MAVERICK HATCH AND his partner Sam Schachter enjoyed a successful season of pro beach volleyball.

MAVERICK HATCH AND his partner Sam Schachter enjoyed a successful season of pro beach volleyball.

Maverick Hatch having a ball on the beach

Since switching from baseball to volleyball way back in high school, Maverick Hatch has never looked back..











Since switching from baseball to volleyball way back in high school, Maverick Hatch has never looked back. Now he’s looking ahead – to the Summer Olympics.

Hatch is one of Canada’s top beach volleyball players and, along with partner Sam Schachter of Richmond Hill, Ont., has his sights set on a trip to London for the 2012 Summer Games or, more realistically, to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

The team is coming off a highly successful 2011 season which saw Hatch collect seven tournament gold medals (including a “double crown” sweep of two of Canada’s biggest beach volleyball events, the Center of Gravity and Vancouver Open), make finals in two Swiss tourneys and win silver at the Canadian national championships.

“A highlight would definitely be finishing ninth in Quebec, the first Canadian FIVB World Tour tournament in Canada since 2006,” Hatch said. “It was our first top 10 FIVB result and happened in our first year on tour, and as a team.”

The 24-year-old Hatch was born in Comox and now lives in Toronto, where he is in his third year at the national team training centre. The 6′,7″, 205-pound athlete is an exciting player to watch, bringing a 90 k/mh-plus spin serve and big presence at the net to the beach.

Now in his off-season, a minor knee surgery has knocked one day off his five-day-a-week training regime in Toronto, but he still coaches two indoor volleyball teams and a beach volleyball team. Heading into an Olympic qualifying year, Hatch will begin training on the sand (five days a week) on Nov. 21.

Hatch spent his early years in Nova Scotia. “We moved back to the Comox Valley when I was in Grade 5 (and) I attended Puntledge Park Elementary, Lake Trail Middle, then G.P. Vanier,” he recalls.

“After graduation I was recruited to Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University College). I originally wanted to go to Malaspina for baseball but as I grew older and grew taller, I fell in love with volleyball and after a decent high school career I ended up attending Malaspina for volleyball.”

Hatch doesn’t recall being super tall as a child. “The way I remember it, I grew consistently over a long period of time and as I started to grow above 6’3″, volleyball became my sport of choice after having played baseball for 12 years of my life.”

Hatch’s rise to the upper echelons of Canadian beach volleyball was a gradual process. “In high school I was always looked upon to play a major role on my team and in Grade 12 I was named team captain. However I was never seen as a top player in my age group. If it weren’t for Brian McAskill coaching me at high school, I never would have continued playing volleyball at a post-secondary level.

“Brian was the assistant coach at Malaspina so I was lucky to have been coached by him as it led me to Malaspina, and also to Chris Densmore. Both coaches played a major role in my development as a player and no matter where I end up I will always remember that. I still turn to them for advice and help when needed. It’s nice to know that even though they haven’t coached me in years that they’ll still be there for me,” Hatch said, adding that his parents have always been his two biggest boosters.

Hatch’s road to the national team began shortly after his first year of college. “I liked playing (volleyball) but always said I was an indoor player. It wasn’t until my second year at Malaspina when I finally started taking beach seriously. I moved to Victoria to train with some of the best athletes in Canada and the following year moved to Vancouver so I could be as close to the beach scene in B.C. as possible,” Hatch said.

“In my third and final year at Malaspina I was named CCAA All-Canadian – a goal I had set at the beginning of the year – as well as Mariner Male Athlete of the Year. I bring both plaques with me wherever I am and they hang on my wall to remind me that I can achieve the goals I set and to never forget about my past,” Hatch said.

Hatch left Malaspina to pursue CIS volleyball at Brandon University in Manitoba, but injuries and homesickness led him to back to B.C. after his first semester. “Another factor in my decision to leave university was I had been invited to try out for the beach national team,” he recalls

“Earlier that year I had torn my meniscus in my knee, which kept me out of beach nationals, but I sent Volleyball Canada’s beach technical director an e-mail asking for an invite to the camp, promising I would not disappoint. Luckily for me my knee held up and I was able to capture a spot on the team.

“That was all in 2008, making 2009 my first year on the national team. Also in 2009 was the Canada Summer Games, which …  was my first time playing in any Canada or BC Summer Games. I was never a member of Team BC. I was cut in Grade 10 and never tried out again. I made Team BC beach in 2007 but due to personal reasons I had to step away from the team,” Hatch recalls.

“At Canada Games my partner and I were one of three favoured teams to win gold and unfortunately we came up short, winning bronze in a close match. The experience was unforgettable and I’m glad to have had that opportunity, as it was my last chance to ever play for my home province.”

Hatch said moving to Toronto to dedicate himself full time to beach volleyball is another great opportunity. “We have access to some of the best trainers, nutritionist, and coaches in Canada as well as top-of-the-line training equipment and facilities. Along with the Canadian Sport Center Ontario we are evolving the Canadian beach volleyball program into one of the best in the world,” said Hatch.

The former Vanier Towhee notes travelling the world to compete and qualify for events such as the Olympics (luckily the 2015 Pan Am Games are in Toronto) is “ridiculously expensive – a full season on the tour can cost in excess of $10,000.” And while national team members receive some funding from Volleyball Canada, sponsors are needed to make life on the road possible.

This past season Hatch had Spix YYZ, Advantage 4 Athletes and Bleachers with him, and he is always looking for more backers. He has many sponsor packages, and welcomes those interested to e-mail, visit or phone him at 250-377-5460 for details.

With goals of gold at the Pan Am and Olympic Games, Hatch will be one busy beach volleyball player in the years to come. And down the road, his travels will serve him well. “Once I’m finished with beach volleyball I would love to get into coaching, but I have always had a passion for adventure tourism,” he said.

For more on the talented athlete, check out















Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A second-floor balcony continues to smoulder after a fire extinguisher was used to get a small balcony fire under control at the Washington Inn Apartments. Brian Hayward, who lives on the third floor, was alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke wafting into his apartment. Photo by Brian Hayward.
Courtenay firefighters respond to balcony fire at Washington Inn Apartments

Firefighters were called out to the Washington Inn Apartments Sunday, April 17,… Continue reading

RCMP forensics investigators scour the site north of Highland School in Comox, where multiple people were stabbed during a party Saturday night, April 16. Photo by Terry Farrell
UPDATED: Multiple stabbings at Comox bush party

Three youths hospitalized after an assault near Highland Secondary

Cumberland is surrounded by trees — and logging. Its council is supporting a call to stop old-growth logging in vulnerable areas of the province such as Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland backs request to save B.C.’s old-growth forests

The Comox Youth Climate Council is asking local governments to take stand

Danita Bilozaze and her daughter Dani in Comox. Photo by Karen McKinnon
Valley woman makes historic name change for truth and reconciliation

First in Canada to be issued new passport under the TRC Calls to Action

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Comox woman on fence books vaccine due to brother’s death

Leela Harrop says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. The stage is set for arguably the most important federal budget in recent memory, as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery even as a third wave of COVID-19 rages across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Election reticence expected to temper political battle over federal budget

Opposition parties have laid out their own demands in the weeks leading up to the budget

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Rules against RV living hard on Island residents caught in housing crunch

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. finance minister to table historic pandemic-challenged deficit budget

Budget aims to take care of people during pandemic while preparing for post-COVID-19 recovery, Robinson said

Each spring, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale is held in Penticton. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not be held. However, beer is still available. How much do you know about this beverage? (
QUIZ: How much do you really know about beer?

Put your knowledge to the test with this short quiz

Most Read