Press Release

Beaches Brewing joins the Premier League family!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2019

Toronto, ON: The Premier League is excited to announce that the Beaches Brewing Company is assuming ownership of the two-time Championship Bounce United team for the 2019 season!


An official welcome to the Beach Hops - the newly named Men’s Premier League team for the 2019 season - owned by Carl Pratt and Sholan Trivedi of the Beaches Brewery Company.

“Beaches Brewing Company is born in Toronto and inspired by Beaches around the world. Our goal is to make great beer, great food, have a friendly, social laid back atmosphere; all while being a strong community partner in the Beaches Neighbourhood.”
— Carl Pratt, Owner

“After seeing the success of our Brewery partners in the Calgary Premier League, we didn’t hesitate to reach out to our local Beaches Brewery when a team became available. Owners Carl Pratt and Sholan Trivedi are already a part of the volleyball community in Toronto and will be a great fit and seamless transition into the League.” says Jolande Amoraal, Co-Founder of the Premier League. “They have a great brand and product, associated with many local pubs and restaurants in Toronto, and will be a hot spot for our athletes this summer. The emphasis they place on building relationships within their community is a perfect fit with our #onelove philosophy. We are really excited to see if they can three-peat this franchise in 2019!”

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“We want our Brewpub to be a place for all the locals and tourists alike as we try to help inject some life into the struggling Beach BIA. Beaches Brewing Co. is the perfect compliment to the active lifestyle that is so prevalent in our neighbourhood.” says Carl Pratt, owner of Beaches Brewing. “After sailing, volleyball, paddle-boarding, and all the other great activities you can find throughout the park; we want to promote the welcoming atmosphere where park goers and locals can unwind and reward themselves for getting outside and being active. This is why we encourage all of our customers to "Make it a Beach Day".”


Beach Hops announces Coaching Squad for 2019 season

James Bradley

James Bradley

As the new head coach of the Beach Hops squad, James Bradley will bring a wealth of experience as the former Head Coach at Mohawk College (2003-2010).

During that time the team made the OCAA Championships every year, bringing home 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. In 2008, he brought the team to the CCAA Championships where they won a bronze medal. He has numerous other accolades including:

  • OCAA West Coast Coach of the Year 2004, 2006

  • Nominated for CCAA Coach of the Year 2006

  • 2019 OCAA Hall of Fame Inductee

Sholan Trivedi sporting his Indocan jersey

Sholan Trivedi sporting his Indocan jersey

Sholan Trivedi, part owner of the Beaches Brewery Company and former Elite Athlete, will assume the role of Assistant Coach for the Beach Hops 2019 season. A former York University athlete, he was a member of the OUA All-Rookie team in 2004-05 and OUA All-Star team in 2005-06. He also represented Canada in 2005 at the U21 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championships. Trivedi is also an active member of the Indocan community, still competing in Elite Volleyball to this day.


You can find out more about Beaches Brewing on their website: http://www.beachesbrewing.co/

Watch our live KONNO Athlete Draft on May 16th to find out which athletes the Beach Hops will draft! Livestream link coming soon at: https://www.premiervolleyballleague.org/toronto/athlete-draft-2019

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

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Henrietta Dorogi
Events Intern, ONE Volleyball Toronto
toronto@onevolleyball.org

NEW Madawaska Madness add a Women’s Team to their growing brand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2019

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce that the Madawaska Pro Volleyball family is expanding - adding a Women’s Team to their roster and some “Madness” to their brand.

Howie Grossinger, Owner and Head Coach

Howie Grossinger, Owner and Head Coach

"With a great history of providing boys and girls with awesome volleyball experiences at camp, it was only natural that we acquire a women's team to our team ownership. We look forward to having all of our athletes act as positive role models for our campers on and off the court. We can't wait for the #madness to begin," says Howie Grossinger, Madawaska Owner.

The Madawaska Madmen have been involved with the ONE Volleyball Premier League since the 2017 inaugural season. Entering year 3, they are excited to have 2 teams in the Toronto Premier League, adding a Women’s team to the Madawaska Pro Volleyball family!

