Abstract Volleyball is proud to have a coaching staff that is second to none. We hire lead coaches that have coached at the  highest levels of the game; CIS, International and Professional Leagues.

We are proud to have some of the best mentors and assistant coaches available to our athletes through our extensive staff of former university, international and professional level athletes.

Abstract Volleyball Staff &Coaches

Jesse Knight

Along with being the founder of Abstract Volleyball, Jesse is also the lead coach on all Abstract Volleyball programs. 

Jesse is an NCCP Level 3 coach and has coached at every level that there is in the game, including NCAA division 1, CIS (National Champion), Team Canada and professionally in Europe.  

Jesse has dedicated his coaching efforts to training Canada's next generation of superstars. Jesse's focus is on skill development and advanced technical training. Aside from running Abstract Volleyball he can be found training athletes in Volleyball Canada's Regional Excellence program on Vancouver Island. Jesse is also the founder of the Strathcona Prep Volleyball School. 

Jesse offers Technical Director services to club teams, training both coaches and players to help teams achieve their goals. 

Ali Sandholm

Ali oversees all aspects of planning and organization for Abstract Volleyball camps, clinics and private training. 

If not seen on court, Ali is at all Abstract Volleyball events handling registrations, prizes and all the fun stuff!

Ali is an NCCP level 2 certified coach with a playing career that includes the University of Calgary, Team Canada and the European Professional League. 

Also certified in fitness leadership, Ali has a passion for working with athletes to give them the tools to succeed in their sport. 

Julie Young

Julie is a recent addition to the Abstract Volleyball team, having just moved to Vancouver Island to help build the Strathcona Prep Volleyball School program. Julie is also providing us with her coaching expertise during summer camps such as the Canmore Volleyball Camp, Whistler Campand the Vancouver High Performance Camp.

Julie also offers small group training sessions which run on Pro-D Days and School breaks throughout the year. 

Julie had an extensive playing career including the University of Calgary,  Canada's Sr. Women's National Team and a professional career in both Germany and Finland. 

 Guest Coaches Past and Present

SANDRA LAMB, MRU
2013-2019 Canmore Camp 

RYAN HOFER, TWU
2013-2015 Van HPCamp

CHRIS DAHL, CAMOSUN
2014 Comox Camp
2015 Canmore Camp
2019 Whistler Camp

CHRIS WANDLER, REDDEER
2013-2018 Canmore Camp

ROD DURANT, UofC
2014 Canmore Camp

GINA SCHMIDT, SFU
2014 Vancouver Camp

KERRY MCDONALD, UBC
2016 Canmore Camp
2017 Vancouver HP Camp
2018 Whistler Camp

DALLAS SOONIAS, VC
2017 Canmore Camp

Looking for private lessons? Click below to find a list of available Abstract Volleyball coaches.