Coaching Staff

Jason Torpey

Ben Dunbar

Amy Walker

Chris Shaw

Playing Career

Born and raised in South Surrey, Chris Shaw played in 168 career BCHL games from 1998 to 2001 for the Victoria Salsa and Burnaby Bulldogs. In his last season with the Bulldogs, he was named team captain, earning him a NCAA Division I scholarship to Niagara University. Through 2003 to 2008, he played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), United Hockey League (UHL), Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), and in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Victoria Salmon Kings. In total, he appeared in 244 professional regular season games.

Coaching career

In 2009, Chris began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) before moving on to a Head Coach and General Manager position with the Nelson Leafs (KIJHL). After a year as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) in 2011, he took over the reigns as Head Coach and General Manager of the Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) for four seasons.

Chris spent two years as the Associate Head Coach of the Langley Rivermen (BCHL). Chris is now in his 4th year as Head Coach of the Vancouver North West Hawks program and 2nd as Zone General Manager. Chris is also the Founder of NewAngleHKY Development.

Email: shawhockeydevelopment@gmail.com

Ben Paynepower skating coach

Ben Payne has experience playing hockey at the junior (British Columbia Hockey League ) BCHL , University Hockey (NCAA) and European professional levels and spent 6 years in Europe (2014-2019) playing , coaching/developing the youth as a skills coach , in countries such as Germany , Austria and Italy. ( Coaching Italian Women’s Professional).

Ben has ran summer camps out of the Fraser Valley since 2014 before returning to Europe for the winter to play professional hockey ,coach as a hockey skills instructor and work towards achieving his post graduate degree. After receiving his Masters of Science in Organisation Studies and Management Development from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and then retiring from professional hockey, he decided to move back home. In the spring of 2019, Ben decided to bring his hockey development program to the lower mainland full time throughout the calendar year.

The Owner and director of Payne Hockey Development (PH Development)
PH prides itself on the ability to connect with players on a personal and sport level. PH training sessions aim to empower and motivate players not only from a skill standpoint but aim to build character people

Ben created a Skating model called Skating That Translates™️ (Name Trademarked in Canada) The Skating That Translates™️ Skating model inspires, motivates and empowers students. Completed with 3 phases and video analysis of NHL players utilizing effective game translatable skating movements, Skating That Translates™️ not only focuses on Power Skating and Edge work but adds the Tactical Skating element . His sessions breakdown Skating movements in an easily understandable manner to facilitate the learning process and foster creative imagery in Skating.

Not only does Ben pride himself in his skating but also the ability to communicate the individual components in skating which are easily understood for players.

Email: info@phdevelopment.ca

Fabio Walkerdirector of racquets

Fabio began playing pickleball in 2018 in Palm Desert, California. With quick hands and amazing reflexes, he picked the game up quickly and began to compete. Fabio played Division 1 League for Deep Canyon Tennis Resort in California and was undefeated on Court 1. Fabio feels that pickleball is a natural and good fit for tennis players to enjoy. He thinks everyone should give it a try! Fabio is a Certified USAPA Pickleball Coach.

Adrian Oziewicztennis pro

Amy Walkerpickleball pro and coordinator

Amy began playing pickleball in 2018 in Palm Desert, California. She competed in the Desert Pickleball League Division 1 for two seasons and in her final season was undefeated on Court 1. Amy teamed with daughter Angie to win Silver at the USA National Qualifier Women’s Doubles in Idaho in 2019. Amy went on to compete in the Margaritaville Pickleball National Championships in California and win Gold with husband, Fabio, in the Kelowna Open Mixed Doubles Championships. Amy looks forward to coaching and passing along her love for the game to players at the NSWC! Amy is a Certified USAPA Pickleball Coach.

Max Korkhtennis pro

Irene Mahpickleball pro

Irene Mah is one of the top ranked female players in B.C. Irene’s addiction to pickleball tournaments began in 2015. Irene has competed in the Canadian Nationals, US Nationals and Grand Canyon State Games. In the Grand Canyon State tournament Irene won Gold in Women’s Doubles. She is an IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor that loves the game and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Irene is kind and patience and “ready to unleash the Pickleball Beast in you!”

Barry Mahpickleball pro

Barry Mah is one of the highest ranked senior pickleball players in B.C. Barry’s latest tournament achievement was winning Gold in the Senior 5.0 level Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the Grand Canyon State Games in Arizona. Barry is an IPTPA certified pickleball instructor with an incredible eye for the game. He is ready to assist you in learning everything you need to play pickleball successfully.

