Orest Stanko is the head coach of the Pakmen Volleyball Club, and the first full-time head coach in Canada, at the club level. He is the former head coach of the University of Toronto Blues, where he coached the most successful men’s volleyball program in the history of Ontario University Athletics (OUA); several athletes advanced to play for Team Canada, indoor and beach. His tenure resulted in 13 OUA Championships, 14 appearances at the CIS National Championships and being named the OUA Coach of the Year, an astonishing seven times. His success at the varsity level led to an impressive coaching resume with Volleyball Canada on both national and international stages. In 2001 Stanko was the Head Coach of theNational Women’s Beach Volleyball Team. Two years later he coached athletes Josh Binstock and Brian Hiebert to Gold at the Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championships.
As a former Executive Director of the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA), Stanko played a key leadership role in the introduction of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model in Ontario and throughout Canada. He developed LTAD implementation plans for other sports including Ontario Golf Association, Ontario Table Tennis Association and Ontario Modern Pentathlon Association.