Coach Spotlight

National Coaches Week – Coach Spotlight Feature: Mike Gauthier

Mike coaching the OKM Senior Boys team.

Mike Gauthier grew up playing the sport of volleyball. He is a coach with the Kelowna Volleyball Club. Mike Gauthier starting coaching volleyball because he saw that there was a need as teams were on the verge of folding because they didn’t have coaches so he stepped up. He has been standing courtside ever since and enjoys ever minute of it.

Mike’s coach philosophy is, “We try to model professionalism and respect to our athletes in all walks of life and have the athletes do the same.” Mike and his coaching team are all very proud of the group of athletes they have worked with over the years and continue to work and train with.

Off of the court Mike is a police officer with the RCMP and in July competed at the World Police and Fire Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At that event there is a traditional jersey swap and the teams firey jerseys have since travelled to Brazil, Hong Kong and beyond. After competing at the Games Mike and his fellow police officers and fire fighters were part of the massive fire evacuation that took place in Kelowna and West Kelowna and the surrounding area. Volleyball BC is very grateful for the effort of all the First Responders along with the Police and Fire Fighters who worked tirelessly to protect homes, lives and livelihoods during those intense weeks.

Please join us in saying #THANKSCOACH to Mike for continuing to be an amazing coach, athlete and ambassador for the sport of volleyball.

For more information on National Coaches Week visit the Coaches Association of Canada.