COACHING STAFF

Coaches at REACH Volleyball Club are fully dedicated and put in the time, effort and love in providing development in a High Performance culture to each and every REACH Athlete.

DAVID (DAVE) TA – Technical Director – Head Coach

Dave is an NCCP Level 3 – Trained (Volleyball Canada Performance Coach) who brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge, playing and coaching volleyball for over 20 years.

No stranger to coaching at the High Performance level. He is currently assisting Nathan Groenveld at York University Lions with the Men’s Volleyball program. 

He was named to the is a provincial Team ONTARIO Volleyball coaching staff in the summer of 2019, Head Coach of Team Ontario Red in 2020 and recently named Head Coach of Team Ontario Black 2021.  He is also working with Team Ontario Elite during the OVA season. He has coached and been involved at many of the High Performance Programs at the OVA since 2015. Most recently, Coach Ta was named the 2020 OVA Mike Bugarski Male Coach of the Year, Recipient of the OVA Recognition Award 2019 and OVA Achievement Award in 2021

Karen Lee Ta

KAREN LEE – Head Coach/Assistant Coach

Karen Lee has a degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in athletic therapy. She has 20+ years of combined experience as a volleyball player, coach and referee. She continues to coach volleyball at the High Performance level and looks forward to coaching athletes of all ages. Over the summer of 2019 Karen was selected to coach at the Team Ontario Regional Program, in 2020 selected to coach Team Ontario White and in the summer of 2021 selected as a Team Ontario Black coach.

Coaching Experience:

  • 2014 –  Present  REACH Prime (girls) 15-19, Chaos (present), Magnolia,(present) Matrix(girls) 19-20, Fusion (girls) 14 – 17, Rage (boys) 18.
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Team Ontario Black 2021
  • Team Ontario White Coach 2020
  • Team Ontario Regional Program Coach 2019
  • NACIVT Present – Head Coach Toronto Storm
Ricki Chak

Ricki Chak – Head Coach

Ricky is a Trained Advanced Development Coach (Level 2, Indoor) who has been with REACH Volleyball since 2016, and brings forth 15+ years of combined volleyball experience. A former player and champion in the summer NACIVT circuit playing for the Toronto Connex Volleyball Club, Ricky transitioned into coaching in 2015 and has consistently experienced great success in both the OVA and the NACIVT.

As a head coach in the OVA, his accomplishments include:

  • Top 3 finishes in 2020 (18uG)
  • Top 5 finishes in 2017 (15uG), 2019 (17uG), 2020 (18uG)
  • Top 10 finishes in 2015 (14uG), 2016 (15uG), 2018 (16uG), and 2019 (18uG)

As a coach in the NACIVT, his team has consistently achieved Top 10 results since its inception in 2016

Hank Ma

HANK MA – Head Coach

REACH is excited to announce the addition of current Humber Hawks Men’s Volleyball Coach Hank Ma. Hank is coming back to the OVA game as our 15U Girls coach and looking to give back to the game he loves over 30+ years. Hanks previous coaching stints were at York Lions Volleyball in the 90’s and former technical director and head coach of Toronto West Volleyball Club for about 5 years. Hank comes full circle from coaching our current REACH technical director/head coach Dave and co founders of the club Chichky Hua and Steve Kung. 

Hank has also coached with the Ontario Volleyball Association Athlete Development Program and the Elite Athlete Development Programme. He coached the Region-Five team to two gold medals at the Regional Games and one gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games. With the Elite Development programme Hank was the assistant coach of the Ontario Provincial Team, which captured the gold medal at the National Team Challenge Cup.

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong – Head Coach

Andrew is the heart of REACH. His primary focus is to ensure athletes develop the necessary fundamental skills in volleyball and in life. He is a firm believer of the LTAD model (Long-Term Athlete Development Framework) and his innovative training methods ensure athletes reach their full volleyball potential.

CHRIS LING – Head Coach

Chris returns in his 8th year with REACH continuing his coaching efforts with the REACH Boys program. Chris was named to the Team Ontario Regional Program in the summer of 2020 and Team Ontario Academy Coach in 2021. A CCAA Men’s Volleyball Champion with the Humber Hawks, he has been around the game of volleyball for a very long time and understands what High Performance volleyball is all about. Chris is currently playing for Jeff Chung at Toronto Connex part of the Men’s 9-Man Volleyball program and is an integral part of most recent champions, 15 time NACIVT Champions backcourt.

