Our Coaches

The Pandas Volleyball Club has a team of coaches who mentor and support each other. They’ve “been there” as athletes and as coaches, and share these experiences amongst themselves to help their own learning and growth in their capacity as Pandas Volleyball Club coaches.

Our coaching team promotes the P.A.N.D.A. philosophy. Our perspective of complete athlete development (physical, mental and technical training) versus winning is what drives coaching plans. Our coaches set individual and team goals and provide individual and team feedback. Throughout each season, coaches communicate openly and honestly with their athletes.

A major challenge for our club is to create an environment for an athlete that is intensive in the absence of fear. We want our athletes to feel safe, supported, able to take risks and at the same time to be intense, purposeful and mindful of the implications of the choices (and errors) that they will make. We are proud to announce our coaching team - a team that will create this learning environment for our athletes:


Club President
Laurie Eisler, B.Ed., M.Sc. in P.E. - Sport Psychology
Head Coach - University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team
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Director of Player Development
Pierre Baudin, Ph.D.
Assistant Coach - University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team
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Club Manager
Christine Smyth (nee Biggs), BPE, B.Ed.
Assistant Coach - University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team
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Coaches for the 2017 - 2018 Season 

(Click on coach name below for bio)
 
PANDAS 18U Team
Assistant Coach: Cassidy Leer

PANDAS 17U Team
Head Coach: Janelle Rozema
Assistant Coach: Karly Janssen

PANDAS 16U Team
Head Coach: Dione Lang
Assistant Coaches: Natasha Spaling & Jess Stroud

PANDAS 15U Team
Head Coach: Jen Telfer
Assistant Coach: Jae-Lyn Visscher

PANDAS 14U Teams 
(2 Teams, 20-24 Athletes)
Assistant Coaches: Erin Walsh & Christy Hansen

PANDAS 13U Team 
(3 Teams, 28-32 Athletes)
Head Coaches: Meggie Moir & Carolyn O'Dwyer
(Carolyn is an MCoach student, formerly with Mt Royal Cougars)
Assistant Coaches: Danielle Cormier & Annika Jarman

Laura Koester and Daryll DeRocco (nee Roper) will join our coaching team on occasion
as will guest coaches Pierre Baudin, Mike Ling, and Naoki Miyashita

 
Age Classes for 2017 - 2018 Season
(Note that athletes with late birthdates may be eligible for more than one age category)
  
13U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2005
14U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004
15U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003
16U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002
17U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 2000 to Dec 31, 2001
18U: Athletes born from Sept 1, 1999 to Dec 31, 2000