Coaching Staff 2017/18 Season

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Coaching Staff 2017/18 Season 2018-02-13T20:35:10+00:00
Tony DiBacco
Tony DiBacco12U Girls Legend

Tony, an NCCP level 2 coach, is new to the Rapids.  Since 1984 and until his retirement in 2015 at Orillia District Collegiate, he has head coached all levels – midget, junior, and senior – for both girls and boys.

For the past 10 years, Tony has also been head coaching with the Orillia Suns’ 12U to 17U teams. He also led week-long summer day camps for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players as well as being an instructor for the Orillia Suns spring house league.  Tony coaches passionately, emphasizing development, fitness, and fun. As a player, he captained the A. N. Myer Marauders to an OFSAA berth in 1978 and played 1 year with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. He also played 1 year for the OVA’s Toronto Blues, winning the Ontario Junior Championship and finishing 5th at the National Championship in 1980. In addition, Tony is an indoor Provincial referee.

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Marc Ferretti
Marc Ferretti12U Girls Legend (AC)
Janet Elliott
Janet Elliott13U Girls Legend

Janet has been a high school physical education teacher for 18 years.  She loves playing a variety of sports and being active with her students.  She has coached high school volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track, and field.

Last year she had a wonderful experience as the coach of the U13 Rapids White team and looks forward to coaching again this year.

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Amanda Hill (AC)
Amanda Hill (AC)13U Girls Legend

Amanda loves the sport and loves the kids! For 20 years she has played off and on for a women’s league in Vineland. She also spent 3 years coaching the junior teams at Port Weller School.

The last 2 years she has been a Rapids team manager and just last year became an Assistant Coach for the 13u Girls White team. She loved every minute of it and is looking forward to another great season! 
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Bill Goertz
Bill Goertz13U Girls Summit

Bill started coaching at a young age for a competitive men’s fastball league in Niagara. He then player coached competitive slo-pitch baseball until 2002. 

With the start of his family, he switched to coaching his daughters’ soccer teams for the next 13+ years within the St. Catharines Jets organization. Bill played volleyball for half of high school, and afterward, he played in the intramurals at Niagara College, a men’s volleyball league here in St. Cath out of Laura Secord High, and the Co-Ed league at the old Niagara District High School in NOTL. He is a passionate loving dad of 3 awesome girls and has enjoyed coaching them all these years. Bill wants to coach to give back to the community and to say thank you to all the mentors and coaches that have supported him over the years. He also knows the importance of being a team player, winning and losing, succeeding and failing, and to show that it is ok to stumble as long as you give your best foot forward.
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Sean Hanna (AC)
Sean Hanna (AC)13U Girls Summit
Beth Schulz
Beth Schulz14U Girls Legend
Carmen Esau (AC)
Carmen Esau (AC)14U Girls Legend
Jen Millin (AC)
Jen Millin (AC)14U Girls Legend
JJ Edwards
JJ Edwards14U Girls Summit
Mike Forgette (AC)
Mike Forgette (AC)14U Girls Summit
Andrew Mallory
Andrew Mallory14U Girls Rival HC/15U Boys AC

Andrew is very excited to be back coaching within the Niagara Rapids Organization this season. This will be his 3rd season as a head coach, and also his 3rd as an assistant coach.

He has most recently coached the 16 then 17U girls Blue team over the past two seasons. Andrew has also been part of the Brock University Varsity Women’s Coaching Staff as team manager, and an assistant coach over the past 3 seasons. He looks forward to another great season ahead!
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Jenn Kelly
Jenn Kelly 14U, 15U Girls Surge

Jenn is a mom of three, and step-mom of two; all girls. She has loved volleyball most of her life and played throughout high school and for the University of Western Ontario (a very long time ago!). 

She continues to play on a local woman’s team and shares the passion with her partner, Dave, who will be helping out as the assistant coach. Her youngest girls started playing in the spikes program a few years ago and loved the game so much that they were part of a Rapids 14U team last year. Jenn has been an assistant coach for the Spikes program where she loved working with the kids and would like to continue to do so while being able to spend time with her children on the Courts. The Rapids have been a great program for her family to be part of and they are looking forward to being involved again this year.
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Dave Pritchard (AC)
Dave Pritchard (AC)14U, 15U Girls Surge
Blair Cudmore
Blair Cudmore15U Girls Legend

Blair has played or coached in 13 national championships with 1 gold, and 3 bronze finishes, and has ranked in the top 5 nationally at university every year. Blair was an OCAA Western Region league All-Star, MVP, and led the Knights to their first appearance at a division one championship with an 11-3 record. 

