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Dooley Earns 2021 Canada Games Post

Dooley Earns 2021 Canada Games Post

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

Capilano University Blues men's volleyball head coach Dave Dooley has been named by Volleyball BC as the head coach of B.C.'s men's beach volleyball team for the 2021 Canada Games in Niagara, Ont.

Dooley is in his second season with the Blues and has coached his team to the top of the current PACWEST standings with a 10-3 record. His experience at the helm of the CapU program helped him land this assignment for the 2021 Games.

"Capilano has given me a wonderful opportunity to enhance my skills as a coach both on and off the court and I will be looking to bring those skills to the beach over the next two summers," said Dooley. 

While his immediate plans involve guiding the Blues down the stretch to the postseason, the summer of 2020 will be important as well as he will begin work with the athletes in the beach game in preparation for the Games the following year.

Dooley was one of four coaches named for 2021 by Volleyball BC. The Games will give Dooley a chance to reconnect with the coach he played for at Camosun College and later coached alongside in the provincial ranks, Charles Parkinson, who has been tabbed to head up the men's indoor team.

"Charles was a wonderful mentor for me for eight seasons at Camosun, culminating in a national championship in 2015," said Dooley. "Having coached Team BC as an assistant under Charles years ago, it’s amazing to get this opportunity to lead a program alongside my mentor."

B.C.'s men's beach team are the defending gold medalists from the 2017 event in Winnipeg and Dooley expects nothing less when he leads the team.

"Having been a part of Team BC for a number of years, I look forward to continuing to build the culture and values within our program, staff, and athletes on the beach side of the game and am very excited to help develop the program further, building towards our ultimate goal of winning a gold medal in Niagara.”

The 2021 Canada Games will take place Aug. 6 to 21 in Niagara, Ont.