Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Darren Cannell Academy Head Coach
Darren has coached club volleyball for two decades. Was president of the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association for ten years and a Volleyball Canada Director for the same. He has coached provincial team, CANAM teams, and national teams.
Darren played 5 years university volleyball in Ontario (nominated all Ontario), senior club player, beach and on the masters national team.
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Volleyball Elite Academy Coaches
Reanne played four years for the University of Saskatchewan in the early 90's. At this time, she began coaching in the summers at the Huskie Volleyball Summer Camps and Coaches Symposiums. She continued coaching volleyball over the next three decades at high schools throughout the city of Saskatoon where she successfully lead numerous teams to city and provincial medals. Reanne currently coaches the boys and girls teams at St Joes High School as well as coaching club. Reanne is one of best coaches at teaching player to underhand pass.
Toaka Chie Imamura
Chie as a player in 1990 played in the Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship and won gold. She was awarded the best setter award. In 1991 she played in Women's U20 World Championship and won bronze. She was awarded the best setter award. In 1990 and 1994 she played for the University of Tsukaba Women's Volleyball Team. Tsukaba University was one of the top teams in Japan. In 1987 the Tsukaba University came to Saskatoon to play against the University of Saskatchewan and again in 1990 and Chie came with them. In 1994 Chie came to Saskatoon to be an assistant coach at the University of Saskatchewan. She has since that time coached Club volleyball, High school volleyball, Community volleyball and done individual practice in the province. By many she is considered to be one of the best setter coaches in the province.
As a player, Leanne competed at the provincial, university and national level. Her tenure with the Saskatchewan provincial team included 2 trips to Canada Games, a gold medal win in 1989 as well as a National title in 1988. In the summer of 1990 Leanne was also selected to play for Canada’s National B team. Leanne went on to play for the University of Saskatchewan for 3 years winning 2 conference titles, a silver medal at Nationals as well as individual all Canadian awards. Leanne finished her eligibility with the University of British Columbia earning a place on the all Canadian team. During this time Leanne completed a Masters in Human Kinetics specializing in Coaching science as well as graduating from the National Coaching Institute in Victoria with NCCP Level 4.
As a coach, Leanne has been involved with a number of developmental camps, elite level camps, provincial teams as well as assistant coaching with the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan including being mentored by some of the top coaches in Canada.
Robyn has coached volleyball for 20 years at the high school, club, and provincial team levels. She has coached at numerous camps, including Huskie camps and the Mount Royal Volleyball camp. Most recently she was head coach of the U18 Huskie Womens Volleyball Club. As a player, Robyn was an outside hitter. She played club volleyball, provincial team, and played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1995-1998. Robyn loves volleyball and looks forward to sharing this passion with young people.
Dale has been involved in coaching for the last 40 years. He coached at PA ST. Mary for 32 years. He spent time coaching numerous provincial teams and has been involved with the Digit summer camp since it's inception. Most recently he has been working with the SVA as a coach evaluator.
Stacey played 5 years with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1987-1992. During this time the team won 2 conference titles. Attended the National Championship 3 times with a silver medal in her 4th year. She was named as a Canada West all-star 3 times as well as a first team All-Canadian 3 times. At a national level, Stacey played with the Junior National Team for 2 summers. Attending the World Junior Championship in Peru in 1989 and the Universiade Games in England in 1991. She also joined the Senior National team for a summer in 1992. In 2007 Stacey was given the honor of being inducted into the Huskie Hall of Fame. As a coach, Stacey assisted with the U of S for 2 seasons in the early 1990's. She has coached at the high school level for 5 seasons winning 2 city titles and a Provincial title with the Holy Cross Crusaders. Stacey is currently coaching with the JCVC volleyball club and has been for the past 5 seasons.
JP started his playing career in 1980 at the Summer Games. In 1982-1985 he was a member of the Junior National Team and played at the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1982 -1986. He has been coaching for 30 years. He has taken the Holy Cross School Senior Boys High School team to Citywide champions on two separate occasions. Currently, he is coaching the Senior Girls High School Team at Holy Cross and will be defending his city championship.
Bill Beaudry has played volleyball for 35 years. The majority of that being co-ed adult volleyball. He has played a number of provincial and western Canadian tournaments along the journey. I started coaching at a young age in the late '80's. I've coached high school and post-secondary teams along the way. I have also coached other sports as well, such as soccer, softball, and hockey. But volleyball is my passion. Presently I coach the boy's program at BJM high school and am coaching a U15 men's club team. We are very lucky to have him sharing his expertise.
Basketball Elite Academy Coaches
Scott Hundseth will be bringing his coaching expertise and the coaching expertise of other coaches to an individualize skills training academy. The academy is for athletes of all levels who want to bring their skills to the next level. The Basketball Elite Academy will launch in September 2017
When Scott Hundseth took over the Holy Cross Crusaders girls’ basketball program as head coach in 2009, the team had won three city championships in their previous 46 years. They’ve won all eight since then, and just set the all-time 5A hoops record for most city titles in a row.
Their latest victory was a dominant 80-44 triumph over the Centennial Chargers on Saturday night at Bedford Road Collegiate. The victory marks the end of an era for Hundseth who has decided to make this his last season leading the squad.
