Saints vol­ley­ball coach gets na­tional as­sign­ment

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St. Clair Col­lege Saints women’s head vol­ley­ball coach Jimmy ElTurk has been named an as­sis­tant coach to the women’s 18-and-un­der ju­nior na­tional pro­gram by Vol­ley­ball Canada.

“I’m very hon­oured to be able to rep­re­sent our coun­try,” El-Turk said. “It’s a dream come true. I was never tal­ented enough, as a player, to be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to play for Team Canada, but when I got into coach­ing, it was one of my long-term goals to be able to wear the Maple Leaf at some point down the road and for it to come so soon is sur­real.”

The team will be­gin train­ing at Brock Univer­sity in St. Catharines on July 13 and travel to Tulsa, OK for the USAVB high per­for­mance cham­pi­onship, which is set for July 24-28.

“I’m ex­cited to be an as­sis­tant coach and learn from the other coaches around me,” El-Turk said. “Any new ex­pe­ri­ence is al­ways a wel­comed one and any chance to learn from the best coaches in the coun­try and get bet­ter is an op­por­tu­nity worth jump­ing at.

“I’m hop­ing to take in a lot dur­ing my time with the pro­gram, add some value and bring back what I’ve learned to St. Clair and to our club, SKY Vol­ley, to fur­ther as­sist in ath­lete de­vel­op­ment.” El-Turk has spent the last three sea­sons with the Saints and guided the team to an OCAA bronze medal this past sea­son, which was the first in 21 years for the pro­gram. He has also spent the past two sum­mers work­ing with the On­tario Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion coach­ing Team On­tario’s 16-and-un­der girls pro­gram.

LANCER COACHES GO­ING TO NACAC CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

Univer­sity of Wind­sor Lancers as­so­ciate head coach Brett Lum­ley and hur­dles coach Kurt Downes have earned Ath­let­ics Canada coach­ing as­sign­ments for the 2018 NACAC se­nior cham­pi­onships, Aug. 10-12 in Toronto.

This is the sev­enth time Lum­ley has served on a coach­ing staff for Team Canada with his last be­ing the Fran­co­phone Games in 2017. He will serve as Canada’s jumps coach in Toronto. Downes, on the Cana­dian staff in 2016 and 2017 at the IAAF world, will coach hur­dles at the Fran­co­phone Games.

Two area play­ers were named lacrosse all-stars by the U.S. Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­let­ics.

Belle River’s Craig Mar­entette, a ju­nior at Keiser Univer­sity in Florida, was named a first-team all-star for a sec­ond-straight sea­son. He led the team with 30 goals and 53 points in 10 games, and was third in the coun­try with an av­er­age of 5.3 points per game, fifth with 2.3 as­sists per game and sev­enth with 6.1 shots per game. Wind­sor’s Garett McKelvie, a ju­nior at Mis­souri Bap­tist Univer­sity, was named a sec­ond-team all-star. He led the team with 50 ground balls and caused 24 turnovers.

ALL-STAR SPIT­FIRES

Wind­sor Spit­fires goalie Mikey DiPi­etro was named OHL first­team all-star goalie on Thurs­day. Spit­fires head coach Trevor Le­towski was named to the third team, and for­mer Spit­fires Aaron Luchuk was named a sec­ond-team all-star, while Gabriel Vi­lardi was named a third-team all-star.

NICK BRANCACCIO

Univer­sity of Wind­sor Lancers men’s bas­ket­ball head coach Chris Oliver, right, sees value in the type of prospects’ camps that na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion North Pole Hoops runs.

Jimmy El-Turk

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