Bob McCuaigdirector of hockey operations

u15 a1 coach

Bob has been working at NSWC since February 2015.  Having been involved in coaching at every level of minor hockey for the past twenty-one years, Bob has experience with teams from Atom through to Major Midget.  He coached the Vancouver North East Chiefs, North West Giants, Northwest Hawks and is currently coaching the NSWC U15 A1 team.  Bob has also worked with the BC Hockey High Performance program coaching U15, U16, and U17 programs.

Before joining the NSWC, Bob spent ten years as the Head of Athlete Development at Burnaby 8 Rinks as well as a the Head Coach for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy out of Burnaby North.  Through his work as a Skills Coach, Bob has helped to develop players from every level!

Bob McCuaigdirector of hockey operations

Bob-McCuaig

Bob has been working at NSWC since February 2015.  Having been involved in coaching at every level of minor hockey for the past seventeen years, Bob has experience with teams from Atom through to Major Midget.  He coached the Vancouver North East Chiefs, North West Giants, and is currently coaching the Northwest Hawks.  Bob has also worked with the BC Hockey High Performance program coaching U15, U16, and U17 programs.

Before joining the NSWC, Bob spent ten years as the Head of Athlete Development at Burnaby 8 Rinks as well as a the Head Coach for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy out of Burnaby North.  Through his work as a Skills Coach, Bob has helped to develop players from every level!

Tim Portnovtennis pro

Tim was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Vancouver when he was 9 years old. As a junior he won the U14 and U16 BC provincial titles and was ranked number one in the province in all junior age categories from U12-U18. He also made it to two National finals when he was 14 years old and was ranked number one in Canada for boys U14 in the summer of 2010. Tim went on to represent Tennis Canada at the Junior Davis Cup in Florida where Canada placed 4th overall. He also represented Canada in some of the biggest international junior tournaments such as Le Petits in France, Orange Bowl in Miami, and Eddie Herr in Bradenton, Florida. Tim had multiple shoulder dislocations and had surgery to fix his shoulder in 2013 before going off to play NCAA Division 1 college tennis for James Madison University in Virginia. Unfortunately his shoulder did not hold up and he was forced to transfer to The University of British Columbia where he finished the last two years of his undergraduate degree, majoring in Political Science.

Clint Colebourn

Clint began his minor hockey career at the North Shore Winter Club, eventually to graduate in bantam.  Clint was later then drafted by the Kamloops Blazers and later that year represented Team BC U16 at the Canadian Western Branch Cup.  Clint spent his midgets year playing for the BWC E15 academy and then would join the North West Giants the following two years.  During that time in midget Clint would attend the Kamloops Blazer main camps in the summer and would eventually suit up for them and play a few pre-season games.

Unfortunately, Clint ran into some serious injuries and had to put hockey aside and is now attending Capilano University taking his Business Administration Degree.  He will be transferring to Brock University in 2018 in which he will be taking their Sports Management Degree.  Clint is now devoted to help grow young hockey players and to provide any guidance that could possibly need.

Jon Woodyardu13 a1 coach

Jon Woodyyard

After finishing his career in junior hockey, Jon turned his attention to training and has worked in player development for the past fourteen years.  He has trained players on and off the ice from minor, junior, college, and professional levels.

In his sessions, Jon looks to find the skill limit in a particular area and push beyond it using drill progressions that get players to reach their next level.  Enhancing skating stability and fluidity through assessment and adjustment allows players to increase the speed of game specific movements while maintaining puck control and peripheral vision.  He often uses the aid of video to give players visual feedback on what they’re doing and on the changes they’re trying to make.

Jon also specializes in puck skills and has developed a system of enhancing puck feel, puck handling speed, range of motion, as well as step by step instructions of evasive maneuvers and fakes that can be applied and developed for various situations.

Aware that not everyone learns the same way, Jon works to understand what motivates and generates passion for individuals so he can engage players in their own learning process.  He sees passion and enthusiasm combined with a player’s understanding of how they learn as key ingredients in the development process.  Jon hopes to create an environment where a player has learned how they learn and loves doing it!

