBrett Walsh

  • Golden Bears Captain & Setter
  • CIS Champion
  • CIS MVP
  • CIS Player of the Year
  • National Team Setter

Brock Davidiuk

  • Golden Bears Associate Coach
  • Former National Team Setter
  • Former French & German Professional Setter

Carter McIntyre

  • Golden Bears Left Side
  • Western Canada Games Champion

Arran Chambers

  • 2 Time CIS Champion
  • Golden Bears Middle
  • Junior National Team Member

Kevin Proudfoot Volleyball CoachKevin Proudfoot

  • Former Golden Bears Outside Attacker
  • 2 Time Canada West and CIS Champion

Tiff Dodds GRV Volleyball CoachTiff Dodds-Little

  • Former Team Canada Captain
  • World Championship Qualifier MVP
  • Professional Player in Korea and Japan
  • Former Pandas Guest Coach
  • Former University of Saskatchewan Assistant Coach
  • CIS Champion
  • CIS MVP

brandon-yaoBrendan Yao

  • Bears 5th year Libero
  • Two Time Canada West and CIS Champion
  • Canada Games Champion

Katrina Von Sass

  • Pandas Assistant Coach
  • Former Team Canada Player

Nicole Ban

  • Former Pro Player and CCAA Champion
  • UofA Pandas Assistant Coach
  • Team Alberta Coach

Mark-vDrunan-Volleyball-coach-grass-roots-edmontonMark Van Drunen

  • Former Golden Bears Libero
  • 2014 Can West and CIS Champion
  • Golden Bears Serving Specialist 2014

Chris Jones

  • Golden Bears Outside
  • CCAA Gold Medalist

John Goranson

  • CIS Champion
  • Golden Bears Assistant Captain
  • Former Junior National Team Member

Nicholas Cundy Volleyball CoachNicholas Cundy

  • Former Team Canada Athlete
  • Former Professional Player
  • CIS Champion and Player of the Year
  • UofA Assistant Coach

Matt-McCrearyMatt McCreary

  • 2014 CIS Champion
  • Former Golden Bear and Jr. National Team Member

jessie-nilesJessie Niles

  • Jr. National Team Libero
  • Pandas Libero 2012 CanWest Champion
  • Pandas Libero
  • 2012 Pandas Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 CIS Silver Medalist

Alyssa Jones

  • Former UofA Pandas Setter
  • 2012 CIS Silver Medalist
  • 2012 Can West Champion

jarron-muellerJarron Mueller

  • Golden Bears Setter & Captain
  • Former Junior National Team Member
  • 2012 CanWest All Star

Tristan Aubry

  • Former Golden Bears Captain
  • Former Junior National Team Captain
  • 2009 CIS Champion
  • Former Edmonton Journal All-Star

Gavin Little

  • Pro Volleyball player in Finland, Switzerland, Holland and Germany
  • Dutch Cup Finalist
  • Former University of Saskatchewan MVP
  • GMac Assistant Coach

erin-walsh-volleyball-coachErin Walsh

  • CIS Silver Medalist
  • Can West Champion
  • Former Pandas Libero
  • GRV veteran coach

Erik Mattson

  • UofA Golden Bears Libero
  • CIS Champion 2009

mitch-irvineMitch Irvine

  • 2012 All Canadian and Golden Bears MVP
  • CanWest Kills/set and Points/set leader
  • CCAA Player of the Year
  • Former Junior National Team Member
  • Golden Bears Rightside and Co – Captain

Grass Roots Volley hand selects the best local volleyball players and then encourages them to gather experience in the coaching field; in order to give back to the game that has affected their lives in so many different ways. All of our potential coaches are recruited by the founders (FOG Technical Director and FOG Coordinator) and the prerequisites are the following:

  • The individual must have either played or be currently playing in the the CCAA (Canadian College Athletic Association) or the CIS (Canadian Inter-University Sport) and some have even played professionally overseas and/or with Team Canada.
  • The individual must express some interest in coaching the game at some point in the future.
  • The individual must be deemed to be responsible, professional and courteous at all times.
  • Coaches are expected to engage with the players and offer player-hardened advice and tips to coach them in an area of their game.

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