COACHES

High Performance and Competitive Teams Head Coaches

Leasa Lepine

13U Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

I am excited to be coaching again for Elevate volleyball after taking one year off. This year I
have my two daughters, Anna-Marie & Kathleen, coaching with me. I have coached a variety of
sports for 20 years, softball and volleyball being my favourite. In volleyball I have coached ages
U13-U18 both at the school and club level. My expectations are simple: show up with a
positive attitude, give 100% all the time, be a team player, and demonstrate respect and
sportsmanship to coaches, refs, teammates, parents, and opponents. My goal is to develop
players both physically and mentally through the game of volleyball, and to transfer their
learning into real life. I look forward to a great season.

Gillian Hennessy

13U Head Coach
(Elevate Ice)

I will be entering my 3rd year coaching with Elevate.  For the past 5 years I have coached school volleyball in Chilliwack. My coaching philosophy is to create a positive environment for athletes to learn to have goals, take chances, gain confidence, and work as a team. My goal is not only to see growth in the skills of the athletes but also for them to have fun.

Karen Jarvis

14U Head Coach
(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 8 years, attending club provincials each year and taking a 14U and 15U teams to Nationals. 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!

Andrew Hale

14U Head Coach
(Elevate Ice)

Tirso Urbano

14U Head Coach
(Elevate Edge)

Although I enjoy playing many different sports, I have a deep passion for the sport of volleyball and hope to instill this love in all my athletes on my team so they too can eat, sleep and dream volleyball!  I like to focus on perfecting technique and having a positive and persevering attitude on the court.  In the past 15 years, I have enjoyed my coaching journey as an assistant and head coach for various sports teams in both schools and clubs. These experiences with different ages of athletes and different coaches have allowed me to learn to be a better coach. Being on a team means we are all in this together: coaches, parents and athletes. Participating in team sports plays such an important role in becoming confident youth and it creates everlasting friendships. Outside of coaching, I work full time as a lead hand technician for a commercial transport company.  Go Team Edge!

Amanda Dick

15U Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

I am currently a head coach with Elevate Volleyball Club, and looking forward to another season. My experience as a coach ranges from Atomic (Grade 5) through post-secondary, and spans back almost 15 years, and every season I love it more.  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 on 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 help the young women of today become the great women of tomorrow.

Carlos Navarrete

15U Head Coach
(Elevate Ice)

I am currently a Head Coach with Elevate Volleyball Club. I have played and coached all kinds of team sports throughout my life.  enjoy working with young athletes. I focus my coaching efforts on team motivation, competing and the 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.

Paul Watton

16U Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

I am currently a Head Coach with Elevate Volleyball Club. 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 14U to 18Y, in all arenas from public and private schools, as well as Club. Previous club experience was with Thunder Volleyball Club in Vancouver where I was given the opportunity to start at the 14U level and developing a great group of kids and parent that blossomed into the clubs first ever provincial and repeat champions during their 15 and 16U seasons.  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 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 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.

Shane Hennessy

 16U Head Coach
(16U-Elevate Ice)

I am currently a Head Coach with Elevate Volleyball Club.  I will be entering my 7th year of coaching.  I have coached both Club and school volleyball and 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.

Shallen Letwin

17U Head Coach
(Elevate Peak)

I am currently a Head Coach and Club Director with Elevate Volleyball Club.  I have been head coach  for approximately 12 years and part of the club since the inception when it was created under the banner of Altruista Volleyball Club.  I have been a head coach for all age groups. I am a Level 2 certified coach and I thoroughly enjoy sports, especially volleyball and working with young  athletes to help them accomplish their volleyball goals. I also coach high school volleyball, where in 2016, the Junior Girls Volleyball Team at Robert Bateman Secondary High school won the city championship for the first time. 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. I focus my coaching style on helping my teams become strong competitors and to understand “the why you do something”, so that they can become one of the top teams. Over the past 3 years, my teams have been ranked as some of the top teams in the province. where we placed 2nd and 3rd (2 x silver and 1 x bronze) at BC provincials.

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