They will now be known as the “Madawaska Madness” to better represent both the Men and Women’s team.

“With Unity Volleyball stepping down from the Toronto Premier League, it was a loss for us all as they brought amazing energy, history and their emphasis on family to our group of dynamic owners. While they are still involved in other aspects of the League, having another enthusiastic owner like Howie (of Madawaska Camps) add a team to his portfolio was a welcomed and natural step forward.

Madness was the first team in our inaugural season to step up the game in terms of branding and social presence with their community. We are excited to see what kind of Madness they have in store for the 2019 season!” Says Jolande Amoraal, co-founder of the Premier League.

NEW 2019 Madawaska Madness Logo

NEW 2019 Madawaska Madness Logo

 
2017-18 Madawaska MadMen Logo

2017-18 Madawaska MadMen Logo


About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

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Henrietta Dorogi
Events Intern, ONE Volleyball Toronto
toronto@onevolleyball.org

Konno signs up for Season 2 with ONE Volleyball Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2019

Toronto, Canada: We are excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with Konno Performance Apparel for the second year in a row. Konno’s customized jersey’s bring a whole new level of professionalism to our strong brand positioning in the Canadian Market. Konno’s jersey’s were so well received by athletes in the Toronto Premier League that we expanded our partnership to include the Calgary Premier League for the 2019 season.

Galaxy All-Stars celebrating a win during the 2018 season

Galaxy All-Stars celebrating a win during the 2018 season

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“We are happy to repeat as the official jersey supplier of ONE Volleyball. We feel having these elite athletes wear our uniforms shows that Konno has a product range that fits athletes across all levels. ONE Volleyball has done a great job designing professional looking jerseys that we feel is consistent with their skill level and our brand. We look forward to another successful season of Volleyball.” says Alex Nicolaidis, General Manager, Konno.

“Konno has an excellent business model that allows us to work together to design a completely unique uniform that we can use as a powerful brand resource. That paired with their customer service and determination to deliver quality products on time have made them one of our most valuable and respected partners,” says Jolande Amoraal, co-founder of ONE Volleyball. “We have had nothing but positive feedback from our athletes, that this is one of the most comfortable and well-made jersey’s they’ve ever worn.”

About Konno: Konno Inc., is a Canadian manufacturer of custom performance apparel, servicing school sports and clubs, as well as amateur sports organizations. 

About the Premier League: The ONE Volleyball Premier League operates in Calgary and Toronto, with each League comprised of four men’s and four women’s teams competing over the summer for the Premier Cup. Their mission is to support the development of elite post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

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Henrietta Dorogi
Events Intern, ONE Volleyball Toronto
toronto@onevolleyball.org

SVR Lawyers excited to join the Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce NEW ownership for the 2019 season. SVR Lawyers will be assuming the WM Greenbacks for a highly anticipated Year 2 of the Calgary Premier League.

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"SVR Lawyers is ecstatic about acquiring a ONE Volleyball Premier League team, the “SVR Stallions”, for the upcoming 2019 season. The SVR Stallions will be a welcome additional opportunity to become a part of the growing popularity of the sport of volleyball in Calgary. With our partners Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club, we can’t wait for the Athlete Showcase, the Draft, and the season to start in May!" - SVR Partner, John McDougall.

Since 1986, SVR Lawyers has been helping insurers, businesses, condominium corporations and private individuals resolve their most important and complex legal challenges. In addition to providing our clients with effective and innovative legal solutions and advocacy, SVR Lawyers has always strived to give back to the community by sponsoring events such as the Alberta Open Golf Championship and Calgary International Film Festival, amongst others. 

The SVR Stallions Logo

The SVR Stallions Logo

"We are very grateful to have John and SVR Lawyers join our league. John is a large part of Canuck Club here in Calgary, and has incredible work experience. His passion for Volleyball is a huge benefit to the Premier League and connecting us to the club and youth community. We are excited to see what the SVR Stallions can do in the Premier League!" - Jarron Mueller, Calgary League Director.

