We are a team of professionals that grew up in different parts of the world, but all were in love with playing sports. Through the years, we polished our athletic skills and gained knowledge all over the world. We are ready now to share this knowledge and experience with the next generations of athletes.
Nataliia played volleyball in over 17 countries and experienced coaching approaches from the top European and North American coaches. This helped her meet friends from the most successful teams all over the world which now opened an opportunity of signing contracts for younger players through the trusted relationships
At the same time, Luke was studying human biomechanics and developing the right approach to training athletes with physiologically correct movements that minimize the negative impacts on the overall health of the athlete. He multiplied his knowledge by earning certifications in the neurological rehabilitation technique P-DTR which helps our athletes with injury prevention and injury rehabilitation.
We plan to expand our team and add more professionals in order to provide better service and make changes in coaching.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive learning environment for younger athletes. One that mentors athletes with the right movement fundamentals, provides advice on volleyball IQ development strategies, exposes players to international volleyball talent, and helps them recover quickly after injuries.
Meet The Team
Founder & Coach
Nataliia is a professional athlete from Ukraine with over 20 years of volleyball experience as a player.
She found success playing both indoor and beach volleyball on the world level, winning multiple National Championships as well as numerous gold medals and MVP trophies across Europe. She signed professional playing contracts in multiple European countries. As a Ukrainian National volleyball team member, she achieved the national honour of the Master of Sports.
Nataliia was the starting libero for the Mount Royal University Cougars varsity volleyball team for the past five years. In 2022, she helped lead the Cougars to second place in Canada, winning the silver medal in the National U SPORTS Final.
Nataliia has played in the highest divisions in Europe and Canada. She has succeeded as a player because of her strong sense of discipline, impressive work ethic and technical proficiency. This has carried over to her coaching career, allowing her to share her knowledge and experience to help develop the next generation of athletes.
Executive Coordinator, Client Services
We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you all! Please join us in welcoming Sasha, our new Executive Coordinator of Client Services, to the Natke Volleyball team.
Sasha hails from the beautiful city of Dnipro in Ukraine and brings a wealth of experience and passion to her role. Having been a Canadian citizen for the past six years, she has recently embarked on a new adventure by making Calgary her home. We are genuinely excited to have her on board!
Many of you might already be familiar with Sasha's unwavering support for Nataliia throughout her career. Whether it was cheering on the MRU Cougars at every game in Edmonton or being a pillar of support, Sasha's dedication to Natke Volleyball's mission has always shone through.
Sasha is not just a fantastic team player; she is also incredibly passionate about time management and organization. Her meticulous approach ensures that every aspect of your Natke Volleyball experience, from bookings to sessions, is seamless and enjoyable.
As a nature lover, Sasha is thrilled to be living closer to the mountains in Calgary, and we can't wait to see how this beautiful city inspires her and our team.
For any inquiries, booking requests, or if you simply want to say hello, feel free to reach out to Sasha. We are committed to providing a high level of customer experience, and Sasha will ensure your queries are addressed promptly.
Contact Sasha to schedule your next session or for any assistance you may need.
Neurological rehab therapist & fitness coach
EXPERIENCE – BSc Kin, CSEP-CPT, P-DTR Advanced Practitioner, RMT
Luke has 15 years of experience as a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer. His observations of clients’ experience with dysfunction and pain in his sessions led him to seek out becoming an Advanced Practitioner of P-DTR. He was the first in Canada to receive this certification and is known as the most experienced P-DTR practitioner in all of Canada. With this certification, he has focused on treating youth athletes and their sports injuries for the past five years. Luke most recently completed his education to become a registered massage therapist and is looking forward to adding these manual skills to his treatment approach.
Luke’s treatment philosophy when working with young athletes is to focus on the main problem, but also look at the body as a whole to make the body more efficient, improve performance and prevent future injury. His lifelong participation in soccer, basketball and tennis, and his 15 years as a personal trainer have provided him with the background in sports to truly understand the challenges his patients may have when it comes to injury in sports and in the fitness centre.
Luke’s expertise is working with the nervous system using P-DTR. This unique approach to treating the nervous system is a brand new perspective in the rehabilitation field. It allows for rapid assessment of the issue, and treats the root cause of musculoskeletal issues, instead of simply treating the symptoms.
Pavel is a professional athlete with 13 years of playing experience. He is a Ukrainian setter who represented the U16-U21 National Team. He has had the experience of playing with the best European players in different leagues. At the beginning of his career, he played as a left-side but was later retrained as a setter. Many times he was named the best player in his occupation position.
