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Teams & Coaches

Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club has a long history of developing both great young volleyball players and great young people.
 

Since 1998 Canuck has had over 4000 male and female athletes play high level volleyball here with the Volleydome facilities as our home . Many have gone on to play at colleges and universities all over North America as well as in Provincial and National team programs. Many of them contributed to the numerous Provincial and National Championship banners that hang in the Volleydome and the GYM.
 

A number of factors are responsible for this success, but probably the largest amount of credit should go to the amazing group of coaches and technical resource people that are the backbone of Canuck Stuff. Our current coaching staff has an unprecedented number of former national team and Pro volleyball players, all anxious to pass along their experience and "Love of the Game" to the next generation of hard working athletes. Listed below are the teams and respective Canuck Stuff Coaches for the season.
 

One of the distinct advantages of a club like Canuck is the high caliber of coaches it attracts because of its history and reputation for developing great athletes, and great young people. We know each team will not only benefit from great coaching but will be exposed to the wealth of knowledge and experience of our Technical Committee consisting of a group or former CIS, National Team and many Pro volleyball players, as they help with the selection process, assist at team practices and offer positional clinics to Canuck athletes throughout the season.
 

Club Founders and Technical Directors: Don and Mylene Saxton


Don's volleyball career as a player started nearly 45 years ago, when after 2 years of playing Basketball at U of S he saw the light and switched to Volleyball, winning CIAU Gold in 1979. Don went on to play a total of 8 years with Team Canada earning a second place finish at the FISU Games, a third place finish at the Pan Am Games, and a forth place finish at the 1984 Olympics. Don played Pro Volleyball with the Dutch team in 1980, and in Spain from 1989 to 1991. He started the Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club in 1991 as a men's team which won 7 Canadian Championships and 1 USA Open Championship. During the next 15 years he enjoyed playing and winning in the masters and seniors categories, earning 4 more World Titles.

Don's coaching career started with a couple of seasons as an apprentice and assistant coach with Team Canada and his first youth club team was a group of 13 year old Bantam boys most of whom had never seen a volleyball before. Since that time Don and Mylene have run programs for players of all ages including the very popular adult co-ed leagues, Volleyball Academy and Dome Club for kids grade 3 to 11, School and Club Tournaments and of course the Canuck Stuff Youth Volleyball Club for male and female players between the ages of 13 and 18. Don was awarded the Tachikara Coach of the Year Award in 2008 after taking a group of U18 girls on an unexpected journey which ended with a Silver medal at the Canadian Open Juvenile Championships. The next season he led a group of U14 guys to a National Championship in Abbotsford and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame again, this time as the recipient of the Sport Builder Award. Don has continued to enjoy sharing his Love of the Game with young athletes and is looking forward to starting a group of U14 boys on their Volleyball Journey in the 2023 season!

Mylene played at the University of Ottawa where she was awarded the CIAU Most Valuable Player Award in 1980. She played 1 year with the Jr. National Team and then went on to play six years for Team Canada, mostly as a middle blocker.

After moving to Calgary, Mylene taught and coached volleyball at St. Mary's High School. Mylene has developed many great young volleyball players through the Canuck Stuff program winning two Canadian National Championships in 2003 and 2005. Mylene has enjoyed coaching our younger athletes working with the U14 age group and winning back to back provincial championships in 2012 and 2013. Mylene continued to coach and develop so very many young women until she stepped away from active coaching in 2020.

The Saxton's contribution to the game of volleyball can only be described as "immeasurable".

 

Please take a minute to look over the impressive Bios of the Coaching Staff that call Canuck Stuff and The Volleydome "home".

Below is a list of our Teams and Coaches for the upcoming 2024/2025 season. Please be patient as we are currently updating this page as we confirm this year's coaching staff

2024/25 Teams and Coaches

For more information on specific age groups please scroll down.

