Coaches

Adam Podstawka

Co-founder and lead coach at Legacy Beach Volleyball Club.

 Summer 2019
– Senior Elite Program
– Intermediate Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

Summer 2018
– Senior Elite Program
– Intermediate Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

Summer 2017
– Senior Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

As a former professional beach volleyball player, coupled with being a recent certified teacher in Ontario, Adam brings a set of coaching skills that are technically sound, as well as the ability to teach and communicate the message, idea or skill in a positive and inspiring way.

Standing at only 6’3, Adam made the senior national team in 2008 as the shortest blocker on the team. He was forced to find creative and intuitive ways to stay ahead and continue his journey as a professional beach volleyball player. Leading up to making the national team, Adam represented Canada in 3 Youth/Junior World championships, one with his older brother Paul, and the other 2 with Reid Hall where they finished 4th at the Under-18 World Championships in Italy.

In 2009 he captured the gold medal at the Canada Games, in front of the entire country on TSN, with his beach partner Reid Hall. Since then, Adam ran into shoulder dislocation issues which required surgery and the temporary hiatus in the sport of beach volleyball. Two years ago, Reid Hall and Adam teamed up to create Legacy Beach Volleyball Club that has been growing ever since. Their ability to inspire excellence out of their athletes, as well as having a strong technical background make them ideal coaches for athletes that are ready to take their game to the next level.

1) Former Senior National Team Athlete for Beach Volleyball – 2008

2) Gold Medalist at 2009 Canada Games for Beach Volleyball

3) 5-time Junior National Champion in Beach Volleyball

4) Finished 4th at the Under-18 World Championships 2004 in Termoli, Italy.

5) Represented Canada at 3 Youth/Junior World Championships

– 2002 Xylokastro, Greece. Under-18

– 2004 Termoli, Italy. Under-18

– 2007 Modena, Italy. Under-21

6) 2 time Recipient of the Sports Excellence Award at York University

Darren Goss

 Summer 2019
– Senior Elite Program
– Intermediate Elite Program

Summer 2018
– Senior Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program

Summer 2016
– Elite Program

Raised in Victoria BC. He played on the 16U indoor provincial team along with his beach partner Domingo Miguel. They made the decision to choose beach volleyball as a priority over indoor. Darren and Domingo moved to Toronto to attend York University, which gave them the opportunity to play beach all year while also playing CIS indoor volleyball.

While attending York University he was also playing on the beach national team. In 2004 Darren and Domingo captured the Seniors Men’s National Title. Since his pro days, he has been teaching for the Toronto District School Board and recently became a father.

Senior National Champion 2004

Senior National Finalist 2005

Senior National Team member 2002 -2005

Provincial Team indoor and beach – Beach 1999-2001

1999 USA Junior Olympics Gold Medal Beach Volleyball

20 and under canadian national beach volleyball gold medal 1999 and 2000

Represented Canada at the world university games 2002 in beach volleyball

Canada Games Champion 2001 beach volleyball

Captain of York University Indoor Volleyball 2004

4-time OUA All-star

1 time CIS all star

Paul Podstawka

 Summer 2019
– Senior Elite Program
– Intermediate Elite Program


Summer 2018

– Senior Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program

Summer 2017
– Senior Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program

– Builder/coach of Legacy winter programs since 2015

2016 Beach Coaching Accomplishments:

U18 Gold Premier X2 (Banz/Gallant)

U18 Gold Championship X2 (Mulholland/Peterson)

Youth Grand Slam Silver (2nd) (Banz/Gallant)

Youth Open Silver (2nd) (Banz/Gallant)

Helped 2 Players (Jenna Banz/Kayla Gallant) receive scholarships from University of Hawaii (ranked 4th in NCAA Sand), & University of Louisiana at Monroe (ranked 17th in NCAA Sand)

1) Played on the FIVB Tour (World Pro Circuit)

