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Coaching Staff

2021-2022 Coaches

Team Head Coach Assistant Coach
Technical Director Brad McClure
12U Copper Gita Ljubicic Joshua Nederveen / Vladimir Ljubicic / LP Mainville
13U Graphite Ron Merriam Henry Kolodziej / LP Mainville
14U Cobalt Mark Wu Matthew Martin / LP Mainville
15U Steel Eli Merriam Chris Marynowicz / LP Mainville
16U Platinum Marcin Jedrzejewski Brian Pavlic / Brad McClure / Sam Cooper
17U Iron James Ellison Ben Kerkhoff / Jamie Huot / Brad McClure / Sam Cooper
HP Coach 16U - 18U Brad McClure
HP Coach 16U - 18U Sam Cooper
HP Coach 12U - 15U LP Mainville

Technical Director - Brad McClure

Brad McClure is our technical director and head coach of the Mohawk College men's volleyball team located in Hamilton, ON. His coaching career started while he was completing his undergraduate degree where he began coaching a youth team in the Cambridge area and has sought out unique coaching challenges and experiences ever since. His extensive coaching background includes being the head coach of the Conestoga Women's Volleyball team and assistant coaching roles with the Western University Women's Program and Fanshawe College Men's Program.

In addition to indoor coaching, Brad is a certified Performance Beach Coach and has coached with the Team Ontario High Performance Beach for the past 8 seasons. During this time he has coached within the full-time training group and coached athletes of both genders across a variety of age groups (U16 to U22). Several coaching highlights from his beach experiences include providing support to athletes internationally at training camps, FIVB adult and youth world championship events and head coaching the Team Ontario Female Canada Games team that captured silver at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

For the 2021-2022 indoor season, he will be acting as a roving coach where he will be working primarily with our 16U-18U High Performance Teams.

12U Copper - Gita Ljubicic

We are happy to introduce you to our 12U Head Coach, Gita Ljubicic. Gita was an assistant coach for the 12U team last season and prior to that was a co-lead for the Hamilton Volleyball Academy operated by MAC.

Gita played four years of varsity volleyball at York University and one year at Queen’s University, where she was a first team OUA all-star.  She also played several years on the Ontario beach volleyball tour and some national tournaments during her university years.  Since moving to Hamilton in 2014, Gita began learning more about coaching as an assistant with the McMaster Marauders Women’s Volleyball team and with the Mountain Volleyball Club development programs, before joining MAC.

If you have any questions about the 12U team please feel free to email Gita at mac12u.copper@gmail.com.

13U Graphite - Ron Merriam

We are happy to introduce you to our 12U Head Coach, Ron Merriam. Ron has been with MAC in various capacities including head coach, assistant coach and has even held the role of president during his 11 year tenure with the club.  Ron recently received the Recognition Award from the OVA for his 10 years of volunteering as a club executive, assistant coach and head coach for the growth and development of athletes and the sport of volleyball. 

As a previous middle school teacher, Ron has over 25 years of experience coaching and teaching this age group and is looking forward to a great season. If you have any questions about the 13U team please feel free to email Ron at ronmerriam@gmail.com.

14U Cobalt - Mark Wu

Mark Wu is a passionate community volunteer and a self-confessed sports fanatic, who plays, organizes and coaches volleyball, basketball, martial arts and soccer.

Mark was born and raised in Brazil, he has cultured his fundamentals and continues learning from great coaches who have developed players that went on to became World Champions and Olympic Gold medalists.

Coach Mark has been involved in all levels of volleyball, having coached children in house leagues to players in both NCAA and professional levels.

He was the recipient of the Community Engagement of the Year from the Ontario Volleyball Association in 2019, a previous recipient of the OVA Development Coach of the Year and recognized as Hamilton Sport Council Youth Coach of the year.  He has served on numerous volunteer posts while administering and coaching in various sports leagues and associations.

He is also a founding team member of the Hamilton 100 Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation, which aims to bring the 2030 centennial event back to the city where it all began and the creator and organizer of the Hamilton High School All Star Volleyball Games for the past 11 years.

Mark is looking forward to his return with the MAC volleyball club after serving 4 years, including a National Championship at 14u, before moving on to coach girls for twelve years at Smash Volleyball.

