COACHES

High Performance (AA) and Competitive (A) Head Coaches

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Shallen Letwin

16U  Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

I have been with Elevate (previously Altruista) Volleyball Club for multiple years as a Head Coach (14, 15, 16 and 18U) and as a Board Member. I am a Level 2 certified coach and I thoroughly enjoy sports, especially volleyball and working with teens/young adults to help them accomplish their volleyball goals. I also have coached Junior Girls Volleyball Team in high school.  My coaching philosophy is to provide a positive learning and supportive environment where athletes can build their skills and confidence in order to become skilled players. I do this through motivation, respect, demonstration of skills, setting expectations for athletes (and holding them accountable for their part), having some fun (but staying focused on the game) and provide game time to practice of skills.

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Karen Jarvis

13U-Head Coach and Club Director
(Elevate Peak)

Coaching boys and girls aged 9-14 in our Elevate Volleyball Club Atomic program, I see the benefits of planting seeds.As a Certified level one coach, I have coached athletes from 13-18 over the past 5 years, attending club provincials each year and taking a 14U team to the Western Canadian Nationals in 2014 and a 15U team to Nationals this past May. An invitation by former 9 year Team Canada player Ross Ballard and former longtime UBC mens coach, Dale Ohman has allowed me to coach at Gold Medal Volleyball camps in Chilliwack and Vancouver. I am a firm coach who invests in all of my athletes and I am straight forward when pushing them to improve. Parent support is important to athlete and team success as is great communication.  I appreciate athletes who have great attitudes, are coachable and wish to improve. Looking forward to coaching your daughter and a great club season!

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Carlos Navarrete

14U  Head Coach
(Elevate Ice)

I have been an assistant coach with Elevate since 2016 and will now be a Head Coach for one of the 14U  Teams

I have played and coached all kinds of team sports throughout my life. I like to support and get involved in any way I can, so I started assisting last year with Elevate and I focused on the team, motivational, and mental aspects of the game.  I truly believe that athletics and sports have a way of teaching and developing kids in numerous ways that are extremely valuable in life.  With my previous experience in team sports, I feel that I can do a good job of coaching, teaching, motivating, and leading a team, regardless of the sport, age group, or gender.   I’m very excited to coach the 14U Competitive team this year, where our focus will be on skills, physical fitness, enthusiasm, teamwork and sportsmanship.

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Shane Hennessy

15U Head Coach
(Elevate Ice)

I will be entering my 6th year of coaching. Over the past year, I was assistant coach for the GW Graham JV team, assisted with GW Graham grade 8 spring team, head coach Elevate 16U, head coach GW Graham grade 8 fall team and i have completed my level 1 coaching certificate. My coaching philosophy is to create an environment in which athletes learn to set goals, understanding how to and achieve, positive aspect of mistakes, that they are learning opportunities, take chances, develop confidence, deal with adversity, move from a mindset of won’t>can’t>try>will>can and work as a team. What I ask of the athletes is that they always bring energy, give full effort and most of all……enjoy themselves. My ultimate goal is to help the athletes not just develop their volleyball skills but to grow as people.

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Paul Watton

15U  Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

After being a few years removed, I got back into the game playing competitive men’s VB as well as into coaching. The biggest thing I learned from coaching was how much smarter I became as a player. Coaching taught me how to go from playing the game to understanding the game, which takes it to a whole new level. I am a level 2 certified coach that has coached all ages from the u14 to the u18 level, in all arenas from public and private schools, as well as Club. Each bringing their own unique characteristics to the game. Previous club experience was with Thunder Volleyball Club in Vancouver where I was given the opportunity to start at the U14 level and developing a great group of kids and parent that blossomed into the clubs first ever Provincial and repeat champions during their U15 and u16 seasons. I was then able to watch them from a distance continue this success with other coaches. This taught me the value of instilling a core set of skills at the u14 level which set the foundation for success in the years to come. My coaching philosophy revolves around the mindset that success IS fun. In my experience there are 2 types of fun in sport. First is the fun as a team: the memories and laughter we all share together. Secondly is the fun of winning. I have never had a team that enjoyed loosing over and over again. I want to help every player learn how to win and experience the fun that comes from working together and achieving success.  My players need to understand that just wanting to win is not enough. You have to understand how to win. I am a coach that supports my players, has fun with my players and protects my players. But I expect my players to give their all. They do not have to know it all or be able to do it all. They simply need to bring it all and be ready to give their all. At they end of the year, whether win or lose we can be proud of ourselves and say we did everything we could. Finally I believe that behind every great team are a great group of parents. I love and encourage parental involvement in supporting our team on every level. It’s a journey and I want everyone of us to share in the joys and sorrows that make up any volleyball season.

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Ken Baerg

16U  Head Coach
 (Elevate Ice)

This is my second year in the Elevate program, having been an assistant with the 14U team in Chilliwack last year.  I’ve has coached extensively in a variety of sports and I’m looking forward to contributing to the Elevate program again this year.  As a father to two young girls – both avid volleyball players – I am passionate about the way in which lessons learned in the arena of sport can transfer to the arena of life.  We all want our children to strive for excellence, to be disciplined, to understand teamwork, to be compassionate and empathetic.  I have seen time and again the way in which these virtues can be learned through athletics and applied to all areas of life.  And ultimately, I am committed to having fun while pursuing these virtues and accomplishing these goals.

In addition to my professional engagements in the world of labour relations / human resources, I also relish time with my wife and daughters and in an attempt to give back to the community and world, I founded and continue to chair the Run For Water Society, a group that does education and fundraising for clean water initiatives in Ethiopia.

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Amanda Dick

14U Head Coach

(Elevate Ice)

While my coaching experience spans back about 13 years, this will be my first year with Elevate, and I am so excited to be joining the club.

Coaching is more than just teaching athletic skill execution, it is an opportunity to help the leaders of tomorrow develop the characteristics that will help them succeed long after they walk off the court. Sport has had an amazing impact in my own life. It helped me learn to drive for excellence, persevere through challenges, work as a team, and develop leadership skills. As a coach, I am competitive, but believe that I am missing the goal of competition if I fail to try and build those intangible elements into the athletes entrusted to my care.

 

I believe in coming to practice prepared to work hard, and have high expectations for all my athletes, but I also believe that every athlete should leave with a smile on their face, feeling a strong sense of accomplishment and pride in the skills they are learning. Generally speaking, as girls we often don’t know just how good our “best” can be, and I feel a special commitment to helping the young women of today become the great women of tomorrow.

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Andrew Hale

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