WAVES Coaches

​Michael Wahbi

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Club Director & Founder​​ ​Michael@wavesvolleyballclub.ca

Waves Volleyball Club is headed by Michael Wahbi. A well known and highly respected coach in the Toronto volleyball community, he is also a Health and Physical Education teacher in Etobicoke.

For the past 15 years, Michael has coached volleyball at the University, Club and High School level. His varsity tenures include: Head Coach, York Lions Men's Volleyball (2016-2018), Lead Assistant Coach with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (2011-2014), under the leadership of current Blues Head Coach, John Barrett.

Michael has served as a guest coach with National Teams, (B Team and Jr. National Team), served as an Assistant Coach for the Gold medal U19 Team Ontario (2012), Head Coach of the  Bronze medalist Region 5 Summer Games team (2010), as well as Head Coach of the 14U Pakmen OVA silver medalist team (2013).

Michael has completed level 5 of the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program with the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario and is also heavily involved in the community. Michael's primary passion for coaching has been to give back to the sport of volleyball, by teaching young athletes fundamental skills, leadership and resilience within the game.​​

Mimi Demski

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Setting Coach

Coach Mimi is a former setter at York University who has completed a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. While working as a Civil Engineer, she is dedicated to both her professional career and her passion for the sport. She strives to be a role model to the young athletes within the club and help build the volleyball community with Waves while focusing on time management skills, self discipline, mental strength, and other academic tools to enrich athletes with the tactics necessary to be successful both on and off the court. 

Coaching Experience:

  • 2016-2017: Assistant Coach 18U Girls
  • 2017-2018: Assistant Coach 16U Girls
  • 2018-2019: Setter Coach for 14U-18U Boys & Girls

 

WAVES 17U Girls

Luke Evangelista

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Coach 17U Girls

Coach Luke played high school volleyball for four years at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School capturing two division titles playing as an outside hitter. Luke took his experience with the game of volleyball and brought it into his career as a teacher, with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He has coached teams around the board at both the elementary and high school level. Luke is passionate about developing players from a young age to consistently perform at a high level throughout their volleyball careers. He is currently coaching a 15U girls team with Waves and is excited to continue to develop athletes into high performing players. 

Coaching Experience:

  • 2018-2019: Assistant Coach 15U Girls White

 

Katherine McKenzie

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Assistant Coach 17U Girls

Coach Kat played school volleyball for 9 years, including 4 years as a starting libero on the Senator O'Connor College School varsity volleyball team. She has played club volleyball for 6 years, joining WAVES Volleyball Club in it's second year. Kat is a certified level 1 OVA referee and is currently attending Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Management working towards a business degree. Throughout her playing career, Kat has enjoyed mentoring and coaching younger players.  She is excited to continue her tenure with WAVES ,now as coach, and is looking forward to working with and learning from the other coaches and athletes.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2019-2020: Coach 16U Girls Blue

 

Sabrina Pontello

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Assistant Coach 17U Girls

WAVES 16U Boys

Alex Duncan-Thibault

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Coach 16U Boys

 

 

Cameron Trim

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Assistant Coach 16U Boys

Coach Cam has been playing volleyball nearly his whole life. From a dad who played for the Toronto Blues in his prime to an older brother who played beach volleyball at a national level, it was inevitable. Despite an interest in the game, Cameron was unable to play at University level due to Crohn's disease. However, this fostered a new mentality which focuses on athletic development for life. Cam has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and is a CSEP and FMS certified personal trainer. Using this knowledge and experience, Cam enriches the athlete experience with education of optimal biomechanics, fitness mentality, and love for the game. Having been an Assistant Coach for the Waves 14U girls team last year, Coach Cam is excited to continue helping young athletes realize their potential.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2019-2020: Assistant Coach 14U Girls

 

WAVES 15U Girls

Amar Balkaran

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Coach 15U Girls & Assistant Director

Amar attended high-school at Rick Hansen Secondary School where he played five seasons of indoor volleyball with the Storm coached by UofT Assistant Coach Dave MacAllister where he won three Regional Gold Medals and two Regional Silver Medals and appeared at OFSSAA all five years of his high-school career. Amar played three seasons of Club Volleyball with West Side. After playing high school & club Volleyball, Amar began his coaching career in 2008 and has coached for the Rick Hansen Storm Club team for two years and then shifted over to Pakmen Volleyball Club where he coached for five years. In his pursuit of coaching thus far, Amar has accomplished the following:

  • National Title with 15U Boys Pakmen Team in May 2013
  • Provincial Title with 16U Boys Team in April 2014
  • National Silver Medal (Eastern Nationals) with 16U Boys Team in May 2014
  • National 4th Place Finish (Western Nationals) with 16U Boys Team in May 2014
  • Medalled with Boys Pakmen Black Team (U13 to U18) over 25 times
  • Asst. Coach to Team Ontario Region 5 Black Team (U16 Boys) in January 2014 - Finished 4th
  • Asst. Coach to Team Ontario Region 5 Black Team (U14 Boys) in August 2016 - Finished 5th

Waves Volleyball Club is ecstatic to have Coach Amar on staff  as he has tremendous passion in growing our sport.

Elisa Rios

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Assistant Coach 15U Girls

Coach Elisa has been playing school volleyball for seven years now and club volleyball for two. Elisa is a grade 11 student at Bishop Allen Academy and she is excited to work with and become a role model for the athletes. Elisa joined Waves Volleyball Club in its first year as a player and fell in love with the coaching. During her third year playing club she decided to switch over to the assistant coaching role.  She is willing to take all the information that she has learned both on and off the court and input it into her coaching. This has brought her many experiences and realizations as she has learned more about the sport and is confident in being able to support the players through their athletic and academic aspirations. 

Coaching Experience:

  • 2018-2019: Assistant Coach 15U Girls Blue

 

THERESA SKUBIC

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Assistant Coach 15U Girls

Lana Sladoje

Assistant Coach 15U Girls

WAVES 14U Boys

Bertie Low-Ring

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Coach 14U Boys

Coach Bertie was a national level badminton player and started playing volleyball for his high school team. He played for York University’s volleyball team from 1993 -1997 and won the OUA Championships in 1993. After university, Bertie competed on the Ontario open men’s beach tour. He currently is a P.E. and special education teacher with the TDSB and sharing his volleyball knowledge with his students.

Coaching Experience:

  • Over 20 years coaching elementary school boys, girls and coed teams including middle school teams in TDSB and high school teams at international schools
  • Clinics and camps held by York University Varsity programs
  • Currently coaching his daughter and her partner on the junior beach volleyball tour

Ian Heynan

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Assistant Coach 14U Boys

Coach Ian played volleyball at the University of Waterloo from 1987 through 1992, winning two CIAU national bronze medals.  Ian was team captain and awarded an OUAA All Star Honourable Mention in his final year.  After leaving university, he played many more years of Club volleyball in BC and Ontario.  Ian moved to coaching and has been sharing his passion for the game  with youth volleyball players since 2012.​

Coaching Experience:

  • 2018-2019: Head Coach 16U Girls White

Roland Lewis

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Assistant Coach 14U Boys