As an OVA Advanced Development Beach Coach and NCCP level 1 Coach, Coach Gus has been involved in playing and helping grow beach volleyball in Canada for over 30 years. He has been the Beach Director for Milton Edge for 4 years, head coach for 4 years, and this is his second season elected as President of Milton Edge. In 2012, he coached Josh Binstock/Martin Reader toward the 2012 Olympics, as well as Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter toward Canada’s 1st FIVB Gold in over 24 years. Coach Gus also coached the OVA High Performance Regional Beach Program for 15U boys, coached the Volleyball Canada Regional Excellence Program (VCCE), and continues to coach beach each year at Madawaska Volleyball Camp.
As a young player he won 2 city championships playing for London Saunders SS, one of the best volleyball high schools in Canada. He went on to play for University of Western Ontario’s Mustangs, and also helped coach Forest City’s 15U to National Champion Gold. He then went on to play professional beach, where as the youngest team on the tour he and his partner made a name for themselves as one of the top 5 Canadian Beach teams and he was awarded Rookie of the Year, and Most Sportsmanlike player. After taking a break from volleyball to study to become a Chiropractor, he returned to coaching when his children started showing an interest in beach volleyball. He has helped coach all 4 of his children in volleyball, including the eldest 3 in indoor rep volleyball with Milton Edge and in competitive beach volleyball.