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OVA Hall of Fame: Builders (Jos Nederveen & Nancy Castura)

Posted on 06/12/2018

Jos Nederveen began his club coaching career in 1981 with the Scarborough Solars when he was a graduate student at York University. Since then, his OVA experience includes various clubs including Hamilton Slovenia, Hamilton One Way, Bronte Beach, Waterdown Raiders and founding Mountain Athletic Club which has evolved into the current Mountain Volleyball Club. During his club tenure, Jos has coached numerous teams to Division I medal performances at both the provincial and national championships.
Throughout his 35-year high school coaching career, Jos has been an integral part of the development of volleyball athletes from within the Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe region. In 2012, Coach Nederveen captured his twentieth high school championship.

Jos has extended his volunteer involvement beyond the club and high school; he has coached at the elementary school level, at the International Children's Games, and even with the Canada Games staff for Team Ontario. He has been involved in administration as well, having spent ten years as the Athlete Development Chair at the OVA and spent ten years on the OVA Board.

Truly committed to the advancement of the sport, Jos has initiated numerous development programs for young athletes, and to transition older athletes into mentorship roles. One of his most recent projects in athletic development is the St. Mary's Volleyball Program, the developmental portion of MVC. He has developed an elementary school age house league program which hires high school athletes to act as mentors and coaches to young aspiring athletes. MVP also initiated Volleytotz, a developmental program that combines volleyball with other coordination activities aimed at kindergarten to grade 3 age athletes. The MVC/MVP program was the recipient of the GM Making Dreams Possible Coaching Grant to further develop student-athletes into NCCP certified coaches. The coaching grant became the foundation for establishing a coaching program for young female coaches, leading to their NCCP certification. This has recently evolved into the Mountain Volleyball Club Coaching Certification Program or MVCCP a multi-level introduction to coaching for female athletes ages 12 to 17.

As a native of Hamilton, Nancy began her "administrative career" with a student placement opportunity at the Ontario Volleyball Association which she later translated into a career. After graduating from teachers' college, Nancy fully immersed herself in administration, promoting and developing volleyball programs at the high school, club, and recreational level.

For years Nancy has been promoting volleyball in Hamilton, first as a volunteer with the Mountain Athletic Club as public relations contact and most recently as a club executive and public relations officer for the Mountain Volleyball Club.

Nancy's outstanding efforts in the promotion of volleyball have included promoting the success of club teams, their individual coaches, and players, as well as the developmental programs that Jos helped to initiate. She attends all programs, taking pictures and promoting young aspiring athletes to the local media.

Nancy is an indispensable part of Mountain Volleyball as the tournament host of as many as ten tournaments per year.
Together, Nancy and Jos have built Mountain Volleyball Club from the ground up into one of Ontario's most inspirational club programs.