Alexandra Sigouintennis pro

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Alexandra Sigouin and her brother Benjamin started playing tennis at the young age of six.  In her junior career, Alex qualified and played in five Indoor and Outdoor Canadian Nationals, reaching the semifinals in doubles.  She has experience playing in multiple Open and ITF tournaments and has coached across the US.  Alex was recruited to the Whitman College women’s tennis team, where she finished 11-2 in singles, including a 9-0 conference mark and a 5-0 streak to close out the year.  Alex is a certified Tennis Canada Instructor as well as a Tennis Canada Club Professional 1 Coach.  She is very passionate about coaching and loves helping people of all ages and creating relationships with them.

Karen Kosu11 female coach / power skating coach

bhk (ubc), ma (queen’s university)

Karen Kos

For the past 22 years, Karen Kos has owned and operated her own Technical Skating business, overseeing program development and working with players in the minor, junior, collegiate and professional hockey ranks.  Karen’s approach to technical power skating is unlike any other skating programs in that she applies her extensive educational background and expertise in the field of biomechanics to develop strong skating technique in her students.  Throughout her sessions, players gain understanding as to how to move their body efficiently and effortlessly across the ice, implementing key concepts which maximize overall body movement, foot speed, and power.  Specific emphasis is placed on breaking down, rebuilding, and fine tuning players’ skating techniques utilizing core principles of biomechanics.  With this scientific approach to skating, these hockey specific sessions ensure players develop superior skills on a much higher level and at a faster pace.  Karen’s unique style, quality of instruction, and passion for improving players skating skills brings out the best in all her students in a fun and energetic learning environment.

Karen’s knowledge, reputation, and work ethic has placed her in high demand with many minor hockey associations, hockey academies, and hockey schools in the Lower Mainland.  Currently Karen is the High Performance Skating Coach at the NSWC as well as the Power Skating Coach for the Prince George Cougars (WHL), the North Vancouver Wolfpack (PJHL), the Vancouver Northwest Hawks, Greater Vancouver Canadians and Cariboo Cougars (BCMML), as well as BWC’s Elite 15 and U18 Prep Academy teams (CSSHL).

Chris Steadtennis pro

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Before joining the NSWC as the High Performance Coach, Chris was the Director of Tennis at the West Vancouver Tennis Club for twenty years.  He served as a Tennis BC Provincial Team Coach for more than twenty years and as a Tennis Canada Touring Coach working and travelling with some of Canada’s top junior teams and players.  In 2016, Chris was the recipient of the Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence Award.  He has coached numerous National and Provincial Champions, Jr. ITF Champions, and players on the ATP Challenger and Futures Tours.  Chris is Tennis Canada Coach 3 Certified and the highlight of his career was coaching Fabio Walker to the Gold Medal in the 1989 Canada Games!

Luke Kasteel

As an offensive skills coach, Luke excels at breaking down complex skills into fundamental pieces to speed up skill acquisition.  He has spent countless hours reviewing video to understand the small details that make players successful and how to teach them effectively.  Luke specializes in teaching forward and defensemen specific skills, tactics, and techniques that help them create offensive opportunities and put more pucks in the net.  This is done by teaching elite stick handling, fakes, and game-specific moves, along with shooting mechanics and control techniques used by NHL players to get shots through and to open up holes in net.  Endorsed by three of Vancouver’s best goalie schools, Luke has spent years learning how goalies move, read, and think in order to exploit them.

Luke is a coach who understands how to teach deception in order to control the opposition.  He focuses on skills that transfer to the highest levels of hockey in order to condition players with habits that lead to future success.  Luke regularly uses NHL video clips as teaching points with his players.

As a player, Luke’s career took him all over North America where he learned from coaches at both the pro and junior levels.  Moving into a coaching role since retiring, Luke is in his third year with the NSWC.  With over seven years of coaching and skill development experience, Luke’s technical mind and lifelong passion for hockey have allowed him to work with players from Atom to Pro.  When he’s not experimenting how to make the perfect cup of coffee, you can find Luke on the ice or in the gym testing out his latest programs and drills on himself.   Follow Luke on YouTube and Instagram @lightsteelhockey to see some of his work.

Taylor Stefishen

Taylor Stefishen | Peewee A1 Assistant Coach

Taylor Stefishen is a North Vancouver native and a product of the North Shore Winter Club. Taylor was a part of the NSWC teams who won the Quebec Peewee tournament and Western Canadian Bantam Championships. Taylor enjoyed a unique playing career that was highlighted in 2008 when he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round of the NHL draft. He recently retired from his playing career that included stops in the BCHL, NCAA, WHL, CIS, ECHL, AHL, Serie A (Italy), Magnus Ligue (France), EIHL (U.K.) and Erste Ligue (Hungary).

Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NSWC. Throughout his playing career, Taylor took the time to be a student of the game. He learned from great coaches, teammates, and opposing players. Taylor understands from firsthand experience the sacrifice, commitment, and hard work that is necessary to reach your full potential while still having fun.

The NSWC has not only been an integral part of his success, but a place that has been a second home to him and his family for over 30 years. He looks forward to giving back to an organizationthat has given him so much.

Email: tstefishen@gmail.com

Ryan Hollweg

Ryan Hollweg was born and raised in Downey, California, where he began playing hockey at the early age of three.  A product of the Southern California Minor Hockey Association and several select elite travel teams, Ryan moved to Langley, BC at the age of 13 to increase exposure to coaches and scouts and increase his chances of playing professional hockey.  The next year, Ryan started his junior hockey career in the PIJHL with the Grandview Steelers and led the team in points as a rookie.  The following season, he made his BCHL debut with the Langley Hornets and was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year.

Having excelled early at the junior level, Ryan received overwhelming interest from several NCAA Division I Universities and WHL teams.  In 1999, Ryan was selected first overall in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers, becoming the first-ever American born player to be drafted number one.  After weighing his options between the WHL and NCAA, Ryan ultimately felt that playing in Medicine Hat would be the best way for him to achieve his goal of playing in the NHL.

From 1999 to 2004, Ryan played five seasons in Medicine Hat, accumulating 94 goals and 139 assists for 233 points in 233 games played, and captained his team to a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup tournament berth in his final season.  During his tenure in the WHL and with the privilege of being a dual-citizen, Ryan was selected to represent his countries at the U17 (USA), U18 (Canada), and U20 World Junior (USA) tournaments.

In 2001, Ryan was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 8th round, 238th overall.  With his dream coming to fruition, Ryan’s NHL career consisted of 228 games played with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Arizona Coyotes.  He also played 275 games with the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL), Toronto Marlies, San Antonio Rampage, and Portland Pirates.  Ryan brings European professional playing experience having played six seasons for the HC Skoda Plzen in the Czech Extraliga.  During his time in Plzen from 2012 to 2018, his team captured one Extraliga Championship and two additional third place finishes.

Through his playing years, Ryan took time to coach and run numerous development camps during the off seasons.  Having just recently retired in the summer of 2018, Ryan is excited to start his coaching career at the NSWC.  This will be Ryan’s first year as the Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Northwest Hawks and as a member of the Development Team at NSWC.

Jason Lehoux

private lesson rate: $120 per hour

I played my Junior Hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which included a total of four years between Rimousky, Rouyn Noranda and Hull.  I signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils, played 5 years in the AHL, attended 6 NHL camps, and then retired at the age of 27.  After my playing career was over I decided to pursue coaching and became an assistant coach with Drummondville in the QMJHL for 2 years.  For the last two decades I have had the chance to coach an array of players, ranging from three year olds to young professional adults. I am looking forward to being a part of the NSWC Development team and helping all our NSWC players grow and development.

Matt Korchmar

Matt played three years of Jr. A Hockey in Canada where he was awarded team MVP and Playoff MVP.  He finished his career at the Alberta Junior hockey league Championship final.

Matt was forced to give up his opportunity to play NCAA after experiencing a career ending injury.  This has allowed him to bring his experience and passion for development to goaltenders across British Columbia.

With 10 years of goaltending instruction experience, combined with his dedication and love for developing goaltenders at all ages, Matt has quickly established himself as one of the elite goalie coaches in British Columbia.  Matt has worked closely with NHL and WHL goalie coaches, which gives him a wide range of new technical knowledge and a professional mind-set.

Matt is currently the Goaltending Coach for the MML North East Chiefs, he also previously coached for the BCHL Alberni Valley Bulldogs where they won the Island Conference.  Matt also works yearly with the Okanagan Hockey School/Academy.

Matt continues to work on a daily basis with goalies at the Bantam, Major Midget, Junior A, WHL, NCAA and Pro levels.  Matt and Sean Murray work together at the North Shore Winter Club and continue to find yearly success with our goaltenders moving onto the next level.

