Coach Bios

High Performance Training for the Elite Athlete

Our coaching team has a well-deserved reputation of excellence in providing smart, sensible, and comprehensive skill development to some of the best volleyball players in Ontario.

Often, more than one area of expertise is required to help our athletes reach their full potential. With our club, there’s no shortage of position specific experts available to provide the best instruction possible.

We believe in building positive relationships and each athlete is valued greatly and treated with dignity and respect. Each benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise.

Above all we encourage and foster a fun, safe and energetic environment in which our players learn and grow not only as volleyball players but also as individuals.

Our coaches participate in the National Coaching Certification Program and are encouraged to seek full certification and additional learning. Coaches who have met their certification requirements are encouraged to participate in further learning. We stand by our belief that knowledge is power and have hosted both Development Coach clinics (up to 16U) and an Advanced Coach Development clinics (17U-18U) while working with the Region 4 Officials Chair to assist in the recruitment and certification of OVA referees.

We are proud to introduce you to our 2020/2021 coaching staff.

Coach Bios

Cris BarbulescuCris 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 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 Championships 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.
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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 USAV 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 each reach achieve their full potential in volleyball and in life. Brian is also the club Vice President.
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Shane Christopher headshotRebels welcome Shane Christopher to this year’s coaching line-up. We are so excited to have this high caliber coach leading our youngest age group. Shane has close to 25 years of club and OCAA coaching experience. Prior to his most recent role as Head Coach of the Seneca Sting women’s volleyball team, Shane spent 10 years with the Durham College women’s team where he earned OCAA Coach of the Year honours in 2013 as Head Coach. As an Assistant Coach with the Lords, Shane mentored under the great and legendary Stan Marchut. Athletes joining Shane’s team can be assured they will be taught strong fundamental skills while learning the important values of being part of a team.
Bronwynn Davies-NeiraBronwynn is a member of our 18U Crusaders whose talent and work ethic have earned her a spot on the Team Ontario Black indoor team. Her kind and playful nature is a perfect complement to our youngest athletes and Bronwynn looks forward to being a great role model for this year's 13U Rage athletes. Bronwynn is part of our CIT (coach in-training) program that allows senior athletes to develop leadership and mentoring skills while helping and inspriring younger athletes.
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Emily Dyment headshotEmily is a Rebels alumna who started with us an 11U player and is now attending Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina on a Division 1 lacrosse scholarship. She has grown up in the world of sports as both a multi-sport athlete and youngster following her parents, Rob and Monica, to various sporting events as they donated time to our local youth sporting community. Emily's passion for sports and nutrition has led her to pursue a degree in Exercise Science but with the current pandemic, she will be studying remotely from home this fall. We look forward to having Emily mentor our 14U Smash team this season alongside her dad, coach Rob. Follow @emdymentfit on Instagram to see how this healthy lifestyle advocate puts her words into action.
Monica Dyment photoWe are excited to have Monica Dyment return as our Strength and Conditioning Coach for this year’s senior 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.
Rob Dyment headshotWe introduced you to coach Rob last season after he returned to us following some time as an assistant coach with the Seneca College women’s volleyball team. Rob has coached our girls’ teams from 12U right through to 18U. He might be familiar to our DDSB elementary families as the DEAA Character Athletes Award bears his name and is awarded annually to a student who exemplifies character, a passion for sport, and outstanding sportsmanship. Rob brings great fun and intensity to the game and his contagious enthusiasm goes unmatched.
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Steve Graham photoCoach Steve’s volleyball resumé as both a player and a coach are extensive, and impressive! Steve is a former high-level 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 Under 19 Men’s team before expanding his roles to include right side and outside hitters. Steve remained with the National team for over a decade and shared his volleyball knowledge as head coach and founder 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 Certified Development Coach. Steve has been coaching rep teams in the Durham region since 2010 and this is his 4th year with our club. Athlete's love Steve’s calm and knowledgeable approach and the extra work he puts in to ensuring each athlete understands her strengths and challenges and how to overcome the latter. Steve currently resides in Whitby with his wife and teenage son who is a provincial level basketball player.
