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Meet the Team

"There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out. - Pat Riley

This team is all in.

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Val Watson, CPA

Club Executive

Val brings an extensive level business acumen to the Summit Executive. As a Partner with an international accounting firm, Val has been instrumental in helping to develop Summit Volleyball Inc into a strong business entity. Her background in business, combined with her experiences in sport make her a great leader for this organization. Val is a former athlete herself, and now mom to 3 strong girls all of who are making waves through various sport channels.

Kaylan Gazda, BEd, CSEP

Coach / Club Executive
Dev Coach Certified
Advanced Dev Coach Trained

B.Ed of Elementary Education 

Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer

NCCP Trained Fundamental Movement Coach

NCCP Trained Run Jump Throw Coach

NCCP Trained Ultimate Frisbee Coach

NCCP Keeping Girls in Sport 

NCCP Respect in Sport

 

Kaylan has been an athlete for as long as she can remember. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, she participated in as many different sport programs as she could, but fell in love with the sport of volleyball when she began playing club in grade 6. Throughout Jr High and High School, Kaylan played 6 years of Provincial Team and competed in both Western Canada Summer Games and Canada Summer Games. Kaylan went on to play varsity women’s volleyball for the MacEwan Griffins, as well as the University of Alberta Pandas. (This  included a second place at CCAA Nationals and a first place at CIS now USport Nationals.)

 

Kaylan began coaching volleyball in university and discovered a whole new side to the sport. Twenty years later, after 2 knee surgeries and 2 babies, she is still in the gym coaching either club, academy, clinics, or helping out with Sask Provincial team training. She is passionate about supporting athletes, coaches, and building community within the sport of volleyball. When she is not in the gym, you can find her hanging with her family, or still competing in sport herself playing either volleyball, or ultimate frisbee. Kaylan is an advocate for women in sport and is proud to be a part of Summit Volleyball! 

Stacey Laing, BKin

Coach / Club Executive
Dev Coach Certified

Advanced Dev Trained

Performance Coach In Training

Stacey has over 20 years of combined coach and player experience with the sport of volleyball.  Stacey played high school volleyball with Carlton Comprehensive high school, was selected to 4 Sask Provincial Teams, and played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for the 2006/07 season. She was the recipient of the Laurie Anne Leier Athletic and Academic Excellence Memorial Award through the Sask Volleyball Association. 

Stacey's most recent coaching experiences include the 18U Summit club team, Sask Volleyball provincial teams (2021-present), and assistant coach of the University of Regina Cougars women's volleyball for the 2022/23 season.

 

Her focus and greatest knowledge base is with the setting position and she is eager to help develop young setters.  

Stacey has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and has spent time working in Spinal Cord rehab, Sport Admin, and most recently 9+ years with the Dream Broker program through Sask Sport.  Currently, she spends her time at the Volleybarn behind the scenes of the facility, Regina Youth Volleyball, and Summit. 

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Don Laing

Mentor Coach

A phrase we use a lot at Summit is WWDLD? AKA what would Don Laing do?  Don is Summit Volleyball's mentor coach and program consultant.

Don started coaching volleyball in 1978. He coached the provincial teams in the 1980s, school teams from 1979 until 2012 and club teams for 25 years. He also coached one season with the U of S Huskies 1984-85 as an assistant coach with head coach Frank Enns. He is presently retired and doing marathons, triathlon and bike touring. Don was also the past Saskatchewan Volleyball Association Coaching Pathway Coordinator.

Don has a true passion for developing and mentoring coaches.  You'll see him hanging out in the Volleybarn but also working with coaches from many different clubs and throughout the province. 

Karolyn Gilroy

Coach

Advanced Dev Certified

Played club in Regina, Sask provincial team for 2 years including 1997 Canada Games. That same year our team traveled to Australia in July to get some pre competition in at the Australian Junior National Championships. We won gold! It was a really cool experience to train, compete and travel as a volleyball family. 12 athletes and 3 coaches. I went on to play 5 years with the U of R Cougars. I was named a conference all star 3 out of 5 years and often led the team in blocks. I mostly played MB but was called on to set one year when our setter sprained her ankle badly and we had no back up. It was really fun! I also played RS on occasion.

 

I coached A LOT of summer camps, high school teams and club teams. In 2001 I coached a team that placed second at Junior Nationals (1st year university players typically) and shocked everyone. Definitely a coaching high light! City championships with both Riffel and Miller. I love coaching and am particularly focused on the mental aspect of the game. How can we make ourselves better and stronger mentally to then transfer onto the court and into the gym. I love helping young female athletes smash their goals and break barriers. What matters to me most is that we are learning, growing, having fun and building a supportive community for all to thrive in.

 

I still play in a senior women's league and the odd tournament. Although not as physical as I once was I definitely feel like wisdom has helped my game . I love to workout, run, walk my dog, hike, try new sports. My dream would be to have an adult PE class daily and just play and laugh! I think we are all better when we move our bodies and I am committed to lifelong fitness.

Alissa McKinna

Coach

Development Certified

Advanced Dev In Training

Alissa has been coaching Volleyball for over 20 years,  including the last three seasons with Summit. She also currently coaches Volleyball at Winston Knoll Collegiate where she is a Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. 

 

Prior to becoming a Teacher, Alissa was a dual sport athlete at Minot State University where she played both volleyball and softball while pursuing her Education Degree.

While at Minot State, she also served as a Graduate Assistant coach for both sports while completing her Masters's Degree in Learning Disabilities. 

 

Alissa is a passionate and enthusiastic volleyball coach and is excited to share that passion with her athletes - including her own children, who are both a part of the Summit Volleyball program.

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Chelsey Clifford

Coach

Bio coming soon.

Mira Van Burck

Coach

Development Certified

Mira is from Star City, Saskatchewan. She started playing volleyball with North East Rage and continued at Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan where she was captain and MVP in Grade 11 and 12. For club season she played outside with the Cougar Volleyball Club.

 

In her summers she played Team Saskatchewan including the year Saskatchewan won bronze at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. For post secondary, Mira was co-captain at Trent University for one year in Peterborough, ON.

 

Mira began her coaching career with the Pandas Volleyball Club in Edmonton, AB and has now been at Summit for the last four years with a range of age groups.

Ashlee Sandiford

Coach

Bio Coming Soon. 

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Diana Lumbala

Coach

Bio coming soon.

Hayley Cattell

Coach

Bio Coming Soon. 

Erin Andrews

Coach

Bio Coming Soon. 

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