U18 Women

Coaches: Graham and Toby Gent

Contact Graham:

 gent13@telus.net

U17/18 Women

Coaches: Brian Gullekson and Candace Greves

Contact: Brian

canuckstuff@volleydome.net

U17 Women

Coaches: Chris Cheng, Chad Magus & Morgan McKale

Contact Chris:

clinics@svolley.com

U18 Men

Coaches: Bill Knight, Jon Isaacs and Jeremy Sadleir

Contact Bill william@knightlynk.com

U17/18 Men

Coaches: To Be Confirmed

Contact: canuckstuff@volleydome.net

U17 Men

Coaches: Steve Smith

Contact: braxsports@gmail.com

U16 Boys​

Coaches: Don Saxton, Fauve Welsh,
Contact Don: dsax@volleydome.net
U16 Girls

Coaches; Diego Perez, Sothy Pich, Joelle Savard and Claire Laurie

Contact Diego:

repsoldop729@hotmail.com

U15 Boys

Coaches: Sothy Pich, Phil Au and Joe Carroll

Contact Sothy:

sothy_pich@hotmail.com

U15 Girls

Coaches Kate Nugent, Brian Quach, Carlee Thorsen & Jason Fan

Contact Brian: brianquach89@gmail.com

U14 Boys

Coaches Jason Crellin &TBC

Contact Jason at jcrellin@rockyview.ab.ca

U14 Girls

Coaches: Camille Saxton & TBC

Contact Camille at domedefenders@volleydome.net

U13/14 Girls

Coaches Milou Saxton, Brianna Flanigan and Kat Dolguidh

Contact Milou at info @volleydome.net

U18 Men
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Coaches : Bill Knight, Jon Isaacs & Jeremy Sadleir
 

Bill Knight

Over the past 40 years Bill has been a player, official and coach in different sports. He has coached Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer over the last 25 years. He was a 10 year member of the Canadian men’s national team, 1992 Olympian and he finished off his volleyball career with Canuck Stuff National Championship in 1995. Hanging up the playing equipment and picking up the whistle changed his focus in the sport to development of the players and the referees to better improve the overall level of the game. He was involved with the original Volleydome operations and has returned to coaching volleyball the past number of seasons starting with the younger kids at Dome and then into provincial club system where has coached guys and girls teams from the U14 to U18 age groups. If you do not see him on the court as a coach, you may see him on the referee stand, as he officiates many weekends and at all levels which gives him a different perspective and insight to the game.

2023/24 U17 Team Roster

Rylan Schebesch

Brandon Yee

Ethan Chan

Peter Mackie

Cash Doss

Evan Mosley

Derek Monette

Erik Solomon

Evan McClain

Jason Guo

Carter Merchant

Kieran Genge

Abhijeet Sigh Deol

Fernando Munoz Campos

Connor Donegan

Cooper Sadleir

Duro Awodein

Damian Piquer

Noble Obasi

Kieran Schroeder
Kai Top

AJ Choi

Ranvir Bhatti

Team Info

 

Canuck is planning to run 3 competitive juvenile men's teams for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. The U18 team  will have a number of strong players returning who will re-sign in September.
This page will be updated once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots. Updates on Skills Clinics or Open Gyms will be posted on the news page.
For more information on the U18 program please contact Bill at  william@knightlynk.com

U18 Men

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U18 Women

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Coaches : Graham & Toby Gent 

 

Graham Gent
Graham grew up in Calgary playing volleyball at EP Scarlett high School and with the Dinos Club Program. He attended UofC and played as an outside hitter with the men's program there from 1995 to 2000. Graham also played with the Canuck Sr. Men's program in numerous US Open competitions. Graham and Toby have been with our club for the past nine season and have had tremendous success developing a number of athletes going on to play post secondary volleyball. This past season their U17 team went undefeated in regular season play with 28 and 0 perfect season and winning another provincial championship 
Toby Gent

 

Toby grew up in Calgary and attended Bowness High school and played her youth club volleyball through the Dino’s and Elite West programs and was a member of Team Alberta. After high school Toby played for the University of Manitoba Bison’s Women’s volleyball team as a middle blocker from 1995-2000. Toby is keen on using her experience and skills to coach and mentor young women as they grow through the Canuck program.

 

2023/2024 U17 Roster

Ashlyn Gent

Brooke Fermaniuk

Brooke Bergstrom

Isabella Tano

Jade-Alexis Gauthier

Kallie Komori

Lauren Robertson

Lexi Jones

Leyton Balint

Paige Hanzel

Jessica Yang

Nikola Gamlin

Team Info

Canuck will be running 3 juvenile women's teams again for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. 
The U18 team  will have a number of strong players returning who will re-sign in September.
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.

