Coach Bios

Cris is a former professional volleyball player who played in the National League in Europe (Romania) for 17 years as a setter and right-side hitter. He holds his European National Coaching Certificate and has coached junior and senior boys in the men’s league. Cris has been coaching girls’ teams in Canada since 2005 and is a Certified Advanced Development Coach. In 2012, Cris’s team won the 2012 Ontario Provincial and Canadian National Championships. Cris also holds his provincial level Referee certification with Volleyball Canada and the Ontario Volleyball Association. In the summer of 2019, Cris was head coach of the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Regional High Performance 14U boys’ bronze medal team.

Brian is a firefighter with the City of Toronto. Being married with four children, Brian puts great value on the benefit of sport and family. He has been involved in playing and coaching for over 30 years and remains an active member of the Canadian Men’s Masters Volleyball team. He is a  former collegiate OCAA all-star; gold medalist at the World Police and Fire Games; and silver medalist at the USA Open Championships. Brian has been very fortunate to have played on the same team with many world class players. With his experience he is able to offer a great deal of unique knowledge and perspective for his athletes and it’s his goal to help his athletes reach their full potential in volleyball and in life

Coach Trong has coached various sports for numerous years and when he’s not at the volleyball court, he’s usually at the baseball diamond. Trong is an educator with the Toronto District School Board and understands how to break down drills and communicate with young athletes. Trong is a certified development coach and trained advanced development coach whose passion for further learning knows no bounds. 2019/20 marks Trong’s 3rd year as a coach with our club.

Coach Dane brings a wealth of knowledge, both technically and practically, not only as a coach but as a player and referee. Dane’s volleyball career started as an OVA mens’ league player, progressing to a varsity player; he currently plays competitively in the Scarborough Men’s Volleyball Association (SMVA). Dane has been a coach and carded OVA official for over 25 years and has also been a volunteer Executive Board member with the SMVA for the past 10 years. Dane is a trained development coach.   

Monica Dyment is our Strength and Conditioning Coach for this year’s 15U – 18U rep teams. Monica is a recently retired DDSB physical education and French teacher who has no intentions of taking it easy in her retirement years. If you’re an early riser then you might recognize Monica as the boot camp and spin cycle instructor at LA Fitness – but when she leads the 5:45 am classes, you’re part of a different breed of committed fitness junkies. Monica is a certified CAN-FIT-PRO Personal Trainer Specialist and was the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Durham College women’s volleyball team for 4 years, then the Strength and Fitness coach for the Seneca Sting women’s team. Monica holds extensive training in sport psychology and sport nutrition and will incorporate these sessions into each team’s program. She is a great motivator who has a caring, but no excuses, attitude and has been a great asset to our teams in the past. Teams using Monica will have their practice times extended to help build stamina and better prepare them for long tournament days. Welcome, Monica!

Coach Steve’s volleyball resumé as both a player and a coach are extensive, and impressive! Steve is a former basketball and volleyball player who grew up on the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda where he excelled in both indoor and beach volleyball. He was a setter for the Antigua and Barbuda National Men’s Volleyball team and captained the U19 Men’s team before expanding his roles to include right side and outside hitter. Steve remained with the National team for over a decade and shared his volleyball knowledge as the founder and head coach of the local men’s and women’s high school volleyball teams and assistant coach to the Antigua and Barbuda Female National Team. Steve is a FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) certified Level 1 coach and referee and is currently completing his requirements as a Certified Development Coach. Steve has been coaching rep teams in the Durham region since 2010 and we are extremely honoured that he has chosen to return to Durham Rebels this season. Reviews from players on Steve’s 14U Fusion team last season were outstanding with players appreciating Steve’s calm and knowledgeable approach and the extra work he puts in to ensure each athlete understands her strengths and challenges and how she can overcome those challenges. Steve currently resides in Whitby with his wife and 14-year-old son who was recently selected to the 14U Ontario Basketball Provincial team.

