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2023/2024 NAVC Men's Coaching Roster

One of the distinct advantages of a club like NAVC is the high calibre of coaches it attracts because of its 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 Bios of the 2023/2024 NAVC Men's Coaching Staff. We know you will be impressed!!

NAVC Griffins 18M Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Matt Lischynski

Matt is entering his 10th year with NAVC. Matt has led many of his NAVC teams to top three finishes in provincials, as well as a top four finish in Nationals. Outside of NAVC, Matt is the Head Coach of Strathcona High School Junior Men's Volleyball program where he coached the team to three City Championships. Matt has also been the Zone 6 Head Coach for the Alberta Winter Games where his teams have won a gold, silver and bronze medals.

Matt’s coaching philosophy is all about creating the best possible athlete on and off the court. He truly loves working with each athlete to make the volleyball experience something very memorable and rewarding. He has coached many athletes that have gone on to have post secondary success. 


Matthew Lischynski

Head Coach 18 Men's Team

Assistant Coach - Paul Kuhse

This will be Paul Kuhse's third year coaching with NAVC.  Paul played 3 years of high school at Ross Sheppard and has played with many of the clubs in the city including Fog, Nooks, and NAVC in his final U18 year. Paul went on to play 2 years at MacEwan University and was part of the team for the first year that they transitioned from the ACAC conference to the CIS. Paul is excited about returning to coach again this year and plans to attain his level 1 coaching certification.

Assistant Coach - Chris Buffi

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Assistant Coach - Jacob Ritz

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NAVC Griffins 17M Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Jace Barros

This will be Jace's 3rd season with the NAVC family after coaching with FOG for 12 years, culminating in 7 Provincial and 3 National titles.  Jace is a level 2 certified referee and coach, and has been an assistant coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, since 2015. Volleyball Alberta has recognized Jace’s coaching abilities by awarding him with the Mikasa Achievement Award for Coach of the Year, twice.  Jace is passionate about volleyball and the technical development of athletes, which is why he started his business, Clutch Volley. He is extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach alongside Kyle Erikson, and looks forward to working with a strong 16U Edmonton age class. 

Jace Barros

Head Coach 17 Men's Team


Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Kyle spent 3 years as a varsity athlete with the Grande Prairie Regional College Men’s Volleyball Team. During this time, he was also a head coach for the local Volleyball Club. Since moving to Edmonton in 2015, Kyle has been an Assistant Coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears Volleyball Team and began coaching Club Volleyball in Edmonton in 2016. As an Assistant Coach his teams have participated in three straight provincial and national finals culminating in 2 championships at both the provincial and national level.

Kyle has been involved with the Team Alberta men’s programs for 2 summers as an assistant coach where his teams have secured top 3 finishes at Canada Cup. During this time, he was able to participate in a sport and cultural exchange that hosted South Korean athletes in Canada as well as sent a provincial team to compete in South Korea.

Associate Head Coach - Bailey Wilson

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ASSISTANT COACH - Michael Goertz

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ASSISTANT COACH - Ryan Wasylyshyn

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NAVC Griffins 16M Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Brian Kim

Brian is no stranger to NAVC. He has been both a player and a coach for many years. Brian has coached teams from: Johnston Heights High School in Surrey, British Columbia, Lillian Osborne High School, Edmonton Christian High School, Edmonton Christian West Junior High and Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario.  Brian has coached the Ross Sheppard High School Senior girls where they brought home the city championship after breaking a 50 year city championship dry spell.  A week later the team brought home Ross Shep’s first provincial 4A volleyball medal.  In the following year, Brian coached with Jace Barros at Edmonton Christian High School and led the Senior Boys to a 4A provincial bronze medal. After the school season, Brian was the assistant coach of FOG Black U18 boys where the team brought home a multiple premier championships, a silver medal at Nationals and a Gold in the Bronze division at the USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championships.  

Brian has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Masters of Divinity and an After Degree in Education with a Physical Education Major and CTS Minor.  Brian competes in the sport Dragon boating during his summers and has represented his club and country at the Commonwealth Festival in Penang, Malyasia and Club Crew World Championships in Macau, China.  Brian’s certifications are: Certified Level 1 Gymnastics, In-training Level 2 Badminton and In-training Level 3 Volleyball. 

Brian Kim

Head Coach 16 Men's Team

Assistant Coach - Christian Legg

Christian will be heading into his 10th year of coaching with NAVC. His playing experience includes 5 total years (2012-15, 2019-20) with the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder playing libero while he finished his Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees. Christian looks to emphasize technical skill development and the importance of team work while showing his athletes the benefits that club volleyball can have off the court in creating lasting connections and friendships.

