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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 & Past-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 practiced as a nurse, specializing in pediatrics for many years. She has an MA in leadership and is the founder of ensoGroup Coaching and Consulting. She recently moved to Salt Spring Island where she hosts retreats and enjoys peace and ease in life.  She is a Certified Executive Coach, also from Royal Roads University and Kundalini yoga teacher. 
Sandy Hancock
Vice President & 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.
Samantha Mills
Administration & Head Coach

Samantha began her volleyball career playing for the Stars and Collingwood School during her high school years. She has now transitioned to coaching Stars and local high school teams. Currently she is obtaining her NCCP Level 1 certification. Outside volleyball Samantha is pursuing a career in marketing and sales at a local company. Samantha is very excited to be working with the Stars this season, after benefitting herself from years of coaches volunteering their time and effort to impact lives through the power of sport.
Sara Freyvogel
Head 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.
Karen Martin
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 15 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.
Laura Pickard
Administration & 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. She is a NCCP level 1 certified coach as well as a certified local referee. When not on the court, Laura is a certified web designer and is currently working in marketing at a local business.
Mark St. Georges
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.
Sofia Parente
Assistant Coach

Sofia is joining Stars this year as a junior coach, after playing for the club for the past 4 years as a middle. She is currently attending St. Thomas Aquinas and also competes at the North Shore Girls Soccer Academy as a multi-sport athlete.
Meghan Dahl
Assistant Coach

Meghan is joining the Stars this season as a junior coach, after playing club and school volleyball for the past 8 years as a middle. She is currently attending St. Thomas Aquinas in grade 11 and playing on the basketball team there.
Sophia Kostamo
Assistant Coach

Sophia is joining Stars for the first time this season after playing club and school volleyball on the North Shore for the past 9 years. Currently a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, Sophia has previously coached grade 6 and 7's at St. Anthony's Elementary in West Vancouver.
Emma Dyer
Assistant Coach

Emma began playing club volleyball with the Stars at U14 and has been with the club ever since. She has recently helped assistant coach the grade 8 girls team at Windsor, where she also plays on the senior team as a middle blocker. Emma is currently a senior playing for the Stars U17/18 team and is excited to help out with the U14's as well!
Nicole Minielly
Assistant Coach

Nicole began coaching in 2015, as a junior coach for her high school and Stars. She played volleyball for Handsworth Secondary School and various club teams, including Stars, during her high school years. Currently, she plays in adult beach and indoor recreational leagues. Outside of volleyball, Nicole works as a Research Assistant at Neuroethics Canada following her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC.
Stephanie Cook
Assistant Coach

Stephanie grew up on the North shore playing volleyball throughout her high school career at Handsworth as well as for Stars and BCO. She coached for both Handsworth and Stars during the 2015 season. Stephanie returns to the Stars coaching community this year after completing her bachelors degree from the University of Calgary. She is looking forward to getting back into the sport she loves and sharing her passion with others!
Emily Hardy
Assistant Coach

Emily played volleyball on the North Shore for her high school and club for five years, coming back to coach as a Stars Alumna. She graduated from Sutherland Secondary in 2018 and is currently a second year student studying Applied Animal Biology at UBC. This is Emily's first year coaching club volleyball, but has been coaching at Sutherland three years.
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 Schoo15 Stars Team!
Hana Esmail
Assistant Coach

Currently attending Handsworth Secondary, Hana is a grade 11 student working on obtaining her gold level in the Duke of Edinburgh program. She has been playing volleyball for 5 years, for both her school team and club. In addition to volleyball, Hana also plays piano and is on the North Shore girls U17 soccer team. This past school season, Hana assistant coached the grade 8 Handsworth team and is thrilled to continue helping with the U15's this season!
Kristen Mahood
Assistant Coach

Kristen is a grade 11 student at Handsworth Secondary who is currently playing for Stars on the U17/18 team. She recently assisted Karen in coaching the Handsworth grade 8 bantam gold team this past school season. Kristen has been playing club and school volleyball for 4 years and is very passionate about the sport. In addition to volleyball Kristen also plays soccer, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee through school and club teams.
Cristina Botteselle
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 and was the head coach of the Mulgrave senior team this past season. 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.
Marisa Gour
Assistant Coach

Marisa joined the Stars as a coach in 2018 after playing for the Stars and Handsworth for 5 years. She is now a student at SFU studying Kinesiology. Marisa coached volleyball at Canyon Heights Elementary School from 2014-2018 and is excited to continue to progress her coaching experience with more competitive play at Stars.
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.

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