Jr Ducks Coaches

Rachel Armstrong

Coaching Experience
25+ season of coaching experience (club, high school, beach)
Level 1 Development Coach 
Team BC Coach 1996
Coaching Achievements
2004 Highschool AAAA Provincial Silver Medalist
Playing Experience
FIVB International Beach Volleyball competition 1998 to 2002
Simon Fraser University Alumni 1991 to 1993
York University Alumni 1993 to 1995
About Rachel
Rachel is an extremely experienced athlete and coach. She has competed and trained at the highest levels in Canada. She is an amazing motivator and teacher.
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Billie Jean King

Pam Hughes

Coaching Experience
20+ season of coaching experience (club, high school)
Level 2 Advanced Development Coach 
1998 National Coaching School for Women
Co-Founder of Excalibur Volleyball Club 1990 to 2003
Johnson Heights High School Coach 1990 to 2003
Citadel Middle School Coach 2016 to Present
Playing Experience
Kanaka Volleyball Club Alumni
About Pam
Pam has a large amount of experience and knowledge, from coaching and co-founding Excalibur Volleyball Club.  She has been deeply involved with volleyball for a long time, and is a great teacher of the game. She is enjoying getting back into the volleyball world after having two wonderful daughters, Nicole & Sara.

Shirley Smith

Coaching Experience
3+ season of coaching experience (middle and high school)
Level 1 Development Coach in Training
Burnaby South Grade 8 Coach 2015
Pitt River Middle School Coach 2016 to 2018
Coaching Achievements
2017 SD43 Grade 7 District Silver Medalist
About Shirley
Shirley is an awesome mother of 3, Kyla, Kaylyn, and Levi. She a volleyball mom, who loves the game, and enjoys coaching and teaching athletes of all ages and abilities. She is also married to an outgoing, “all star” husband that pushes her to do her best.
“First think. Second believe. Third Dream. And finally dare.” -Walt Disney

Gabi Natanek

Coaching Experience
4+ season of coaching experience (elementary and middle school)
Level 1 Development Coach 
Lead Coach Junior Ducks SD43 Programs 2017 to Present
Playing Experience
Focus Volleyball Club and Riverside Secondary 2014 to 2018
About Gabi
Gabi is an excellent role model and coach for our athletes. She loves volleyball, and has a tremendous ability to work with grassroots athletes. She is also one of the lead coaches for our SD43 Junior Ducks program.

Daniella Palmieri

Coaching Experience
Level 1 Development Coach in Training
Playing Experience
Focus and Saint Thomas Moore 2014 to 2018
About Daniella
Daniella is currently studying at UBC, and is beginning her coaching career. Volleyball and school takes up most her time!
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