EVP is excited to announce the addition of Jessie Nairn to our team for the upcoming season. Jessie has many years of volleyball experience that extends from four years of club volleyball and six years on the McMaster Women’s volleyball team.
As one of our new coaches, Jessie is very eager to pass on her knowledge and love for the game throughout our entire organization. Throughout the summer, Jessie will be leading our summer camps, giving players the opportunity to learn from an elite player as well as find their love for the game.
Outside of volleyball, Jessie has a real passion for baking and started her own company during the COVID pandemic. Jessie loves being involved in the community and volunteering in any way possible. During her time at McMaster, Jessie was the co-president of the McMaster Varsity Athletic leadership committee and mental health executive as well. Jessie was also a part of the McMaster athlete care program, volunteering and helping the less fortunate in the Hamilton community!
In an interview with Jessie, we asked her, “What made you want to come work at EVP?” She responded with, “The main reason I wanted to come to EVP is to give back to the volleyball community! Throughout my journey, I have been greatly impacted by amazing coaches along the way, and I hope to one day be the coach for athletes I cross paths with”.
EVP is extremely excited to welcome one of our newest elite volleyball players, Ben Kerkhoff.
Ben is joining our team at EVP in a coaching position that will allow him to share his expertise and knowledge while giving a deeper insight into high-performance play.
Ben has three years of high-level coaching experience, including 17u and 18u boys at MAC, while in the summer he coached Team Ontario. Ben has also represented Canada in the under 21 Beach World Championship in Thailand, and placed first in the Youth Beach Provincial Open.
Ben is very excited to continue his coaching career and to help new players grow. Ben’s passion for volleyball is reflected in his professionalism and love for the game, which will prove to be a major benefit to our players.
Outside of volleyball, Ben loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys relaxing with his family. Ben enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and playing board games. Currently, Ben is going into his fourth year at McMaster University, where he is studying Honors Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Business. Once Ben graduates, he hopes to go to teachers college and pursue a career as a teacher.
In an interview with Ben, we asked why he wanted to become a part of EVP, in which he responded, “I choose to work at EVP because I heard it was a fun environment full of hard working coaches and athletes”.