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 is a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach with Level 3 technical certification. He has been coaching club volleyball in the Durham area since 2005 and was our technical director last season. His coaching experience includes: • Assistant Coach, University of Calgary Women’s Volleyball team; 2-time Canada West Conference Champion; CIS National Champion; CIS National Championship Finalist • Head Coach, Team BC, Juvenile Women’s Volleyball team, Western Canada Summer Games • Technical Director, BC Volleyball Association • Mission Staff, Technical Director (Volleyball), Canada Summer Games • Assistant Coach, University of British Columbia, Women’s Volleyball team; 2-time Canada West Conference Champion • Head Coach, UBC, Junior Women’s Volleyball team • Assistant Coach, Western CIAU Women’s High-Performance team • Head Coach, University of Lethbridge Men’s Volleyball team • Assistant Coach, Team Alberta, Juvenile Women’s Volleyball team, Canada Summer Games • Head Coach, University of Lethbridge, Women’s Volleyball
photo of Teagan Handley Teagan started playing volleyball in 14U as a left side hitter. Her natural athleticism, passion to defend the court, and ability to read the attack made her a natural fit when the Libero role came into play as she approached 16U. Teagan’s team won four consecutive D1 National Championships including two out west as well as two provincial championships. As a player with the mighty Sinclair Celtics SS, Teagan was also a key player in her team’s LOSSA and OFSAA AAAA championship win. After she finished her playing career Teagan jumped into the coaching role and that’s where she met current Fury Head Coach Mike Hayes. Teagan is a graduate of Western University and is now a Durham Region public health nurse. We are so excited to have Teagan mentor our 16U girls alongside Ashley and Mike this season.
Elicia Hannah photoWe are happy to re-introduce everyone to Elicia Hannah. This Michigan-born athlete played high school volleyball with Dune Club Volleyball Club in Indiana. She continued to play two years of NCAA volleyball and one year of NAIA. Elicia is a multi-sport athlete who also played softball in highschool and at the collegiate level. Elicia became a teacher who had the good fortune to stay home with her children for 9 years before becoming the children’s director in a Durham church. The Hannah family has been with the DRVC family since 2016 and this is Elicia’s second year of coaching. She is excited to share her love of volleyball and technical strengths with our athletes.
Greg Hannah photoGreg Hannah joins the rep program of our Rebels family this season. Families in our Learn to Play Volleyball program will recognize Greg as one of the Friday night program coaches at our Whitby location. He is an educator with the DDSB who has coached elementary school volleyball for the past 20 years. Coach Greg played volleyball throughout elementary and high school before pursuing baseball at the collegiate level in the United States. He looks forward to helping our youngest boys develop their athleticism and volleyball skills to become more competitive as the season progresses.
Ashley started playing club volleyball at 13U and has played middle blocker and right side. Throughout her club career Ashley's team amassed a wealth of medals but it was the 2012 D1 17U Girls National and Provincial championships titles that stand out the most for Ashley. Her post-secondary volleyball career with Nippissing University was cut short due a family health scare that had Ashley returning to the Durham area to be closer to home. Ashley has coached locally for a number of years and back in 2016 crossed paths with current 16U Fury Head Coach, Michael Hayes. When Mike took over the reigns this season he knew he wanted Ashley by his side to help mentor this talented group of athletes. Ashley has coached 12U-16U and looks forward to assisting Mike this season while she continues her studies locally. Welcome to the Rebels family, Ashley! We are so excited you're here to help #unleashthefury
Mike Hayes photoCoach Mike is a former varsity volleyball athlete from Memorial University where he was selected as first team conference All Star and team MPV. After completing his post-secondary playing career, Mike traded his court shoes for a clip board and continued to coach for his alma mater where, at the ripe age of 22 years old, he became the Head Coach of Memorial University’s men program where he remained for 7 years. Under Mike’s guidance the team achieved its best season record and earned four conference final appearances over seven years. Mike was also selected to coach Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s 16U Girls team followed by the 15U Boys team the next year. Mike only left his role to pursue an alternate career in Ontario with his family. He is a certified Advanced Development Coach and with Level 3 technical certification. Mike has been involved on the periphery of grass roots volleyball development in the Durham region for the last 5 years and enjoys teaching the game of volleyball, at any level, to any willing learner and can help an athlete program from early development right through to post-secondary and beyond.
Sarah is a current 18U athlete with the Rebels Crusader team and part of our CIT (coach in-training) program. Athletes will recognize Sarah as an assistant coach at our Learn to Play programs in Whitby. She is a high caliber setter who will be a strong mentor to our youngest athletes.
Lucia KalmeyerCoach 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 Championship titles in her final years with DRVC and went on to earn multiple Regional and Conference titles with her GRC Raiders team. Lucia has been an assistant coach with the OVA Regional High Performance program where her 14U girls’ team won the gold medal in the Regional Cup.
