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OVA Hall of Fame: Builders (Chris Lawson)

Posted on 06/12/2018
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Now retired from coaching with the University of Waterloo, Chris Lawson leads London Volleyball Club's Technical Committee and coaches their 13U and 14U boys programs.

Chris' coaching resume is almost unrivalled in Ontario as he guided the University of Waterloo's men's program to five straight OUA final fours and two straight National Championships. He has accumulated a career regular season record of 109 wins and led Waterloo to the OUA playoffs every year he was at the helm.

Chris boasts over 30 years of coaching experience, with specialization in biomechanics and Long-Term Athlete Development. As an NCCP Level 3 Coaching Facilitator, Chris has trained and mentored literally hundreds of coaches across Ontario.

Chris has a solid background of coaching volleyball on several levels. He has over 20 years coaching experience with OVA and club teams, 20 years coaching senior high school and over 25 years of volleyball camp leadership. He also coached with the Team Canada Youth program, Chris is a former Ontario Provincial Team Head and Assistant Coach who has represented Ontario at 2 Canada Summer Games. He also coached in the Ontario Summer Games for several cycles. Deservedly, Chris has received numerous high school and provincial coaching awards in his career and was named OUA Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

Over the years, Chris has also worked with the OVA in developing grassroots clinicians by leading SPIKES Trainer sessions and by acting as a mentor coach to Team Ontario coaches. On the administrative side, Chris was the President of OVA Region 3, was a member of the OVA Board of Directors and was the Region 3 Coaching Chair.

Chris is one of the true selfless leaders in Ontario, and even in Canada, when it comes to leading coach development. A lifelong learner, he has always dedicated his time to his own development and yet has found a way to give even more time to leading and mentoring coaches of all levels to become better at what they do. He is a great instructional communicator and like everything else he does, makes it about those learning and not about himself.

Shayne White, current head coach of the Waterloo men's program describes Chris as a friend, a peer, and a mentor. Shayne says, "Chris has given me many great memories and opportunities since our first meeting in 2004. He is the true definition of a coach, and he deserves all the credit for being the architect of the University of Waterloo's men's volleyball program." Congratulations Chris on your induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame.