Meet the Athlete Connect Team

We are a group of former athletes and coaches that <a href=”” style=”text-decoration: none; color:#333″>order an essay cheap</a> are passionate about post secondary sport. We all have an athletic history rooted in university sport and would like to increase the opportunities for athletes that want to compete at the post secondary level. We all believe that university sport develops athletes and more importantly, good people. Learn more about each one of us <a href=”” style=”text-decoration: none; color:#333″>who can write my paper for money</a> below. Nice to meet you! 

Rob Ellis

I was born and raised in Brooks, Alberta. Growing up in a small town, I took to athletics, competing in many sports including track and field, basketball, soccer and basketball. When I made the Alberta Volleyball team at 14, I learned that if I worked hard, I would be able to go to university, study hard and continue to play volleyball at an extremely high level. After graduating high school, I was recruited to Red Deer College where we won 2 National Championships, then transferred to the University of Calgary to complete my Kinesiology degree and play for the Dinos men’s volleyball team.

After graduation, I began my real life working in sales but more importantly, began my coaching career in women’s volleyball. I coached club volleyball for 4 years, winning 2 national championships and also was the assistant coach of the Mount Royal women’s volleyball team, winning 1 national title and 2 provincial titles.

I helped create Athlete Connect to give athletes the access to the same opportunities that I had growing up. Competing at the post-secondary level taught me many life lessons and helped me develop an extensive network of friends including other athletes, referees, coaches and many more that I still associate with regularly today. Sport is invaluable; compete as long as you can.

Tyler Fraser

I was born in Calgary, Alberta at the General Hospital weighing over 9 lbs. I arrived in the evening sometime just after 8:05 PM. My father Ronald had been coaching volleyball in Okotoks earlier that day. Later in life while I was playing volleyball at the University of Calgary he would often remind me that back in his day, people didn’t miss as many serves and “people played by the rules and didn’t touch the net”. After finishing my eligibility playing indoor at U of C I made my way to the beach where I played a single game on the FIVB world tour, it was enough to know that while I loved competing, my 6’4 frame had taken me as far as I would go at the international level. My back up plan to professional athlete was of course to become a film maker and work in a creative environment. I had laid the foundation for a career in filmmaking through junior high and high school and have been working for the past seven years for a variety of companies around Alberta and as a freelancer.

Athlete Connect allows me to combine the things I love, athletics and telling stories. The stories we will tell with our videos will allow coaches to connect with athletes and make more informed decisions. When I was first recruited back in 1999, it was by a coach who walked in the gym, saw that I was 6’4 and had been invited to try out for the provincial team. It was very impersonal and he didn’t even know what position I played. Coaches and athletes are so much more informed now and we believe Athlete Connect will be an essential asset for both players and coaches and I couldn’t be more proud to be involved from the beginning.  

Also, If you didn’t get to see Rob play back in 1999, you missed out, we’ll try to find video evidence of the man who once was.

Andrea Ross

Born in London, Ontario, I was a competitive gymnast for 12 years. Competing in track & field, cross-country, power cheerleading and golf, I settled into my carrier as a freestyle wrestler. During my 5 years as a University of Calgary Dino (2 years as captain), I won a CIS individual and team title. During that time I earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a Bachelor of Kinesiology.

After graduation, I continued to wrestle on the international stage, winning gold at the National Championships, the Commonwealth Championships and the Pan American Championships. To pay the bills as a poor Canadian athlete, I was an executive assistant for three years at a real estate development company where I gained valuable marketing, product development and customer management experience. I began assistant coaching at the University of Calgary where I helped develop junior athletes.

I got involved with Athlete Connect because I believe that Canadian post-secondary sport can grow a lot more. The benefits of continuing one’s competitive sport career after high-school are countless. Without post-secondary sport, exploring new Canadian cities, travelling the world and the numerous employment opportunities that come from the network of people you make, would not be possible.