Head Coach Mark Matsubara
Mark began his volleyball career playing with the SAIT Trojans (ACAC) from 1994-1996. He went on to play Senior Men's Volleyball (CalVol) from 1996-2004, participating in both a Provincial Championship and a Canadian Open. Wanting to stay involved in the sport that he loves, Mark began coaching volleyball in 2013 at Okotoks Junior High School, acting as both assistant and head coach for three years. He was an assistant coach for the U15 girls team at Okotoks Volleyball Club. Mark is excited to be returning to Foothills Volleyball Club for his third year, as head coach of the U17 team.
Mark says, "My goal is to instill a love for volleyball in every athlete I coach. I place importance in individual player development and helping each athlete achieve their volleyball goals."
Assistant Coach Peter Matsubara
Prior to joining Foothills VC, Peter spent 5 years with Air Attack Volleyball Club in Richmond BC, coaching at the U16, U17, and U18 level. During this time, he attained his Level 2 NCCP coaching certification. He has served as varsity head coach at Cambie Secondary in Richmond BC, Spectrum Secondary in Victoria BC, and as a U14 assistant at his own high school JH Bruns Collegiate in Winnipeg.
As Teams Coordinator with Team Canada Volleyball for 4 years, he has been exposed to the highest levels of volleyball and has learned from many of the top coaches in Canada.
As a player, he was a member of the U16 Manitoba Provincial Team and played with top club teams in his final years of high school and first year at the University of Manitoba. A multi-sport athlete, he also competed with the Manitoba Provincial Team in the sport of Team Handball, bringing home two silver medals at National Championships, and was also a member of the National Junior Team for a season.
Assistant Coach Matt Achtymichuk
Matt Achtymichuk has been involved within the Alberta Volleyball community for a number of years coaching with Xtreme Beach with his mentor, coach Corey Cowper, during the summer. He been part of the FVC Staff for three seasons working with Mark and Peter Matsubara.
Before coaching, Matt played high school ball with Foothills Composite High School (Okotoks) and was a member of OVC (Okotoks Volleyball Club) for two years. During his early coaching career, Matt worked as an assistant coach with Corey Cowper at Foothills Composite High School where the team won two league banners.
Matt also works as the Calgary Public Relations intern with One Volleyball. Through this work, Matt has developed great connections within and outside the Calgary volleyball community.
Matt is excited to be back with the FVC U17 program as he gets to work alongside a great staff.
Special Skills Coach
My name is Matt Armstrong and I will be working with the 17U team this year.
I am currently a 5th year Computer Science student at the University of Calgary.
In the past I have been the head coach for the 17U and 18U FVC teams as well as JV and Senior Boys volleyball coach at Foothills Composite High School.
My focus is primarily on teaching strong position specific fundamentals among all our FVC players.
I am looking forward to another great year with FVC!