OUR DEDICATED COACHING STAFF 

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HEAD COACH - MICH ROY

  • Fraser Valley Head Coach, Michel Roy, is a 35 year veteran Professional  Water Polo coach in Canada and the USA. 

  • Michel started playing water polo in 1973.

  • He is one of a few Level 4 NCCP in Canada.

  • He is a former Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s National teams and the only Canadian coach who has had the privilege of coaching both National Teams.

  • Michel was the Head Coach of the University of Hawaii for 10 seasons in the NCAA Division 1, MPSF conference, the best female water polo league in the World.  While there, his teams competed in the NCCA Finals on 4 occasions.

  • Michel is a 32 time National Champion in Canada as a coach and 2 times as a player.

  • He has produced over 100 National Team and NCAA athletes.

  • He is a 11 time Senior Men’s National Champion as a coach and once as a player (1982), the most ever in the history of Water Polo in Canada.

  • In 1993 Michel’s club was National Champions in the Senior, Junior and Juvenile men’s levels, this was the only time, ever, in the History of WPC, that one club won all 3 Nationals in the same season.

  • In his career Michel has coached 8 Olympians, 2 of whom are Olympic gold medalists.

  • 3 of Michel’s athletes have been named Best Water Polo Player in the world in both USA and Italian magazines. With Michel’s contacts in the USA at both the University and College levels, he has placed a great number of athletes with scholarships in the USA NCAA Colleges.

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GEORGIY BELYAEV

COACH

A former Canadian Junior National Team player and a winner of Most Valuable Coach at the 2019 Canadian Western Championships (after coaching our 14U Boys to a Gold Medal win!).

 

Bringing 10 years of playing experience on the club, provincial and national team level and having coached for over six years, Georgiy can't wait to start this competitive season.

 

When Georgiy is not on the deck coaching he is a full time student at SFU and plans to play on the Fraser Valley Masters Team.

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TERRIL ASHTON

COACH

Terril is a former Canadian Women's National Team Goalkeeper with extensive High Performance coaching experience over the past 30  years in both Canada and Australia. She holds a B.Ed and a Level 2 NCCP  certification. 

 

Australian coaching experience includes the South Australian State team coach,  NCL coach and AUS 16u Assistant Coach.  

Coach Terril is excited to be back on the pool deck with our Valley athletes again this season.  She is a skilled team builder and is keen to put her years of coaching experience back to use helping our athletes achieve their dreams. 

 

In addition to  water polo she is a former swim coach with both BC Summer and Winter swimming (and recurring winner of 'Club with most point per Athlete' trophy).

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A sport played by the quickest, strongest, smartest and best conditioned athletes.”

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ALEXA TIELMANN

COACH

Alexa began playing water polo at a young age and was part of Fraser Valley Water Polo club’s inaugural year. She started with the Canadian Women's National team program in 2010; making her first European trip with the Youth National team. In 2012 she made her debut with the Senior National team in her first appearance at the World League Super Final in China.

 

In September 2012, Alexa began her collegiate water polo career at UCLA. During her time there she played in 118 games, scored 113 goals, tallied 91 earned exclusions and participated in 4 NCAA Championships with top 3 results every year.  She graduated in 2017 with a Sociology major and Education Studies minor. 

 

Alexa played aboard, signing a professional contract with Lantech Plebiscito Padova in Italy, where she competed in both the Italian League and European League. Her team placed 8th in the Euro League and won the Italian Championship. Alexa's last competition with the Canadian National team before her retirement was the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup in Auckland, New Zealand; the team had one loss against the USA and finished third with a win against China. 

 

Alexa is excited to be coaching with Fraser Valley. Her goal is to pass on her love of the game and inspire young athletes to be their best.

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THOMAS GIBSON

COACH

Thomas is a national level player who Coach Roy has called one of the top centre defenders in Canada!

 

Thomas' skill doesn't stop at defense as he is one of the most well rounded players to ever play for Valley. As a goalie, he was one of the best in the nation and, on offense, he was always one of the top scorers.  Lastly, he has been previously recognized as an All Star by Water Polo Canada.

He has coached BCSSA Summer Water Polo for the past three years with Crescent Beach Swimming Club.

Thomas has just graduated High School and is now taking his first steps to study towards a nursing degree.

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A sport played by the quickest, strongest, smartest and best conditioned athletes.”

ARE YOU WITH US?

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YURI COWIE

COACH

Yuri played water polo with Fraser Valley until 2018 before heading to California State University, Northridge, to play Division 1 water polo in the NCAA. She graduated in 2021 with a Liberal Studies major and a Chemistry minor.  

 

With a strong background in both playing and coaching various teams, Yuri is excited to come back to Fraser Valley as a coach to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport.  

 

When Yuri is not on deck coaching, she is studying at UFV and working towards a career in teaching high school science/chemistry.

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ILYA BELYAEV

ASSISTANT COACH

An assistant coach and a high level player within the FV organization. Ilya possesses a strong technical foundation and has been coaching our development athletes for two years.