Football Elite Academy Coaches
Coach Reider has coached quarterbacks for over 20 years. He has coached at all levels from Kinsmen to High school to Junior. Shane played junior for the Saskatoon Hilltops and University for the Huskies, winning a National title in 1990. His coaching career has seen championships at all levels. Shane has won four National titles as a coach.
Coach Schneider has coached nationally and locally for 20 years. His name appears all over the CJFL and CIS record books as he played for the Hilltops and Huskies winning National titles in 1991 and 1996. He was named MVP in both championship games. Brent won one National title as a coach. Brent was a 1995 draft pick of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Artist Elite Academy Coaches
Roberta Ross (Head Artist)
Roberta Ross has been teaching and producing visual art professionally for over 15-years. With advanced placement certification, Roberta’s teaching career has spanned multiple grades, as well as multiple countries, working with various international artists and students in Australia and South Africa. She has applied and received many Artsboard grants, providing her homeschool and community with unique art opportunities. In addition to professional teaching experience, Roberta is a current board member for the Saskatchewan Art Educators Association and has spent over 8-years as an owner/operator of a commercial art gallery. She has an extensive skill set that includes a passion for all art forms, specifically, drawing, photography, painting, and sculpture.
Dr. Darren Cannell (session instructor)
Dr Darren Cannell is an award winning wildlife artist and has published two best-selling Amazon Kindle books on how to draw using a tablet. He has sold his art around the world and taught high school art for 10 years of his teaching career. Darren Cannell's father was in the Canadian military, which required the family to move every three years of his life until he was 17. He lived in Canada, the United States, and Germany and in many different locations in each country and attended seven different schools. This childhood upbringing greatly impacted his adult life and assisted in giving him a worldly view.
Raised in Germany, the United States, and Canada - Military family.
His travel is reflected in much of his artwork.
Elite Academy Support Services
Ignite Athletic Conditioning
BAdmin, CSCS, FMS, Pn1, CSAC
Joel is co-owner of Ignite Athletic Conditioning and has been with Ignite since 2011. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition. He is a Consultant to the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan.
Joel has spent the last 8 years working with high performance athletes. During this time Joel has worked with athletes in the NFL, CFL, NHL, NCAA, CIS, JUNIOR and other National and provincial level athletes from a variety of sports. He is a consultant for the University of Saskatchewan Football team and was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Ottawa football team in 2012. Joel has a strong passion for sport performance training, nutrition and overall health.
The passion that Joel has as a Strength Coach keeps him committed to professional Development. Joel has received the following credentials since graduating from the University of Regina:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
Function Movement Screen Level 1, Gray Cook
Consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Certified Speed and Agility Coach, Athlete Acceleration
Joel’s athletic career consisted of playing university football for the U of R Rams and the St. Mary's Huskies. He was named an All-Canadian Corner with the Rams, an All-Canadian Halfback and team MVP with the Huskies. Joel was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2009 and was part of the 2009 Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup team. When Joel was released from the Edmonton Eskimos in 2011, he played for Team Canada in the IFAF World Championships in Austria.
BScKin, B.Ed, CSCS, FMS
Jordan was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He played for the Holy Cross Crusaders before joining the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Jordan played point guard for 5 years with the huskies. Following his playing career he moved to Vancouver to work at Vancouver College. While at VC he taught fitness 11/12 and was the assistant strength coach. He worked under Scott Vass, who is the Strength and Conditioning coordinator for the national men’s and women’s wrestling teams. Jordan learned a ton working with Scott Vass and was fortunate to work with athletes who are now competing at the NCAA, CIS and Junior levels. Jordan is very fond of his time in Vancouver but looks forward to his new partnership with Ignite. He is currently an Assistant coach with the Huskies Men’s Basketball team. He has a strong passion for athlete development and looks forward to working with athletes in Saskatchewan.
BScKin, EMT, CSCS
David was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He was recruited by the University of Saskatchewan and moved to Saskatoon. David was a two sport university athlete, competing in football and track and field. In university David developed the mentality that “the strongest athletes win” and took his mantra to heart. He acquired an affinity for training and pushing himself to the next level. David was named an All Canadian Running Back and the Canada West nominee for the best player in Canada. David was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2006. David also competed for Team Canada in the IFAF World Championships where he earned MVP honours. The IFAF Championship is also where David met Joel Lipinski and they first shared their passion of training athletes and vision of growing football in Saskatchewan. David is currently a Firefighter in Saskatoon and lives with his lovely wife Nicole. David has been involved in training athletic teams and athletes from pee-wee to professional for six years.
Born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Donovan Dale began his football journey at St. Joseph High School as an offensive lineman. After graduation he tried out for and made the Saskatoon Hilltops, where he was switched to the defensive side of the ball. As a defensive lineman, Donovan quickly began to earn conference awards and accolades and was an All-Canadian in his last year as a Hilltop.
After winning three national championships with the Hilltops, Donovan decided to move on to Canadian University Football. The coaches and program at the University of British Columbia won him over and he moved out to Vancouver while he finished his Kinesiology degree. During both of his years as a UBC Thunderbird Donovan was the CanWest most outstanding down-lineman, All-Canadian, and was nominated for the J.P. Metras most outstanding lineman award.
Now that he is done his Kinesiology degree, Donovan has moved back home to Saskatoon where he works at Ignite Conditioning. He has been accepted into the Graduate Studies program at the University of Saskatchewan for Kinesiology and he will be playing football with the U of S Huskies while continuing to pursue his dream of playing professional football.