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High Performance Boys Team Coaches for 2016/2017

2016 / 08 / 13

An experienced line-up of head coaches for our Boys High Performance Program:

15U Boys pre-HP (Chargers): Paul Gratton

You can’t talk about volleyball and the city of Ottawa without mentioning the name Paul Gratton. Paul was a former Team Canada captain and 1984 Olympian leading the team to our country’s best ever finish of 4th(sorry Paul, we hope that the 2016 Men do better in Rio) just missing out on a bronze medal.

Paul returned to coach in the Club three seasons ago with the 13U boys and since then has won the 2015 13U Boys Ontario Championships and this past season won the 2016 14U Boys National East Championship. Paul was an assistant coach on the 2009 18U National Champions Mustangs team.

Paul and the Chargers will strive to be a National power at 15U boys this season.

16U Boys (Longhorns): Frank St-Denis

Frank, a professional educator and level three coach is entering his 14thseason with the Club. A demanding coach who gives as much time as his athletes are willing to put in themselves to get better. One of the most decorated coaches in the Club and province consistently winning medals at Provincials and Nationals and placing athletes on CIS and CCAA rosters.

Frank has coached Team Ontario at the 2013 Canada Games and this summer he was on the National Junior Men’s Team coaching staff as the men won bronze at the NORCECA Championships.

Frank has 20 plus years of experience coaching – Longhorns be ready to work.

17U Boys (Chargers): Kerry MacLean

Another name synonymous with volleyball success in Ottawa.

Kerry, Club founder and President is returning for a second year with the 2000 age group. MacLean, a certified level 3 coach has over 30 years of coaching experience working with both genders and all age groups. He has coached countless CIS, CCAA, NCAA, Team Ontario and National Team athletes, two of which were recently inducted into their University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Kerry and the 2000 birth year athletes will build on the strong foundation, which they started last season and undoubtedly improve on this season. 

18U Boys (Mustangs): Bruce Dunning

Bruce, a level two coach, returns to the 1999 birth year looking to improve on a bronze medal in Ontario and Canada. Bruce lead a team that had an unprecedented 9 athletes invited to the Team Ontario selection camp of the 24 invitations province wide.

Bruce, another coach with 20 plus years of experience, has coached both genders to many team successes and individual athlete successes, most recently a member of his 2015 graduating class was named to the Senior Women’s National “A” Team.

“ A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire. To win without risk is a triumph without glory.  ”
– Corneille