Club Leadership

The Ducks Volleyball Board of Directors consists of coaches, former players, and parents of players. Our Board provides guidance to our club and has a wealth of experience to draw from.

The Board and the Club Directors work in a joint effort to ensure current and future success and the desired operational outcomes. Any inquiries, please email info@ducksvolleyball.ca 

Ben Josephson – Technical Director

The Ducks are extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Ben Josephson as our Technical Director. Coach Josephson’s knowledge and experience is used to provide opportunities for our coaches and athletes to grow, learn and develop and to ensure that the Ducks are offering the best technical and tactical training in the country. Coach Ben oversees the training methods and systems used in our gyms to ensure our athletes and teams reach their potential. Our goal is that all athletes at all levels and tiers will be able to compete for a medal. Ben has tremendously helped our athletes and coaches reach an even higher level of success both on and off the court. He has a vast amount of knowledge that has developed our cub technically and tactically, but more importantly, Ben’s coaching philosophy and principles align perfectly with our Ducks family.
Coach Josephson is currently the National Women’s Senior Volleyball Team Assistant Coach. He has also built the TWU Men’s Volleyball program into a national powerhouse winning National Gold in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and National Silver in 2010 and 2018. Coach Josephson was also awarded the USPORT Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014. He has a passion for growing the game and sharing his knowledge with others.

Bryan Gee – Club Director

Responsibilities:  Long Term Visioning and Planning | Coaching Recruitment and Retention | Year Round Training Programs | Season Planning | Long Term Athlete Development

Jordan Thies – Director of Operations

Responsibilities: Facility Rentals | Team Practice Scheduling | Tryout Organization and Planning

Lori Holmes – Director of Administration

Responsibilities:  Club Gear and Clothing | Club Registration | Club Budget | Day to Day Financial Management of the Club

Janet Andrew – Parent & Player Liaison | Coaching Certification & Education Coordinator

Coaching Certification Responsibilities:  Coordinating and Managing Coaching Certification and Training | Ensuring all Coaches and Staff have Necessary Certification and Requirements | Promoting Ongoing Coaching Development, Learning and Growth

Player/Parent Liaison Responsibilities:  Advocating for parents and athletes with the Ducks leadership | Ensuring strong communication between coaches, parents and the Ducks leadership

Janet is a level 2 certified coach, and has been involved with the Ducks for over 8 years. During this time she has coached all age groups from 14U to 18U.  Janet has played recreational co-ed volleyball, intermediate level women’s volleyball, and various levels of fastpitch and slo-pitch.  She is from the Lower Mainland, and has a background in Corporate Finance where she has worked for many years.  Janet continues to selflessly give her time to volunteer and help promote sport in the Tri-Cities. She has previously coached at Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam, as well being involved with girls fast-pitch in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.  She loves to give back to various sports, and enjoys watching athletes grow both as individuals and members of their teams and community.

Paul Conzatti – Equipment Coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordinating all equipment purchases and replacement | Coordinating all equipment distribution, storage and collection

Paul has been an integral member of the Ducks for over 10 years. Not only has Paul continually coached in our club, he is also a leader and advocate for athlete health and wellness.  Paul graduated with his master’s in Physical Therapy from UBC in 2009. Prior to this, he completed his bachelor’s of Applied Science in Kinesiology at SFU in 2005. Paul has worked extensively with a number of organisations over the year such as the Coquitlam Adanancs , Douglas College Women’s Volleyball Team and BC High School Volleyball Provincial Championships. Paul grew up locally and continues to support athletics and athlete development in the Tri-Cities.

Nicole Curran – Alumni Coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordinating Alumni events & activities | Strengthening and building connections with alumni

Jacky Pralica – Alumni Coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordinating Alumni events & activities | Strengthening and building connections with alumni.

Jacky first joined the club as an athlete in 2002, and competed as a Duck until she graduated high school in 2009. She continued as a student athlete with the Douglas College women’s volleyball team (Pacwest Conference) where she graduated with a Sport Science Diploma. Jacky continued her education in environmental sciences at Kwantlen University. She is currently working in the environmental protection field. If she’s not on the court, you can find her swimming in the river or hiking in the mountains. 

Since graduating high school, Jacky has been focused on giving back to the Ducks Volleyball Club. She has been coaching the younger age groups for the past ten seasons and aims to spark a passion for the game in the younger generations of Ducks athletes. Her goal as Alumni Coordinator is to bring graduated athletes together & allow the Ducks Culture to thrive post secondary. 

Evan Kellett – Member at Large

Other Club Staff

Jen Gee – Office Manager

Jen has been involved in various roles with the Ducks for over 20 years.  Jen graduated from SFU with a BA and from Douglas College with a Marketing Management Diploma. Jen is an integral part of the Ducks Volleyball Club, helping with day-to-day tasks working side by side with the Ducks’ executive helping steer our club to be the best.