NEW for 2019: Teams are able to secure to 3 players from their 2018 roster prior to the Draft. As new owners, the SVR Stallions retain the rights to players on their team. Stay tuned for announcements on what athletes will be protected from the upcoming 2019 Athlete Draft!

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in April, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on SVR Lawyers, visit http://svrlawyers.com

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Henrietta Dorogi
Events Intern, ONE Volleyball Toronto
toronto@onevolleyball.org


The O’Dwyer team enters the mix in the ONE Volleyball Women's Premier League

The O’Dwyer Team looks to provide the coaching platform for One athletes to succeed

Art O'Dwyer

Art O'Dwyer

CALGARY - ONE Volleyball is thrilled to announce the involvement of the O’Dwyer family as they plan to take the Calgary Women's Premier League by force this summer.

Art and Alison O’Dwyer own the Calgary Montessori School, a preschool and kindergarten program that has a long history in Calgary. It was established by Alison’s grandparents in 1919 in a one room school house in Elbow Park and as it has passed from one generation to another, the school is now about to celebrate it’s hundredth anniversary next year. The school offers Montessori education from three to six-year olds in three locations in Calgary. Montessori education was developed in Italy in 1907 and its philosophy is based on following the natural tendencies and developmental traits of children. By using hands on activities, the children can learn at their own pace and develop into life long learners from this young age.

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As the current head-coach of the SAIT Women's team, Art has a rich history of coaching. He has coached at various levels including helping Canuck volleyball to three club national championships, and was the assistant coach with the University of Calgary mens team in 1984 and 2006 seasons.

“I am very excited to be involved with ONE Volleyball. I feel it fills two gaps in our volleyball programs in Alberta. Number one; it provides an opportunity for players in the 19 and up age group - whether they be U-Sport, CCAA, aspiring Pro or National Team athletes - to continue to develop their skills in the summer season,” says Art.

Art is also pleased that Calgary will finally have a format for lovers of the sport to take in
top-level competition, “It gives fans a chance to watch some very high-level volleyball in the
summer when they may have more time to watch the sport they love. To be able to help with
the growth of a sport that I love and have been involved in for most of my life is indeed a great
pleasure.”

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Coaching along-side Art will be his daughter Carolyn who is the current assistant coach
with the University of Alberta Pandas Women's team, a former assistant coach with
the Mount Royal cougars and the current assistant coach with the team Alberta
program. Before coaching, Caroline played three years at Mount Royal university and
was named Canada West rookie of the year in her first season.

Art and Carolyn O'Dwyer

Art and Carolyn O'Dwyer

“The O’Dwyer family is an integral piece in the volleyball community in Calgary. Art has
so much knowledge and experience to share, and Carolyn is the front runner in the new
generation of elite Coaching in Alberta. This is the perfect combination for ONE Volleyball,” says ONE Volleyball Calgary director Jarron Mueller.

About ONE Volleyball: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is
comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and
July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through
professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.
Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

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Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

Trolley 5 and HITT “High Five” aim to take the Calgary Premier league by force

Left to right: Carsten Stanjeck, Jarron Mueller, Ernie Tsu

Left to right: Carsten Stanjeck, Jarron Mueller, Ernie Tsu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce the partnership between HITT Volleyball and Trolley 5 Brewery this season. Carsten Stanjeck and Ernie Tsu will operate as both team owners and coaches. These long time friends reunite and plan to “derail” the competition.

Carsten Stanjeck of HITT Volleyball

Carsten Stanjeck of HITT Volleyball

Carsten’s coaching career includes seven seasons with the Alberta Volleyball Provincial Team programs as head and assistant coach. Several of his teams placed in the medals and won a 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 win first three national championships, which turned into a record breaking six consecutive titles.

Carsten developed HITT in 2009 with the vision of providing high-level, specialized skill sessions, to help club and high school athletes refine their technique. HITT coaches are exceptional educators, technicians and motivators in the sport of volleyball, with 10,000 hours of experience. Athletes attending HITT have the opportunity to work with North American leaders in coaching.

