OVA Coaches Develop Ontario's Elite

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Team Ontario Elite is the first OVA high performance program to include development opportunities for both the identified athletes and their club coaches. The program was designed this way in recognition of the important role the club coaches play in the development of high performance athletes in Ontario.

Club coaches of Team Ontario Elite athletes participated in a sport science camp in Gatineau/Ottawa on October 13-15. They will also take part in the Winter Camp in Burlington on Dec 8-10 and have been invited to join the group for the training camp at the French Youth National Training Center during March Break.

As the people in charge of the day to day training program and monitoring of Ontario’s best volleyball players, they are a crucial part of the Canadian volleyball athlete pathway. In collaboration with Team Ontario, they allow their athletes to pursue their high performance goals so we can, as an organization, achieve our common objective of producing athletes that will represent Canada internationally.

The OVA is grateful for the dedication of all its coaches at all levels but would like to recognize the special contribution of this year’s club coaches of Team Ontario Elite athletes:


Francois St-Denis, Performance Coach
Athletes: Maxime St-Denis & Jordan Canham


Ian McNee, Development Coach
Durham Attack
Athlete: Justin Lui


Jeffery Mooney, Advanced Development
Ottawa Fusion
Athletes: Ethan Kalef & Grady McClure 


Jennifer Neilson, Development Coach
Halton Regional Volleyball Club
Athletes: Haley Armstrong & Danielle Gravina


Jessy Satti
Athletes: Cole Ketrzynski, Xander Ketrzynski, Saad Shakih, & Matthew Powell


John Child, Performance Coach
Athletes: Emily Teehan & Brooklyn Bere


John Nguyen, Advanced Development Coach
Athlete: Chloe Galarneau-Haley


Kevin Therkildsen, Development Coach
Aurora Storm
Athletes: Duncan Clark & Erik Siksna


Kate Smith
Niagara Rapids
Athlete: Sadie Dick


Linda Melnick, Performance Coach
Athlete: Ella Stewart


Lynn Vicic
KW Predators
Athletes: Alexander Mrkalj & Sauli Lianga 


Matthew Harris, Performance Coach
Athlete: Luca Nastase


Paul Podstawka, Development Coach
Junior Griffons
Athlete: Avery McConkey


Prateek Yadav
Athlete: Teodora Vukovic


Steve Delaney, Performance Coach
Halton Regional Volleyball Club
Athletes: Laura Madill & Biamba Kabengele


Steven Dow, Advanced Development
London Volleyball Club
Athlete: Katelyn Grasman 


William Phounpadith, In-Training Development Coach
SKY Volley
Athlete: Caylee Parker

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