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


8th year Dr. Abe  AVENDER photo

2018 PACWEST Silver Medal
2018 CCAA Nationals 5/6th place
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


10th year Chris DENSMORE photo

2018 PACWEST SilverMedalist
2018 CCAA Nationals 5/6th place
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



2nd 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)



2nd year Wayne WOYCIEHOUSKI photo

Awards & Accomplishments :
2014 CCAA/PACWEST Blocks Leader
2013 CCAA Nationals Fourth place
2013 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
u17 Team BC western elites gold medal 2011
u16 club provincial silver medal 2010
u17 club provincial silver medal 2011
College Heights Sr volleyball provincial silver medal 2011 (1st team all-star) (60-5 record)
College heights Sr. boys Zone Championships 2010-2011.

Previous Teams: College Heights Cougars (high school), Prince George Youth Volleyball Club Kodiaks, Team BC

Coaching achievements:
2018 PACWEST Silver Medla
2018 CCAA Nationals 5/6th place


1st year Zach GRIGG photo

Player Awards & Accomplishments:
2014 PACWEST League All-Star
2014 two time Athlete of the week
2013 PACWEST All-Rookie team
2013 PACWESt Rookie of the year
2013 CCAA Nationals Fourth place
2013 PACWEST Provincial Silver Medalist
2013 PACWEST Tournament All-Star at Provincials
Honorable mention at 2011 high school provincials
Honorable mention at 2012 high school provincials