North Shore Stars
Volleyball Club

Coaches & Staff

Dori Howard
Club President

Welcome to the Stars Club.  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.


Alexis Dutnall
Assistant Coach-U16

Lexi just moved home from Nova Scotia where she was studying. She has been playing volleyball since elementary school moving on to play at Handsworth. She was a stars junior coach in her final year of high school. This past season she also helped with the handsworth grade 10 team. 

Sara Freyvogel
Assistant Coach-U14

Sara has played for the Handsworth team and for the Stars from bantam to the senior level. She is in her final year of high school, and is now an assistant coach for the U14s. 


Sandy Hancock

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.

Carli Van Stolk
Assistant Coach-U16


Tracey Gardiner
Assistant Coach-U15

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”!

Karen Martin

This is Karen's seventh year coaching with the Stars. She has coached girls' volleyball on the North Shore, both school teams and club teams, for 13 years. For the last seven school seasons, 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.

Mark St George

This is Mark’s second year coaching with the Stars. Mark played his competitive volleyball in London, Ontario on his high school and London All-Star teams. Upon moving to Vancouver he played in a variety of leaguesL: men’s 6s, co-ed 4s and the King of the Beach 2s. Mark has a NCCP Level 1 certification.

Alyxa Hepting

This is Alyxa’s fourth year coaching with the Stars. She grew up on the North Shore playing volleyball throughout elementary school and high school at Handsworth. Alyxa played for the Stars in her grade 8 and 9 club seasons. Alyxa has coached at Handsworth for the past five seasons and has now coached Bantam through Senior. Alyxa is in the process of getting her Level 1 and 2 coaching certifications. She is super passionate about this sport and is really looking forward to working with the U17/18 team this season.

Jenny Miller
Assistant Coach-U14

Robyn MacKenzie
Assistant Coach - U14

This is Robyn’s second year assistant coaching with Stars. She has also helped with the Bantam volleyball team in 2017 at Handsworth. She is probably the most enthusiastic fan of the sport you will ever meet. Although volleyball was never her top sport (she is a phenomenal skier, badminton player, and swimmer), her love for all sports combined with her enthusiasm for learning and teaching make her a natural fit for working with U14s. Robyn supports her youngest daughter who is a dedicated varsity volleyball player in Ontario. She is a pharma sales manager with a background in nursing..

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.

Tom Oxland
Tom has coached club and high school volleyball on the North Shore for the past 15 years, including BCO teams at all levels from U13 through U18 and Handsworth teams from Bantam through Senior.  Tom has participated in a range of volleyball clinics and camps, including the elite Baden Cup and Team BC summer programs run by Volleyball BC.  He is a former board member at VolleyballBC and he is NCCP Level 2 fully certified. 

Laura Pickard
This is Laura's fourth season with the Stars, but she 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 recreactional leagues. When not on the court, she is studying web design at BCIT and working as a marketer at a local business.

Natalie Ranspot

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 for four years. Natalie also coaches at Handsworth Secondary School. Natalie is the head coach for this year’s U15 team.

Robyn Crisanti

Robyn has a passion for volleyball because she knows it is can be a life-long sport for any level of player. She played volleyball through high school in Asia as well as for the McGill Marlets. She has coached elementary, high school and club volleyball and is NCCP Level 1 certified. Robyn works for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in public affairs. She holds a BA in psychology, an MBA in marketing and is an accredited business communicator.

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