Jonathan Mohler: 2018 MacEwan Scholarship Recipient) with Anita Velasquez (VP Club Operations)
Congratulations to NAVC athlete Jonathan Mohler on receiving a 2018 MacEwan Scholarship!
"I want to thank NAVC for giving me this scholarship and providing the groundwork to help me develop into the player and individual I am today. I also appreciate the opportunity NAVC has given me to work with young athletes going through the same program I played for growing up".
Jacob McIntyre & Amanda McDonald 2018 NAVC Scholarship Recipients) with Sue Mohler (President) & Kevin Dyck (VP Athletic Operations)
Congratulations to Jacob McIntyre and Amanda McDonald on receiving the 2018 NAVC Griffins Scholarship!
"Playing on many NAVC teams over my club years has played a big role in my life because this is where I grew and developed as an athlete and person. I continue to be proud to represent NAVC as a Griffin athlete, and want to thank NAVC for the many opportunities that the club has given me"
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."
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.
NAVC Scholarship Program