Niagara Rapids are pleased to announce that Tommy Sloan will be joining the Rapids coaching staff as Head Coach of the Niagara Rapids 16U Legend Team. There has been an influx of amazing new coaching talent in the Niagara region! One of those is Tommy Sloan, who is the new Niagara College Men’s coach. Coach Sloan comes from Alberta with a strong coaching resume. He was the Assistant Coach at Brandon University (2017/2018) and previous to that the Head Coach at Keyano College women’s program (2014-2017). Coach Sloan also has previous club experience, coaching with the Northern Lights Volleyball Club for 3 years. Beth Schulz, President of the Rapids, said, “It’s incredible to have such an experienced coach move into the Niagara region! His collegiate experience will raise the bar for our club girls. Tommy is an enthusiastic supporter of the club system, and recognizes the value of great training at this level. His willingness to get involved with the Rapids organization is amazing, and greatly appreciated! Coach Sloan brings not only a passion for the game, but a strong background and knowledge of the women’s game at a post-secondary level. Tommy has also accepted a second position with the rapids, and will function as the Technical Coach for all of the Rapids 16U teams. Welcome to the Rapids Coach Sloan”!
The Niagara Rapids are pleased to announce that Natasha Spaling will head coach the Niagara Rapids 14u Legend girls team!!
Natasha Spaling is a graduate of the Masters of Coaching program at the University of Alberta, and the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo. While at Waterloo, she competed for the Waterloo Warriors volleyball team for four seasons, including three years as a team captain.
Currently Natasha is the head coach for the Niagara Knights women’s volleyball program. Prior to joining the Knights she served for two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Alberta Pandas volleyball program winning back-to-back USport silver medals. She is actively involved in youth indoor and beach volleyball programs in both Ontario and Alberta working with the KW Predators and Jr. Pandas volleyball clubs, as well as the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence programs. Natasha has also been on staff as an assistant coach with the 17U Team Ontario provincial program.
Beth Schulz President of the Rapids said ” it’s not every day that someone with Natasha’s resume moves into the area and we are more than thrilled that she has accepted the 14u Legend Head Coach position. Natasha has already been at our High Performance Camp and she is engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable!! Natasha has also accepted a second position with the Rapids and will function as the Technical Coach for all of our 15u teams. Welcome on board Natasha – we are delighted to have you“!!
Steve comes to us with an impressive resume both as a University and College coach. His latest coaching position was with Mohawk College as Head Coach of the Men’s program for the 2017-18 season. He was previously an assistant coach for both the Brock University & Niagara College Women’s programs. Steve is a returning Rapids coach as he coached the Niagara Rapids 18 Boys program in 2013-14.
Steve had a very successful playing career where he won 3 OFSSA Gold medals and silver OCAA medal with Redeemer University College. He captained the Niagara College Knights to a Gold OCAA and Bronze OCAA medals, while also being named OCAA provincial MVP. Steve also won 2X OCAA West Region All-Star Awards, 2X OCAA Academic All-Canadian, as well as the all-time assist leader in the history of Niagara College men’s volleyball.
Beth Shultz, President of Niagara Rapids Volleyball club, says, “We are excited to have Steve join the Niagara Rapids family. His charisma, enthusiasm, passion and volleyball knowledge is a combination that is hard to find. Steve comes in with experience at the OCAA level, both as a coach and a player. He will be a great fit for our elite 18U girls program as he is both personable and driven to succeed. I am delighted to have Steve return as a rapids coach and know that he will do amazing things!!”
When asked about his new coaching assignment with the Niagara Rapids, Steve had this to say, “I think this is a great opportunity to give back to the Rapids Community that gave me so much. I love what the Niagara Rapids stands for and I am excited to be a part of growing and developing young athletes to be exceptional people and volleyball players”.
Congratulations to Sadie Dick of our 17u Legend team who was named to the Junior Women’s National Team! She will be competing with them in Tulsa, Oklahoma in July!
Congratulations to Jenna Pollock from our 16u Legend team on being named to the Youth Women’s National Team! She will be competing in the US HP Championships in July!
Congratulations to our 14u Boys who finished the year at Nationals winning the silver in tier 2 to place 12th in all of Canada! The only games they lost in the power pool were to the teams who placed 1st and 2nd overall, taking the 2nd place team to 3 sets! Way to go boys!
Congratulations to Jenna Pollock from our Legend team on being named to the 16u OVA All-Star team!
From Coach Ken:
Jenna is an athlete that doesn’t often come along. Her desire to go above and beyond what is expected both on and off the court is admirable. She displays a positive attitude towards all of her teammates and her leadership skills are well beyond her years. At such a young age she has commanded the respect of her teammates and fellow competitors and is truly a force to be reckoned with on the court! I am extremely proud of Jenna’s passion towards Volleyball and believe that she is an excellent player who represents what dedication and hard work will do in sport. Congratulations on being selected to this elite group! Your coaches, teammates, and the Rapids organization are extremely proud.
The Niagara Rapids are excited to recognize Justin Levere from 17u Legend who has been selected to the OVA All-Star team this past week! Justin has been selected as the libero for this age group.
From Coach Matt:
Justin is a hard working individual who puts in the time and effort both on and off the court. He is a true team player who exemplifies leadership skills and pushes those around him every single practice. I’m extremely proud of Justin’s Commitment and passion to bettering himself everyday and receiving recognition for this award! Congrats!
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