12U EXPLOSION PLAYERS
12U EXPLOSION COACHES
HEAD COACH 12U & ASSISTANT COACH - 15U ICE
Julie’s involvement with volleyball began at the age of 10. She was encouraged along the way by her middle school teacher and coach, Kelly Kawamoto. Julie was sidelined by a knee injury at the age of 18, but continued to play recreationally until a few years ago.
Julie is a high school teacher by trade, but recently began working as the Chief Negotiator for the OSSTF Union. She coached both girls and boys high school volleyball at Westdale and Sherwood from 1998 – 2010. Julie is excited to be joining 12U as the Head Coach and 15U Ice as an Assistant Coach and looks forward to celebrating all of the successes and accomplishments of the team throughout the season.
In her spare time, Julie can be found helping out on her kids’ sports teams, reading, cooking or planning her next getaway.
ASSISTANT COACH - 12U
This is Nathalia’s first year as an assistant coach with a Smash Raiders team. Nathalia played volleyball on her elementary and high school teams as a setter. She also played 3 years of competitive volleyball as a middle blocker.
Nathalia is a graduate of Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and is currently in her first year at McMaster University in Social Sciences to pursue Social Psychology. Additionally, she works as a Lifeguard/Swimming Instructor and can speak Spanish fluently.
Nathalia believes in hard work, determination, discipline, teamwork, and a positive mindset, that can create an amazing player, and an amazing team!