EA Coaches

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.

Best way to contact is via email: saskatooneva@gmail.com

If you need further information or like the hear my voice call: 306-361-5206

Volleyball Elite Academy Coaches

Reanne Reider

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.

Leanne McGettigan

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 Flaman

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 Regel

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 Cooke

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 Barker

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

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.

Michele McKeown

Michele has been involved with volleyball as a player and coach for over 30 years. She has won provincial championships at the high school, club, senior, master, and beach levels. She has won Western Canadian titles and National Championships at various times over her career, and enjoys being part of the Team Canada Master’s program where she has travelled to tournaments in the U.S. and Greece. She loves to share her knowledge and passion for the game through her coaching at high school, club, and beach programs, but most importantly, enjoys creating opportunities for upcoming players to learn, understand, and gain her passion for the game of volleyball.

Rob Dziadyk

Rob has played volleyball for 35 years at various levels in Saskatchewan. Rob started in the club system in 1983 and continues to play at the Senior men’s level. Volleyball is his true passion though he has coached other sports like softball and soccer along the way. Rob has spent the past 4 years coaching with SMASH Volleyball Club and has assisted them to 2 Provincial titles and a Division 2 Western Canadian title. Rob recently mentored under Coach Dale Regal and enjoys sharing his passion for the game with upcoming players hoping to ignite that lifelong love for the game.

Don Laing

Don started coaching sports in 1978. He coached the provincial teams in the 1980s, school teams from 1979 until 2012 and club season for 25 years. He coached a year with the University of Saskatchewan 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.

Stacey Laing

Stacey has over 16 years of combined coach and player experience with the sport of volleyball. Stacey played high school volleyball with Carlton Comprehensive high school, and was selected to 6 Sask Provincial Teams, and played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. She is the winner of the Laurie Anne Leier Athletic and Academic Excellence Memorial Award through the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association. Currently, Stacey coaches with the Summit Volleyball program in Regina. Her focus and greatest knowledge base is with the setting position and she is eager to help develop young setters. She is a NCCP certified coach in volleyball, basketball, athletics, and gymnastics. She is also a CSEP certified CPT and CEP. As a coach she has coached school, club, and provincial level teams. Stacey has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and currently works as a Dream Broker for Sask Sport. She was named one of CBC's Top 40 Under 40 in 2015. Her greatest passion is helping youth see the benefits of sport that go beyond the playing surfaces in hopes of creating a lifelong love for sport.

Basketball Elite Academy Coaches

We are currently seeking a basketball coach. If you are interested email saskatooneva@gmail.com

Football Elite Academy Coaches

We are currently seeking a football coach. If you are interested email saskatooneva@gmail.com

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.

Glenda Hudson

Glenda has owned The Wool Emporium in Saskatoon for nearly twenty years. Before purchasing the store in 1995, she worked for two knitting machine companies as an educator and rep. Since then she has spent her time in the store during the day and teaching in the evenings.

It seems like a bit of a backward progression, learning to knit and crochet then moving on to spinning and dying yarn but it is the path that many of us follow. Needing a new challenge is usually the push that takes us in new directions. The Wool Emporium Inc now offers over twenty-five different classes - all but three are taught by Glenda. These include four different textured spinning classes, making your own winter boots, beginners to advanced knitting and crochet workshops and making your own designer knitting needles.

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.

Travel around the world to learn, and has traveled to over 80 countries

His travel is reflected in much of his artwork.

Elite Academy Support Services

Ignite Athletic Conditioning

Joel Lipinski

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.

Jordan Harbidge


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.

David Stevens


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.

Donovan Dale


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.

Coaching Sports to Internet Brats

They have changed. Has your approach?

This is a short book and is a good read for Coaches, Players, Parents and Teachers.

Author Dr. Darren Cannell