The indoor Team Ontario head coaches for the 2021 Canada Games program have been selected following a thorough selection process. The head coaches were chosen 3 years out of the Canada Games to allow enough time for professional development and better program planning.
OVA High Performance Director LP Mainville had this to say about the selected coaches: “The selection was very difficult. We had many highly qualified coaches apply and this speaks to the increasing level of coaching in Ontario. The coaches we selected for the roles demonstrated their ability to design efficient learning environments for high performance athletes. They have shown a loyal commitment to the Team Ontario program in the past few years and I am convinced they will be great ambassadors of our program in the years to come. I'm really excited to get to work with them and create amazing growth opportunities for young Ontario volleyball players.”
Jimmy is the current Head Coach of the St-Clair College women’s team and spent the last summer working with the women’s Youth National Team that qualified Canada for the U18 FIVB World Championship last summer in Honduras. A trained Performance Coach, Jimmy brings a good combination of knowledge of the game, creativity and relationship building skills to the gym. He has been part of the Team Ontario program for many years and has been involved in the new Athlete Identification Process since its inception in 2016.
“I am very excited and honoured to have been selected to represent Ontario at the Canada Games and I look forward to working with the province's most dedicated athletes over the next 3 summers to assist them in their development towards representing Team Canada on the international stage one day. I want to thank the OVA High Performance team for their trust in me to lead this program and I can't wait to get started on this journey." – Jimmy El-Turk
Frank is the technical director for the Maverick Volleyball Club in Ottawa. A certified Performance Coach, Frank has more than 15 years experience coaching at the club and high school level. Over the years, he has developed unmatched program design skills that have earned him a position as a Junior National Team assistant coach in 2016 and 2017. He is well versed in many aspects of player development and will certainly have a big impact on the Team Ontario athletes on and off the court. This will be Frank’s second appearance at the Canada Games since he was an assistant coach during the 2013 edition of the Games in Sherbrooke, Qc.
“I am extremely honoured to have been selected as Head Coach of Team Ontario Indoor Boys for the 2021 Canada Games. Being a part the OVA's high performance programs means so much to me. I really look forward to embarking on this learning journey as a Head Coach alongside passionate individuals to realize our full potential and to grow the Team O culture across the province.” – Frank St-Denis
Jimmy and Frank will be involved in the following way in the next few years:
2019: Support in the identification of players for Team Ontario RED and selection of Canada Games assistant coaches
2020: Head coach of the Team Ontario Black program
2021: Head coach of the Team Ontario Canada Games program