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Coaches & Staff

Our coaching and administration staff consists of volunteers from many different volleyball backgrounds. All Stars coaches support the club's philosophy of building young leaders, encouraging all players positively and working with them to improve both on the court and off. We also support all our coaches in their NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) advancement and certification. If you are interested in joining the Stars coaching team, please contact us!

 Please note that the coaching positions listed below are subject to change.

Dori Howard
Founder & President
Dori founded the Stars club in 2007 with one U14 team. The club has grown since and provides opportunities for young girls to not only play volleyball, but discover more about themselves as ambassadors for the sport and about themselves as individuals in this community. Dori is NCCP Level 2 certified. She played volleyball since age 12 right up to a championship provincial team level in her younger days. She has coached junior high school teams, Jasper Volleyball Camp many years ago, and Grade 9 and 12 teams at Handsworth High School.

Dori is a registered nurse by profession, specializing in pediatrics for many years. She has an MA in leadership and is the founder of ensoGroup Coaching and Consulting. She is also a Certified Executive Coach, also from Royal Roads University. Coaching youth girls in volleyball is a privilege.
Sandy Hancock
U14 Head Coach
Sandy has been with the Stars from the start, and has coached U14 and U15 as well as the Youth League. She has coached Elementary school grades 6 and 7, and at Handsworth Secondary school, grades 8 through 10. In her younger days, Sandy was an avid volleyball enthusiast playing indoor and outdoor ball, predominantly beach doubles and triples. More recently, she has taken part in outdoor (recreational level) 6s. In her spare time, she enjoys Irish dancing and step dance.
Karen Martin
U15 Head Coach
Karen has been coaching with the Stars since 2010. She has coached girls' volleyball on the North Shore, both high school teams and club teams, for 13 years. Since 2010 she has coached at Handsworth. Karen played volleyball in high school, for UBC in 1979 to 1984 (mostly Junior Varsity, but also some Varsity) and then women's club volleyball, followed by many years of co-ed rec ball. She is NCCP certified as an Advanced Development Coach (formerly Level 2).

Karen is passionate about the importance of team sport to teenage girls and is thrilled to be able to coach with the wonderful coaching and club admin team at the North Shore Stars. Karen has two grown daughters who also coach with the Stars from time to time. When she is not on the volleyball court, you can find Karen practising construction law as a partner at Dentons Canada LLP.
Rebecca Oxland
Rebecca has been involved with coaching volleyball for the last five years at Handsworth Secondary School, Stars Volleyball Club, and Team BC Summer Games. She played volleyball in North Vancouver for her high school team at Handsworth Secondary and on club teams. She went on to study Health Science and play volleyball for the varsity team at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Rebecca is currently a registered nurse at Lions Gate Hospital. Her role is assisting Stars Volleyball Club with administrative duties and coaching development.
Laura Pickard
U16 Head Coach
Laura began coaching with the Stars in 2014, but has been coaching volleyball at various levels since she was just 15. During the school season, she helps coach the Senior Girls team at St. Thomas Aquinas. Laura played club and school volleyball on the North Shore until grade 12, and now plays in both co-ed and women's recreational leagues around the Lower Mainland. When not on the court, she is a certified web designer and is currently working in marketing at a local business.
Mark St. Georges
U17/18 Head Coach
Mark played competitive volleyball in London, Ontario on his high school and London All-Star teams. Upon moving to Vancouver he played in a variety of leagues: Mens 6's, Co-ed 4's and the King of the Beach 2's. Mark has coached previously at Canyon Heights, Braemar and Handsworth and has been involved with Stars Volleyball since 2015. He is currently an NCCP Level 1 certified coach and is working towards his Level 2.
Jenica Coombes
Jenica played for the Handsworth school team and for the Stars from U14 to U17. She is excited to re-join the Stars for the 2019 season as part of the administration. Outside of volleyball, Jenica is currently studying Business at Capilano University in North Vancouver, where she also volunteers as a Peer Helper on campus and is involved with CapU’s Young Women in Business chapter. She strongly believes in the impact that volleyball has on personal growth and development for teenage girls.
Sara Freyvogel
Assistant Coach
From the bantam to senior level in high school, Sara played for the Handsworth volleyball team and the Stars as a Left-side/power hitter. Today, she is actively playing volleyball on the SFU club team as well as in some of the community volleyball leagues that run throughout the year. Sara has been coaching with the Stars and Handsworth since 2016 and has been a referee with the LMVOA since 2015. She is also currently studying Psychology and Humanities at Simon Fraser University. 
Cristina Botteselle
U16 Assistant Coach
Tina's coaching career began in 2017 at Stars and St. Thomas Aquinas, but has been playing since she was young. She grew up playing club and school on the North Shore as a setter and put away her court shoes in grade 12. Today, she still plays often in beach and indoor recreational leagues around the Lower Mainland with friends. Outside of volleyball, Tina works as an Educational Assistant as well as an early childhood educator, after finishing her BA in Education from SFU. She is currently working on getting her ECCE Certification as well.
Natalie Ranspot
Assistant Coach
Natalie grew up on the North Shore and played volleyball through high school and recreationally during her four years at McGill University. She is a NCCP Level 1 certified coach and has been coaching with the Stars since 2013. Natalie also coaches at Handsworth Secondary School.
Abigail Turner
Abigail has been involved with Stars since 2016 after her daughter was first selected for the U14 team. In her high school and university days, Abigail was a volleyball enthusiast and played on numerous teams both at school and in the community. More recently she coached the Windsor High School Girls Bantam Team in 2016 and the Girls Juvenile Team in 2017. Abigail currently sits on the Stars Volleyball Club Board, which she been on since 2018. Abigail is a lawyer by profession, a Partner at Harper Grey LL, working mainly in Health and Insurance Law.
Alyxa Hepting
Assistant Coach
Alyxa grew up on the North Shore playing competitive club and school volleyball (including playing for the Stars in grade 8 and 9), finishing her career on the Handsworth senior team as a libero. After graduation, Alyxa began coaching at Handsworth and Stars in 2013 - she has now coached all levels from Bantam through Senior. Alyxa is also currently in the process of getting her Level 1 and 2 coaching certifications.
Tracey Gardiner
U17/18 Assistant Coach
Tracey has coached at Montroyal Elementary, Handsworth (Bantam, Juvenile and Junior) as well as club volleyball for the last six years. Tracey feels honoured to be involved in volleyball among such amazing coaches and players on the North Shore! She enjoys helping the girls discover a passion they may never have known, the self discipline, progress, positive atmosphere and seeing friendships grow. Most of all, she enjoys having fun and being able to sincerely say “good job” and “smile”!

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