For more information contact Graham Gent at gent13@telus.net
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U17/18 Women

Coaches : Brian Gullekson and Candace Greeves,

 

Brian Gullekson

2025 will mark Brian's 26th season coaching volleyball at Canuck Stuff, although it also marks his 44th year involved in competitive sports as either a coach, official and/or sport administrator. Brian has spent those years coaching Canuck guys and girls club teams and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He is a Level 2 NCCP certified coach in both Softball and Volleyball and has completed all the training for his Level 3. Brian is also an Advanced Coach Developer and Evaluator. He spent 16 years officiating Basketball at all levels including community, ACAC, CIAU and the World Basketball League. Brian believes strongly in the lifelong benefits children gain when they participate in competitive sports as witnessed in his own children as well as many others in his years in sports. Over the years Brian's teams have earned several championship banners and many of the athletes he has coached have gone to play at the post secondary, national and professional levels, but his greatest pride is in watching these young athletes grow to become great young men and women and in some cases return to coach at Canuck or the Volleydome.

 

Candace Greves

Candace played in the Alberta club program as well as the Team Alberta representatives to the Canada Games in 1989. She played at the University of Calgary as a power hitter in winning the CIAU Championship in 1989. She and her teammates went on to add another in 1994. Candace was awarded the "Mikasa U16 Coach of the Year" in 2011 after winning the Provincial Championship and taking her team all the way to play in National Final Candace and Kent have continued that trend ever since, taking their current boys team to the provincial and national final year after year. Their track record coaching here at Canuck is truly amazing when you consider their win/loss record and the look at the caliber of athletes they have developed in their programs!

For the past 3 years Candace has helped coach in the girls program moving along with a group from U14 to U16 and now working with the U17/18 team!

2023/2024 U17/18 Roster

Abbey Stannard
Rebeca Agoston
Payton Shafer
Georgia Strangemann
Sophia Haag
Madison Abougoush
Alivia Sladek
Rachel Eykelbosh
Jamie Miller
Ally Doty
Georgia Minneman
Jocelyn Ruark
 

Team Info

Canuck will be running 3 juvenile women's teams again for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. 
The U17/18 team  will have a number of strong players returning from both the U16 and U17/18 program who will re-sign in September.
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.


For more information contact Brian at canuckstuff@volleydome.net

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U17/18 Men

Coaches : To Be Confirmed
 
 

2023/2024  Roster

Team Info

Canuck is planning to run 3 competitive juvenile men's teams for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. 
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
 For more information please contact Brian at canuckstuff@volleydome.net 
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U17 Women

Coaches : Chris Cheng, Chad Magus & Morgan McKale.

 

 Coaches Bios coming soon..........

 

 

2023/2024 U16 Roster

Kaitreanne Chojnacki

Jade Davis

Megan Deveaux

Ava Kleiner

Mila Kosoric

Jennaea Kozak

Aimee Layzell

Katherine Li

Kate MacPherson

Esme Magus

Gracie Moffet

Isabella Murrin

Yalda Rezaei

Adriana Shaw

Sarah Thompson

Madison Yee

Vicky Chen

Brooklyn Clemens

Jordan Ding

Amelia Fan

Isabella Haag

Krisztina Varsanyi 

Team Info

Canuck will be running 3 juvenile women's teams again for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. 
The U17 team  will have a number of strong players returning from the U16 program who will re-sign in September.
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.

For more information contact Chris Cheng at clinics@svolley.com
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U17 Men

Coaches : Steve Smith & TBC

Steve Smith
 Steve grew up in Southern Ontario as a multi-sport athlete competing in rowing, basketball and volleyball, as well as cycling, cross country and soccer. He went on to play volleyball at Waterloo University winning several Ontario and National Championships. Steve joined the National Team and played with them from 1988 to 1994 competing in two World Student Games, the Pan Am Games, and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and played with Team Canada in the World Championships in 1994. Steve followed up his national team career playing 10 more years of professional volleyball in Europe in both Belgium and Germany.

The last 10 years, Steve has spent coaching both high school and club volleyball including a variety of age groups with Canuck and Dome Defenders. He previously coached a team of young men from U16 to U18 with Bill Knight and Jon Isaacs and is excited about working the them and the Canuck U17 men's team for the upcoming season. 

2023/2024 Roster

 

Team Info

Canuck is planning to run 3 competitive juvenile men's teams for the 2024/25 season.
A U18 team, a U17 team and a mixed 17/18 team. 
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
 For more information please contact Steve at braxsports@gmail.com
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U16 Boys

Coaches : Don Saxton, Fauve Welsh, & TBC

Don Saxton

Don's volleyball career as a player started over 40 years ago, when after 2 years of playing Basketball at U of S he saw the light and switched to Volleyball, winning CIAU Gold in 1979.  Don went on to play a total of 8 years with Team Canada earning a second place finish at the FISU Games, a third place finish at the Pan Am Games, and a forth place finish at the 1984 Olympics. Don played Pro Volleyball with the Dutch team in 1980, and in Spain from 1989 to 1991. He started the Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club in 1991 as a men's team which won 7 Canadian Championships and 1 USA Open Championship. During the last 15 years he has still enjoyed playing and winning in the masters and seniors categories, earning 4 more World Titles.
Don's coaching career started with a couple of seasons as an apprentice and assistant coach with Team Canada and his first youth club team was a group of 13 year old Bantam boys most of whom had never seen a volleyball before. Since that time Don and Mylene have run programs for players of all ages  including the very popular adult co-ed leagues, Volleyball Academy and Dome Club for kids grade 3 to 11, School and Club Tournaments and of course the Canuck Stuff Youth Volleyball Club for male and female players between the ages of  13 and 18. Don was awarded the Tachikara Coach of the Year Award in 2008 after taking a group of U18 girls on an unexpected journey which ended with a Silver medal at the Canadian Open Juvenile Championships. The next season he led a group of U14 guys to a National Championship in Abbottsford and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame again, this time as the recipient of the Sport Builder Award for all he has done to benefit the volleyball community over the past 40+ years! Don is looking forward to building another strong group of boys this year at the U15 age group after placing 3rd at U14 Nationals last year.

2023/2024 U15 Roster

Jayden Liu

Ben Timmerman

Iain MacCaulay

David Tanola

Chase Enders

Callum Ng

Jordan Luong

Joel Honywood

Ben MacPherson 

Yufan Zhou

Logan Ellemers

Cole Osicki

Lachlan Brodie

Martin Tchervensky

Carter Brown

Hunter Bourne

Oliver Ngo

Miles Johansen

Carl Donegan
Liam Newman
Jake Tucker
Jazzen Villamayor
Connor Cloghesy

Team Info

 

Canuck is planning two competitive U16 Boys teams for the 2024/25 season. 
This group had a very successful season this past year and will have a number of players resign with Canuck for the 2025 season in September
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
For more information see the "News" page or contact Don at dsax@volleydome.net

U16 Girls

Coaches : Diego Perez, Sothy Pich, Claire Laurie & Joelle Savard

 
Diego Perez

 

Diego has been coaching boys and girls here at the Volleydome for past 13 years and has enjoyed coaching a group of young women starting at U14 five years ago, staying with this group with many of them playing in our U18 program last year. He head coached the U14 girls program and also helped coach U16 Girls team last year and will continue with some of them this year on the 17/18 Women's team.
He played for eight years in the A1 Club League in Mendoza Argentina and is very passionate about volleyball and loves helping the kids improve their skills and knowledge of the game. Diego is a level 2 NCCP Certified Coach and is working on completing his level 3. This will be his seventh season with Canuck, coaching U14 and U15 boys when he first joined our staff, as well as coaching school teams at Masters Academy and St. Jean Brebeauf school.

Sothy Pich

Sothy has been around the Volleydome for a number of years coaching Dome Club as well as Sr. Boys volleyball in High School. He is a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach and working on his Level 3 Performance Coaching certification. He has also coached girls club teams of all ages at Canuck, SAVC and Rampage over the past 10 years. Sothy enjoyed working with the U14 Girls this year and is excited to move up to U15 next season.

