Defensa philosophy…

Defensa aims to make a significant contribution to the growth of volleyball in Canada.  In doing this, we have a structured development model for all athletes and coaches.  All Defensa athletes are trained under the same core foundation of consistent skill development and an athletic style of play, from our grass roots program to our elite level.

Defensa News:

Defensa in the NCAA

With the NCAA Volleyball season officially kicking off this weekend we want to send a special shoutout to all our alumni athletes as they take the court for the first time this year, good luck [...]

Defensa on the Canadian Youth National Team

Best of luck to these two @madysaris & @annasmrekkas they wear the maple leaf for the second summer in a row. They are currently in Slovenia training before heading to Egypt to represent Canada at the U18 @volleyballworld Championships. [...]

Defensa on Team Ontario

Congratulations to all our Defensa athletes that made Team Ontario Red. They compete in the Canada Cup games in Halifax starting Thursday July 18th.

Coach Denyse Wahlgren

We are excited to announce Denyse Wahlgren will be back to lead the way with 16 Purple for the 2019/2020 season. As a former NCAA D1 athlete Denyse’s commitment and contributions to Defensa both [...]

Coach Geoff Matheson

Coach Geoff Matheson looks to build on a successful campaign with the 12s last season as he continues the charge with 13u Purple for the 2019/2020 season! Its great to have you back Geoff! [...]

Coach Melanie Walsh and Oksana Kozak

Melanie Walsh and Oksana Kozak will be back to lead our 14u purple group for the 2019/2020 season and we could not be more pumped about it! Both Mel and Oksana are Defensa alumni, [...]

Coach Adam Podstawka

We are so excited to welcome back Adam Podstawka to our staff as the head coach of our 15 Purple squad for the 2019/2020 season. Adam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to [...]


Canadian athletes are every bit as strong and athletic as any in the world.  At Defensa, we take a systematic approach using similar techniques and coaching styles developed by some of the best coaches and clubs in the world! We are committed to competing within the growing Canadian volleyball system however we believe exposure to top level competition is vital for long term success. With this, we strive to compete within AAU and USAV systems to expose to top level competition.