Youth Volleyball for Halton and Surrounding Regions
LAKESIDE VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Our Staff

Bear Davies
Club President and Head Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 14U Isihlangu, Training Coach for 13U and 14U teams.

If you come to Lakeside and are willing to work hard and pay attention, you will develop your game. Lakeside is a teaching/learning environment where we pay attention to detail. With an Honours Degree in Human Movement and success coaching in Volleyball, Track & Field Women and Rugby Union, Bear has the knowledge and delivery to help athletes develop their game to good effect. Bear is a fully qualified Level 2 F.I.V.B. coach with a wide variety of coaching experience, including camps in the former USSR, Japanese University Teams and many others along the way.  As well, Bear achieved 32 Senior Caps for England and many Junior caps for which he was Captain.  He also attended the World Student Games in Zagreb and won many National League and Cup titles (player and coach) and played in Three Champions League competitions. However, he effectively ended his playing career at age 24 due to knee injury and has focused on coaching ever since.

In 2010 Bear founded Lakeside Volleyball Club and with a team of Trillium players, progressed from 78th at U16 to winning Div 1 Tier 1 at U18 without losing a match.  Only one player of this squad had ever won a medal at Premier level in the OVA.  Many of Lakeside’s players go on to play at University level, including NCAA Div 1, with the tools to compete immediately.

We now have players coming back from University helping with our program, this is a huge factor and will help build our steps forwards and support our experienced and detailed coaches who have been in our program for the past nine years (please check Bio’s below).

With a recent emphasis on developing from a younger age group, we now have a number of players developing both the technical skills and mental toughness to good effect and look to be right in the mix for the years ahead and beyond.

Steve Leoni
Club Administrator/Head Coach/Trainer

2020 Season:  Head Coach 16U Upangas, Assistant Coach for 13U.

As a member of Lakeside Volleyball Club for 10 years, Steve has shown his commitment to helping grow the game of volleyball for youth in the Halton Region.  Working with Bear Davies, Club President, and many others within the Club, Steve has championed a number of program initiatives over the last couple of years including the launch of the Beach Training program, the LSVC Academy and orchestrating Clinics and Camps throughout the year.  As Club Administrator, Steve also leads all Club communications, tournament hosting duties and website management to name a few.

Steve’s background in volleyball is highlighted by his tenure as a co-captain and member of the Lakehead University Mens Volleyball Team.  From the beginning of post-secondary, Steve has been a setter and enjoys sharing the training, knowledge and experiences throughout his volleyball career with the current members of the volleyball club.  Looking forward, Steve would like to build upon his current NCCP training and continue to grow as a leader within the club and the sport.  Assisting in the expansion of the Club’s programs and teams is also a key focus for Steve.

Credentials

NCCP Certified Development Coach
Registered Massage Therapist (CMTO)
Former Lakehead University Varsity Team Member

Victor Lewis
Program Development Coordinator and Head Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 15U Silaha, Assistant Coach for 13U, 14U and 16U teams.

Vic has been a member of Lakeside since the Club's inception in 2010.  Undertaking numerous roles within the club as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, team rep and more, Vic has poured his heart and soul into teaching our youth all facets of the game, on and off of the court.  His support and loyalty to Lakeside is unmatched, and his passion to help our kids learn to love the sport is contagious.

When not in the gym with our various teams, Vic takes on a more progressive and analytical role for the club.  His efforts in developing new and innovative ways to raise awareness about our club programs and the OVA in general have and will continue to be a huge asset to the continued growth of Lakeside Volleyball in the Halton Region.

Credentials

NCCP Trained Advanced Development Coach

Mike Pagani
Club Liason/Assistant Coach

2020 Season:  Assistant Coach for 16U Upangas

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Khaled Qishawi
Head Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 15U Shujaas

Leah Lowe-Davies
Head Coach/Assistant Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 13U Walezi, Assistant Coach for 14U teams.

Ishmael Kotey
Head Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 14U Ngome

JJ Woodley
Head Coach

2020 Season:  Head Coach 17U Shambulio.

William Mousseau
Assistant Coach

2020 Season:  Assistant and Training Coach for multiple teams.

William has been with our club for eight years, joining the club in 2012 to play his final OVA season. An undersized middle, William did as much as he could to help his team compete every weekend. After finishing his final year, he turned his attention to coaching and education.  William spent three seasons with Lakeside as a full-time assistant coach for multiple teams. During that time, he showed a great ability to make positive connections with the girls, and has displayed an exemplary commitment to any team that he was a apart of.

William's passion to develop, along with his determination, technical skill and confidence on and off the court are what has accelerated his development throughout many facets of volleyball and ultimately will continue to propel him forward within our Club and beyond.

Currently, William is studying full time at Brock University and has just been named one of the assistant coaches for the Brock Men’s Volleyball team. When school and his time as a Badger is complete, he is excited to return home to Lakeside and has his eyes focused on a pro coaching contract overseas.

Credentials

NCCP Trained Development Coach
Lakeside Volleyball Club Alumni

Will Thrall
Assistant Coach

2020 Season:  Assistant and Training Coach for multiple teams.

Will joined Lakeside in 2012 for his U18 season. Will went on to play for the McGill University Men's Volleyball Team for 5 years (captain for 3 years). Will's vocal leadership and defensive prowess allowed him to start on the team for 4 years as an outside hitter. During his time at McGill, Will earned a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering and is currently pursuing his Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) license.

Will started coaching with Lakeside in the fall of 2016 and has helped train a number of teams over the years. Will is excited to help players develop their fundamental skills in a competitive environment.

Credentials

NCCP Trained Development Coach
Lakeside Volleyball Club Alumni

Amanda Fong
Assistant Coach

2020 Season:  Assistant Coach 15U Silaha.