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.


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


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 for more information.

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Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary