Coaches

Mariner coaches are all fully certified by the National Coaching Certification Program. They are leaders in our community and have been frequently recognized by the PACWEST and the CCAA for their excellence. The Mariner coaching staff is committed to the student athletes and their development as athletes and scholars. The depth of talent in our coaching staff is reflected in the 11th consecutive "Overall Championship" banners awarded to VIU (2006-2017) for the top overall athletic program in British Columbia.

Contact coach: VIUmensvolleyball@hotmail.com

Dr. Abe AVENDER

7th year Dr. Abe  AVENDER photo

Coaching:
2017 CCAA and PACWEST Coach of the year
2017 PACWEST Silver medalist
2016 PACWEST Bronze medalist
2014-15 PACWEST Provincial Bronze and 3rd in league play
2012-13 2nd in league play (16-8), PACWEST Silver medalist, CCAA Nationals Fourth
2011-12 1st in league play (20-4), PACWEST Silver medalist
Team Canada Men’s Volleyball: Team Doctor - Pan American Cup - 2012
Volleyball British Columbia: Men’s U20 Head Coach - National Team Challenge Cup - 2012
VIU Men's Volleyball Head Coach 2010-Current
VIU Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach 2008-2010
Canada Games 2009 - Team BC Assistant Coach and Team Doctor
NTCC 2010 - Team BC - Assistant Coach and Team Doctor

Professionally:
• Official Provider of Chiropractic and Injury Rehabilitation Services to Mariner Varsity Athletics
• Doctor of Chiropractic - Clinic Director of Island Optimal Health & Performance
• Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist - National Strength & Conditioning Association

Athletically:
• Malaspina Varsity Men's Volleyball Athlete 1996-99
• University of Victoria Varsity Men's Volleyball Athlete 1999-2002

Graham SIGALET

5th year Graham  SIGALET photo

2007-2008: UBC Thunderbirds. CanadaWest Silver Medalists. 5th Place- CIS Championships
2006-2007: VIU Mariners: CCAA Silver Medalists. BCCAA Gold Medalists
2005-2006: VIU Mariners: BCCAA Bronze Medalists
2002-2003: VIU Mariners: BCCAA Silver Medalists. CCAA National Championships- 5th Place

Two-time winner of the President's Award for Leadership

Drew VENABLES

2nd year Drew VENABLES photo

Drew Venables joins us from the Capilano Blues. Its been a strong transition for the 6’7 setter from playing to coaching. After 4 years at the university of Manitoba, Drew played professional volleyball with the championship winning team in Denmark. He has been coaching for 10 years now brings strong leadership and technical knowledge to the VIU Mariners Women's team.

2016 CCAA National Champions
2016 PACWEST Provincial Champions

Chris DENSMORE

10th year Chris DENSMORE photo

2017 PACWEST Silver Medalist
Mariners Men’s Assistant Coach 2001
Mariners Men’s Head Coach 2002-2010
124 Wins 28Losses
2 BCCAA Gold Medals – 2006, 2007
2 BCCAA Silver Medals – 2002, 2008
2 BCCAA Bronze Medals – 2005, 2009
1 CCAA Silver Medal – 2007
CCAA 5th place – 2002, 2006
BCCAA Coach of the year 2007
CCAA Coach of the year 2007
UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Assistant Coach 2011
UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Assistant Coach 2011
CIS Women’s Gold Medalist 2011
Level 3 Certified Indoor and Beach Coach
Volleyball BC CEO 2011-Current

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Zach ANDRES

1st year Zach ANDRES photo

Bellerose Composite High School Sr. Boys Volleyball Coaches Award (2011-2012)
College of the Rockies Mens Volleyball (2012-2014)
PACWEST Bronze Medalist (2013-2014)

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