After obtaining degrees in Physical Education and Sports Administration from the University of Lethbridge, Scott has spent over 30 years in volleyball and is a certified Advanced Development Coach with Performance Coach technical certification.

Scott’s focus will be in working with our 12U – 16U coaches and teams to ensure athletes follow a progressive and consistent training path for athlete skill development. Scott will work with coaches to prepare a structured season plan that aligns with Volleyball Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development strategies.

Scott has been coaching with Club teams in Ontario since 2005 and from 2011-2014 he was the assistant coach to the 2-time Division 1 OVA champions and 3-time Division 1 Canadian National Champions (14U, 15U, and 16U). Scott started with our club in 2015 providing technical direction and support to our 17U and 18U athletes and coaches.  While Scott’s credentials would be extremely valued in a Head Coach role, he prefers being an assistant as it enables him to focus on the athletes and their development needs without managing the administrative tasks that come with the Head Coach role.

Here is a summary of Scott’s volleyball experience prior to coaching Club volleyball in Ontario: 

  • Assistant Coach, University of Calgary Women’s Volleyball Team (2000-2005); 2-time Canada West Conference Champion; 2003-04 CIS National Champion; 2001-02 CIS National Championship Finalist
  • Head Coach, Team BC, Juvenile Women’s Volleyball Team, Western Canada Summer Games (1990 & 1995)
  • Technical Director, BC Volleyball Association (1989-1994)
  • Mission Staff, Technical Director (Volleyball), Canada Summer Games (1992-1993)
  • Assistant Coach, University of British Columbia, Women’s Volleyball Team (1988-1993); 2-time Canada West Conference Champion
  • Head Coach, UBC, Junior Women’s Volleyball Team (1988-1993)
  • Assistant Coach, Western CIAU Women’s High Performance Team (1988)
  • Head Coach, University of Lethbridge Men’s Volleyball Team (1988)
  • Assistant Coach, Team Alberta, Juvenile Women’s Volleyball Team, Canada Summer Games (1985-1988)
  • Head Coach, University of Lethbridge, Women’s Volleyball (1985-1988)

Coach Lucia is a former Durham Rebels volleyball player who went on to play middle blocker with Grand Rapids College and Durham College. This 6’1 athlete won two National Championships titles in her final years with DRVC and went on to earn multiple Regional and Conference titles with her GRCC Raiders team. In the summer of 2019, Lucia was assistant coach with the OVA Regional High Performance program where her 14U girls’ team won the gold medal in the Regional Cup.

Coach Paul is a retired DDSB physical education teacher and one of the founders of Durham Rebels Volleyball Club. He is a certified development coach and trained advanced development coach. During his years as an elementary school coach, coach Paul’s volleyball teams earned 27 DEAA championship titles and earned the reputation as ‘the ones to beat’. Coach Paul has coached both Ontario Provincial Champions and National Silver medalist teams and is a four-time recipient of the George MacFarlane Sportsmanship Award. Paul is the Camp Director of our summer volleyball and Learn to Play Volleyball programs. 

Coach Vanessa is another Durham Rebels alumna, having played with the club for several years. She fell in love with the game at a young age, following her dad to tournaments since she was just a toddler. Vanessa took a hiatus from the sport to pursue her education, but found herself helping Coach Paul after she graduated. Since then, Vanessa has travelled around the world, but always finds herself back in the gym coaching with the Club. She is currently pursuing her social service work and mental health and addictions dual diploma. This is Coach Vanessa’s 4th year coaching with Durham Rebels.  

Lisa has been coaching and teaching in Durham elementary schools for the past 18 years. She is an in-training development coach and this is her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Club. Lisa is a lifelong volleyball player and enthusiast and looks forward to helping each player build her confidence, understanding of the game, and appreciating the value that each girl brings to this year’s team.   

