About The Authors

Ard Biesheuvel M.Ed.

ArdforbookArd is a high school physical education teacher in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After spending 11 years at the helm of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) program, he transferred to Chinook High School in 2010.  In Chinook’s  first year in exsistence,  he led his team to the league and zone championship. While at LCI, Ard led his team to four straight appearances in the 4A provincial finals (from 2006-2009), winning gold in 2007, when his team went 59-0.  In April 2011, this team was admitted to the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame. During Ard’s time at LCI, fifty percent of his graduating players  received scholarships to play post-secondary volleyball. Ard has earned “Coach of the Year” honours seven times in his eleven years as the LCI head coach. Ard has also been involved with Team Alberta Provincial Program as both an assistant and a head coach. In 2009, he was part of the coaching staff when Alberta U19 Men won the National Team Challenge Cup. In 1990, Ard received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge. While at the university, Ard played both CIS volleyball and soccer. Upon graduation, Ard coached the women’s volleyball program at Lethbridge Community College from 1990 to 1993. During this time he founded the Lethbridge Volleyball Club. In 1998 he received his Masters of Education from the University of Lethbridge. Ard is the founder and President of STARS Volleyball (www.starsvolleyball.ca). STARS Volleyball is a national after-school program that teaches elementary aged children how to play volleyball. Ard was the Chair Person and Co-Author of Volleyball Canada’s Atomic Curriculum. Ard is married to Kim and together they have two children; Marcus and Samantha.

Mary Dyck, Ph.D.

dyckfinalcropMary Dyck teaches Volleyball, Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology, Motor Learning and Sport Management at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. She is currently the coach of the Immanuel Christian High School Eagles Girls Volleyball Team. In 2009, her team finished fourth in their school’s first every appearance at 2A provincials. She is a Level III NCCP coach in volleyball and soccer. After playing university volleyball, Mary began coaching in 1980 and has coached youth programs, college soccer teams, university soccer and volleyball teams and provincial soccer teams. In 1988, Mary was named Canada West Coach of the Year while coaching the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Women’s soccer team. Mary also coached Trinity Western University Spartans Women’s Team to the British Columbia Athletic Association Championship in 1992. Mary is a coaching course conductor for the Alberta Soccer Association and Alberta Volleyball Association, which allow her to meet and mentor new coaches. Mary is married to Phil and has two daughters, Jesse and Carly.