It is HITT’s intention to foster the individual student athlete’s confidence and passion for the sport. The brand is built on the philosophy that hard work and self-discipline are necessary components for student athletes to reach their best performance. Therefore, HITT provides a focused, intense curriculum designed to discourage comparison and instead promote self-correction and personal pride.

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Carsten says, “Together we are excited to offer the Calgary volleyball community an exceptional opportunity for development and growth of our sport. We look forward to seeing many of you in the bleachers cheering and supporting all the teams!" 

Co-founder of Trolley 5, Ernie Tsu also sports a rich coaching resume with 28 years of coaching. During this time he was the head and assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans from 2006-2009. Ernie has an impressive 90% success rate with athletes pursuing post-secondary volleyball careers out of high-school. Ernie’s style and enthusiasm is contagious with getting exceptional results in player development.

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Ernie Tsu of Trolley 5 and HITT Volleyball

Ernie Tsu of Trolley 5 and HITT Volleyball

Ernie has coached with tremendous success at all levels from  junior high girls/boys to college women. His teams have won numerous championships at the school and club level. 

Ernie Co-Founded Trolley 5 Brewery in 2016 along side PJ L’Heureux. Trolley 5 was built on the foundation that true craft beer brings people together to celebrate milestones, sunshine, food, winter and of course, one another. The name for Trolley 5 came from the area we all know as the Beltline, however it was originally referred to as the No.5 Trolley Line. It proudly carried all the hard working Calgarians who shaped our city into what it is today.

“We are grateful to have these incredible promoters and supporters of the sport of volleyball. They have both devoted many hours to growing our sport and have undeniable passion for volleyball. They will help make ONE Volleyball be the best in can be,” says ONE Volleyball Calgary League Director Jarron Mueller. 

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

For more information about Trolley 5 and H.I.T.T follow the links below. 
http://trolley5.com 
https://www.hittvolleyball.com

Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

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Junior Varsity Centre picks up women's team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce our latest partnership with the Junior Varsity Volleyball Training Centre, located in south Calgary, for the inaugural Calgary Premier League.

With over 23,000 ft dedicated to six courts, a weight training facility and barre and yoga studio, the JVCentre fosters an environment that provides volleyball athletes young and old with the tools to fulfil their potential.

Co-Founders of JVC, and now team owners, Reid Brodie and Matt Stayner, express their enthusiasm with the opportunity ONE Volleyball presents. “With the addition of a women’s professional team to our facility, we see it as another layer for role models that will encourage young female athletes to get in, and stay in the game.” says Matt.

From Left to Right  : Chad Leier (Coach), Reid Brodie (Owner), Jarron Mueller (Calgary League Director), Matt Stayner (Owner)

From Left to Right : Chad Leier (Coach), Reid Brodie (Owner), Jarron Mueller (Calgary League Director), Matt Stayner (Owner)

The JVCentre team will be coached by former University of Calgary Dinos Women’s coaching duo of Chad Leier and Kevin Boyles. Boyles served as the University of Calgary’s Head Coach for nine seasons from 1999-2008 and played eight years for the Canadian Men’s national team. Collectively the duo led the Dinos to eight consecutive national tournaments, four national bronze medals and captured the national title in the 2003-2004 season.

JVC Women's Coach, Chad Leier

JVC Women's Coach, Chad Leier

Leier is thrilled to be back coaching with one of his mentors saying, “I’m excited to venture back into the world of competitive women’s volleyball along side the infamous Kevin Boyles.”

Leier has stayed active with developing the next wave of women’s talent within Calgary with his involvement with JVC and being an active member within the women’s club volleyball community.

“ONE Volleyball is fortunate to have Reid, Matt and the JVCentre involved with the Premier League this summer. They have an incredibility strong vision in elite athlete development and that shows with some of the athletes that have come through their programs,” says ONE Volleyball League Director, Jarron Meuller. “We can not wait to have the past athletes reconnect with their coaches in a professional league.”