Lynden Sammartinogoalie coach

private lesson rate: $175 per hour

For the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to follow my passion of training goaltenders of all ages and skill level. My playing career included Junior A with the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL, winning a league championship and having the chance to play in the Royal Bank Cup. Following my final season I was approached by Brady Robinson (Philadelphia Flyers Development Goalie Coach) to work as the assistant manager of the BC region for the Goaltender Development Institute, which was owned by Ian Clark (Vancouver Canucks Goalie Coach). After seven years of working with Brady he decided to take on a full-time role with Vaughn and I have since started my own goaltending company, LSGC Goaltending (Lynden Sammartino Goaltending Consulting) and in 2015 I was hired on as the Goaltending Development Coach for the Victoria Royals (WHL) as well as the UBC Men’s Hockey Team in 2018.

Goaltenders need to adapt to a game that has become faster and more dynamic. Players are now more skilled than ever. I recognize that every goaltender is different and I don’t expect them all to play the same style but building a strong foundation is critical. You have to find what their strengths are and build on them while rounding out their weaknesses. I believe that over the past decade goaltenders have become overly robotic in the way they operate. Reads/anticipation (”goalie sense”), and the ability to mentally handle the pressures of consistency have to be key focuses in every goaltenders development. Instincts and athleticism have become secondary. Goaltenders need to achieve a healthy balance of using simplified save processes and proper trajectory tactics/center shifts to allow them to maximize their net presence. If they can combine this with the proper timing/use of athleticism and compete, it’ll allow them to make timely saves. A goalies ability to decide between plan A (simplified save process) or plan B (athleticism) in a split second will give them success in the new age hockey.

Jared Engtechnical director

private lesson rate: $135 per hour

Jared grew up in North Vancouver playing for the North West Giants (BCMML). He is a former professional defensemen who played in Russia/China for the Kunlun Red Star Organization (KHL/VHL) and Björbo IF (Sweden). Jared played Junior A for the Coquitlam Express and Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) before moving on to SFU and Sacred Heart University (NCAA DIV 1). In addition to his career on the ice, Jared currently plays roller hockey for the Canadian National Team and has represented Canada five times at the World Championships.

As a skills coach, Jared works with forwards and defensemen on being innovative and detailed, developing skills that work in games.

He is the assistant coach for the U13 A1 team and is excited to continue developing players at North Shore Winter Club. Check out @JE_Hockey_Development on instagram to see some of Jared’s work!

 

Travis Mailhotgoalie coach

Travis grew up playing his minor hockey in Creston, BC.  He moved away from home to play Midget ‘AAA’ for the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Sask.   After graduation Travis played the next three seasons in the AJHL and BCHL.  During this time, he was a two time all-star, named team MVP, nominated for league MVP and still holds an AJHL record for most saves in a season.  His last successful year of junior earned him an invitation to Edmonton Oilers Camp.  The following season he spent time in the WPHL and the WCHL.

For the past 4 seasons he has spent time coaching goalies at the club along with helping coach his daughter’s hockey teams.  Travis offers a wealth of knowledge and experience and is eager to assist the NSWC goalies in achieving a higher level of excellence.

Sheldon Baerggoalie coach

For over 17 years, Coach Sheldon has helped goalies of all levels sharpen their skills to improve their game and reach their full potential. Sheldon is passionate about hockey, and since his hockey starts at nine years old, he has experienced hockey at rinks throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. He brings what he has learned from these countries with him, along with the High Performance 1 accreditation, to create a personalized plan and approach for each goalie. Sheldon asks everyone he works with to be continual learners and he takes that advice to heart, he spends his off-ice time viewing film and researching coaching methodologies and taking further education courses. Sheldon has recently completed courses on Mental Toughness in athletes, and How to Coach Beyond the X’s and O’s. 

Malcolm Gould

private lesson rate: $135 per hour

Malcolm Gould grew up in North Vancouver and spent his minor hockey career at the NSWC. After his time at NSWC, he moved on to play in the BCHL for the Chilliwack Chiefs, from there he received a NCAA Div. 1 scholarship which brought him to Michigan Tech. Malcolm spent four years at Michigan Tech which resulted in league championships, NCAA tournament appearances and being named to all-conference teams on multiple occasions. From there he went on to play three years processional overseas and in NA (France, UK, ECHL). This year Malcolm is coaching the NSWC Atom A3 team as well as the North Van Wolfpack (JR.B). He is very excited to be back at the club back where it all started and to be working with such talented players at the North Shore Winter Club!

