Online Speaker Series



12:00PM – 1:00PM

Establishing a Proper Mindset in Your Players – To Become the Best They Can Be

Aldis Berzins – Stevenson University Men’s Head Coach

Berzins is starting his 5th season as the Head Coach for the Men’s Volleyball team at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2018, the Mustangs won their conference with a record of 12 wins and zero losses, and made it to the D3 college NCAA quarterfinals.

Between 2001 and 2015, Berzins worked at Special Olympics International, in Washington DC, finishing as the Sr. Director of Sports Development and Coaching Education.


8:00PM – 9:00PM

Hitting Like a Pro – How to Develop Hitting Efficiencies

Mark Dodds – University of Saskatchewan Women’s Head Coach

Mark Dodds took over as head coach of the Huskie Women’s Volleyball program in 2015-2016.

Dodds was a member of the Huskie men’s volleyball coaching staff in 2011-2012. Dodds played with the Huskies from 2002 to 2006. In that time, Dodds led the team in kills and service aces. He sits third all-time on the Huskies career kills list with 939. He was named an all-star four times and a CIS All-Canadian three times. Dodds was the Canada West and CIS MVP in 2005-06. He won the national championship with the Huskies in 2004.

Dodds has also had a successful career with the Canadian Senior Team and also represented Canada at the World Universiade.


8:00PM – 9:00PM

Early Season Strength & Conditioning – Demonstration of Integral Exercises for Volleyball Athletes

Bruce Craven – Sport Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bruce is an internationally recognized Sport Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach, with over 31 years of experience working with athletes in over 40 different sports, competing at provincial, national, international and Olympic/Paralympic competitions. Bruce has his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Associate clinical professor at the University of Saskatchewan School of Physical Therapy, a sessional lecturer in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, an instructor for the National Coaches Association of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Sport Center’s National Sport Medicine and Science Committee. Bruce is a highly-sought presenter who couples expertise with skilled teaching abilities.


March 2

8:00PM – 9:00PM

Notes From a Coaching Director – Tips for Coaches of Young Teams

Tod Mattox – Bishop’s High School and Coast Volleyball Club San Diego

Tod Mattox has been coaching volleyball in San Diego since 1982, working extensively in high school and club girls’ programs. In addition, he’s coached boys’ high school, AVP women, and a bit of men’s college volleyball. Tod’s “real job” was teaching English at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, and he recently retired from the classroom. He continues to coach at Bishop’s, and he just completed his 25th year heading the girls’ team. Until last year, Tod was the owner/director/head coach of a small local volleyball club that served inexperienced 12 and 14-unders. After selling the club, he began his current work in coaches’ education with The Art of Coaching Volleyball and Coast Volleyball Club. Tod has also been a long-time supporter of Starlings Volleyball Club; he currently holds a board position for this volleyball non-profit.

March 3

8:00PM – 9:00PM

Individual Defence – From Set up to UP!

Sean McKay – University of Saskatchewan Men’s Head Coach

Starting in the 2019-20 season, McKay became the ninth head coach in the history of Huskie men’s volleyball. McKay joins the Huskies from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alta., where he served as head coach of the Trojans men’s volleyball program for three seasons.

McKay, who is from Sudbury, Ont., led the Trojans to a record of 51-21 in his three years in charge, earning an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championship in 2018 and ACAC bronze in 2019.


8:00PM – 9:00PM

Pass to Attack Tactics & Systems: In System Strategies

Laurie Eisler – University of Alberta Women’s Head Coach

Eisler has been at the helm for 28 seasons, leading the team to six National Championships, including five straight from 1995 to 1999. This past season, she reached the 800-win mark for her career, becoming just the second women’s volleyball coach to reach that impressive milestone.

In addition to her six National titles, Eisler has helped the Pandas to 11 Canada West titles and 15 National medals. She’s been recognized as the conference coach of the year seven times and has been honoured as the national coach of the year three times.

Eisler has coached internationally as well, from the World University Games to the 1996 Summer Olympics. She was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.



8:00PM – 9:00PM

Terry’s Tips: Ten Things That I’ve Learned in  50+ Years

TARAS “TERRY” LISKEVYCH – CEO of Total Sports, LLC and Art of Coaching

Liskevych a former collegiate & Olympic coach for 37 years is a coaching mentor to hundreds of coaches and an entrepreneur that has started several technology and marketing companies. Terry retired as the head coach at Oregon State after the 2015 season leading the Beavers to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014, while being named PAC-12 Coach-of-the-Year.

Liskevych was the Head Coach of the USA Women’s National and Olympic Volleyball Teams for twelve years (1985-1996). The USA Team won the bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 1995 he was named International Coach of the Year while leading the USA Women to a gold medal at the Grand Prix and a #1 world ranking.


8:00PM – 9:00PM

Pass to Attack Tactics & Systems: Out of System Strategies

Melanie Sanford – University of Regina Women’s Head Coach

The 2019-20 season is Melanie Sanford’s 17th year as the head coach of the University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team. Sanford, who took over as the program’s head coach beginning with the 2002-03 season, has the most conference wins (146) and postseason wins (7) of any coach in U of R history. The Cougars have participated in the U SPORTS Championship twice during her tenure, finishing fifth in the 2010 tournament (Edmonton) and sixth in 2014 (Regina).

Sanford is a two-time recipient of Canada West Coach of the Year honours, earning the award in 2018 after leading a young Cougars squad to a 12-12 record and again in 2019 following a 16-8 season that gave the U of R a home playoff series for just the fourth time in program history.


12:00PM – 1:00PM

Best Practice for Capturing & Analyzing Game Video – Beginner and Advanced

Lionel Bonnaure – Volleyball Canada – Performance Analyst

Bonnaure has been part of many volleyball organizations, leading and managing video analysis for teams. A technological data expert, utilizing management software for the sport of volleyball. He has held positions with both Canada Men’s National Team and Frances Women’s National Team and has worked with a variety of professional teams over the years.


*** Once you register, you will receive a Zoom link from Sask Volleyball via email the day before the event ***
To earn a coaching PD point, please provide your NCCP # when you register, and include your full name during each live Zoom session.

This online series is free for Sask Volleyball Accredited Club Coaches and discounted for Approved Club Coaches. Please request your discount code from your Club Coordinator.

Registration Costs:

WEEK ONE = $10.00 + gst / approved club member
= $20.00 + gst / non-member
WEEK TWO = $10.00 + gst / approved club member
= $20.00 + gst / non-member
WEEK THREE = $10.00 + gst / approved club member
= $20.00 + gst / non-member

Sask Registration Deadline – Jan 20, 2021
Out of Province Deadline – Feb 1, 2021


Earn 1 PD point each week when you attend 2 of 3 live sessions
Each separate week is worth 1 PD point – 3 PD points for the entire online series

If you were certified in 2016, your 5-year period to obtain your Professional Development points will be ending in 2021. Please check your Locker certification for the number of points you need and the year you will need them. If you have any questions please contact us at

On January 1st, 2014, Volleyball Canada complied with the Coaches Association of Canada’s (CAC) NCCP Professional Development policy. Coaches who are “Certified” within any context now receive credit within the Locker database for approved professional development experiences. In order to maintain certification, certified Development Coaches & Advanced Development Coaches will need to accrue 20 points over a period of 5 years. Performance Coaches will need to accrue 30 points over a 5-year period. Please review the CAC’s FAQ for all the details.

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