If you have any questions about the 14U team please feel free to email Mark at mark@2gen.net.

15U Steel - Eli Merriam

Eli has been with the MAC Club for the past 8 years, the first 6 as a player, learning from a variety of coaches and developing a strong understanding of the game.  Eli started coaching our 2007 age group with the 13U Graphite team and led the boys to a silver and a gold medal. Eli has also been working with the MVP Camps for 4 years, starting as a volunteer and progressing to his present role as a head coach for the 15u Steel team.

"I'm really looking forward to building on what we started this past season with a great group of players."

If you have any questions about the 15U team please feel free to email Eli at emerriam3361@gmail.com.

16U Platinum - MARCIN JEDRZEJEWSKI

We are excited to share the news that Marcin Jedrzejewski will be taking the Head Coaching role for the 16U boys for the upcoming season.

Marcin is a decorated volleyball player having success at both the club level and through his post secondary career.
-2 High School City Championships with Cathedral in Hamilton
-5 years with MAC Volleyball while earning a spot on the 16U Regional Team and his team earning a Provincial Bronze Medal in Division 1 Tier 1
-Played 1 season at McGill University
-Played 1 season at McMaster University winning OUA Gold
-Played 3 seasons at Mohawk College winning OCAA Bronze, Silver and finally capturing Gold in his final season

Marcin will be entering his 7th season as a coach with MAC and his 5th as Head Coach.

If you have any questions about the 16U team please feel free to email Marcin at marcin.jedrzejewski9@gmail.com.

17U Iron - James Ellison

James is a Certified Advanced Development Coach (formerly called NCCP Level 2) and has been involved in volleyball for over 30 years either as a player or a coach. 

James is a former player for Canada’s Mens National Volleyball Team.  Prior to that, he played for the University of Manitoba Bisons, helping to capture both Gold and Silver medals at the National Championships.   While attending university, he also played for Team Canada in the World University Games held in the former Yugoslavia.  In his late teens, he played 3 years of club volleyball for the Bison Volleyball Club and was a member of Canada’s Junior National Team for 2 years, serving as team captain in his last year.  His major accomplishments as a club player are:

  • 3-Time Provincial Gold Medalist
  • 2-Time National Gold Medalist
  • National Bronze Medalist

In his senior year of high school at River East Collegiate in Winnipeg Manitoba, his team won Gold in the Provincial AAAA High School Volleyball Championships and was named the tournament MVP.

Before re-locating to Southern Ontario in 2017, James coached with the Winman Volleyball Club in Winnipeg Manitoba for 9 years and Manitoba Provincial Teams for 3 years. 

In his 9 years as a Head Coach with the Winman Volleyball Club, his major accomplishments were:

  • 7-Time Provincial Gold Medalist
  • Provincial Bronze Medalist
  • National Silver Medalist, D1T1
  • National Bronze Medalist, D1T1
  • National Gold Medalist, D1T2

In his 3 years coaching with the Provincial Team program in Manitoba, his major accomplishments were:

  • National Team Challenge Cup Gold Medalist
  • Western Elites Bronze Medalist

If you have any questions about the upcoming season, please feel free to email James at ellisonjh65@gmail.com.

18U Titanium - Chris Marynowicz

Chris, a previous coach for the Mohawk College Men's Volleyball team, will be entering his 16th season as a Head Coach with MAC Volleyball in 2021-2022 with some outstanding accomplishments through his first 15 seasons.

- Two time Ontario Provincial Silver Medalist in D1T1

- Silver Canadian National Medalist in D1T1

- Gold Canadian National Champion in D1T1

- Gold at the Children’s International Games in San Francisco

Aside from his on court accomplishments, Chris takes great pride in developing the sport of volleyball and passing on his love of the sport to all athletes he crosses paths with. Chris’ experience and passion has translated into the development of multiple National level players.

Back in September 2019, MAC announced plans to immerse our 17u and 18u athletes into a cultural and volleyball getaway to Poland. Those plans were abruptly cut short approximately 18 hours before takeoff in March of 2020.  We are hopeful that our Poland plans can kickoff once again in March 2022, however, that will be reviewed as the country’s restrictions and global pandemic eases.  More details to be shared as we get closer to September.

Please email any questions that you may have for the upcoming season to Chris at cmarynowicz@live.com.