2) 2007 and 2008 – Member of the Senior National Team for Beach Volleyball

3) 2007 – Adult Elite Provincial Champion

4) Represented Canada at 3 Youth/Junior World Champions

– 2002 Xylokastro, Greece. Under 18

– 2004 Porto Santo, Portugal. Under 21

– 2005 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Under 21

5) 3 Time Gold Medalist at Canadian National Championships (U18, U20, U24)

6) 5 Time Gold Medalist at Ontario Provincial Championships

Kayla Gallant

 Summer 2019
– Intermediate Elite Program
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

Summer 2018
– Junior Elite Program
– Summer Camps – TBD

Past Coaching
– Junior Elite Program Summer 2017
– Development/Competitive winter programs since 2015

Kayla Gallant will be continuing her coaching with Legacy Beach in 3 of our programs: Competitive, Junior Elite and Intermediate Elite. She has been involved with the winter programs, development league and competitive program, since 2015. She is currently in her first year of Varsity Beach Volleyball at the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the NCAA. Over the past few years, she has been competing on the OVA tour with her partner Jenna Banz. They have been earning some top premier results most notably, 3rd at U18 provincials (2016), 4th at U18 nationals (2016). Good luck down under!
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GO WARHAWKS!

Check out her highlight videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxgcRaoW2AY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXFQXkKg2es

Elizabeth Richmond

 Summer 2019
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

Summer 2018
– Intermediate Elite Program

Elizabeth Richmond will be back coaching with us for a 2nd summer in our Competitive/Junior Elite programs. She is a current grade 12 student who is heading down to play NCAA Div I Beach Volleyball for Florida Golf Coast University. Over the past few summers, Elizabeth has been making her marking on the Provincial/National Scene.
Accomplishments (All Results D1T1)
– 3rd at U18 Premier Nationals 2017
– 3rd at U18 Premier Provincials 2017
– 2nd at U15 Premier Provincials 2016 (from 73 teams)
– Silver at 2016 Ontario Summer Games U16
– placed 5th (Gold Division) in 18U GetNoticed Showcase Tournament in Huntington Beach, California. October 2016
– 1st at U14 Premier Provincials 2015 (from 84 teams)
– 1st at U13 Premier Provincials 2014
– 4th in U16 Norceca Trials – Canadian Qualification (age 14)

“WHEN EVERYTHING IS COMING YOUR WAY, YOU’RE IN THE WRONG LANE”
Instagram: @Elizabeth.Richmond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXFQXkKg2es

Jillian Gleason

Summer 2019
– Junior Elite Program
– Competitive Program

Top finishes
2019
Texas Volleyball Tour Houston event 3 rd place
2018
Youth Open Grand Slam 2nd place
18u Ontario Championships 4th place
2017
16u Ontario Championships 3rd place
Favorite quote
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest
standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”– Arthur Ashe

Iris Fletcher

Summer 2019
– Intermediate Elite Program (Thursdays)

– representing Canada at FIVB U21 Beach World Championships, June 2019
– 3-time Canadian National champion (14u, 16u, 18u), 20U Canada Cup champion, 3-time Provincial champion, Provincial silver medalist, and 4-time Provincial bronze medalist.
– Ontario Summer Games Region 3 Beach team (2016)
– Indoor Team Ontario, Canada Cup silver (2016)
– Beach Team Ontario (2015-2018)
She will be starting her NCAA career in Varsity Beach Volleyball at Stephen F. Austin State University this fall.
Inspirational Quote:
“You don’t have to be the best, you just have to try your best.”
Abbey Thorup

Summer 2019
– Intermediate Elite Program (Thursdays)

Accomplishments
– representing Canada at FIVB U21 Beach World Championships, June 2019
– 18U Canadian National Champion (2018)
– 20U Canada Cup Champion (2018)
– Youth Open Provincial Champion (2018)
– 18U Provincial Bronze (2018)
– Youth Open Provincial Bronze (2017)
– Beach Team Ontario (2017, 2018)
– Ontario Summer Games Region 3 Beach team (2016)
– multi-sport athlete with 6 OFSSA appearances in volleyball, basketball and track & field
Abbey will be heading south to the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the fall to start her NCAA Beach Volleyball career.
Inspirational Quote:
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”