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on JVCentre, visit www.juniorvarsity.ca

Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

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Vogel-LLP latest to purchase team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce a new partnership with Vogel-LLP as the latest to own a team in the Calgary Premier League!

Founded in 2000, Vogel LLP is local mid-size law firm with 18 lawyers that specializes in Family, Estate and Personal Injury law.

“We are excited to help grow the game in Calgary with the Calgary Premier League,” said Vogel LLP Partner, Andy Hayher, who helped the SAIT Trojans to a CCAA silver medal as a player, and head coached the team to a CCAA Bronze in 2012."

Owner - Andy Hayher

Owner - Andy Hayher

The Vogel LLP team will be coached by former Calgary Dino’s player and Assistant Coach, Tyler Fraser and managed by Mount Royal University’s Men’s Volleyball Coach Shawn Sky. Fraser played out his eligibility for UofC followed by a brief International career on the FIVB Beach Tour.

"I was really excited to get the call from Andy about getting involved with ONE Volleyball," Fraser says. "The volleyball community in Calgary is incredible, and I'm looking forward to seeing the different generations of players come together. Andy and I have been talking about the team identity, and we feel confident that we'll be very much like a 2004 Malbec: complex layers, mineral, a slight toasted oak, but with a smooth finish.

Head Coach - Tyler Fraser

Head Coach - Tyler Fraser

Fraser continues, "I'm looking forward to helping grow the volleyball community in Calgary. Andy was my setter in High School, but we've rarely had the opportunity to play or coach together, so I'm excited to reconnect through something that we both care so much about."

"This is a fantastic step for the League to bring in such a great company like Vogel LLP. With their knowledge and experience, there are only positive things to come. Andy, Shawn and Tyler have been such a huge part of the volleyball community in Calgary, and they will do an incredible job running a team,” says, Calgary League Director, Jarron Mueller. 

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on WM Wealth, visit www.wmwealth.ca.

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WM Wealth to Own First Men's Team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce a new partnership with WM Wealth Management, the FIRST men’s team owner in the Calgary Premier League!

Walsh McDowell Wealth is a boutique financial planning practice with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive advice to families from all walks of life; from young professionals to retirees, and everyone in between. Owners, Rod Walsh, Mathew McDowell and current professional volleyball athlete, Brett Walsh are very excited about having this opportunity to be part of the new Pro-volleyball league in Calgary.

 “I have had the good fortune of being involved in the volleyball community for many years in Calgary. I was very excited when I heard that ONE Volleyball wanted to expand into Calgary. 

WM Wealth's new Head Coach Sean McKay

WM Wealth's new Head Coach Sean McKay

The new league will play an important role in the development of our athletes. There are far too many athletes that fall through the cracks when they finish their college/university careers. Especially, those that do not make the Senior “B’ team during the summer months or those that are not able to sign a Pro contract overseas. This new league will keep athletes in the game longer. More athletes playing longer at a high level is good for volleyball in Canada,” says Rod Walsh.

"The team at WM Wealth is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Calgary Premier League. They bring experience, passion and a head start to the game; signing a rising star as their Head Coach. We are looking forward to seeing what they accomplish this season," says Premier League co-founder Jolande Amoraal.

“We are very excited to announce Sean McKay as the head coach of our team. Sean has proven himself as a player and is committed to being a full time coach. Sean is currently the SAIT Trojans head coach and has completed his Masters degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.” Rod continued. "Sean has a very high standard of excellence that aligns nicely with our philosophy at WM Wealth Management."

WM Wealth Representatives Mathew McDowell and Rod Walsh (left) with Brett Walsh (screen) and Calgary Premier League Director Jarron Meuller (right).

WM Wealth Representatives Mathew McDowell and Rod Walsh (left) with Brett Walsh (screen) and Calgary Premier League Director Jarron Meuller (right).

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on WM Wealth, visit www.wmwealth.ca.

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Cold Garden to Own First Women's Team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce Cold Garden's partnership with the Premier League this summer, through their purchase of a women's team in Calgary, Alberta.