Andrea Benac

Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, Andrea attended St. Ignatius of Loyola High School. Andrea played her entire minor hockey from initiation to Junior (PWHL) with the Oakville Hornets. After graduating from junior hockey, Andrea played collegiately in the CIS for the University of Windsor.

Following university, Andrea returned to Oakville and began working on the development team at the Oakville Hockey Academy, running private skills sessions for both girls and boys of all ages. Andrea is currently the head coach of the Female Peewee C1 team at the North Shore Winter Club.

Tyson Mulocktechnical director

Tyson Mulock is a retired professional hockey player who had a long, successful career playing for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).  Tyson grew up playing hockey in Langley and Delta, where he won the Western Canadian Championships in his second year of Bantam.  At age 16, he moved on to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) and the Vancouver Giants, where Tyson scored the first goal in franchise history landing him in the Hockey Hall Of Fame.  Tyson spent some time with the Regina Pats before moving to Germany for fourteen years.

Tyson won five DEL championships, garnering many league awards along the way, including top goal scorer, top forward, and MVP.  He even scored 50 goals in 50 games in two seasons!  During the off season, Tyson helped run various camps that focused on shooting, applying the stick handling theory’s and offensive zone tactics he’s learned over the years.  Tyson is now sharing his wealth of knowledge at the NSWC, where his ability to connect with kids is recognized as a true gift.

“Over the two years I played with Tyson, his dynamic release and shot scored us many goals in big games and won us championships.  Shooting is an under developed skill in the game of hockey and I would highly recommend Tyson Mulock for all areas in the offensive zone, especially shooting.  Become a more confident hockey player and score more goals with Tyson! ” – Jeff Friesen, 15 year NHL player

Sam Hustongoalie coach

Growing up playing minor hockey at the NSWC, Sam moved on to the BCHL and the WHL, developing not only his goaltending skills, but also his knowledge of the game of hockey.  He has now transferred his experience, skills, knowledge, and dedication to the disciplines of coaching and training.  Sam specializes in player development, both on and off the ice, and also works as a personal trainer in the NSWC Fitness Centre.

Nicole McLennantennis pro

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Nicole McLennan is Tennis Canada High Performance Coach 3 Certified and was selected to enter the Tennis Canada High Performance Mentorship Program, which she completed in 2017.  Along with NSWC Coach Sarah Kadi, Nicole created a girl’s group initiative that aims to provide an environment that matches the needs of young girls in sport.  Nicole has also spent time working with the CAC/CAAWS Female Coach Mentorship Program.  Currently, Nicole is working in U14 development at the NSWC and travelling with players as a Tennis Canada U12 National Tour Coach and Tennis BC Provincial Coach.  Nicole was the 2014 Tennis BC High Performance Coach of the Year and has a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Buzz Mallenderhead coach

  1. Favourite stroke: Freestyle.
  2. Favourite swimming distance: 200m.
  3. Favourite food/meal: Steak with mashed potatoes.
  4. What do you hope to accomplish with the Marlins: I hope to be a helpful coach who can provide knowledge and good tips for all swimmers.
  5. Best swimming memory: Winning seven gold medals at the 2014 BCSSA Provincial Championships.
  6. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why: Time control.
  7. Favourite quote or saying: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success.” – Thomas Edison

Ryan Martincoach

  1. Favourite Stroke: Freestyle
  2. Best Swimming Memories: Relay events are always so exciting, although my favourite memories would have to be my finals at 2017 provincials. The competition was great and it made for some fantastic swims from all of us.
  3. Goals for the Season: I wish for the Mini Marlins to have a fun time this summer as well as improve on their swimming skills.
  4. Favourite Hobby: Listening, playing, or writing music.
  5. Non-Coaching Life: I am graduating high school and will be attending university in the fall. I am interested in law and I intend to pursue that in the coming years.

Leah Abbottcoach

Garth Prousedirector of fitness

Garth is an industry veteran with extensive expertise training private clients, coaching teams, and teaching a variety of fitness classes.  With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, he has helped clients of all ages attain their maximum physical potential and overall health goals.  Garth’s approach to strength and conditioning has helped enhance the performance of his varied clientele, not limited to but including professional and junior athletes, children, teenagers, expectant mothers, business professionals, and seniors.

