Kodiaks Women’s Volleyball Adds 9 to the 2015-16 Roster

Kodiaks Head women’s volleyball coach, Dusty Stauth, announces that he has added 9 new Kodiaks to the 15-16 roster and one new coach to the staff. Coach Stauth is excited to add 5 local area recruits to the program along with four from central Alberta. The combination of the new Kodiaks and a strong returning core should make for an ACAC playoff push this coming season!

Sara Gillis

Local High School stand out from the 2012 and 2013 4A Provincial Champions Chinook, Sara will be enrolled in the massage therapy program in the fall. Also a member of Team Alberta Sara will bring a wealth of experience in success to the Kodiaks, as her past club teams have also been success at the provincial level. Although Sara missed a large part of the Team Alberta season, as well as her High School season due to a surgically repaired ACL, she has been working very hard to get back on the court. She is currently a member of the JR Kodiak team playing in the back row and has brought a great level of ball control to the team which we also look forward to at the College level as an outside hitter. When asked why she made the decision to stay home and play for the Kodiaks she replied “I'm excited and motivated to contribute to my local volleyball college team and would like to be part of a team that has an opportunity to "put a banner up". The Kodiaks have not seen a volleyball banner raised since the late 60’s and we are elated to have Sara stay home and be a big part of trying to make history with the women’s volleyball program.

Jordie Visser

Another local stand out from Chinook High School Jordie was part of the 2013 Provincial Championship team and was named to the 2014 SAHSVL All-Star team.  Jordie also played the last 2 season for the JR Kodiak Club team as an outside hitter and libero. Jordie is excited to be a part of the Kodiak Family, when asked why she decided to stay home and play she said “I have decided to stay in Lethbridge and attend the Lethbridge College and play for the Kodiaks program because I love volleyball and I think it will be great to play for my hometown team.” Jordie is a solid all-around player that will bring great ball control to the Kodiaks next year. She is a very consistent player that works relentlessly and brings a level head to the court, we are very happy to have her stay at home and join the Kodiaks.

Dori Henderson

Dori graduates from Notre Dame High School in Red Deer this summer and will join the Kodiaks in Fall taking Nursing. Dori is another key piece of our plan to build depth within the program, finding a setter that will be part of the program for 4 and possibly 5 years was high on our priority list. We are confident we found that piece in Dori. Dori has played club for very respected clubs, the Red Deer Queens and Olds Broncos.

 “I am thrilled and more than eager to be taking my first year general studies followed by nursing, I will be at the college for several years which means I will be a proud Kodiak for those years as well! My first introduction to the Lethbridge College was one that was inviting and considerate, when looking for post secondary institutions it can be overwhelming, however, Lethbridge College felt like home to me from the very first conversation I had with an academic advisor. I was lucky that the college had the program that I was interested in attending. Playing volleyball for the Kodiaks was an added bonus one that I am honored to be a part of for the next four years! I am thrilled to be starting my life as a Kodiak and a Lethbridge College Nursing Student.”

Jailyn Bayle

From St Francis High School in Calgary, Jailyn will be taking Criminal Justice/Criminology in the fall. Jailyn is a well rounded player that makes her the perfect fit for the Kodiaks. She’s played Setter, outside and currently is playing middle for her club team Elite out of Calgary. Last year she was part of the U17 Silver medalists 403 Selects and led her high school team to a 4th place finish at the 4A Provincial Championships. This year she was named to the Calgary High School All-star Team. When asked why she choose the Lethbridge Kodiaks she replied, “The size of the college I feel will provide a closer learning environment with my instructors and classmates.   The program is considered to be one of the best in Alberta and the graduates of the program are highly regarded.  The opportunity to play volleyball while learning will enhance my college experience. I look forward to contributing to the team by being a supportive teammate, improving my skills as a player and help create a successful season.  I am excited to be a new addition to the Kodiak volleyball family.”

Ashleigh Noel

Graduated from Bowness High School in Calgary in 2014 where she was a stand out setter for 3 years. Ashleigh will be transferring to the Kodiaks from COTR in the PACWEST where her team finished the season the highest in their teams history. Ashleigh will be taking Exercise Science/Kinesiology in the Fall. Ashleigh played her club volleyball in Calgary with the Canuck Stuff program and with the Cochrane Jags. Ashleigh will bring a veteran presence and size to the setting position, we are very happy she decided to come back to Alberta to continue her education and volleyball career.

Rhiece Cordes

“I attended Holy Cross Collegiate high school in Strathmore Alberta. My junior high Gym teacher and later my high school volleyball coach convinced me to try out for 403 Selects volleyball club in Calgary. I continued on with 403 throughout all five years of my club experience. Club volleyball has left me with many unique experiences. These include having the privilege to travel with my team to California, Winnipeg, Seattle and Las Vegas. Many unforgettable memories were made while traveling with the girls on my team. These memories are what I consider to be the highlights of my club career. Another important moment for me was being able to achieve our goal of being top three in division one at provincials. This was a huge accomplishment for my team and a memorable moment. Although I am sad that my club career is coming to an end I am very excited to continue playing volleyball with the Lethbridge Kodiaks. I will be attending LC in the fall to start my psychology degree. I am very fortunate to be able to play the sport that I love while receiving an education.” Rhiece brings a high level of ball control and volleyball IQ to the Kodiaks, her steady play has been crucial to her teams success. On a side note both Rhiece’s parents attended the Lethbridge College.

Shelby Rinehart

Shelby is a Calgary Henry Wisewood High School graduate, she will be taking massage therapy in the Fall. Shelby also brings versatility to the program as she plays both leftside and rightside for her current club team, the 403 Selects. Shelby is a great fit as we are trying to build some depth on the outsides, the fact that she plays both at a high level suits us well. She has great terminating power that the Kodiaks are looking for from those positions. Shelby also brings a level of leadership with her as a team captain this year. She is excited to be able to play volleyball close to home while fulfilling her academic goals as well. After her visit she became a priority for the Kodiaks to sign, we knew she would be a great fit and great addition to our Kodiaks family.

Kassi Bogdan

Kassi comes to the Kodiaks as a member of the reigning 2A Provincial Champion Magrath Pandas. This dynamic lefty plays way beyond her 5’5 stature and often surprises her opponents with her athletic ability. Kassi will provide depth on the outside, mainly from the right side, but can also play the left side position. Her enthusiasm and work ethic have been a great influence on her teammates as well. The Kodiak coaching staff is very happy to keep another Southern Alberta volleyball standout at home.

Alyssa Taylor

Alyssa comes from Vulcan Alberta, not the planet adored by the Trekkies out there. After taking a year off to heal a sore shoulder Alyssa joins the Kodiak family and adds much needed depth to the middle position. Standing 6’0 Alyssa also brings some much needed height to the Kodiaks who will depend largely on their ball control this year. Alyssa brings a presence at the net that will be missed by the departure of last years middle blockers. We were pretty lucky to find Alyssa and have her join the Kodiaks, with the late departure of two of last years middles we knew we could be in a bit of trouble, Alyssa was the perfect fit and brings that depth needed to be a successful program.

New Assistant Coach - Warren Thompson

Warren comes to the Kodiaks program via Lethbridge Volleyball Club. For the past 11 years, he has trained athletes in one of the largest clubs in Alberta. In recent years, Warren has worked closely with LVC’s Junior Kodiaks program preparing athletes to play at the next level. A certified NCCP Level 2 volleyball coach, Warren emphasizes training at a high level to create success both in sport and beyond the game.