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Cold Garden Beverage Company is a Calgary-based microbrewery located in the vibrant community of Inglewood. Owners, Dan Allard and Blake Belding, are excited to play a role in launching the inaugural Premier League season in Calgary and have put together an incredible support team including Cold Garden's new coach, and former Canadian National Team right side, Dallas Soonias. 

"We know there's a lot of hype about which professional sports franchise Cold Garden will buy first. Regardless of the rumor mill surrounding reboot of the XFL, we are extremely excited about a better opportunity! Cold Garden is proud to be the first team owner in the prestigious ONE Volleyball Calgary Premier League!" says Dan Allard.

To launch their new team in the Premier League, Cold Garden will be running a team name contest. Go to @cold_garden on Instagram and @coldgardenbeverageco on Facebook to suggest a team name. They'll be taking the top two suggestions and putting it to a vote!

Calgary Premier League Director, Jarron Mueller, is excited to have such an amazing group supporting ONE Volleyball's expansion to Calgary. "We are happy to have Dan and Cold Garden join the Premier League. Cold Garden has done so many great things in the Calgary community and we are excited to soak in the fun and passion they will bring to the League." says Jarron.

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About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on Cold Garden Beverage Company, visit www.coldgarden.ca

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ONE VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ONTARIO VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2017

Jo-Anne Ljubicic - Executive Director of OVA (left), Alishia Lidums - Director of Volleyball Operations (top), and Jolande Amoraal - Co-founder of ONE Volleyball (right)

Jo-Anne Ljubicic - Executive Director of OVA (left), Alishia Lidums - Director of Volleyball Operations (top), and Jolande Amoraal - Co-founder of ONE Volleyball (right)

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce its newest partnership with the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for the second season of the Premier Volleyball League in Toronto, Ontario. The OVA’s support marks a profound step forward in the development of elite volleyball in Canada.

"Ontario Volleyball is excited to partner with ONE Volleyball. This partnership will support showcasing elite volleyball in the GTA through the Premier League this upcoming summer. Through their tireless work, Jolande and Jaki of ONE Volleyball are helping to raise the profile of our sport. Ontario Volleyball is looking forward to working with them to continue to provide leadership in the growth and development of volleyball for all Ontarians,” says Jo-Anne Ljubicic, Executive Director of the OVA.

“Partnering with other sport leaders strengthens our mission to provide elite opportunities for athletes to continue competing. The more people hear about the Premier League, the more accessible it becomes. That enables us to grow the number of athletes competing at the highest level,” says co-founder Jolande Amoraal.

The Premier League kicks off again this summer in Toronto for it’s second season.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. Athletes are drafted to teams through the annual Athlete Draft.

Tickets to the public go on sale May, 2018, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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Jolande Amoraal
ONE Volleyball
647-278-3551
info@onevolleyball.org

Q2 SPORTS JOINS THE PREMIER LEAGUE AS LATEST TEAM OWNER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Q2 Sports, owned by Michael Albert of Q2 Management, as the latest women’s club to join the 2017 Premier League. Joining Albert is Pat Daniels who will co-coach the team this year. With an extensive coaching background, and a 2017 National gold medal with their girls 18U club team at Pakmen Volleyball, their combined experience is sure to bring home success this season.

Pat Daniels (left) and Mike Albert (right) with their 2017 National Gold Medals

Pat Daniels (left) and Mike Albert (right) with their 2017 National Gold Medals

“The Premier League is an exciting new opportunity for athletes and volleyball fans. I’m looking forward to coaching and promoting the expansion of this league. It’s rewarding to be part of anything related to volleyball growth in Canada. This was my experience coaching Pakmen for many years - witnessing the club increase in size and quality. 

“The Premier League has great potential in positively impacting Elite volleyball in Canada,” owner Michael Albert says.

