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Message from the New President

Welcome to NAVC!

As the new incoming president of the Northern Alberta Volleyball Club I would like to say how proud I am of the growth, accomplishments and successes of our athletes, coaches and teams over this past season.  I have watched the club grow and evolve for many years and this year has been no exception.

This past year, NAVC has gone through some very exciting changes that have provided our club, players and teams many great opportunities that have allowed them to be more successful, well-rounded, and stronger.

First and foremost, we have a new affiliation with both the MacEwan Griffins varsity volleyball teams. We are very fortunate to have the varsity coaches, Brad Poplawski and Ken Briggs, as our technical directors and we were very appreciative of their support throughout the season sharing their wealth of knowledge with our coaches and players.

Another exciting development this past season was the introduction of the cohort model at the younger age groups that allows us to better align with LTAD. Our U13-U15 players benefited from learning from many coaches, practicing together, experiencing more touches on the ball and enjoying more court time at tournaments. 

This past year we also joined alliances with River Valley Health ( The Base) to provide our older athletes  with off court training and an individual performance assessments to improve their fitness, performance on the court and injury reduction. We are building on this for the upcoming season by including some sport psychology and nutrition sessions in addition to providing a similar modified program to our U15 players.

I would like to congratulate our teams on their strong showing at numerous tournaments this past year with more than a dozen medals brought home including 4 golds. A very special mention to our U15 Black Men’s Griffins team, coached by Alex and Chris Ingstrup, who are reigning  U15 National Champions. They were also awarded the NAVC President’s Cup! Way to go Griffins!

A special mention about one of our coaches, Grachella Garcia, who was presented the Volleyball Alberta Development Coach of the Year for 2016 and was also inducted into the Timmins Sport Hall of Fame. We are so very proud of you, Coach G, and are fortunate that our NAVC players have the opportunity to learn from you and experience your passion for volleyball. Congratulations!

We pride ourselves on our outstanding coaching line up and I want to thank the coaches and the numerous volunteers behind the scenes for the many volunteer hours they commit to our NAVC players and to the sport of volleyball.

It is truly a team effort that makes NAVC such a great club!

I look forward to another rewarding season.

See you on the court.

Sue Mohler
NAVC President

2016-2017 NAVC Assistant Coaches Needed

NAVC is currently working hard for the 2016-2017 club season & looking for a few qualified assistant coaches to work with our 13U women's teams for the upcoming season.

If you feel you have what it takes to be an NAVC coach and would like to discuss the various options available, please contact the VP of Athletic Operations.

NAVC Griffins Scholarship Program

NAVC has been proudly supporting University volleyball athletics for many years.  Again this year, NAVC will be providing support for 2 - $1,500 athletic scholarships to MacEwan University Volleyball, as well as 2 - $1,000.00 athletic scholarships to any other post secondary institution.

NAVC will be providing 2 - $1,500 scholarships to MacEwan University for one male and one female volleyball player.  These scholarships will be awarded by MacEwan University.

NAVC will also be providing 2 -  $1000.00 athletic scholarships for one male and one female volleyball player competing at a post secondary institution other than MacEwan University.  The eligibility requirements are as follow:

  1. Completed a full year of post secondary education.
  2. Maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  3. Is part of a college or university team other than MacEwan University.
  4. Has played for NAVC.
  5. Is between the ages of 18 to 24.

Applications must include:

  • Name of the institution attending.
  • Transcripts from the preceding year.
  • Letter from your coach confirming your spot on the team.
  • A one page letter discussing the impact volleyball has had on you.
  • A list of NAVC teams you have played on and the year.

Applications deadline:

  • The deadline to submit your application is October 30, 2016 for the 2016/17 school year.
  • Please submit your application to Sue Mohler, president of NAVC

NAVC Griffins Volleyball Scholarship - February 12, 2016

A special presentation took place on the court post-game Friday night, MacEwan Griffins versus UBCO, as NAVC awarded their 2015-16 scholarships to a member of each the Griffins women and men's volleyball programs.

Earlier this year, NAVC and MacEwan University's volleyball programs entered into a partnership, and as part of this partnership the NAVC Board will annually award a $1,500 athletic scholarship to one member of both Griffins volleyball programs who meet the criteria.

