Profile: Chris Simek
Chris Simek is a veritable volleyball legend in the college circuit. Starting at Humber College, he broke a variety of records and helped guide the team to a provincial championship. After his success at Humber, Simek moved on to Guelph University, where he continued to excel, winning the CSI rookie of the year. Now, Simek will be bringing his experience to Pakmen, passing it on to a new generation of players. “Chris was one of my favorite players of all time,” said Cal Wigston, head coach at Guelph University. “While at Guelph Chris dominated the league in service aces and hitting percentage. Chris has won at all levels in volleyball and I look forward to watching him do well as a coach with one of the best club programs in the country.”
Simek started with Pakmen in their weekend development league programs this past year, showing the basics to members aged 6 to 18 years. “He quickly gained the respect of both players and parents with his technical grasp of the skills and his ability to teach,” said Kelly Smith, Pakmen’s founder. “He is very patient and positive – he has a natural aptitude for working with youth”. Simek has also garnered much praise from those who have had the opportunity to attend his skill clinics. “Simek really brings the competitiveness in players by giving good feedback and being able to play with/against us,” said Zeid Hamadeh, who attended the clinics. “He’s very knowledgeable coach for the sport of volleyball.” “I really liked him, he’s a funny guy, he’s easy going but when it comes down to it, he’s hard on us,” said Abe Dugassa, another clinic attendee. “He’s young so we can relate to him … He knows how to get his point across well.”
Simek will continue to coach in the weekend development programs and will act as the co-head coach of our U17 boys rep team. He will work with coach Phillip Rodrigues to try to help the team re-claim their status as Provincial Champions. “Anytime Chris is in the gym, the players get better” said Smith. “We are all very excited”.