2013-2014 Season Tryout Schedule and Registration Procedure

Posted in 2013-2014, Tryouts on August 26, 2013 by DurhamAttack

Revised tryout schedule.  Girls 14u tryouts have been completed..

Durham Attack 2013-2014 Tryout Schedule

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We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

Registration Procedure

  1. Online registration is now closed.  No worries, it just made thing simpler for our tryout staff but is too hard to manage once tryouts start.  Instead please print and complete this Tryout Information Form and bring to the first tryout.  Or we have forms at the tryout if you want to fill it in when you arrive.
  2. Cost of tryouts is $30 per athlete.  Bring cash or cheque made out to “Durham Attack Volleyball Club”.
  3. Please arrive at the gym 20-30 minutes before your first tryout, to allow time for registration.
  4. Wondering where the facilities are located?  Directions are on our Maps page.

Tryout Protocol

In response to questions and complaints from parents  regarding clubs who pressure athletes to sign registration forms prematurely, the OVA has posted some guidelines re: tryout protocol.  We ask that you review them here on the OVA web site so that you can ensure that everyone has your athlete’s best interests at heart.   If you feel you have been unduly pressured then report it to the OVA: scarroll@ontariovolleyball.org.


If you have any questions regarding our tryouts, our programs and our fees please email us info@durhamattack.org or ask us at tryouts.


Introducing 18U Girls Head Coach Craig Barclay

Posted in 2013-2014, Coaches on August 22, 2013 by DurhamAttack

Craig returns to Durham Attack after a successful career playing at the OUA level and coaching womens’ and mens’ programs.  He developed his playing skills playing for Durham Attack for five years from 14u through 18u under the tutelage of Scott Burrows, followed by a playing career at Ryerson and Lakehead.  His tenure as an OUA assistant and head coach, working with some of the best university coaches in the country, makes Craig a fantastic addition to our coaching lineup for the coming season.

Craig started his university career studying and playing for Ryerson University under Mirek Porosa, then moved to Lakehead to pursue his teaching credentials, with a minor in Kinesiology.  At Lakehead he was the varsity womens’ team assistant coach for three years under Chris Green, a former Canadian National Mens’ Team assistant coach.  From 2010-2012 Craig was also the head coach of the Lakehead mens team.  He is fully NCCP Level 1 and 2 certified.

Like many of our male coaches, Craig’s desire to give back to the game and his community has translated into coaching our female athletes.  He has coached girls club teams with the Superior North Volleyball Club for four years, and he returns to Durham to lead our 18U girls team.  His experience running an OUA volleyball program is invaluable to our club.

Five years of club playing experience, a playing career in the OUA, four years of club coaching experience and OUA coaching experience makes Craig the perfect choice to prepare our 18U girls team to play at the next level.

Attack Coach Wins Gold at World Masters Games

Posted in 2013-2014, Coaches on August 19, 2013 by DurhamAttack

Congratulations to Durham Attack coach Melonie Allin whose team won a Gold medal in Indoor Volleyball and a Silver in Beach Volleyball at the World Masters Games in Turin Italy earlier this month!

We’re thrilled to have Mel coaching our female athletes again this coming season.

What’s New for DA 2013-2014 – Part Two

Posted in 2013-2014 on August 19, 2013 by DurhamAttack

Welcome to Durham Attack!  You are visiting a club that has consistently been one of the most successful volleyball clubs in Canada, winning 17 National Championships over the past eight years alone.  We’re viewed as one of the most advanced clubs in the country; our coaches regularly coach Ontario’s Provincial teams and the vast majority of our graduates each year go on to play university or college volleyball in Canada and the U.S.

“Doing what is right for each of our athletes” is always how we measure what we do and it’s no coincidence that this commitment to our athletes shows in their successes both on and off the court. To this end we continue to improve our program this season.

This is Part Two of a two part article highlighting what we are adding to our program for 2013-2014.  You can find Part One here.  To keep up with developments follow us on Twitter @AttackVB on your mobile device and on Facebook as ‘Durham Attack’.

