One of the distinct advantages of a club like NAVC is the high calibre of coaches it attracts because of it's history and reputation for developing great athletes, and great young people. We know each NAVC team will not only benefit from great coaching but will be exposed to the wealth of knowledge and experience of our Technical Advisors consisting of 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 NAVC athletes throughout the upcoming season.
Please take a minute to look over the impressive Bios of the 2018/2019 NAVC Women's Coaching Staff. We know you will be impressed!!
NAVC Griffins 18W Coaching Staff
Craig is looking forward to another season with NAVC where he takes the head coach role of the 18U Griffins. This is also Craig’s 3rd year coaching volleyball at The King’s University. This year he is assistant coaching with both the Women’s and Men’s nationally ranked teams. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of P.E., major in coaching studies in 2015. During his time at the U of A, Craig played for the Bears for 2 years and then coached for 3 years, his last year culminating with the Bears winning CIS Gold in 2014. Craig’s coaching career began in grade 10 when he coached his grade 8 high school team in BC to a city championship. This is now Craig’s 10th year coaching.
Larissa Joins NAVC this year and is excited to be coaching the 18 women's team with Craig. She is entering her second season as a MacEwan University Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach as well as a Team Alberta coach for the past seasons at the 17U level. Larissa is a former CIS athlete having played 5 seasons for the U of A Pandas with 3 years as the MVP. She was also a member of Canada's FISU Games team from 2003-2005 as well as a member of Team Canada women's nationals team from 2005-2009. During her time on the National team she was voted twice the best setter at NORCECA tournaments. Larissa was also a professional volleyball player for 5 seasons for Spain, France, Germany, Romania and Azerbaijan. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the sport with these growing athletes.
This is Jordan’s first year coaching with NAVC. Jordan finished off her high school career at St Francis Xavier High School receiving the Athlete of the Year award in grade 10 and the MVP award in grade 12. Jordan has played 6 years of club (3 years with FOG and 3 years with Pandas) ending off her volleyball career with two years at The Kings University as a Left side/Libero before deciding to pursue her academics full time. Jordan has been a high-level athlete since U16 through Team Alberta, Alberta Winter Games, and Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence.
Jordan is currently in the Education program at the University of Alberta majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Mathematics. She will one-day head coach high school level volleyball while teaching her two favorite subjects.
She is excited to share her experience and knowledge of high performance volleyball with the elite athletes of NAVC.
NAVC Griffins 17W Coaching Staff
For anyone who knows Coach G, they would have to agree with the fact that Volleyball is not just a sport for her, but it is necessity of life. Therefore, it would not be an understatement to say that Grachella is passionate about Volleyball!
From the early age of 10, she fell in love with the sport in her native Philippines. Upon arriving in Canada with her family, she continued to hone her volleyball skills and has achieved great success as a player; college & university volleyball scholarships in Canada and the U.S., Captain of her teams, All-Star, MVP, Athlete of the Year Awards. Despite transitioning her playing career from the court to the beach, she has come out of retirement more recently to compete in two World Masters Games in both Australia and Italy.
It did not take long for Grachella to recognize that her enthusiasm for the sport transcended playing and thus she began to coach. Her credentials include being an NCCP Level II coach, serving multiple years as an Assistant Coach at Cambrian College and also at the University of Guelph. She also had a couple of stints as the Director of Gryphon Volleyball and Beach Volleyball camps in Guelph. She also coached Ontario Summer Games Teams in Beach Volleyball, where her teams earned silver and bronze medals. In 2009, she moved west and quickly entrenched herself in the Edmonton volleyball community. She has coached girls volleyball at the U13, U14, U15 and U17 age groups since arriving, plus spends countless hours running training sessions for Aspire Volleyball and has also dedicated her coaching talents to several athletes who play Beach Volleyball, during the summer months. During her time her in Alberta, Grachella's teams have been on the podium more often than not. In 2016, Grachella was awarded the Volleyball Alberta Mikasa Development Coach of the Year.
As a coach, Grachella takes an immense amount of pride in developing her athletes. Stressing leadership, hard work, discipline and the technical fundamental skills are at the forefront of her coaching philosophy. What sets her apart is her adaptability, her ability to teach and communicate but above all else, her affinity to build strong relationships among her coaching staff and players.
Grachella is looking forward to her fifth season with the NAVC program.
Riley is entering his sixth year of coaching, his third year coaching with NAVC. Last season, Riley was the assistant coach of the Women’s U16 NAVC Griffins Black. He has previously had the pleasure of head coaching the U13 FOG boys, head coaching zone 5 and 6 in beach volleyball at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games, co- head coaching the SCONA Junior Varsity Girls, assistant coaching with the Hunting Hills High School senior boys, and working as a coach with Aspire Volleyball.
Riley grew up playing his volleyball at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, as well as club volleyball in Red Deer. Following high school he decided to pursue junior hockey before returning to his true passion of volleyball and transitioning into a coaching role. He has his level one coaching certification, and plans to begin working on his level two this year.
Riley is looking forward to his third season coaching with Grachella. He and Grachella take great pride in developing their athletes on and off the court. He is looking forward to sharing his passion and knowledge for the sport with upcoming athletes.
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NAVC Griffins 16W Coaching Staff
Kimberly is looking forward to coaching with the NAVC Griffins and sharing her wealth of volleyball knowledge that stems from her own personal experiences reffing, coaching, and playing. Starting her volleyball career in Calgary, Kimberly played at Notre Dame High School and with Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club. Making the move North she began her college career in the ACAC at NAIT as both a middle and right side. One year later she headed back South, just down 109th though to MacEwan University. At MacEwan she focussed on her development as a middle, proving herself to be dominant across the league in the position for all four years.
Accomplishments with the Griffins include two Bronze medal finishes in the Provincial Championships and two Team Academic Awards for highest team GPA. Individually, Kimberly was recognized as a Provincial Tournament All-Star, Academic All-Canadian for multiple seasons, an All-Conference Team Member, and a Graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce Degree Program. Kimberly continues to play at a competitive level both on the indoor court and in the sand, and stays involved with the MacEwan University varsity program as an assistant coach.
Her years with the Griffins were more than just volleyball, they were years of hard work, perseverance, and most importantly - memories. Growing as an athlete and a person with your closest friends is a time in your life that can never be lost, and it is helping to create an experience like hers that Kimberly is most excited for in this upcoming season with NAVC.
Michelle Bodnarek’s club experience included three seasons with NAVC and three with the Pandas. Success was not unheard of for Michelle or her teams, earning two gold medals at U16 AVA’s, three gold medals at U17 AVA’s, an individual Provincial All-Star Award, and again receiving gold at an AVA as a U18 team. During those years Michelle also competed with Team Alberta on the U16 and U18 team, achieving the Western Canada Bronze medal in 2011.
Michelle continued her volleyball career into post-secondary with MacEwan University (one year ACAC and three as CIS), where she is currently in her fourth year as a right-side player. In her rookie year the Griffins won Bronze in the ACAC Provincial tournament. Not only is Michelle a dominant force and roll model on the court, she is in the class room as well – receiving the Academic All-Canadian Award three years running. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English; however, Michelle’s ultimate goal is to graduate with a degree in Education after the completion of her undergraduate studies.
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NAVC Griffins 15W Coaching Staff
This is Rhonda's 9th year coaching with NAVC. She has 20+ years playing experience with 2 of those years at Concordia College. In her early years she played club ball with NAVC from U13-U18. Rhonda has coached Jr High boys for St. Mark and St Kevin, 2 years assistant coaching at Ross Sheppard High School with the Sr girls team and 1 year assistant coach at M.E. Lazerte High School with the Sr boys team.
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NAVC 14W Griffins Coaching Staff
After taking a year off from everything to gallivant around the world, Richard returns, excited to get back to coaching. He has been with NAVC for over a decade and has coached every age group picking up a Canada West Tier 1, Div 1 bronze, a provincial championship and two provincial silvers along the way. Richard has also been on the Team Alberta U16 Girls coaching staff four times, collecting a complete set of medals at the Western Elite competition. In addition, he spent time in the ACAC with the NAIT Women, assisting with them during the 2013 season.
Shelby is entering her 8th year with NAVC, bringing a wealth of coaching and playing experience. Shelby began her volleyball career in 7th grade at Victoria School. Her senior year was a highlight, when her team won City Conference finals and she was awarded MVP and Top Female Athlete. In 2009, Shelby began playing middle in the inaugural year of volleyball at Concordia University of Edmonton. In her first year, Shelby was a member of the ACAL All Conference Team and played in both the ACAL Finals and the Western Canadian Finals. For the next two years Shelby enjoyed playing in the ACAC with her fellow Thunder athletes. After three years at Concordia, Shelby graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and began her after-degree at the University of Alberta.
Over her many years of coaching, Shelby has been a part of several of teams in Edmonton. She has had the opportunity to coach in a variety of different programs including senior boys at Parkview and T.D. Baker, senior girls at Florence Hallock, and junior girls at M.E. LaZerte. Shelby has enjoyed coaching in a variety of camps including Jasper Volleyball Camp and Concordia Summer Camps, and this summer had the opportunity to coach along side former Team Canada captain Fred Winters at the NAVC Future Stars Camp.
Most recently, Shelby coached the junior boys team at Shauna May Seneca, where she teaches French and music. During her time with NAVC she has been part of several very successful teams in a variety of age groups. She is especially excited for this U17 season as she coached this group in their U13 year in 2014.
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NAVC Griffins 13W Coaching Staff
Lynne has been teaching for 26 years, the past 8 years of which have been at S. Bruce Smith Jr. High School. She has assisted with the volleyball program for both Jr. and Sr. girls, off and on, throughout her time at SBS. Both Lynne's children played all of their club volleyball with NAVC beginning with her son from 2009-2013 and her daughter from 2010-2015. Lynne wanted to give back to the club by helping to develop a love of the sport that was such a great experience for her kids. Lynne is currently working toward finishing her level one coaching certification and is excited for the season ahead with the 13W Griffins.
Miles has been a part of the NAVC club for 7 years as an assistant coach. He currently is coaching at S Bruce Smith Jr High. Miles started coaching a very long time ago (1983) and coached at the High School level, club level and assisted at the provincial team level. He has 5 years of ACAC experience, coaching 2 years at NAIT and 3 years at RDC.
Madison played club volleyball for 6 years: FOG (U13), NAVC (U14,U15, U16), and Pandas (U17 and U18). She also played 3 years post-secondary (Two years ACAC and one year CIS with MacEwan University Griffins). During her player career, Madison played in every position giving her great versatility. Madison received several awards including the TVT MVP 2011 and Harry Ainlay Female athlete of the year 2012, was a Team Alberta 2010 Western Canada Gold medalist, U18 AVA provincial gold medalist as well ACAC provincial bronze medalist. She has also coached various camps and teams throughout Alberta for the past 6 years including most recently one of the head coaches for the NAVC 13U Griffins.
This is Maddison’s first year to be coaching with the NAVC Griffins. Maddison has been involved in a variety of volleyball experiences through being a player, coach and a volleyball official. She grew up in the town of Brooks where she played with the Elite and Prairie Power volleyball clubs, as well as the Brooks Composite High School team. In 2009 they won 3A Provincials and in 2010 they received silver. After highschool, Maddison moved to Edmonton to enroll in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Alberta. Upon graduation, Maddy’s first year of teaching included coaching a wide variety of sports, but her main focus of volleyball found success as she coached the S. Bruce Smith senior boys team to a victorious city championship. Overall, she is very much looking forward to working with and developing strong athletes, as well as improving her abilities and skills as a coach.
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