Coaching Staff

John Swanson - Head Coach

This will be John's second year with the Avalanche Volleyball teams and his first year as head coach.   John's  playing career saw him compete for Team BC including international competition in Hilo, Hawaii.  He also played for Red Deer College and Langara College where he was named an All Canadian.

John has been coaching high school volleyball for the past 8 years and club volleyball in Smithers over the past 6 years.  His club teams won five our of six Club BC Northern Winter Games tournaments.

John has completed his Level 2 NCCP and is looking forward to taking the reins of the Avalanche men's  teams at COTR. 

Contact John Swanson:
Phone: 250-464-5427
Fax: 250-489-8218
Email: j.swanson@auburngroup.ca

Steven Hammond, Assistant Coach

Steven Hammond, Assistant CoachSteven graduated from the University of Victoria (COTR Teaching Program) in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Education. Steven is currently a teacher at Mount Baker Secondary School in Physical Education and Mathematics.  He was born and raised in Cranbrook playing volleyball throughout the school and club system.  He played on the Mount Baker High School team in 2001 that won a silver medal at Provincials and was named to the Second Team All-Stars as a setter.  

Since completing his playing career, Steven has re-entered the sport as a coach, holding his Level I NCCP Coaching Certification.  The previous two years he has coached at the high school level returning to Mount Baker, guiding his team to a Provincial silver medal again as a coach.

Steven is excited to have the opportunity to work with an exceptional coach like Steve Kamps and the talented group of athletes on the Avalanche this year.

David Wiebe, Assistant Coach

David loves the game of volleyball and is very proud to be able to stay involved with the Avalanche program as this is where he spent his career as a player.  This is David's second year as an assistant coach with the men's team and he very much enjoys working with the guys and being able to give back to the program he spent 5 years in as a student athlete.