Cassandra is an elementary teacher with the TCDSB and has successfully coached numerous students of various ages and skill levels in volleyball, basketball, flag football, soccer, cross country, and track and field. Cassandra is very active in her school board in all aspects of sports, but her love and passion is for the sport of volleyball. She is the Master Convener for the TCDSB and is responsible for the organization of 168 schools on a Divisional, Regional, and City level. Cassandra has grown up playing volleyball in elementary and high school and continues to play in both women and co-ed leagues. This is Cassandra’s 3rd year coaching with Durham Rebels and she was the assistant coach for last year’s 12U Ontario Provincial Championship team.

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Pat has been involved in coaching for many years in various sports including volleyball, basketball, and football. He is one of the original coaches with our club and after taking a hiatus following the birth of his children, Pat has been back with us for the past few years with experience coaching 13U and 15U girls. Pat strives to provide a positive environment for athletes to develop their skills, confidence and leadership. Pat is a former varsity volleyball player having played with ***. As a physical education teacher with the Durham District School Board, Pat brings a strong technical background and understanding of what young athletes need to succeed. 

Coach Mackenzie is a Durham Rebels alumna and former varsity volleyball athlete with the Humber Hawks. Mackenzie is a trained development coach who fell in love with the game in grade 4 and returns for her third year of coaching. This 6’0 outside hitter was also a member of the Team Ontario Beach program and brings her experience as an athlete to the girls on the 18U team looking to take their game to the next level. Mackenzie is a great example of giving back to the community; not only has she been an active volleyball volunteer, she has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was a peer mentor with FEAT, a program for children of incarcerated parents.  

Scott is a Certified Development Coach and an Advanced Development Coach in training. He has been a part of the Durham Rebels volleyball family for many years starting out as a volleyball dad when both of his daughters, Mackenzie and Abbigail, played for the club and each went on to play volleyball at the post-secondary level. Scott has been a Durham Rebels coach for the past 9 years coaching teams 13U through 16U inclusive in both a head coach and assistant coach capacity.

After playing club volleyball for the Ganaraska Wolves, Cindy played OCAA volleyball for the Humber College women’s team. During her time at Humber, Cindy helped the Hawks win their first-ever OCAA provincial gold and was named MVP that season. Upon graduation she went on to Durham College where she continued to play post-secondary volleyball. Cindy was, and continues to be, an exceptional athlete earning Rookie of the Year during her time at both Humber and Durham. She was second in the OCAA for scoring and selected to the All-Star team during her time at each school. Cindy has had the good fortune of being coached by some OCAA legends including Dave Hood and Chris Wilkins at Humber College and the late Stan Marchut at Durham College. Each has instilled their love of the game and commitment to excellence in Cindy as both a player and a coach. Cindy is also the recipient of the Good Sportsmanship Award and a CCAA Academic All-Canadian.

Cindy has a passion for community service and worked as a lifeguard in her earlier days before studying policing, and volunteering with the police K9 Unit. She now works as an Industrial Fire Fighter with OPG and is mom to two very athletic teenagers. This is Cindy’s second year as a coach with our Club and she is excited to get into the gym with our athletes to help them reach their potential both on and off the court.

Scott has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years and teaching and coaching here in the Durham area for the past 15 years. Scott is a Certified Development Coach and a trained Advanced Development Coach. This is his third year as a head coach for our club and last year his 12U Girls team won the Ontario Provincial Championship Division 1 title after completing an undefeated season in 12U competitions.

Coach Deb is a high school teacher with the DDSB teaching physical education and science. She has coached volleyball at the high school level for 28 years and 9 years at the club level, the past 5 with Durham Rebels. Coach Deb coached the 15U Provincial gold medalists and the 14U National gold medalists. She is a certified development coach, trained advanced development coach, and certified fitness instructor.

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Coach Geoff is a high school teacher with the Durham District School Board who coaches multiple sports including volleyball and basketball. Geoff is a certified development coach and 2019/20 marks his 3rd year coaching with Durham Rebels.