Third-year outside hitter Kate Rozendaal, Edmonton, AB was the recipient from the women's team, and fourth-year setter Matthew Mohler was the recipient from the men's side. On hand to make the presentations were NAVC Board Members, Michelle McIntyre and Sue Mohler.

“I would like to thank NAVC for the scholarship, I’m very proud to be an NAVC player,” Rozendaal said. “It was through NAVC that I was able to gain recognition and a tryout with Team Alberta.”

"I think it is great that MacEwan University and NAVC have partnered together. This will only bring in talented recruits into the system, and hopefully strengthen the system for the future," said Mohler. "I would like to thank NAVC. I've been playing with the club for the last seven years and I wouldn't be where I am today without them."

NAVC Men's Graduates 2016

Congratulations to the following NAVC Griffins U18 Men's Graduates who are moving on to the next stage in their Volleyball carreer.  NAVC is proud to have been a part of your life and wish you the best in the 2016-2017 season:

UBCO - Kyle Hinchey and Rhys Flett

MacEwen - Jordan Peters, Lucas Kristan, Mark Alexander

Medicine Hat Rattlers - Dexter Mackie, Kyle Paopst

Kings University - Thomas Visscher

NAVC Women's Graduates 2016

Congratulations to the following NAVC Griffins U18 Women's Graduates who are moving on to the next stage in their Volleyball carreer.  NAVC is proud to have been a part of your life and wish you the best in the 2016-2017 season:

Concordia University - Kimi Champigny

Capilano University - Trina Ewashkiw, Tracy Ewashkiw

Sheridan College - Kerri Mathews

McMaster University - Victoria Flaherty

NAIT - Emma Norenberg, Karly Kupka, Sam Dodds

King's University - Julia Slomp

Augustana University College - Shelbea MacLennan


NAVC and MacEwan University Form Partnership

The Northern Alberta Volleyball Club (NAVC) is very excited to announce a new partnership with MacEwan University Volleyball.  NAVC will now be proudly wearing the Griffin’s name, logo and colours for the up-coming season.

MacEwan Griffins Volleyball has committed to providing NAVC with technical development support that not only aligns with Volleyball Canada’s LTAD, but it will test a curriculum being developed for the U17 to U18 National program.  In 2016, NAVC will be utilizing a curriculum that will focus on age appropriate drills and training for the U13 to U15 athletes in order to create a solid foundation for both players and coaches.  The U16 to U18 athletes will continue to extend this development into technical, tactical and psychological skills for increasingly competitive volleyball.  Our ultimate goal is to assist each athlete with achieving their highest potential in the sport of volleyball and to instill in them a passion for life-long fitness.

The MacEwan University head coaches, Ken Briggs and Brad Poplawski, will act as the club's new Technical Directors. 

Coach Briggs has more than three decades of coaching and mentoring experience at the local, provincial, national and international levels. His work with Volleyball Alberta includes roles as an executive board member, High Performance chair, mentor coach and head coach of numerous Team Alberta, Western Canada Games and Canada Summer Games. 

Coach Poplawski has just spent the summer at the helm of the Team Alberta U-17 boy’s program.  Coach Poplawski was also the lead coach with the Youth National Development Program, a joint partnership between Volleyball Canada and Own the Podium, which works to develop young volleyball players year-round.  Prior to that, Coach Poplawski assisted the Canadian Junior National team from 2010 to 2013.

NAVC would like to thank the University of Alberta for the use of the Golden Bear and Pandas logos over the past 25 years.

NAVC and MacEwan University Volleyball are committed to providing exceptional technical development for both our athletes and coaches.  We will strive to develop the whole athlete and endeavor to make decisions regarding this development that put the needs of our athletes first. Players will become adept at competing at provincial, national and international levels. Our hope is that athletes will be prepared for elite play at the college and university levels, or competitive play for recreation, or that they will continue to be active for life.

If you have any questions regarding the above partnership, please contact the president of NAVC, Sue Mohler.

Athlete News

NAVC Player & Parent Survey

By NAVC Executive 06/14/2016, 10:30pm MDT

NAVC made several changes for this past season and we are looking for your feedback.  Below is the link to the 2016 Player and Parent survey.  Please take the time to complete the survey and provide your feedback.  The survey will close on Friday, June 17 at 11:59 pm, so don't miss your chance to provide your opinion.  As always, your personal information remains anonymous and will not be shared with the executive or coaches.

Player and Parent Survey

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