Volleyball (m) 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


7th year Dr. Abe  AVENDER photo

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

• 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

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