“I am intrigued by the new Premier League because I believe it works on many levels. First of all, it is an excellent training platform for the professional and varsity athletes during their off-season. Secondly, with the amount of great talent, this will be amazing volleyball for people to watch and maybe even scouts will use it to offer future contracts. And lastly, as a coach in the club system, I know how inspiring it will be to the younger athletes to see some of their coaches competing at this his level. Maybe they will inspire the next wave of Premier League athletes,” Pat Daniels says.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. First match is June 8th at 7:00pm at Ryerson University - Kerr Hall. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE WELCOMES THE SCARBOROUGH TITANS VOLLEYBALL CLUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to bring you the latest owner of a women’s team in the 2017 Premier League - the Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club.

“The Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club is excited to get involved in this amazing new initiative for Volleyball in Canada. We believe this will be a fantastic opportunity for our club to learn from elite level athletes. Through the ownership of a ONE Volleyball Premier League Women’s team, the Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club looks to continue their trend of leading the way for Volleyball in Canada,” Club President Blair Mackintosh commented.

“Welcoming our new pro-am women’s team into our family will undoubtedly help grow volleyball in Scarborough, and we look forward to having such an impressive collection of athletes and coaches around our members.”

Dana Cooke (passing)

Dana Cooke (passing)

The Titans have secured Head Coach Dana Cook and Assistant Coach Mandi Doris to lead their team through the inaugural season. Dana Cooke’s experience and mentorship will add tremendous value to this club. She is both an Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at Michigan State University and brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the table.

“I’m a huge advocate for female leaders and coaches in sport, especially as it relates to female athletes and teams,” she says. “The ability to make an impact on a female athlete by being an example myself, is unmatched as a female coach. I'm proud to boast that we are the only entirely female coaching staff in the league and know that both Mandi and myself are beyond excited to work with our Scarborough Titans team,” she says.

Mandi Doris

Mandi Doris

“The opportunity created by ONE Volleyball for elite athletes to supplement experience within their current professional careers and to extend careers is amazing. This will bring more needed exposure for our sport and create some great role models for the club and youth community to look up to. I wish this was around 20 years ago!”

Joining her is Mandi Doris, a member of the Humber College women’s volleyball coaching squad. Doris has been coaching in the OCAA for 6 years, and still holds the OCAA record for most blocks in a single season. “I am super excited to be a part of this ground breaking opportunity. ONE Volleyball’s Premier League has great potential for the future and I can see this as a stepping-stone for the development of a high level volleyball program in our community,” she says.

“For those athletes who often ask ,’What do I do after post-secondary?’ Here is the answer! I look forward to a great season!” Says Doris.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

For more information on Scarborough Titans, visit www.scarboroughtitans.ca

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GALAXY VOLLEYBALL SIGNS PAUL CODERRE AND CHRIS WILKINS AS HEAD COACHES OF WOMEN’S PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Galaxy Volleyball Club as the latest club to purchase a team in the 2017 Premier League. They come with two experienced coaches, Paul Coderre and Chris Wilkins, who will co-coach Galaxy’s women’s program.

Paul Coderre

Paul Coderre

Paul Coderre comes with 30 years of playing experience and 12 years of coaching experience at the Youth Club level. He was the Region 5 ADP Chair in 2014, and was part of the most successful Ontario Winter Games in Region 5 history - winning a Women’s Gold and Bronze medals, as well as a Men’s Gold medal. Coderre was selected to represent Team Canada’s Deaf National Team at the 2016 Pan Am Games, and 2016 World Games.

“Galaxy Volleyball is excited to own a Premier League Team as it aligns with our goals of growing the sport of volleyball within Toronto and the extended communities. By linking a pro-am team and those athletes to our club system, we can provide a continuum of volleyball services as athletes progress in the sport. Most importantly, our young club athletes will gain access to mentors who have played at the highest levels to help guide them on their journeys,” Coderre states on behalf of Galaxy Volleyball Club.

Chris Wilkins

Chris Wilkins

Co-coach Chris Wilkins adds a depth of experience coaching a successful women’s program, having won his 10th consecutive (OCAA) Ontario Championship with the Humber Hawks last season - currently on a 130 game winning streak. The Humber Women’s program has produced both National Team and Professional athletes, and has the most successful record in OCAA history.

