Volleyball Canada


Volleyball Canada Announces Coaching Staff for Team Canada 2018 Youth Men and Junior Women

Volleyball Canada has confirmed the coaching staff and key dates for the Team Canada 2018 Youth Men and Junior Women.

"We are very excited to put together an excellent group of coaches with a wide range of experience in both athlete development and coaching experience at the national level," said Dawna Sales, Volleyball Canada Program Manager. "Having consistency, regional representation and a variety of experiences in our coaching staff from year to year ensures the program is continuing to grow and improve. The coaching staff are committed to providing a training and development plan to ensure our athletes are moving toward international success."

Dawna Sales

The Team Canada Junior Women and Youth Men provide an environment of excellence in Canada to expose identified athletes to international level of education, training and competition early in their careers.

Junior women (born in 2000 or later) will be led by Ryan Adams (BC) and Gina Schmidt (BC). Ryan has been part of the Team Canada Youth and REP program since its inception in 2012. Gina was the lead coach with the Senior Women’s B team last summer and the head coach at SFU. Ryan will be joined by Dale Melnick (ON) and Tania Harrison (SK). Gina will be assisted by Monette Boudreau-Carroll (NB) and Dan Huzar (BC).

Shawn Sky (AB) and Matt Harris (ON) will take the lead roles with the Youth Men teams (born in 2000 or later). Shawn’s experience with the MRU and Team AB added to Matt’s experience with Team Ontario Canada Games are a great combination for our next generation of Team Canada athletes. Working with Shawn and Matt will be Nathan Janzen (ON), Mike Hawkins (BC), Joel Dyck (SK) and Greg Barthel (SK).

The Junior Women and Youth Men programs will be as follows:

28 athletes (2 teams) per gender born in 2000 or later
Selected* from the National Championships, held in Edmonton May 17-22

*no pre-registration with Volleyball Canada is necessary. Athletes should contact their provincial associations for high performance identification process.

Athletes will train starting in mid-July and travel to Tulsa, OK for the USAVB High Performance Championships, July 24-28, 2018.

For more information, please click here:

WOMEN: https://volleyball.ca/en/youth-women
MEN: https://volleyball.ca/en/select-men-program-info