 

2023/2024 Roster
 

Kate Klein

Ava Kont

Emily Couillard

Hailey Elliott

Aven Bentrim

Peyton Johner

Chloe Zinger

Avery Bell

Lauryn Orosz

Jordyn Olson

Syeesha McCord

Makenna Wetherell

Shelby Kolody

Mattea Ferschweiler

Zoe Verhoef

Macy Nash

Neleigha Smith

Kayla Ceuric

Carly Manning

Leila Rahad


 

Team Info

 

Canuck will run two competitive U16 Girls teams for the 2024/25 season.
This group had a very successful season this past year and will have a number of players re-sign with Canuck for the 2025 season in September.
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
For more information see the "News" page or contact Diego at repsoldop729@hotmail.com
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U15 Girls

Coaches : Kate Nugent, Brian Quach, Carlee Thorsen and Jason Fan

Coaches Bios coming soon.....

 

 

2022/2023 U14 Roster
 

Emma Mangat

Nancy Yang

Kali Rach

Rei Hasegawa

Estella Henderson

Sienna Fan

Kylie Leonard

Nicole Strachan

Sanaa Hamilton

Tomi Yoshimura

Carly Benedict

Sarah Budden

Logan Balint

Lara Moussa

Ava Purdy

Milynn Wurz

Yuna Kim

Vienna Rustad

Kinsley Halmazna

Hailey Butler

Londynn To

Lacey Bunting

 

Team Info

Canuck will run 2 competitive U15 Girls teams for 2024/25 season. 

This group had a very successful season this past year and will have a number of players that will resign with Canuck for the 2025 season. 
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
 For more information please contact Brian at brianquach89@gmail.com

U15 Boys

Coaches : Sothy Pich, Phil Au, Joe Carroll and Ken Trieu

 

Sothy Pich

Sothy has been around the Volleydome for a number of years coaching Dome Club as well as Sr. Boys volleyball in High School. He is a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach and working on his Level 3 Performance Coaching certification. He has also coached girls club teams of all ages at Canuck, SAVC and Rampage over the past 13 years. Sothy  is excited to work with the U14 Boys this season.

2023/2024 U14 Roster

Nicholas Tang

Nathan Wuntke

Noah Papez

Andrew Buscu

Sam Mota-Antunes

Leo Trieu

Westley Armitt

Dane St. Dennis

Caleb Hwang

Arthur Guerra

Trevan Jordan

Cole Rudy

Wyatt Castle

Connor Davis

Justin Sibayan

Bode Assen

Matthias Choi

Tej Singh

Bryce Foronda

Qiao Fan

Team Info

 

Canuck will run 2 competitive U15 Boys team for 2024/25 season.
This group had a very successful season this past year and will have a number of players resign with Canuck for the 2025 season. 
This page will be updated periodically once our season exit meetings are completed with available roster spots and updates on upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed.
 For more information please contact Sothy at sothy_pich@hotmail.com
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 U14 Girls 

Coaches: Camille Saxton & TBC

Team Info

Canuck will run 2 competitive U14 Girls teams for 2024/25 season.
For the 2025 season, this group will be selected and signed during the Fall Tryout Period between October 20th and 27th
This page will be updated periodically with upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed. The Volleydome will also run fall programing for this age group as CBE will not be running a fall school season again this year.
 For more information please contact Camille at domedefenders@volleydome.net

 U14 Boys

Coaches : Jason Crellin and TBC

Team Info

Canuck will run 2 competitive U14 Boys teams for 2024/25 season.
For the 2025 season, this group will be selected and signed during the Fall Tryout Period between October 20th and 27th
This page will be updated periodically with upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed. The Volleydome will also run fall programing for this age group as CBE will not be running a fall school season. again this year
 For more information please contact Jason at jcrellin@rockyview.ab.ca

U13/14 Girls

Coaches: Milou Saxton, Brianna Flanigan, Kat Dolguikh

Team Info

Canuck will run 2 competitive U13/14 Girls teams for 2024/25 season.
This group will be selected and signed during the Fall Tryout Period between October 20th and Nov. 3rd and will be compete in the U14 Girls age category. We anticipate taking some U14 aged athletes but hope to have mostly U13 aged athletes.
This page will be updated periodically with upcoming Skills Clinics or Open Gyms as those dates are confirmed. The Volleydome will also run fall programing for this age group as CBE will not be running a fall school season again this year
 For more information please contact Brian at canuckstuff@volleydome.net 
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