  The following year he started as the Niagara Knights’ head coach. His time there included two seasons where the Knights only lost one match in Ontario, 3 OCAA Western titles, a championship Silver medal, and the three trips to the national championships. Blair was selected as OCAA Western Region Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Niagara College Hall of fame (builder 2002), and the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003 (coach).
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Tim Konkle
Tim Konkle15U Girls Summit
Jay Schellenberg
Jay Schellenberg15U Girls Rival

Jay was actively involved in soccer and volleyball throughout High school which led to recreational volleyball in his 30’s.  When his kids became old enough, he helped coach them through the Rapids Spikes program. 

 This led to volunteering as a girls coach for both indoor and beach volleyball.  Last year he completed his Volleyball Coach Level 1 course and Soccer Coach Level 2 course. Jay is entering his 3rd year coaching girls travel volleyball and his 8th year coaching boys travel soccer. He loves that moment when the athletes catch a glimpse of their potential.  Though it may take weeks to get there, he believes that is the moment your focus and energy as a coach becomes contagious and their inner passion for the sports is born.
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Ken Millin
Ken Millin 16U Girls Legend

Ken Millin is a grade 8 teacher at Prince Philip in St. Catharines. He is going into his 18th year of teaching, and throughout this time has coached numerous teams. These include basketball, track, badminton, rugby, and, of course, volleyball.

 He has been with the Rapids organization for 6 years, starting back in 2013 with the club’s first U12 team, and has stayed with this group of girls the entire way. Throughout that time they have achieved great success at both the provincial and national level, coming 3rd, 4th, and 5th in all 6 seasons in tier 1. Ken played volleyball throughout high school, and continues to play regularly once a week as his passion for the sport has not died. He is extremely excited to be back with the U16 Legend team this year and looks forward to working with Bill Hadfield as his partner. Go Rapids
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Bill Hadfield (AC)
Bill Hadfield (AC)16U Girls Legend

Bill has over 30 years of experience coaching volleyball at the elementary, secondary, university, and club levels. After playing for Brock University, he started his coaching career at the high school level, coaching both boys and girls teams at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.

 He later returned to Brock to take over as head coach for the Men’s Varsity team where he held the position for 4 years.   Bill then established himself as an elementary school teacher and coach, and now serves as a principal with the District School Board of Niagara where he continues to support and promote the sport of volleyball. He returned to coaching high school at West Park Secondary School where his teams competed in several SOSSA and OFSAA championships. Most recently, Bill has coached the Rapids 13U, 14U, and 15U Girls, with teams finishing consistently in the top 5 at provincial and national championships.
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Lisa Dockray
Lisa Dockray16U Girls Summit

This will be Lisa’s 3rd year coaching with the Rapids. She started with the 14U White team when her daughter decided she wanted to give volleyball a try! Her volleyball career has provided her with many opportunities, and countless wonderful memories of people and places over the years.

 She loves being able to pass on her volleyball passion and experience! Lisa has enjoyed being able to move from the player perspective to the coaching side of the game and give back to something that has had such a positive impact on her.
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Scott Weir (AC)
Scott Weir (AC)14U,16U Girls Summit

This is Scott Weir’s third year coaching with the Rapids. Over the last 2 seasons, the 14U and 15U teams have managed a steady upward climb, ending last season with a silver medal at Provincials! His coaching career started 24 years ago as a wrestling coach.

He then started coaching baseball, soccer, and finally Volleyball. Scott’s favorite part of coaching with the Rapids has been the relationships with the athletes, a discovering what makes them a better player and person.  
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Steve McCallum
Steve McCallum16U Girls Rival


Steve Holowchuk (AC)
Steve Holowchuk (AC)16U Girls Rival

Steve has been coaching volleyball for 20 years; mostly at the elementary school level and has spent 10 years with the Rapids organization. He started by assisting with the Spikes program, and for the past 3 years has held the position of Assistant Coach for the Girls 13U, 14U, and 15U Blue teams.

Marc Garrels
Marc Garrels16U Girls Surge

Steve has been coaching volleyball for 20 years; mostly at the elementary school level and has spent 10 years with the Rapids organization. He started by assisting with the Spikes program, and for the past 3 years has held the position of Assistant Coach for the Girls 13U, 14U, and 15U Blue teams.

Kate Smith
Kate Smith 17U Girls Legend

Kate Smith was born in Pittsburgh, PA but raised in Houston, TX. She played club volleyball for six years and got a full setter’s scholarship to Stony Brook University. She spent two years playing there, then transferred to end her career with TCU.

Kate has been helping with the Rapids for 3 years now as a setting coach, and this year she has the opportunity to be the head coach of the 17U legend team. She is also a mother to two wonderful kids, Myer, (3) and Ryan (9 months). 
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Albino Pereira (AC)
Albino Pereira (AC)17U Girls Legend

Albino has coached for 33 years with mostly Eden High School, and 10 years with the Rapids. He has coached the Eden Senior boys’ Volleyball team to 9 OFSAA Gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. With the girls’ team, they won one OFSAA Gold medal, one silver, and two bronze medals. 