Sis Phant

SIS PHANT – Head Coach

Sis has been involved in volleyball for over 30 years as a coach, referee, and player. He has spent over 15 of those years as an OVA club team coach. He is an NCCP Level 2 Beach and Level 1 Indoor Volleyball coach.

Sis has experience coaching various levels and age groups ranging from primary school, OVA age divisions, and post-secondary high-performance athletes.

Sis’ strength as a coach is developing young athletes with a focus on technique. He takes pride in having his athletes excel in the sport of volleyball and grow into well-rounded confident teenagers.

His passion, energy, patience and commitment to improving each player under his coaching and mentorship has helped thousands of athletes.

BRIAN LING – Head Coach

Brian is an NCCP level 2 – Advanced Development Coach certified coach who has had more than three decades of volleyball experience as athlete, fan, parent and coach. He sees volleyball as a platform to mentor those under his wing, teaching them life skills through sport. Long term athlete development is his main focus and he is committed to helping every athlete under his care improve while developing the team as a whole, as is evidenced by his dedication to lifelong learning. He is a strong advocate of health promotion and believes that participation in athletics is a key component of fostering a healthy life balance. Having coached in the OVA system for five years, and himself, a parent of four (almost) grown children, his philosophy in coaching has evolved in that he perceives rep volleyball as a family experience and his goal is to instill in the athlete a passion for volleyball that extends beyond playing in the OVA.

 

SHAWN SAUNDERS – Head Coach

JESSE TSANG – Head Coach

LARRY HUM – Head Coach

This old school coach has been a friend of Andrew Wong for many years. Larry is a well known Volleyball athlete who was part of the inception of the infamous Toronto Connex Volleyball Club. Hum was the original Head Coach of successful Connex Volleyball Men’s teams that participate in the NACIVT. 

Coach Hum’s children are now playing the sport he grew up on and he is now giving back to the sport he loves.

BRIAN CHAN – Head Coach

REACH is excited to have Brian Chan as part of our coaching staff. Brian has many years of OVA coaching experience and most recently coached at Ngun Lam Volleyball Club FLIGHT youth programs in the NACIVT circuit. Brian most recently coached our REACH Nitro 14u Boys team in 19-20 and finished in the top 8. He will be looked upon in the 15U Boys age group to continue to develop talent with our new RAGE Boys program.

Edwin Sheon

EDWIN SHEON – Assistant Coach

Edwin has played 10+ years of High Performance Volleyball. As a left side representing the George Brown Huskies in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association between 2011 and 2014, he captained and lead the team to two OCAA playoff berths while earning OCAA First Team All-Star & CCAA Academic All-Canadian Awards (2012).

Currently, Edwin plays for the Toronto Connex Volleyball Club under Jeff Chung, who recently just won their 15th NACIVT Championship (2 championships of which Edwin has been an integral part of the team).

JASON YEUNG – Assistant Coach

Jason Yeung has been added to the already experienced and high performance staff of REACH. Jason comes to us from recently playing his High Performance post secondary volleyball at Brock University (Badgers). Currently Jason is playing for the 15 Time NACIVT Champions Toronto Connex in the backcourt with fellow REACH Coach Chris Ling. Jason previously coached at Storm Volleyball Club team that finished top 5 in 3 years he was there. Coach Jay will be assisting our High Performance teams.

Carmelia Shito

CARMELIA SHITO – Assistant Coach

REACH is excited to have Coach Carmelia on board this year at REACH. Carmelia has an extensive volleyball backround. In her club days she played for Aurora Storm and most recent she has been playing for 2 year in the NACIVT under Coach Dave at Toronto Storm Volleyball which has consistently placed in the Top 4 in gold flight. She has already coached in the OVA community and will look to improve our younger female athletes.

Heather Sanchez

HEATHER SANCHEZ – Assistant Coach

Coach Dave is excited to have Heather Sanchez on board to coach for REACH Volleyball this year. Heather has numerous years of coaching experience with Scarborough Titans and excited to be part of the REACH family. She has played for Centennial College Women’s Volleyball program and earned OCAA All Rookie Team and East Rookie of the Year (2018). Heather has been playing for 5 years in the NACIVT under Dave Ta at Toronto Storm Volleyball which has consistently placed in the Top 4 in gold flight.

