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  Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 



The Magnificent Seven

2018 Hall of Fame inductees

By Ian Esplen, Volleyball BC


Katie Ball, coach, mentor, inspiration works with kids introducing them to the sport.


olleyball BC is proud to announce the induction of seven new members into its Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Banquet is on Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby, BC.

The night’s event will also feature the handing out of Volleyball BC’s Excellence Awards, and recognition of the 2017 Ray Lepp Scholarship winners.

“Every year, this is an event our membership looks forward to because it brings together people who have contributed so much to the sport of volleyball in BC and gives us the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments as well as the sport itself,” said Chris Densmore, Volleyball BC, CEO. “This year’s Hall of Fame class and Excellence Award winners is truly a special group that has given a lot to our sport.”

This year’s Volleyball BC Hall of Fame class includes:

• John Campbell, Coach, Revelstoke, B.C.
• Kent Andrews, Coach, Victoria, B.C.
• Mary Macdonald, Athlete, Vancouver, B.C.
• Greg Russell, Athlete, Victoria/Surrey, B.C.
• Marilyn Pomfret, Builder, Vancouver, B.C.
• Gary McWilliam, Official, Comox, B.C.
• 1966-67 UBC Men’s Volleyball Team

For full bios, photos and a list of accomplishments, go here to view the 2018 program.

Volleyball BC are always looking for new players and coaches. Visit their site here for more information.

About Katie Ball

Over the past year, Katie has head-coached a club team, high school and Team BC, assisted with a university team (UFV) and helped at many camps in both beach and indoor volleyball. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of both the sport and the emotion of young teenage athletes and her dedication and passion for her athletes is unparalleled. Katie consistently puts the athletes and their needs first and is willing to do whatever it takes to support them. Like many coaches, she often works without tangible reward or acknowledgement, but one thing is certainly… she is deserving of this award for the amount of love she pours into every athlete she encounters. 

Katie is a mentor and a role model, and has taught countless athletes how to be better both technically and as teammates. You can find Katie coaching 12/13u with the ducks volleyball club this upcoming season.


The 2017 Excellence Award & Ray Lepp Scholarship winners are as follows:

• Athlete Excellence Award, Kiera Van Ryk, Team BC, Surrey, B.C.
• Rising Star Coaching Award, Katie Ball, UFV/Fraser Valley Volleyball Club/Team BC
• Female High School Coach of the Year, Carol Hofer, Langley Christian School, Langley, B.C.
• Male High School Coach of the Year, Chris Berglund, Crofton House School, Vancouver, B.C.
• Female Club Coach of the Year, Brina Derksen-Bergen, Thunder Volleyball Club, Vancouver, B.C.
• Male Club Coach of the Year, Bryan Gee, Ducks Volleyball Club, Coquitlam, B.C.
• Rookie Official of the Year, Malia Copley, Saanich, B.C.
• Official of the Year, Brian Hiebert, Vancouver, B.C.
• Vale Savege Official Development Award, Val Shannik, Kamloops, B.C.
• Ed Neufeld Memorial Award, Jannik Eikenaar, Kelowna, B.C.
• Community Sport Administrator Excellence Award, Deb Janzen, BCO Volleyball
• Excellence in Program Development, Joanna Braun, Kitsilano Women’s Volleyball Club
• Male Ray Lepp Scholarship, Coltyn Liu, UBC, Vancouver, B.C.
• Female Ray Lepp Scholarship, Alessandra Gentile, UBC, Port Moody.


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