Coaches & Staff

ASPIRE Coaches Gallery

Dr. Lorne Sawula

Co-Founder / Technical Director

Experience:

Head Coach

    • Team Canada
      (1982-88, 2001-05)
    • Team Britain
      (2007-09)
    • Team Switzerland (1990-93)
    • Team Australia
      (1994)
    • University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
    • uOttawa Gee-Gees (1981)
    • 6 World Championships
    • 1984 Olympic Games

Athlete

  • University of Alberta Golden Bears Alum

Certifications:

  • NCCP Level IV
  • FIVB Level III Coach and Instructor

Awards:

  • Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame (2012)
  • University of British Columbia Hall of Fame (2019)
  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (2018)
  • CIAU Coach of the Year (1999-2000)
  • Canada West Coach of the Year (1999-2000)

Experience:

Program Director

    • Alberta Volleyball
    • University of Alberta Camps

Coach

  • Pandas Volleyball Club

Athlete

  • Team Canada Women’s
  • University of Alberta Pandas Alum
  • University of Calgary Dino’s Alum

Certifications:

  • Development Coach (Formerly Level I)

Awards:

  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Christy Hansen nee: Torgerson

Co-Founder / Technical Director

Grachella Garcia-Patterson

Technical Director

Experience:

Coach

  • NAVC Griffins (14-18U)
  • Strathcona High School Junior Varsity

Athlete

  • Lake Superior State University
  • Cambrian College
  • University of Guelph
  • Philippines Junior National Team

Certifications:

  • Indoor/Beach Advanced Development Coach (Formerly Level II) 

Awards:

  • Volleyball Alberta Development Coach of the Year (2016)
  • Timmin’s Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (2016)