Avender named CCAA Coach of the Year

Avender named CCAA Coach of the Year

Abe Avender of the VIU Mariners has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year.

He received the award this evening at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship banquet, hosted by Fanshawe College in London, ON.

“Abe has once again proven why he is considered one of the top coaches not only in the PACWEST, but also in the CCAA,” said Ray Sarkis, CCAA Men’s Volleyball Convenor. “He is to be commended on the improvement he has made with the VIU program.”

Avender led the Mariners to a 21-3 record and first-place finish in the PACWEST as VIU improved upon a 14-10 record a season ago.

Building a program that encourages student-athletes to be successful on and off the court in all aspects of life is important to Avender. This season, VIU came together by putting aside individual egos and working toward a common goal. A work ethic that is second to none has also been instrumental in their success.

Avender is an Official Sport HealthTM Partner with Canadian Sport Centre Pacific/Pacific Sport, where he lectures and educates young athletes in all aspects of Sports Health and Performance. His partnership with Pacific Sport has allowed him to impact many athletes by educated them on what it takes to become a high-performance athlete, focusing on nutrition, sleep and athlete recovery.

As a Doctor of Chiropractor, Avender is involved in the treatment and recovery of many elite level athletes. He has recently completed his Sports Medicine First Responder Certification to advance his sideline acute care management of athletes and is also a member of the Active Release Technique Ironman Canada Treatment Team at the Whistler, BC Ironman Competition.

CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.

For a full list of this year’s award recipients, visit the official site of the 2017 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship.


Phil Dixon


Brad Douwes


Ghazi Guidara


Joe Ryan


The King's Eagles


Redeemer Royals


Volontaires de Sherbrooke


Holland Hurricanes

Dixon led The King’s to a 16-8 record and second-place finish in the ACAC North Division. Dixon is very much a ‘player’s coach’, in that he cares more about the overall development of a well-rounded person than he does about a won/loss record. For the past two summers, he has coached with the U16 Alberta Provincial Men’s Team and was part of the coaching staff for the Team Canada Selects, the Top 40 U16/U17 prospects in the country.

  Douwes guided Redeemer to a 12-6 record and third-place finish in the OCAA West Division. He spends countless hours off the court working to develop the character of his student-athletes, with the goal to develop holistic athletes who are capable of tackling anything that comes their way after they have graduated. Douwes is also the Technical Director at the Ancaster Lions Club, coaches at Hamilton District Christian High and is the Redeemer High School Power Camp director and coach.
  The Volontaires continue to improve in the RSEQ under the guidance of Guidara. One of his goals has been to master different psychological preparation techniques with his student-athletes prior to games. Guidera has experience at the provincial, national and international levels. He is an assistant coach at the Université de Sherbrooke and was the head coach for last summer’s Équipe de Relève du Quebec in preparation for the Canada Games.
  Ryan led the Hurricanes to an 11-4 record and first-place finish in the ACAA. Ryan is a focused coach who is a master strategist. He is devoted to student-athlete success in the classroom and on the court. Ryan is a well-respected high school coach in addition to being the highest level official (certified level 4) in Prince Edward Island. He was a key member of Holland’s Organizing Committee for the 2015 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship.