18U VELOCITY

 18U VELOCITY ATHLETES

Keira T.

Outside Hitter

Jessica G.

Libero

Makayla D.

Right Side/Middle Blocker

Megan B.

Setter

Myah M.

Libero

Charlotte R.

Middle Blocker

Kenzie L.

Setter

Whitney C.

Right Side/Middle Blocker

Lyza G.

Middle Blocker

Jessica S.

Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter

Jaimie P.

Outside Hitter

Sloane F.

Outside Hitter

 18U VELOCITY COACHES

Matthew Schnarr

HEAD COACH - 18U VELOCITY
Matthew Schnarr is a Certified Advanced Development Coach and this will be his 3rd year coaching for SRVC.  Matthew brings 17 years of coaching experience with him from various levels including Club, Regional, Team Ontario and College. Matthew coached the Mohawk College Men’s Volleyball team for 10 years, 9 of those years was as Head Coach.  He was also the Head Coach of the Mohawk College Women’s Volleyball team from 2016-2022.  His Club experience includes 10 years of experience as both a Head Coach and a Technical Director.  Matthew has also acted as an Assistant Coach and Head Coach for Team Ontario since 2016, and was part of the Team Ontario Selection Committee in 2014. Matthew’s coaching philosophy can be summarized in 5 words: passion, unity, competition, accountability, and empowerment.

Amanda Kuiper

ASSISTANT COACH - 18U VELOCITY

Amanda Kuiper recently finished playing 16 years of volleyball including 6 years at Mohawk College, graduating from Recreation Therapy, Autism and Behavioural Science, Concurrent Disorders and Health Wellness and Fitness. Through her years at Mohawk and in the OCAA Amanda earned All-Rookie Team (2016-17), Second Team All-Star (2017-18), First Team All-Star (2019-20), and Second Team All-Star (2021-22). She is second in OCAA Records for career aces (213) and is tied for most aces in a match (13). Within Mohawk Amanda holds the record for most assists in a career (1500), received the Dr. Sam Mitminger Award (2019/20), Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (2021-22) and Athlete of Distinction (2021-22). She finished her 6 years with a OCAA silver medal and an experience she wishes everybody could have.

Despite the accolades she has learned some of my most valuable life lessons through her time at Mohawk and has become a mental health advocate within varsity sport and throughout the campus. In 2020 Amanda was chosen to attend the Via Youth Summit in Vancouver to expand her knowledge in leadership with other youth from across Canada. She also received the Ray Lewis Youth Community Sport Service Award (2020) from Sport Hamilton which is presented to yearly to a high-level athlete in Hamilton’s post secondary schools for their involvement, commitment and volunteer work in sport.

After finishing her studies at Mohawk Amanda became an assistant coach for the Women’s Team for the 2022-23 season, who finished with an OCAA bronze. It gave her a new perspective of the sport and with that she now looks forward to beginning a new journey with Smash to learn new coaching skills and develop who she is on the side of the court. Amanda hopes to impact athletes and push them to be the best version of themselves.

Julia Watson

ASSISTANT COACH - 18U VELOCITY

Ben Tonin

ASSISTANT COACH - 18U VELOCITY

Hamilton native Ben Tonin is excited to be joining the 18U Smash Raiders Velocity team as an Assistant Coach. With 7 years of coaching experience in both men and women post secondary programs and club level programs, Ben brings a wide variety of experience to the team and is thrilled to be back coaching in the club circuit for SRVC.

Ben grew up playing for Mountain Athletic Club in Hamilton and proceeded to play 4 successful years for Mohawk College under head coach Matthew Schnarr which resulted in 2 provincial gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  Ben brings passion every night, and attention to detail to “doing the little things right”.  

Katarina Lazdins

ASSISTANT COACH - 18U VELOCITY
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