MAX CHOI – Assistant Coach

REACH is excited as Max Choi enters his second year with the club. Max is a well rounded coach who has experience in the high performance environment which includes playing for Scarborough Titans Nemesis who placed Top 3 in his 18U age group at Ova Championships. Max is currently playing for Jeff Chung at Toronto Connex Volleyball Club part of the Men’s 9-Man Volleyball program. Coach Max will continue his coaching efforts with the 17U Reach Boys Nexus team under Chris Ling.

SAM SALAMAT – Assistant Coach

Sam has played volleyball for many years and she is very excited to be a part of the REACH team as it is her first year of coaching. She most recently played for the Centennial College Women’s Volleyball team in 2014 and received the Most Improved Player Award in 2015, and continues to play the game we all love. Sam will be an assistant coach for the 15U Reach Rage Boys in her debut season. Her experience and passion for developing young talent makes her the perfect fit for REACH volleyball.

Michael Hui

MICHAEL HUI – Assistant Coach

This Michael’s 4th year with REACH. He brings more than 10 years of volleyball experience in coaching and playing.

Michael played for the dominant Toronto Connex Volleyball Club, the Toronto Flying Tigers in the NACIVT as both a front row attacker and backrow player.

JUSTIN CHAN – Assistant Coach

You may have seen this friendly character dominating a volleyball league during the fall/winter or on the summer 9-man courts for 14 – Time NACIVT Champions Toronto Connex Volleyball. Previous experiences in coaching volleyball include, Reach Prime in 2015, Toronto Storm – Assistant Coach, and Thornlea Secondary School. His knowledge will be a very valuable asset to the REACH Volleyball Coaching Staff.

Wayne Lee

WAYNE LEE – Assistant Coach

Wayne will be in his 3rd year with REACH after a successful campaign with REACH Havoc. 20 + years of volleyball experience playing and coaching. His playing career consisted of playing club volleyball and USport Varsity experience with the York University Lion’s Men’s Volleyball programs. Wayne is currently coaching in the NACIVT with Toronto Connex Volleyball Club under the direction of Jeff Chung. Wayne is a trained Advanced Development Coach.

Sev Libramonte

SEV LIBRAMONTE – Assistant Coach

Coach Dave is excited to have Sev Libramonte be part of our coaching staff this year. Sev has recently coached the Centennial College Men’s Volleyball program under Dave Ta. He played on the Colts Men’s Volleyball program between 2014/2015 exhibition year after 25 years of not having a OCAA volleyball program. He represented the Centennial Colts in the OCAA between 2015 – 2018. In his final year, he helped the Colts Men’s Team earn a playoff berth after 29 years and awarded MIP in 2018. Sev also plays for Toronto Ngun Lam 9-Man Volleyball for numerous years and continues to help bring his team to gold flight. He is ready and excited to coach in the OVA community and develop the young volleyball athletes.

DYLAN ZHAO – Assistant Coach

Dylan will be joining the REACH coaching ranks this season after a successful club career, culminating in playing for REACH Smash in his 18U year. His extensive experience in the middle and outside positions is an invaluable asset to the club, and the 15U boys Rage team. Currently in his second year at Queen’s studying health science, his coaching experience also included working with the 18U program at KRVC. We’re happy to welcome Dylan back to the REACH family where he enjoyed some of his finest moments as a player, and now as a coach.

 JOHNSON XIANG – Assistant Coach

Johnson is excited to join REACH and assist with the 15u boys Rage team this season. He is no stranger to balancing a full schedule which includes a playing career (Bur Oak Secondary, TZQV and now NLV) and coaching (technical skills coach at UW Serve), while keeping up his grades as a 3rd year student at the University of Waterloo. He is so involved that he also ran much of the day-to-day operations at the UW Serve club. REACH is proud to welcome Johnson to the coaching team as a positive influence to athletes both on and off the court.

Sierra Wong

SIERRA WONG – Assistant Coach

Sierra will be one of the assistant coaches at our REACH Development Clinic. Sierra is a Legacy member of REACH. One of the original athletes to start from the clubs inception.