  At the OVA, he has taken five different 14U boys teams and won one provincial championship, two silvers, and two bronze medals in the Premier Division. He took two of these 14U teams to the Eastern Canadian Nationals Championship and came away with the gold medal. Albino has also coached a 17U boys team to an OVA Provincial Championship Silver Medal at Premier Division. What he loves about coaching is taking players and developing them into complete and confident players that can work well with their teammates. A few words that would describe him are hard-working, committed, and passionate about the game. 
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Sara Vahrmeyer (AC)
Sara Vahrmeyer (AC)17U Girls Legend
Tim Claramitaro
Tim Claramitaro17U Girls Summit

Tim is in his second year as a Head Coach with the Niagara Rapids volleyball club, where he previously assisted with the 16u Black team. As a committed community member, he participates yearly in a middle school volleyball tournament and coaches the same middle school teams to help them develop their skills.

  In his teens, he competed for Belle River High School and began his beach career in 2’s, where he traveled across Canada and the USA, competing in tournaments. Since then he has kept his physical game a priority and has been playing beach and indoor volleyball both in leagues and in money tournaments. Coaching Philosophy: Tim is always open to innovative and new ideas while combining past experiences to provide guidance to his athletes. In addition to developing their court skills, he hopes to enhance their leadership skills and work ethic to create well-rounded individuals on and off the court. He believes a positive attitude is everything! 
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Predrag Kovac
Predrag Kovac13U Boys Legend
“My favorite part of the game is having the opportunity to play” Coaching isn’t much different than playing, you get to live through your athletes and help them learn using my past experiences.  
Assistant and conditioning coach with Beth Schulz for the rapids girls black team, which sent 4 girls to D1 schools in the USA and 5 to Canadian schools. 
Spikes head coach in Niagara Falls. 
NRA track and field coach who had a u16 girl silver medalist at Canadian nationals and another girl and boy medalist at OFSAA. 
Finisher of the Ironman and several marathons.  
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John Donato (AC)
John Donato (AC)13U Boys Legend

John is a French Immersion teacher with the DSBN, teaching at the Grade 7 & 8 level, and his current assignment is Phys Ed at Jeanne Sauvé in St. Catharines. He has coached volleyball for 22 years, with many Regional and District Championships to his credit with both boys and girls in the Intermediate Division.

This includes participation in the Provincial Championships for schools held in the Peel & Halton Regions. 
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Rob Currie
Rob Currie14U Boys Legend

Rob has been coaching several sports over the last 14 years as a teacher focusing primarily on basketball, track, and volleyball. He has been with the Rapids since 2006 working with various age groups. Rob believes in the acronym of H.A.R.D, where his athletes are taught that if they throw HEART, ATTITUDE, RESPECT, and DEDICATION into all they do, they will achieve success!

He has also completed his National Certification level II in basketball and is working towards the same level for Volleyball. 
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David Greene (AC)
David Greene (AC)14U Boys Legend

David is a St. Catharines native and is starting his first year as an assistant coach for the 14U Legends team. He played middle blocker for 7 years and is a former Niagara Rapids player of 5 years. 

He has coached previously at Camp Madawaska for 3 years, and last season he volunteered with the Niagara Rapids 15U Black team that won a Bronze medal at provincials and placed 5th at Nationals. David looks forward to working with a new team to develop their playing abilities, communication skills as a group, and helping each player reach their next step to success. 
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Matthew Ragogna
Matthew Ragogna 15U,16U,17U Boys Legend

Matthew Ragogna is entering his sixth year coaching with the Niagara Rapids. He played club for a few years before getting more into coaching, almost completing his Performance Coach certification. 

 He was the captain of the men’s volleyball team at Brock in their return to the OUA last season, and just finished his master’s degree in coaching and youth sport! Matthew coached the past region team for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games and currently serves as the club’s Technical Director, as well as an Assistant Coach with the Men’s Volleyball team at Brock. 
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Scott McCallum (AC)
Scott McCallum (AC) 15U Boys Legend

Scott has been with the Rapids as a manager for the last 4 years. He managed last year’s 15U black girls’ team and also spent one year as manager of the 13U boys – now boys 16U black.

He spent two years as head coach for what is now the 15u boys black team, and is fully certified as a development coach (court and beach). Scott was also the tournament coordinator last season for the Rapids.
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Cam Zeppa (AC)
Cam Zeppa (AC)16U Boys Legend
Brady Allen (AC)
Brady Allen (AC)17U Boys Legend

Brady has been involved with the sport at the primary grade level. He played three years at Governor Simcoe Secondary School, achieving a SOSSA AAA gold in Grade 12, and a top 10 finish at AAA OFSAA. 

 Since then he was the assistant coach at Governor Simcoe with the Senior Girls program for two years, winning back to back SOSSA AAA championships. Most recently he has taken on the Head Coach role at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School with the Junior Boys program, an assistant coach role with the Niagara Rapids, and an assistant coach role with the Brock University Varsity Woman’s Volleyball team. 
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