Coaches

TJ Canham began his volleyball career at St. Cloud State University playing for the men’s club team. While competing at St. Cloud State he excelled, receiving All-Conference honors two years running.  After college, he continued to play volleyball in Adult USAVB leagues and found his true love, playing beach volleyball.  For 5 years he played on the EVP beach tour, competing around the country against some of the best players in the United States.

He has ten years of High School coaching experience at Armstrong (5), St. Louis Park (1), and Osseo High School (4). TJ also has coached Junior Olympic Volleyball with Armstrong (2), Osseo (1), Club Liberty (1), and MN Premier (3).

TJ is a very talented volleyball player and a gifted coach.  His strength lies in his ability to break down complex skills and strategies and explain them to players in a way that makes sense to them.  His love for the sport of volleyball and his dedication to coaching will be an incredible asset to the kids of Caniata Camp.

Malama (Marci) Peniata is a highly esteemed volleyball coach and player renown in the state of Minnesota. She is currently in her second season serving as the assistant volleyball coach at St. Cloud State University. Prior to coaching at St. Cloud State, she spent the previous three seasons as the second assistant coach for the Ball State University, a division 1 women’s volleyball team in Muncie, Indiana. Her latest compliment to her coaching skills —  in February of 2011, Marci garnered the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award from her colleagues — a great accomplishment indeed. As a player, Peniata was a four-year member of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s volleyball team from 2003-2006. While there, her teams took a trip to the Final Four twice and once to the National Finals. At the U, Marci ranks second on the school’s all-time career digs list at 1,401, was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earned honors as a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree. She was also a four-time Scholar Athlete and garnered the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades three times during her collegiate years.

During her high school career, Peniata was a two-time AAU All-American for the Kaepa Northern Lights Club, while being named an All-American at the 2000 Junior National Championships and picked up the “Best Setter” award at the 2002 National Junior Championships.  Marci attended Armstrong High School where she was an All-American and All-State player as a junior and senior. During her senior campaign, she led her team to an undefeated (29-0) record.