Spike reach: 335cm
Block reach: 315cm
2011-2013 member of the U16-U21 National Team of Ukraine
2011- EEVZA (Poland Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski)
2012-EEVZA (Estonia Tallinn)
2011-2014 Lokomotiv Kharkiv (Ukraine)
2014-2015 Kuzbass Kemerovo (Russia)
2015-2016 SumiKhimProm Sumy (Ukraine)
2016-2016 Novator Khmelnitskiy (Ukraine)
2017-2018 ASA Beersheba (Israel)
2018-20 19 Maccabi Hod- Hasharon (Israel)
2019-2020 Lokomotiv Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Uliya, a remarkable middle-blocker, has been a key player for the Ukrainian volleyball team. With a successful 16-year professional career, she has consistently demonstrated her exceptional skills and leadership on the court. Since joining the national team in 2017, Uliya's performance has been nothing short of excellent.
Her achievements include participating in three European championships and securing victory in five national championships. Additionally, Uliya showcased her talent in the continental Challenge Cup during the 2014/15 season. Her dedication and commitment to the sport have contributed significantly to her individual success and the accomplishments of her teams.
Spike reach: 317cm
Block reach: 297cm
Position: Middle Blocker
August 2005 - May 2015 Khimik Yuzhnyy, Ukraine
September 2015 - May 2016 Orbita ZTMK, Ukraine
August 2016 - May 2018 TED Kolej Ankara, Turkey
August 2018 - December 2021 Karayollary Spor Culubu, Turkey
December 2021 - February 24, 2022 SK Prometey, Ukraine
August 2022 - present Rolesky Grypa Azoty Tarnów, Polska
January 2023 - May 2023 Rapid Bucharest, Romania
We're thrilled to introduce Iuliia Pakhomenko, a volleyball legend, to our coaching staff. Hailing from Eastern Ukraine, she started playing at the age of 12, transitioning from a middle blocker to a formidable left-side hitter. Iuliia's impressive journey led her to compete in the Superleague of Ukraine and later play NCAA in the USA.
Iuliia Pakhomenko is a game-changer with a rich history in volleyball, earning U SPORTS All-Canadian honours each year during her time with the WolfPack women’s volleyball team (2014-17). She's a true asset to our team, and we're excited to have her on board.
Position – Outside Hitter
Height – 190 cm
Attack Reach – 317 cm
Block Reach – 310 cm
2006-2011 Severodonchanka - Severodonetsk UKRAINE
2009-2010 Kerkinitida - Evpatoriya UKRAINE
2012-2014 Northwood University - Midland MI
2014-2017 Thompson Rivers University - Kamloops BC
2008-2012 Member of the Junior National Team of
2017 was invited to the National Team of Canada
2012-2014 First-team All-American
2014-2017 First-team All-Canadian
Hailing from Brooks, Alberta, Maddy's volleyball journey started at the age of 12, and her passion for the sport has only grown since.
Maddy's achievements are impressive, including playing for Team Alberta and contributing to the silver medal win at the 2022 National USPORT Final with Mount Royal University. Recently, she earned a spot on Team Canada’s NextGen roster and secured a professional contract in Greece.
Beyond her outstanding playing career, Maddy is dedicated to coaching, bringing her expertise to youth through club volleyball and individual sessions. With a Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education, she's eager to share her knowledge with our aspiring athletes.
Let's extend a warm Natke Volleyball welcome to Maddy! We're excited to see the energy and skill she adds to our team.
Position – Outside Hitter
Height – 5'11''
Attack Reach – 310cm
Block Reach – 300cm
2015-2017 Team Alberta
2017-2018 University of Montana (NCAA)
2019-2023 Mount Royal University
Summer 2023 Member of the NextGen Canadian National Team
2023 Professional Contract in Greece
2022 Canada West First Team All-Star
Meet Jessica, our dynamic new coach, whose volleyball journey began at the age of 10 in Rocky Mountain House. Playing alongside older girls in grades 7 and 8 while in grade 5, Jessica's passion for the sport ignited.
Her journey continued with a stellar 3-year stint at the Red Deer Queens Volleyball Club, achieving a remarkable 2nd place in provincials for consecutive years during her U17 and U18 seasons. The spotlight followed her to Team Alberta, where she represented in her U16 and U17 years, paving the way for her commitment to MRU in the fall of 2017.
Jessica's university career at MRU has been nothing short of extraordinary. Qualifying for nationals three times, the pinnacle was reaching silver at the 2022 nationals. As she enters her last year of university volleyball, Jessica stands at the crossroads of an uncertain future, poised for new adventures.
Not content to rest on her laurels, Jessica ventured into coaching with Nati in 2020, expanding her expertise in beach volleyball. Their shared coaching experiences deepened their connection, leading to a collaboration with Natke Volleyball in a series of camps this summer.
Armed with an education degree, Jessica is eager to embark on her coaching journey with Natke Volleyball. Join us in welcoming Jessica, whose passion for the game is now set to inspire the next generation!
Tina is a recent graduate from Mount Royal University.
She has a BHPE in Physical Literacy. Throughout her journey as a university student, she assisted with the Cougars Women’s Volleyball team for two seasons (2019-2020 & 2021-2022) as a practicum student. Her desire to pursue her interest in photography was ignited by being with the team. She was able to apply her expertise to sports photography by fusing her schooling and hobby.