Julie Young

Head Coach / Program Coordinator

I was born in raised in Red Deer, Alberta. I first fell in love with volleyball before I could walk. My mom was a phys ed teacher and volleyball coach, so I spent many hours in the gym with her, attending practices and games.  I loved every aspect of the game and would volley against the wall and practice my serve for hours. I played many sports growing up such as soccer, badminton, tennis and basketball. Soccer was my main sport up until grade 9 when I decided to focus on volleyball. I made the youth national team at the age of 14 and played within the junior Volleyball Canada program until I graduated high school.

After graduation, I made the best decision of my life to attend the University of Calgary.  For the 5 years in Calgary we medaled at nationals every year. During that time, I continued to be a part of volleyball Canada and trained with the senior national B team during the summer. I learned many lessons in University that transformed me as a person and athlete. My friends and teammates from University are still a huge part of my life and they continuously challenge and shape me. After University graduation I moved to Winnipeg to train with the senior national team. This would be my full-time job for the next 5 years playing both overseas professionally as well as wearing the maple leaf proudly. I dedicated my life to the sport in hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Unfortunately, my dream of being and Olympian wasn’t meant to be, so I retired and moved back to Calgary where I worked as a sales representative for Mizuno Canada.

The return to Calgary provided me an opportunity to work within volleyball Canada’s Excellence program and with amazing mentor coaches I found my love for skill development. In 2016, I worked with the Junior National Team and joined the Mount Royal University’s coaching staff. Coaching then became my full-time job and included coaching small group sessions and private lessons in Calgary.

When I’m not the court, I teach restorative yoga to athletes.  I understand the value of recovery and feel strongly that every athlete should incorporate it into their schedule. I look forward to teaching restorative yoga to my new athletes. I enjoy skiing, biking, and hiking and I’m looking forward to my move to the island, so I can continue these activities. I’m excited to join the Wave/Abstract program as I feel the coaches and athletes share the same vision and are dedicated to excellence.