Assistant Coach - Dennis Truong

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NAVC Griffins 15M Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Jacob McIntyre

Jacob is a recent graduate from MacEwan University in the Faculty of Business studying Accounting and Finance.  He played four years on the MacEwan Men’s Volleyball team as a Middle.  Prior to that he graduated from Strathcona high school and played NAVC from U14-18.  This is Jacob's third year coaching with NAVC and he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport alongside Trenton. 

Jacob McIntyre

Head Coach 15 Men's Team

Assistant Coach - Trenton Leisen

Trenton completed his Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia where he played for two years on the UBC Men’s Volleyball team as a libero. During his time at UBC he won a Canada West bronze medal and earned a fourth place finish at the 2016-2017 U-Sport national championships. Trenton also played for NAVC throughout his club career alongside Jacob.

Trenton will be completing his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta this fall. He is incredibly excited to be a part of NAVC again. He hopes to help all the athletes achieve their goals and share his passion for the game.


Kara is entering her second year of coaching with NAVC and she is super excited to be coming back alongside Brian Kim and Kaitlyn Melenka at the U17 age group. She is currently an NCCP trained developmental coach in process of completing her final certification. Despite it being only her second year with NAVC coaching Kara has coached with Aspire Volleyball Training for around 4-5 years working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. She has helped with other various teams and groups along the way as well! 

Kara is an NAVC alumni having played all years of her youth volleyball career with the club. She currently attends Concordia University of Edmonton where she has recently completed a 3-Year Bachelor of Science Degree. Currently, she is continuing on as a student athlete working on an after degree of education also from Concordia. Kara is in her 4th year as a left side for the Thunder Womens Volleyball Team at CUE. 

She hopes to share her knowledge and volleyball experience with these athletes to ultimately be a positive influence in both their lives and volleyball careers. She can’t wait to help grow these athletes to not just be great volleyball players, but great people too! 


NAVC Griffins 14M Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH - Spencer Fisher

This will be Spencer's second season coaching having been an assistant to Marcus Ernewein in 2021.  Spencer is a recent graduate from NAIT with a Bachelors of Business Administration.

While attending NAIT, Spencer competed on the Men's varsity volleyball team for 4 seasons along with one season in the OUA playing for the Nipissing Lakers.

Spencer is excited to get back in the gym to share his knowledge and give back to the volleyball community.

Spencer Fisher

Head Coach 14 Men's Team

Assistant Coach - Eli Nanninga

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Assistant Coach - Brad Poplawski

Brad is currently the Full-time Head Coach of the MacEwan University Griffins men’s volleyball program (CIS). Brad's bio includes: Head Coach Team Alberta 17U (2015) and 19U (2010); completed a Master’s Degree in Coaching from the University of Alberta in 2011; was the Assistant Coach with the Canadian Men’s Junior National program from 2010 to 2013, representing Canada at 2 NORCECA events in 2010 and 2012 (two silver medals) and at 2 FIVB Jr. World Championships, 2011 in Brazil and 2013 in Turkey; a two time National Champion as an Assistant Coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears (2008 and 2009). NAVC is proud to say that Brad is an NAVC Alumni.

NAVC Griffins 13M Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Noah Robertson

Noah is currently in his final year of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. His playing experience includes one year at Red Deer College (as a setter), and one year at The Kings University (as a setter once again). Prior to his post-secondary life, Noah graduated from Vernon Barford Junior High and Harry Ainlay High School. Throughout that time, he played for NAVC from u13 to u18. Noah has been coaching the Harry Ainlay Junior Mens Volleyball team for three years, and while this will be Noah's first year as a head coach for NAVC, he is very eager to get started with the team!


Noah Robertson

Head Coach 13 Men's team

Assistant Coach - Michael Ingstrup

Michael completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo where he played five years on the men’s volleyball team as a libero. Prior to his time at Waterloo, Michael played for NAVC and FOG during his club career, and graduated from Harry Ainlay High School.

Michael is now studying to achieve a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion for the game of volleyball this club season!

Assistant Coach - Eddie Anderson

Eddie is currently pursuing an Engineering degree at the University of Alberta. Prior to this, he attended Harry Ainlay High School, and played for NAVC from U15-U18, winning a National Championship during U17, and gold at Canada Cup with Team Alberta U17. He is ecstatic to begin his coaching career alongside Noah and Mike, and hopes to pass along his love for the game to the next generation.