Senior Mens Team

Durham Attack is adding a senior mens team this season, consisting of university and college alumni.  They’ll be wearing our colours when they compete against other mens teams across the province, and will be assisting our coaches in running position-specific clinics and teaching elite skills as guest coaches.  Players so far include:

  • Mike Slean – LS, University of Toronto and Team Canada Beach
  • Steven Clarey – LS, Durham College
  • Andrew Hinchey – S, University of Western Ontario
  • Jeff Torraville – S, Durham College
  • Matthew Isaacs – M, Humber College
  • Brad Gordon – LS/RS, Loyalist College
  • Kevin Matthews – M, Seneca College
  • Kanitha Boranprasit – LS/RS, Dalhousie University and Seneca College
  • Nikos Chalaris – LIB, University of Toronto

You’ll find profiles of a few players at the bottom of this article.

Growing to 24 Teams This Season!

With our new Senior Mens team, and the addition of three 12u Girls teams and one 13U Boys teams, we expect to field a total of 24 Durham Attack teams this season, up from 19 last season.

Athlete Assistance Program

Our goal us to provide a place for every athlete to play, regardless of financial circumstances.  New for this season we will be funding an Athlete Assistance program and providing families with assistance in getting available grants.

We will be earmarking a portion of our funding to financially support athletes in need, and offer support in obtaining funding from other grant programs and sponsors.

Mentoring Program for Athletes and Coaches

We’ve had a very successful athlete mentoring program for the past few seasons, which we will be expanding and putting in place for our coaching staff.  Senior athletes/coaches will work with junior athletes/coaches.

NCCP Level 1 Technical for 17/18U Athletes

We’ll be running an NCCP Level 1 Technical Clinic to get our athletes on the road to certification and improve their overall knowledge of the game.

Mental & Medical Training

Mental training is critically important in volleyball.  For the fourth season in a row we will again provide athletes and coaches with mental training by Kyle Paquette, who is also works with a Canadian Olympic Team.  We are also adding a medical training component for our coaches, focusing on concussions and mental health issues.

Madawaska Teambuilding

We are continuing our September teambuilding weekend for all teams, at the highly regarded Madawaska Volleyball Camp near Bancroft.  This is an important team activity that adds, in a single weekend, two month’s worth of team bonding and a unified team program for the season.  No other volleyball club in the province offers this program, which receives rave reviews every year.  It’s so important that we’ve shared the facility in the past with our National sitting volleyball team, Ryerson Volleyball and Soccer, University of Guelph Volleyball and numerous Whitby Minor Hockey Teams, and will share it this year with the Queens University mens team.

Sitting Volleyball

We’ll continue to run the province’s first Sitting Volleyball program this season, to support our community.  Some of our sitting volleyball coaches are very involved in planning for the Para-Pan Am Games.  We’ll provide more info once we have a clearer picture of the volunteer opportunities for both segments of the games.

Senior Mens Team Profiles 

Mike Slean LS, University of Toronto and Team Canada Beach

Mike played 5 years at the University of Toronto.  During that time he won 5 Ontario University Championships and was named 1st team Ontario All-Star all 5 years.  4 times he was recognized as an All-Canadian or Honourable Mention All-Canadian.  He was also Ontario Rookie of the Year, OUA Championships MVP twice and an Academic All-Canadian during that time as well.

Mike was a member of Canada’s National Beach Volleyball Team and played on the World Tour for 5 years.  He represented Canada at the World Championships in Austria finishing 17th and placed 5th at the 2003 Pan-Am Games in the Dominican Republic.

Mike currently trains over 200 volleyball athletes in his gym Team 12 Training.  He also coaches athletes on the beach at his beach volleyball facility, Solstice Sport.    Mike has coached with Durham Attack for the past 5 years and also teaches at Durham College.

