|Organisation:||Durham College Women’s Varsity Volleyball|
Kourtney Cyr’s career began in Grade 4 when she fell for the sport of volleyball. In 2014, she joins the Durham College coaching staff thanks to the Female Apprentice Coach Prorgram.
“Since that first day I stepped onto the court, I have never wanted to leave it, whether I am playing or coaching, I truly love the game,” said Cyr.
She attended Durham from 2008-11 and was a member of the women’s varsity team all three years. In her final two seasons, Cyr was the Lords team captain. In 2011, she was recognized with the Team Leadership and Academic and Athletics Achievements awards.
Cyr played volleyball throughout elementary school and joined her first club team, the York Region Stingrays, at the age of 10. Her leadership skills were observed early on in her career; she was often named team captain.
She was also a captain in high school and received MVP honours in all four seasons. It was during her high school career that Cyr first took interest in coaching. She volunteered at volleyball clinics, held during summer and spring breaks. There, she received instruction on development of technical and mental skills as well as conditioning.
“I have always been a very passionate athlete when it comes to practices, competition and conditioning,” said Cyr.
This season, Cyr looks forward to having a professional working relationship with the student-athletes. “I expect to be able to offer mentorsihp to these young athletes to help them develop mental toughness and have a positive impact on their ability to deal with pressure and adversity,” she said.
Watching my older brother Chris play volleyball for his high school team.
Misty May and my brother.
First I played volleyball in public school, then at a club level for the York Region Stingrays and for Uxbridge High School. I then proceeded to play at Durham College for three years and was captain for my final two years. After graduating I took a couple years off from competitive volleyball and then an opportunity arose to become the assistant coach for the Durham College Women’s Volleyball Team with head coach Tony Clarke. I have started to get my Level 1 coaching certification by NCCP theory and technical training clinics.
I was playing in a women’s volleyball tournament and the new head coach for the women’s volleyball team, Tony Clarke, approached me and asked me a couple questions about becoming an assistant coach and working with him to create a new culture for the Durham College team.
I am still in the learning process of becoming a coach. It is important for a coach to have a strong backbone and be able to provide feedback for volleyball, school, and personal situations. It’s always important to have an open door policy with a team, it will make the athletes feel more comfortable to come and talk to the coaches about any issues they may be dealing with.
I am most proud of the Durham College women’s team for finishing their first half of the season with a 6-3 record, ending with a five match win streak.
I really want to change the culture of the volleyball team. They have been through a lot of ups and downs and I feel like the girls need to have a consistent coaching staff and coaches they can rely on and trust in order to have a successful season and redefine the culture of the program.
No, I do not. I believe there are about equal amount of female and male coaches in the college level.
No, I have not. There are arguably more female athletes involved in the sport of volleyball in Canada than there are male athletes and it is a tightly knit community.
I believe that female coaches are making their way up through the coaching ranks to achieve equality. I think the athletic directors of schools and clubs need to give the female coaches more opportunities to prove themselves as coaches.