Garth is a former member of Canada’s National Rugby Team, as well as a BC Junior A Hockey alumni.  His time in the BCHL with the New West Outlaws, Surrey Eagles, and Trail Smoke Eaters taught him resilience, discipline, and patience, as did competing amongst some of the fittest in the world as one of the first Canadians to attend the CrossFit Games.  Now retired from competitive sport, Garth carves out time to serve as the head coach of the Capilano Rugby Club.  His experience with high-level athletics lead him to develop a unique training method, focused on proper mechanics, balanced programming, and encouraging clients to reach their desired levels of physical performance through safe and consistent progress.

As the Director of Fitness at the NSWC, Garth oversees all fitness operations, providing leadership for team and group classes as well as personal training.  Garth manages the strength and conditioning for hockey, tennis, and swimming, whilst creating and coaching new class formats and generating a fantastic culture and environment for all fitness users.

Sam Hustonfitness coach

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The primary focus of Sam’s training is assessing and addressing his clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to find ways to challenge them to get stronger each and every day.  Their goals are his goals, plain and simple!  Sam creates a demanding and engaging training environment and concentrates on areas pertaining to the specific requirements of an athlete and how they relates to sport and life.  This includes balance, foundational strength, functional and dynamic movements, core activation, s.a.q (speed agility quickness), power, flexibility, and body maintenance.

Oisín Reynoldsfitness coach

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Born in Dublin, Ireland, Oisín has followed his passion as a personal trainer and a group exercise leader for over twelve years, specializing in rehabilitation and postural re-alignment.

Wanting to challenge himself both mentally and physically, Oisín joined the Canadian BC Wildfire Service in 2016 and fell in love with Canada.  Oisín found his niche on the North Shore and opened two companies 2017 and 2018.  Currently, Oisín is collaborating with the BC Dental Association to better educate dentists on correct posture, aiming to minimize work related injuries and provide practical solutions for dental professionals.  Oisín is also works with seniors in various senior centers in the Lower Mainland, focusing on minimizing slips, trips, and falls among the elderly demographic.

Oisín believes that through education and awareness, people of all ages and professions can learn to live pain free.  His philosophy emphasizes that physical structure will ultimately dictate its function and with corrective strength training in conjunction to light rehabilitation, results can be outstanding.

Nick Riccardifitness coach

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Nick has been working at the NSWC since 2013, training a variety of clients including those returning from injuries to various groups of dry land hockey players.  He has spent many years rehabbing his own serious injuries and has always come back stronger and smarter.  Because of this, Nick focuses on prevention and maintaining a balanced, focused program tailored specifically to each of his clients.  Nick has played hockey since he was a child, spent many years training in martial arts, teaches self defense, and coaches soccer professionally.  Whatever sport, Nick can help!

Kiana Watsonu13 female coach / fitness coach

Kiana started hockey at the age of 4, playing minor hockey at various levels until Midget which she spent all 3 years playing Major Midget with the West Coast Avalanche. Kiana played Junior in the JWHL for Northwood school in Lake Placid, New York where she received various NCAA offers for the following season. Kiana ended up committing to Boston University but wasn’t able to follow through because of multiple concussions, subsequently ending her hockey career. Growing up Kiana participated in various sports, from soccer, inline hockey, gymnastics and field hockey but hockey was her true passion. She is currently working towards her Human Kinetics degree at Capilano University. Kiana is excited to join our team here at the NSWC and looking she’s forward to helping our members achieve their fitness goals!

Alana Tayloryoga instructor

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Alana Taylor is a yoga teacher, musician, and ocean lover.  She has taught yoga for several years and loves seeing people transform, range of motion increasing and energy becoming more calm, focused, and consistent.  Alana is so grateful to be a part of each of her students’ journeys.

In addition to yoga, Alana sings because if feels good and paints because she loves to express herself without talking!  Long hikes in the forest with her dog and husband or a paddle on the ocean are equally as restorative for her.  Alana strives to bring that balance into her life every day in some way.  Breathe in, let go, and lean in.  Namaste!

Joanne Rogpilates instructor

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Joanne is a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in Matwork, Barrels, Barre, and Reformer.  In order to gain more experience, Joanne attained certifications in Yoga (200 hours) and YIN Yoga and has an in-depth knowledge of equipment, modifications, and props.  Joanne is passionate about teaching and helping clients to become strong, balanced, and flexible.  She’s been teaching since 2006 and has been working with students at YYoga, ICBC, Equinox Integrative Wellness Center, and at the NSWC since she moved to Vancouver eight years ago.  She hopes to see you in one of her classes soon!