Brad Gordon – Left Side/Right Side, Loyalist College

A standout amongst standouts, Brad Gordon quickly made his presence on the Loyalist Volleyball court felt with his imposing size, strength and agility as a player. A three time OCAA league and Championship tournament all-star, two-time All-Canadian, team MVP and Loyalist Male Athlete of the Year, Brad collected Provincial medals in three of his four seasons including two provincial gold medals and one silver. Upon graduation, Brad sat second all-time in career aces and was an influential part of a record setting team that set the bar for most kills in a match with 68. He completed his collegiate career adding a National Championship medal to his resume when his Lancers claimed bronze at the 2002 Championship and was named as a First Team Championship All-Star.  Brad is a member of the OCAA Hall of Fame.

Brad continued to pursue his career in volleyball following graduation, playing professionally in Europe with and against some of the world’s best.

Steven Clarey – Left Side, Durham College

Steven Clarey just completed 5 years at Durham College.  Steve is the All-time Kills and Aces leader for Durham.  He was captain of the team.  Steve completed his Fitness and Health Promotion Program this past year.

Steve is also active on the beach.  This summer, he placed 4th in the Youth Open Division for all of Ontario.

Steve currently trains volleyball players at Team 12 Training.  Steve’s sister is also an accomplished player, currently playing at Syracuse University.

Andrew Hinchey – Setter, Western University

Andrew was a member of the Western University Mustangs Volleyball Program.   During his time with the team Hinchey led the Mustangs into the post-season every year and to the OUA Finals in his rookie season.  He was twice recognized as an All-Star and was named to the All-Rookie Team.  Hinchey was also Academic All-Canadian there and Team Captain.

Andrew is one of the top beach volleyball players in Ontario.  This summer he won the National Volleyball League Beach Championships in Ohio.   He also finished 2nd in the Ontario Provincial Championships.

Andrew currently is a high school teacher and the head coach of the Durham Lords Men’s Volleyball Team.  Andrew runs his beach volleyball business out of Peterborough, Ontario.

Kanitha Boranprasit LS, Dalhousie University and Seneca College

Kanitha was an integral part of the success of the Dalhousie Men’s Volleyball Program.  While at Dalhousie University he was a 1st team AUS All-Star and 4 time AUS Champion.

At Seneca, Kanitha was Athlete of the Year and team MVP.  He was the scoring champion and set records for most points in a season and most blocks in a season for the OCAA.

Kanitha is active in NACIVT 9 Man Volleyball as well.  He is a 4 time NACIVT Champion.  He has been tournament MVP once and an All-Star 3 times.

Kanitha currently runs his own beach company in Toronto called Ronin Volleyball.

What’s New for DA 2013-2014 – Part I

Posted in 2013-2014 on August 14, 2013 by DurhamAttack

Welcome to Durham Attack!  You are visiting a club that has consistently been one of the most successful volleyball clubs in Canada, winning 17 National Championships over the past eight years .  We’re viewed as one of the most advanced clubs in the country; our coaches regularly coach Ontario’s Provincial teams and the vast majority of our graduates each year go on to play university or college volleyball in Canada and the U.S.

“Doing what is right for each of our athletes” is always how we measure what we do and it’s no coincidence that this commitment to our athletes shows in their successes both on and off the court. To this end we continue to improve our program this season.

Other clubs may still be doing the same old thing, but each year we have been expanding our program for as long as we can remember.  This is Part One of a two part article highlighting what we are adding to our program for 2013-2014.  In Part Two look forward to an exciting new Durham Attack senior mens’ team that, in mid summer, already features nine university/college alumni.

To keep up with developments follow us on Twitter @AttackVB on your mobile device and on Facebook as ‘Durham Attack’.

Returning Alumni and University Players

Along with our returning coaches, we’re thrilled to have a solid list of DA alumni who have finished university and are returning to coach with their club:

  • Hayley Todd – Syracuse
  • Kristen Collins –Queens
  • Craig Barclay – assistant coach, Lakehead
  • Dianna Craine – Tulsa
  • Mike Johnson – University of New Brunswick
  • Lauren Giles – Durham Attack/DRVC
  • Erin Campbell – Durham Attack
  • Jenny Richardson – Durham Attack/DRVC

Third On-Court Practices

We are adding a third weekly on-court practice for our 17U and 18U teams.  We will provide space to other teams as available.  This is in addition to physical training, which is an additional formal practice for our teams.  At DA senior teams can expect to train 7 ½ hours per week, and younger teams 5 ½ hours per week.

