The Ontario Volleyball Association recognizes and honours the achievements of the many in the Ontario Volleyball community who have distinguished themselves by providing their time, effort and support to the promotion and development of volleyball in the province.
Dundas native and St Mary Secondary School alumnus Meagan Nederveen has been named the Ontario Volleyball Association Female Development Coach of the Year. She is a McMaster University Honours Kinesiology graduate and is a Registered Speech Language Pathologist working with pediatric populations.
Meagan Nederveen set out on her volleyball career as a 12-year-old athlete playing for the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC) in Hamilton. Through her passion and talent for the game she has become highly decorated, earning numerous player OVA Awards of Excellence, the OVA Evelyn Holick Award, and now bestowed with the Female Development Coach of the Year award.
Following her youth career, where she also represented Region 3 and Team Ontario, Meagan continued to excel as a five-year varsity athlete for McMaster University, capturing two OUA silver medals. As captain, she demonstrated and refined her leadership style and communication skills while balancing an ability to collaborate in high stress situations. Through commitment and excellent time management, she earned her place on the Dean’s List achieving CIS Academic All-Canadian status while being named team MVP and OUA All-Star in 2013. In Meagan’s 4th and 5th years at McMaster, she added to her accolades as the first McMaster player named OUA Libero of the Year, recognized with the OUA Award of Merit and the prestigious CIS Therese Quigley Award awarded to a top volleyball athlete who combines academics and community involvement.
Balancing more than just classes and varsity sport, Meagan also contributed to the local volleyball community volunteering as a club representative for the HWCDSB “Focus on Youth” Program which delivers free or low-cost high-quality summer programs and providing sport and literacy programs for disadvantaged youth in Hamilton. She continued to oversee the volleyball and literacy portion of the “Focus on Youth” Program until 2017. With a passion to explore, she took her coaching on the road, in a village in Uganda while working as a volunteer hospital worker.
Meagan embodies a passion for the grass roots and for the past nine years has also taken on head coaching duties in the St. Mary Volleyball Program (MVP) Developmental House Leagues and Summer Camps. She is currently the Director of MVP VolleyTotz, which is a developmental program for children in junior kindergarten through grade two that engages young children in both the sport of volleyball and physical play. This program combines motor development with physical literacy and volleyball skills in a fun environment and is the first of its kind in Ontario.
Her grassroots contribution has not been restricted to the development of athletes and Meagan assists in the curation of the Mountain Volleyball Club Coaching Certification Program. The MVCCP is a unique program that recruits young club athletes to become coaches, which currently has coaches ranging from 11U to 18U. Meagan has been active in instructing the younger coaches on teaching, mentoring and leadership skills aimed at teaching others. In 2017, Meagan was selected as a Mentor Coach by the Coaches Association of Ontario in their “Changing the Game, Changing the Conversation” which is a signature initiative under the Ontario 150 Program dedicated to identify and reduce barriers to women participating and coaching in sport. To date, Meagan has co-mentored nearly 30 young coaches.
In 2017, she stepped onto the OVA courts again, this time as a co-coach of the 11U team. Meagan is currently co-coaching the 14U developmental team and continues to pursue her coaching credentials. In 2018-2019, Meagan acted as the co-technical Director for Mountain Volleyball Club working with the 11U-14U teams.
Congratulations to the Mountain Volleyball Club coach recipients of OVA Awards:
Club President and 14U Fuji Head Coach Peter Stratford for being recognized with the OVA Achievement Award as well as 12U Whitecaps Head Coach Drew Donaldson, 15U Vesuvius Co-Coach Karen Graham, 16U Olympus Head Coach Dave Lightfoot, 15U Vesuvius Co-Coach Albie O’Hanian, and 17U Kilimanjaro Assistant Coach Wally Verschoor with the OVA Recognition Award.
Source: Mountain Volleyball Club