Coaching Staff

Steve Kamps - Head Coach

Steve is originally from Lacombe, Alberta and played collegiate volleyball at Red Deer College (1992-1994) and at the University of Calgary (1994-1997).  He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Kinesiology (Art & Science of Coaching - Sport Psychology).  Steve is an instructor at COTR in the Kinesiology and Tourism & Recreation Management programs.  Steve is entering his 14th season as Head Coach of the Avalanche Men's Volleyball Program.

Steve's career spans more than 17 years in a variety of Kinesiology related professions including coaching, administration and performance consulting.  He has worked with a variety of clients and athletes from the grass roots level to professional athletes.  Steve worked with the 2011 WHL Champion Kootenay Ice as a performance consultant.  He has also started a Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence at College of the Rockies in 2012.

Steve holds his Level III NCCP Coaching certification.  Under Steve's direction the Avs qualified for Provincial Championships in 13 of the past 14 years and most recently won the 2014 PACWEST Provincial Championships bronze medal.  Steve's man coaching awards include being named the 2007 Sport BC Community Sport Hero, BCCAA Coach of the Year (2000-01 and 2001-02) and CCAA 3M Canadian Coach of the Year in 2001-02).  He has helped develop and move 23 athletes onto CIS volleyball and 7 Avs alumni have enjoyed professional playing careers in Europe.

Contact Steve Kamps:
Phone: 250-489-2751 ext 3324
Fax: 250-489-1790

John Swanson, Assistant Coach

This is John's first year with the Avalanche Volleyball teams.  His 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 assisting both the Avalanche men's and women's teams at COTR. 


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.