Position-Specific Clinics

We’ve secured gym space every Saturday and will re-introduce a series of very successful position-specific clinics that will be available to all athletes within the Club.  Clinics will provide an opportunity to develop consistently excellent skills and will be lead by DA coaches with varsity experience playing specific positions, and guest coaches from the OUAA and OCAA.

Coach Compensation

In order to continue to offer superior coaching for our athletes, we’re phasing in a new coaching compensation model that is more in line with some of the more progressive clubs in the province.  We intend to attract and retain the best coaches we can find.  If you are interested in coaching please contact us for details.

Alumni Playing Pro

We have at least two alumni playing professional volleyball in Europe this season, with Winston Rosser (Lakkapää in the Finnish Elite League) and Landis Doyle (VBC Chamalieres in France) both landing contracts after very successful university careers.  Winston and Landis will be writing a blog to relate their experiences to our athletes, and plan to return to coach our teams after their pro careers.

Hosted Tournaments to Minimize Team Travel

Though our younger teams usually play closer to home, our older teams tend to travel more to play the top competition.  We’ve secured a facility with the intent that each team be able to host one tournament, and allow our teams to play locally.  The travel savings to each team should be more than $3000, in addition to the fundraising benefits.

Physical Training

Team 12 will continue to provide volleyball-specific training and use of their gym for the entire season.  Team 12 has added a new full-time trainer with varsity playing experience, and Mike has created a partnership with Durham College whereby students in their Physical Training program will gain practical experience by supporting our athletes’ training.  www.team12training.com

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

There is a lot happening in the final few weeks of summer as we gear up for tryouts in the first week in September.  To keep up with developments follow us on Twitter @AttackVB and on Facebook as ‘Durham Attack’.

This is part one of a two part article highlighting what is new for 2013-2014.  In part two look for an exciting new Durham Attack senior mens’ team currently featuring nine university/college alumni.

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook

Posted in 2013-2014 on August 14, 2013 by DurhamAttack

As we gear up for exciting changes this season, we’ll be providing updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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Preliminary 2013-2014 Coaching Roster

Posted in 2013-2014 on July 26, 2013 by DurhamAttack

We continue to work on our coaching line-up for 2013-2014 and as usual it will take most of August to finalize, but here is an early peek.

We have quite a few university alumni returning to our ranks which gives our athletes some great mentors with varsity experience.  We’ll update this as we fill in the gaps and fine-tune things.

12u Girls (3 teams):

Joel Banbury, Chris Williamson, TBD

13u Girls (3 teams):

Jeannine Heron, Martin Suits, Jenny Richardson, Erin Campbell and TBD

14u Girls (2 teams):

Black: Kevin Hellyer, Steve Graham and Kristy Moore

Red: Kristen Collins and Hayley Todd

Assistants: Rose Hassall, TBD

15u Girls (2 teams):

Black: Chris Dunn

Red: Rob Piccione

Assistants: Mike Cirone, Camille Lefaive and Jeff Simmonds

16u Girls (2 teams):

Black: Chris Williamson

Red: Linda Naccarato

Assistants: Melonie Allin, TBD

17u Girls (2 teams):

Black: Marius Wojick

Red: Troy Neil and Jeff Reddon

Assistants: TBD

18 Girls (1 team):

Black: Craig Barclay

Assistants: TBD

13u Boys (1 team):


14u Boys (2 teams):

Black/Red: Adam Martin and Mike Richardson

Assistants: TBD

15u Boys (2 teams):

Black/Red: Mike May and TBD

Assistants: TBD

16u Boys (2 teams):

Black/Red: Clyde Arsenault, Scott Robins, Mike Johnson, Lauren Giles

17u Boys:

Mike Slean and Kevin Matthews

18u Boys:

Dwayne Cochrane,  Scott Burrows, Ian Eibbitt, and Ryan McIntosh

Senior Men (1 team):