16U Girls – 2020


Florin Craciun - Co-Head Coach

Florin Craciun

Co-Head Coach

contact: florinc@403selects.ca

I have been around the game of volleyball for an extended period of time, both as a professional player as well as a coach.

My professional playing career was spent playing in Romania, between 1989 and 2003, highlighted by a championship win in 1993 and runner-ups in 1994 and 1996. Throughout this period, my team also participated in several European Cups, playing against different clubs around Europe.

I graduated from National Academy of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest, Romania in 1996, with specialization volleyball. My coaching career began in 1998 and continued until 2003. During this period I coached U13-U16 boys club volleyball.

In 2003, we moved to Canada where after a few years, I continued to be involved in coaching with Elite West Volleyball Club – as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2015 (U16-U18-boys).

Here are some highlights from this period:


  • Alberta 18U Provincial Championship: SILVER medal
  • Canadian 18U National Championship: 5th Place Div.1 Tier 1


  • Alberta 17U Provincial Championship: GOLD medal
  • Canadian 17U National Championship: BRONZE medal Div.1 Tier 1


  • Canadian 18U National Championship: GOLD medal Div.1 Tier 4


  • USA 17U National Championship: Gold medal
  • Alberta 17U Provincial Championship: SILVER medal


  • Alberta 18U Provincial Championship: BRONZE medal


  • USA 17U National Championship: Gold medal
  • Alberta 17U Provincial Championship: Silver medal

    Blair McDermid - Co-Head Coach

      Blair McDermid

      Co-Head Coach

      Blair played volleyball at the University of Calgary and then went on to play with the Canadian Men’s National Team. In addition to his technical and tactical knowledge, Blair’s energy and enthusiasm for the competitive and fun spirit of this game will be an enormous support and asset to the 16U team of athletes and coaches.

        Diane Johnson - Assistant Coach

          Diane Johnson

          Assistant Coach

          Diane grew up playing volleyball in the Calgary high school and club system and went on to play one year of post-secondary at Mount Royal College.
          She then went on to pursue her Physical Education degree, where started her coaching journey. Diane has now been coaching volleyball for 19 years. She has coached both boys and girls high school and junior high teams but has spent the most time in the girls club system. Diane has been involved with 403 Selects for 11 years now in the various roles of Coach, Board member, President and Co-President. She is very excited to join the 16U program as an assistant coach for the 2020 season.
          Diane sees the game of volleyball and the team environment as a powerful vehicle for teaching valuable life lessons about character, relationships, teamwork, communication, perseverance, hard work and discipline to name a few. She is looking forward to a fun and productive season of volleyball with the 16U athletes and staff.
          In addition to her experience with and love of volleyball, Diane works as a Wellness Consultant and is particularly passionate about the health and wellness of young athletes. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge in holistic nutrition and recovery practices with the 16U athletes in order to help them achieve their goals both on and off the court.

          This will be Diane’s 8th season with 403 Selects. She is very excited to work with the 16U athletes again and to continue to help them develop as great volleyball players and people.

          • 2015 – Head Coach 403 Selects 15U
          • 2014 – Head Coach 403 Selects 14U
          • 2013 – Head Coach 403 Selects 13U girls – 2nd place in province.
          • 2012 – Head Coach 403 Selects 14U girls– 5th place in province. Placed above all other Alberta teams in age group at Nationals
          • 2011 – Head Coach 403 Selects 13U girls – Provincial champions.
          • 2010 – Head Co-Coach 403 Selects 15U girls 2010
          • 2009 – Head Coach Centennial High School Sr. Girls – ASAA award for sportsmanship
          • 2008 – Head Coach Elite Volleyball Club 14U
          • 2007/08 – Head Coach Centennial High School Sr. Girls
          • 2006 – Head Coach Centennial High School Jr. Girls Div II – City Champions
          • 2005 – Assistant Coach Gilbert Patterson Jr. High Boys
          • 2005 – Head Coach LVC 13U Girls
          • 2004 – Head Coach Catholic Central High School Jr. Boys
          • 2004 – Coach of the Year Award
          • 2004 – Head Coach LVC 13U Girls
          • 2003 – Assistant Coach Catholic Central Jr. Boys
          • 2003 – Head Coach LVC 14U Girls
          • 2002 – Head Coach LVC 13U Girls

            Nick Davies - Head of Athlete Development & Recruitment

            Nick Davies

            Assistant Coach, Head of Athlete Development & Recruitment

            Nick will play a lead role in the ongoing advancement of technical/skill development for all 403 Selects athletes. It will be his primary focus to design, oversee, and provide technical leadership for all athletes within the club. Nick will work with athletes and coaches to continuously find areas to improve our teams. Nick will provide indoor (& beach if applicable) coaching as well as mindfulness & mental training. This is Nick’s fourth season with 403 Selects as a coach and has been serving as a member of the club's Executive Board since 2016. 

            # Name Position Height Grad Year
            1 Lauren Highton Setter 2022
            2 Emi Peers Leftside 2022
            4 Avery Isaacs Middle 2022
            5 Carmen Cherniak Setter 2022
            6 Lexi Richard Leftside 2022
            7 Tessa McDermid Leftside 2022
            8 Micalee Chow Libero 2022
            9 Hannah Schmidt MB 2022
            10 Ella Watson MB 2022
            11 Elise French RS 2022