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Coach Koot is that coach who leaves a lifelong and positive impact on his players. If you’re ever at SA Cawker Public school, the name above the gym doors, ‘Koot Lane” speaks volumes on the respect and appreciation this retired DDSB physical education teacher has earned from his colleagues and young athletes. Coach Paul is one of the founders of Durham Rebels Volleyball Club and a trained advanced development coach. Players who want to excel at the sport choose to play for Paul because they know his technical instruction and game knowledge will give them the tools to become the best volleyball player possible. 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 Director of our summer volleyball camp and Learn to Play Volleyball programs. Coach Paul will continue 18U Crusaders this year and brings along a coaching staff with great game knowledge and the ability to mentor young athletes. Paul is our Club President.
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 back helping with the club after graduation. 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. Vanessa has been coaching with our club since 2016.
Tyler KrabiTyler has just completed a 5-year career with the Durham Lords men's volleyball team where he captained the team for 3 years and earned MVP honours as a 6’3” outside hitter. During his tenure, the Lords won 2 OCAA silver medals and made it to Nationals in his final season. Tyler is also the recipient of the prestigious Durham Lords Bonnie-Ginter Brown male leadership award. After completing the three-year Sports Management program Tyler went on to the Protection, Security and Investigation program and hopes to move into a career in policing.
Lisa has been coaching and teaching in Durham elementary schools for 20 years. She is an in-training development coach and this is her fifth 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 Leblanc headshotCassandra is an elementary teacher with the TCDSB and has successfully coached numerous students of various ages and skill levels in multiple sports, but her love and passion is for the sport of volleyball. She is the Volleyball Master Convener for the TCDSB responsible for the organization of over 160 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. Cassandra has been coaching with our club since 2017 and was part of the coaching staff leading our 12U girls to their Ontario Provincial Championship title in 2019. She is a trained Development Coach who is a mentee with the Changing the Game Mentorship Program for female coaches. #SheCanCoach
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Jody Logan has been a teacher with the Durham District School Board for over 20 years teaching full time physical education for the majority of those years. Coach Jody started out coaching girls volleyball at Sherwood PS where he successfully coached his Intermediate Girls' team to 3 straight DEAA championships and a Provincial Cup championship in 2010. Jody followed this success when he moved to Scott Central PS where he coached the boys to 3-straight DEAA championships. In 2019 Jody moved to Blair Ridge PS where Intermediate Boys finished the season as the DEAA runners-up and his Junior Boys won the DEAA championship title. Athletes training with coach Jody can expect high-intensity practices and quality skill development matched with passion for the game and a focus on team building.
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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 a few years now and has coached both the 13U and 15U girls teams. Pat is a former varsity volleyball player having played with the Windsor Lancers Men’s Volleyball team where he was co-captain. 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 and strives to provide a positive environment for athletes to develop their skills, confidence, and leadership.
Emily is a Rebels alumna who is currently attending Fleming College but her passion for the sport has her back in our gym mentoring younger athletes.
Mackenzie has just wrapped up three seasons as an assistant coach with 18U Rampage and now that our graduates have left the next, she is looking for her next opportunity and has found it with our 17U Girls team. Mackenzie was a former Durham Rebel playing with us from 13U right through to 18U then continuing on to Humber Collge where, as a 6’0 outside hitter, she had the opportunity to play in two National championship tournaments with the powerhouse Hawks team. She was also a member of the Team Ontario Beach program. Upon returning to the Durham area Mackenzie assisted at our summer camp the went under the mentorship of Paul Koot for three seasons as an assistant coach. Assisting Paul and our 2002 graduates ignited Mackenzie’s passion for coaching and she is excited to take on her own team this season.
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 third 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. Scott has been coaching with our club since 2017 club and in 2019 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; her past 5 years 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.
Samantha is an 18U athletes with our Rebels Crusaders team and part of our CIT (coach in-training) mentorship program.
Coach Geoff is a high school teacher with the Durham District School Board who also coaches basketball in his extra time. Geoff is a certified development coach who has been coaching with our club since 2017. Geoff focuses on fundamental skills development and athletic confidence leading to positive outcomes both on and off the court.
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Sarah is a Rebels alumni whose decision to defer her first year as a Kinesiology undergraduate student at Queens has brought her back into our coaching loop. Sarah was a familiar face at our Learn to Play programs in Port Perry and Rebels Ruthless athletes is extremely lucky to have this seasoned setter mentoring
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