15U Girls – 2018



Carsten Stanjeck

Head Coach

Carsten has been around the sport of volleyball for 35 years. During his time in the sport he was involved as head and assistant coach with Jr. High, High School, club teams, provincial teams as well as University teams. Further, he was the founder of several new clubs and volleyball related businesses (Volleyball Position Camp & H.I.T.T. Volleyball). This will be Carsten’s seventh season with the club.

During his coaching career he was able to commit to seven seasons with the Alberta Volleyball Provincial Team programs as head and assistant coach for midget and juvenile teams. Several of his teams placed in the medals and won National and Western Canadian championships. From 1992 until 1998, Carsten was an assistant coach with the University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball team lead by head coach Laurie Eisler. Together they were able to celebrated the first three national championships of the eventual record breaking six consecutive titles.

· Founder and CEO of H.I.T.T. Volleyball – 2009
· Co-Founder of High Performance/ELITE Volleyball Club – 2006, as well as founder of two other clubs (Whitecourt Waves – 1989 & Warriors Volleyball Club in Edmonton – 1998) in Alberta.
· Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee in Volleyball – 2002
· Founder and COO of Volleyball Position Camp – 2001-2003
· Assistant Coach University of Alberta Pandas, Edmonton – 1991-1997 (three time Canadian National Champions)
· Alberta Provincial Team Coach – 7 seasons as Head or assistant Coach with midget and juvenile women teams (won several Western Canadian and National Championships)
· High School Varsity Coach for 22 seasons with women’s and men’s teams (numerous provincial appearances, many top three finishes and several provincial Championship teams)
· Volleyball Summer Camp Coach for 4 seasons at University of Alberta, University of Calgary, in Vegreville, Grand Prairie and Jasper.

TARYN COSSAR - Assistant Coach

Taryn Cossar

Assistant Coach

Taryn has been actively involved in volleyball for over 25 years. She is currently a Junior High school teacher in Calgary. During her time in the sport, Taryn learned first as a player and then in the roles as both head and assistant coach with junior high, high school, and club teams.

During her coaching career, Taryn has had much success with developing her coaching philosophy and her playing experience has helped numerous athletes grow to their potential. Taryn has an enthusiastic approach to coaching and hopes all athletes continue to play because they simply “love the game”.

Playing experience:

· AB provincial team in Grade 12—National Champions
· Represented Canada at the World Youth Cup in Brazil
· Member of the U of A Pandas from 1990-1992

Coaching experience:

· 403 Selects Head and Asst. Coach, 16U-13U–2 National Silvers, National Bronze, Provincial Gold
· Head Coach of Jr High Girls teams at Rundle College, Calgary
· Head Coach of Sr High Girls teams at Rundle College, Calgary–Provincial Silver Medalists
· Head Coach of Jr and Sr High Girls teams at York House School, Vancouver
· Assistant Coach at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir–Provincial Silver Medalists
· Many league championships at the junior high and high school level
· Gold medalists at the Western Canadian Independent School Championships–4 times with 3 different teams


Julia Niemczewska

Assistant Coach

Julia has been around the sport of volleyball her whole life. She grew up watching her sister play CIS and National Team Volleyball until she started playing herself. Julia started playing club volleyball at the age of 12 where she found her passion for the game. During her time on the court she played on successful Club Teams, the Alberta Provincial Team, Canada Selects, and CIS Volleyball for Thompson Rivers University from 2012-2017. During her time as a player she found the value and importance not only in being a good volleyball player, but being a good teammate, student, and active volunteer in the community.
Julia’s love for the game is what has sparked her interest from transitioning from a player to a coach. She hopes to bring her playing experience to help guide and mentor future athletes to not only become great individual players, but great teammates, students, and active members in the Calgary community. (Is that being too redundant?) Julia has an energetic approach to coaching and hopes to instil confidence, fight, and fun into all her athletes game.
Playing experience:
– AB Provincial Team in Grade 10 – Western Elite Champions
– AB Provincial Beach Team in Grade 11
– 17U Canada Selects Team
– Member of the TRU Wolfpack 2012-2017
Coaching experience:
  •  2012-2017 assistant coach with Kamloops Volleyball Association 14U-18U girls teams

SYDNEY LITWIN - Assistant Coach

Sydney Litwin

Assistant Coach

Sydney Litwin is the 4th member of the 2018 15U coaching staff. Litwin grew up playing competitive sports, but chose to forgo individual sports for team sports. From there, she participated in volleyball, basketball, and soccer focusing on being a multi-sport athlete.

Litwin played club volleyball for the Grande Prairie Wolves, the Central Peace Panthers, and then onto the Central Peace Wolves when the teams combined in her U18 year. Although she loved volleyball, she chose to pursue post-secondary basketball and soccer at Grande Prairie Regional College for two years.

Litwin has a competitive edge, but also sees the importance of being a team player. She will bring passion, experience, and a positive attitude to the team. Litwin is looking forward to coaching with not only a great coaching staff, but a great group of athletes as well.

  # Name Position Height
  2 Sonya Nielsen OH  5'10
  3 Maryn Boldon

OH  5'11
  4 Teleah Cowper OH  5'4
  6 Abby Lowe MB  6'0
  7 Jenna Rivard MB  6'1
  8 Kylee Glanville OH  5'10
  9 Nova Van Soest S  5'7
  10 Isla Olesen MB  6'0
  11 Cait Larrigan MB  5'11
  12 Haley Kennedy S  5'9
  13 Amanda Holyoke OH  5'8
  14 Sloane Holtby OH  5'10