2023/24 Coaching Team
Leaside Volleyball Club is proud to announce our coaching line up for the 2023/24 season!
Please CLICK on the names below for a brief biography for each of our coaching team!
John Child - Technical Director, HC 18U Girls Wildfire
John is a 3-time Olympian (Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004) and Bronze Medalist (Atlanta, 1996) in Beach Volleyball.
In addition to playing 15 years of professional beach volleyball, John has played many years of indoor volleyball too. John has coached for many years at various levels from aspiring Olympians to young beginners, including being the head coach of the Havergal College Volleyball program and their 5 teams.
John will be the head coach of the Leaside 18U girls team this year.
Octavia Wong -
AC 18U Girls Wildfire
Octavia is an Assistant Coach with the York University Women's Volleyball team and is excited to be back with Leaside for her 9th year!
This past March, Octavia and her team, Unity Alpha, won gold at VC's 2023 Senior Nationals! Octavia will also be coaching the 17UG Black team at the June Biosteel Games in Toronto.
In the past, Octavia played for York University and trained with the beach national team. She was a beach national champion in 2015 and beach provincial bronze medalist in 2017. Octavia was also the recipient of the Jason Seneschal Memorial award. Octavia currently plays for Philadelphia CIA in the 9man circuit.
Octavia has a BSc in psychology and an MSc in biostatistics from York University. Currently, she is still at York University working toward a PhD in biostatistics
Melvin Lowe -
AC 18U Girls Wildfire
Melvin is excited to be coaching with Leaside again this season. He started his coaching career with boys and girls volleyball at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute, where he has developed and led the volleyball program to 7 city championships in just 5 years. In addition he has spent the last 7 years coaching at the OVA Club level. He has led these various teams to numerous medals at the Tier One level.
In the past year, Melvin has worked with the ADP (Athlete Development Program) with the OVA that identifies and trains the top level athletes of their various age groups. He was an Assistant Coach with the Region 5 program when they won a Gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games held in Sudbury during the summer of 2010.
Kayla Clennon –
HC 18U Girls Fury
Kayla is a graduate of York University with a BA with Specialized Honours in Sociology. A five-year veteran of the York U Lions, Kayla was recognized as an aggressive right side hitter who had a dominant attack from both pins. During her Club career, Kayla also played the position of middle blocker, bringing a wealth of experience to share with her team at Leaside.
With her love of volleyball, Kayla is passionate about helping youth strive to achieve their goals and help develop their skills for maximum physical and mental performance.
Victoria Vogel -
AC 18U Girls Fury
This will be Victoria's first year as part of the Leaside coaching staff. She coached at the Sunday House Leagues this past fall and winter and is excited to continue working with incredible coaches and motivated players.
Victoria signed herself up to play volleyball as a 6-year-old in Germany. She has been playing volleyball and has been in love with the sport ever since. She coached numerous camps, clinics and school teams in Victoria, BC as well as coaching Varsity Blues Academy sessions during her three years as part of the Varsity Blues Women's Volleyball program. Victoria is currently in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, where she is studying Criminology, French and Political Science.
Victoria is extremely excited to work with passionate volleyball players and contribute to forming a dedicated, skilled, cohesive, and successful team! She hopes the players can learn as much from her as she does from them.
Eddie Coleman -
HC 18U Boys Thor
Eddie Coleman is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with a reputation for creating a high-performance, inclusive, and fun environment where athletes not only develop their technical and tactical skills but also their performance while learning many values applicable to all aspects of their life.
Throughout his career, Eddie has led athletes to podium finishes at World Championships, National Championships, and Provincial Championships. Many of the athletes that have worked with Eddie have gone on to play in NCAA Division 1 schools, U Sports, and OCAA.
In 2016, Eddie completed the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma program, the most extensive NCCP Multi-sport program offered to Canada's top coaches through the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. In 2013, he was named Coach of the Year by the Ontario Volleyball Association.
Jasmine Safar -
AC 18U Boys Thor
Jasmine (Jas) is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona where she competed as an NCAA athlete on a scholarship for beach volleyball. She recorded one of the best Freshman seasons in UA history by impressively going 26-5. Jas has represented Canada at two Junior/Youth Beach Volleyball World Championships (China 2018 and Thailand 2019).
Prior to university, Jas played indoor volleyball with Defensa Volleyball Club.
A fierce competitor with a big heart, when not training or competing, Jas has spent the 2022 summer coaching alongside Eddie with the Team Ontario Beach program.
Clara Tse -
AC 17U Girls Bolts
Clara is looking forward to her fourth season of coaching at Leaside.
She has competed in many Asian and International indoor and beach volleyball competitions such as the Asian Games and the FIVB World Championships as a member of Team Hong Kong. She also played for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as the University of Waterloo. Locally, she has played for Toronto Connex on the North American 9-man circuit since 2014.
She is currently studying her Master's in Social Work at Laurier.
Erica Naccarato - HC 16U Girls Force
Erica is excited to join Leaside Force for the 2022/2023 season! An OVA alumni herself, Erica spent her club career playing for Durham Attack Volleyball Club, before spending four years with Ryerson University playing on the women's varsity team. Her coaching career started as the assistant coach for the University of Waterloo varsity women's team, and then went on to head coach 17/18U girls at Durham Attack for two years.
Erica holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology, and works professionally as a leadership and organizational development consultant.
Erica is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our future female leaders, and contribute to building a strong culture on and off the court!
Briana Vieira - AC 16U Girls Force
Briana is very excited to continue in her third year of coaching at Leaside! In the past, she has coached house league programs and beach camps for a few different clubs around Toronto and is also a Local Referee for Volleyball Canada.
Currenty, Briana is attending the University of Toronto and studying Industrial Engineering. Over the course of her club career, Briana was the recipient of the OVA's Award of Excellence, a beach Provincial silver medalist in 2016 and an indoor Provincial silver medalist. She continues to play indoor at University and beach during the summer months.
Aidan Haslett -
HC 17U Boys Lobsters
Aidan has been involved with Leaside Volleyball for 8 years with the House League program. He has served as an assistant coach for 4 years with the University of Toronto's Men's Volleyball team and has head coached with Waves Volleyball Club for 3 years.
As a player, Aidan played Club for Crush and went on to play for the University of Toronto for 5 years.
Aidan graduated from the University of Toronto with a BKin degree and then attended OISE for his Master of Teaching degree.
Aidan is eager to head up the Beach Volleyball program for Leaside this summer and bring the sport of beach volleyball to many young athletes that are learning the game and working on their skills.
Cicero Oliveira -
HC 16U Girls Surge