“I’m excited to be involved as a Coach with Premier Volleyball League to help enhance the sport across the Country.  The creators of ONE Volleyball have found new and creative ways to promote the sport and provide a vision to grow volleyball in a fresh exciting way and I want to be a part of that.

This new approach to creating a high level league that allows for players to reach their peak performance has been a long time coming.  With the right level of input this is sure to be just step-one of what we will look back on as game changing for thousands of elite volleyball players down the road,” Wilkins says.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

For more information on Galaxy Volleyball visit www.galaxyvolleyball.ca

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AARON NUSBAUM PURCHASES MEN’S TEAM IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Aaron Nusbaum as the latest owner of a Premier League Volleyball Team. The Premier League is the first of it’s kind in Canada and kicks off June 8th, this summer in Toronto, Ontario.

Aaron Nusbaum

Aaron Nusbaum

“It is no secret that there is a healthy amount of volleyball talent within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. By creating a platform for local and overseas athletes to compete with and against one another, there is no doubt that the level of play will be extremely high. Bringing awareness to the community is the first step towards inspiring the next generation of athletes,” Nusbaum says.

Nusbaum attended Queen’s University where he played for four years under head coach Brenda Willis. From there he chose to focus his efforts on beach volleyball and his career as he currently balances his time between training sessions and financial consulting with Investors Group. In his spare time he works with Phoenix Volleyball as the head coach of the 16U Fury team.

Nusbaum has recently has qualified for the World Championships this summer in Vienna where he will be competing alongside his partner Ryan Vandenburg.

“Aaron has competed in recent [ONE Volleyball] Challenger Series events with some of the athletes who will be participating in the upcoming Premier League. He is someone who shares the same passions and vision for the future of our sport, and is the exact type of person we want to partner with,” says Jolande Amoraal, co-founder of ONE Volleyball.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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UNITY VOLLEYBALL TO OWN TWO TEAMS IN PREMIER LEAGUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce Unity Volleyball’s partnership with the Premier League this summer in Toronto, Ontario, through their purchase of one men’s and one women’s team.

“We believe in the power of coming together to build, innovate and change sport for the better. Our involvement in Premier League allows us to not only complete our vision of helping prepare athletes at any age with the skills necessary to accomplish their dreams, but we believe this creates local role models for our own athletes to aspire to,” says Daniel Shermer, president of Unity Volleyball. “Owning a team in the Premier League positively adds to our community.”

Unity Volleyball Men's Program Head Coach Orest Stanko

Unity Volleyball Men's Program Head Coach Orest Stanko

Unity Volleyball has signed head coach Orest Stanko to their men’s program for the 2017 season. Stanko comes with an extensive history of success in the volleyball community, having coached the University of Toronto’s men’s volleyball team to 13 OUA Championships and was the OUA coach of the year seven (7) times. In addition, he has coached both Team Ontario at the Canada Games, and the National Beach Volleyball Team. “I am excited to be a part of this potentially ground-breaking opportunity for our sport in Canada,” Stanko states.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through their participation in League programs and training opportunities.

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.
For more information on Unity Volleyball, visit www.unitysports.ca.

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LULULEMON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2017

THE PREMIER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LULULEMON

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce its newest partnership with lululemon for the inaugural Premier Volleyball League in Toronto, Ontario. lululemon’s involvement in the Premier League includes supplying jersey’s for every athlete, which are to be unveiled at the lululemon Draft Night – May 18th at 318 Queen Street.

“Since inception, lululemon has been well known for its unique roots and strong sense of community. The Premier League is an opportunity to further connect with the volleyball community and assist ONE Volleyball and it’s athletes, in growing the game of volleyball in Canada,” says Nathaniel Virgo, lululemon team program representative.

“As a major influencer on the fitness industry and leader in the education of wellness, lululemon provides the perfect partner for ONE Volleyball’s values and programs.” Co-founder Jolande Amoraal says, “Their recent affiliation to beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games and with social influencers such as Kerri Walsh make their transition to the hard-court very natural.”

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. The lululemon Draft Night is closed to the public but will be live-streamed via our media partner Volleyball Source.

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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