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Tigers Volleyball Club - Menís Coaches


Eugene Tan has been coaching youth volleyball since 1999. A certified NCCP Level 3 coach, he has been active in the region for many years and has been instrumental in the growth and success of various Halifax area volleyball clubs. Eugene has worked at the provincial team level for many years, coaching alongside Coach Dan Ota with the 2005 Canada Games Team and as an assistant coach of the Dalhousie Tigers Menís Volleyball team for a number of years.  Most recently, Eugene was the head coach of the Nova Scotia entry at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, PEI. He has also served as President of Volleyball Nova Scotia. Off the court, Eugene works as a lawyer for Hill Law. He is a native of Guelph, ON but has called Halifax home since 1996.

He was the recipient of an IKON provincial coaching award in 2004, and led various teams, both male and female to provincial and regional championships.

Eugene is very proud of the on-court and off-court accomplishments of the athletes that he has had the privilege to coach, and is very happy to be coaching alongside many of his former players.

Justin Lynch has been playing or coaching volleyball for 10 years.  Over that period of time he was a player on seven provincial teams including the 2005 and 2009 Canada Games Team's.  During his playing career he won an Eastern Canadian Championship with team NS in 2003, Provincial title with Lakers club in 2004, a U21 national championship with the Tigers in 2009 and was named the captain of the 2009 Nova Scotia Canada Games Volleyball Team.

As a coach, Justin has experience coaching boys and girls from ages 8-24.  He has coached many summer camps, Assistant Coach of the U18 Hurricanes in 09', Head Coach of the U18 provincial team that won an Eastern Canadian title in 2010, and is the current Head Coach of the University of Kings College.

Justin draws a lot of his knowledge and philosophy of the game from Dan Ota, whom along with Jon Elliott and Eugene Tan were instrumental in his technical background.  Justin is a very technical coach who emphasizes efficiency, focus and mindset to his players.

Daniel Rogers was born and raised in New MInas NS, DR played his high school volleyball for the Horton Division 1 menís volleyball team. The Horton Griffins were provincial silver medalists in DRís grade twelve season. DR played club for Metro Tigers in 2006 and won bronze in the provincial championships. In 2007, DR played club for the Valley Waves and won the provincial gold medal and was named MVP of the provincial championships. DR played for the provincial team from 2006-2009 and was named Eastern Canadians all star in both 2006 and 2007.  


Dr went on to play his university career at the University of Guelph for 07/08 and 08/09. While in Guelph, he also played club for the Guelph Gryphons for 2008 and 2009 and won silver in the OVA provincial championships in 2009.

In the summer of 2009, DR played for the Nova Scotia Menís Canada games volleyball team.  

DR has been a setter for his entire competitive career and have proven that fat men can fly!

Paul Richer played high school volleyball at Grand River C.I. in Kitchener Ontario capturing the silver medal at AAAA OFSAA once.  He played a 4 year career at Dalhousie University finishing 4th in Canada in both the 05/06 and 07/08 seasons.  Paul was named conference libero of the year in his 4th and final year with the Tigers.


Paul's coaching career started in Ontario coaching a U14 women's team with the Waterloo Tigers club.  After moving to Halifax he coached at the Dalhousie Camps during his time as a player at Dalhousie.  After his playing career at Dal ended he took a full time assistant coaching position with the Dalhousie men's volleyball team.  He also coached the U20 Halifax tigers to a National Championship in 2009. 


Paul is strongly influenced by Dalhousie men's volleyball head coach Dan Ota. He played for Dan for 4 years and then coached alongside Dan for the 2008/09 season at Dal.  Paul specializes in technical aspects of the game but is most familiar with the passing and defense parts of the game.

Scott Townsend played his high school career at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, where he captained the team throughout his career.    Scottís club team experience in Halifax was one of great success with several provincial championships.  Scott was also a member of the 2001 Nova Scotia Canada Games squad.


Scott went on the play university volleyball in the OUA only to return to Halifax to complete his high school career at Dalhousie University.  There, he helped his team to three AUS championships.


Following university, Scott continued his career in Europe before returning to Halifax to find himself reunited at Tigers Volleyball with his high school coaches Eugene Tan and Krista Forbes as well as his Dalhousie mentor Dan Ota.

Cory Richard played three years of high school volleyball, two for Queen Elizabeth High School and one for Citadel High.  In his first year at QEH he helped his team towards a perfect regular season record and the earned Co-Rookie of the Year Award.  He also played club for Lakers Volleyball for five years.  Finishing third at provincials in his last season.  At nationals that year he helped his team upset the number one ranked team from Alberta.
Cory has been involved with coaching kids from the ages of 6-18.  Starting out as an assistant coach with Lakers when he was done playing. He has been a head coach with Cornwallis Junior High and Lakers.  He has spent the past season being an assistant coach with the Provincial Team Program and with the Citadel High Girls Volleyball team.  The past two seasons his 16U Lakers team has finished second at provincials and the 16U Boys Provincial Team won the Gold medal at Eastern Elite Championships.
His main coaching influence comes from his three club coaches he had at Lakers, Matt Hartlen, Dave Coolen and Natalie Hartlen.  From them he learned how to compose himself as a coach during matches and practices, as well as how to pick up on little technical details.  He tries to reflect the way he teaches athletes the same way he was taught for the five years he played club for them.  His strengths in coaching are with outside hitters, serving and the defence.

Greg Black played high school volleyball in Moncton, NB at Harrison Trimble High School and played for team New Brunswick throughout high school. Greg played 2 years of volleyball at the University of Waterloo and 3 more years at the University of New Brunswick. During his university career he played a number of different positions and was named a first team all star all three years at UNB.

Greg has been coaching at Fairview Jr. High school for the past two seasons and was formerly an assistant coach for the UNB Varsity Redís menís team.

Having played for Dan McMorran for three years at UNB Greg has been strongly influenced by him. As Greg has played multiple positions at the CIS level he has a strong well rounded understanding of the game.