The Halton Region Volleyball Club has attracted some of the most talented athletes in the region and has developed into one of the top volleyball clubs in Canada, in large part due to their ability to recruit and retain highly successful coaches.
The overall quality of the Hurricanes coaching staff has also caught the attention of some top Canadian university programs. This summer, two Hurricanes coaches accepted head coaching positions with U Sports women’s volleyball teams. Jennifer Neilson will lead the York University Lions and Steve Delaney will be at the helm with the Brock Badgers.
Neilson was the head coach of the Hurricanes 17u team in 2018 where she guided them to a silver medal at the Volleyball Canada National Championships. “This past season with the Hurricanes is one I wouldn’t change for the world!” said Neilson reflecting on 2018. “It was an honour to work with some of the best athletes and coaches in the country. Being a Hurricane is something special and the culture in the club is what attracted me to coach there.”
Delaney has been a head coach with the Hurricanes highest age group teams for three years, taking his squads each year to a either a provincial or national final and most recently coaching the 18u team to an Ontario Championship Gold in 2018. “My time with the Hurricanes has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences in my life.” Delaney reflected. “Being able to work with high-level athletes is great, but being able to work with a group of exceptional people is what makes HRVC the place to be for up and coming athletes and coaches”.
Hurricanes Technical Director Gaby Jobst chooses to look at the bright side: “Clearly having Jen and Steve both get University jobs in the same season leaves big shoes to fill but it is a testament to what we’re building at the Hurricanes that top programs are hiring our coaches. If I was a volleyball coach looking for an opportunity to improve and build a resume of experience that could take me to the next level, I would certainly be looking at HRVC.”
The Halton Region Volleyball Club believes in creating the best training ground for its athletes while maintaining a strong growth environment for its coaches as well. We are proud to see that two of our successful coaches will be taking their knowledge to the next level and wish them continued success! (HRVC is always searching for passionate leaders to help guide their athletes. Coaches who are interested in working with the Hurricanes can email Jobst directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.)