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 EislerB.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.

Associate Coach - University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team

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Club Manager

Christine Smyth (nee Biggs)

Assistant Coach - University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball Team

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Please stay tuned for our Complete 2017 - 2018 Coaching Lineup

Coaches for the 2017 - 2018 Season To Date

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Head Coach: Christine Smyth
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Head Coach: Janelle Rozema
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Head Coach: Dione Lang
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Head Coach: TBA
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Head Coach: TBA
Assistant Coaches: TBA
Head Coach: TBA
Assistant Coaches: TBA

Age Classes for 2017 - 2018 Season
13U  Athletes born from September 1, 2004 to Dec 31 2005 (16 months)
14U  Athletes born from September 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004 (16 months)
15U  Athletes born from September 1, 2002 to Dec 31 2003 (16 months)
16U  Athletes born from September 1, 2001 to Dec 31 2002 (16 months)
17U*  Athletes born from September 1, 2000 to Dec 31 2001 (16 months)*
18U  Athletes born from September 1, 1999 - December 31, 2000 (16 months)

*Athletes on a current CCAA or CIS volleyball roster will not be permitted to play in the 17U age class regardless of birthdate.