Our Professional Coaches

James Wall

Director of Hockey

Atom A2 Head Coach,
Initiation/Novice skills development,
High-performance instructor

James Wall is the Director of Hockey Operations for WVMHA, runs the BC Spartans spring hockey program, and is the owner of Wall Professional Hockey Training Inc.

James has coached at WVMHA for ten years and is a highly respected member of the coaching community. As a coach and as a director, James recognizes the game is always changing and he is constantly researching and fine-tuning knowledge of the game. Over his tenure, he has instigated significant changes to WVMHA, resulting in an improved hockey experience and a top development program.

James is a graduate of the University of Windsor and grew up playing minor hockey in BC. He had the opportunity to play for Team BC and captained his Midget Rep team to a championship in his final year. He spent some time with the Jr. B Ridge Meadows Flames as well as the University of Windsor Lancers.

James' biggest attribute is his leadership and his ability to help players achieve their full potential. James feels many hockey programs are losing sight of the individual and their specific needs and his goal is to make sure that all WVMHA players get the coaching and development they deserve no matter what age or playing level they are at. He truly wants his players to improve as hockey players and persons as well. When you meet James, you will see the passion and dedication he shows for the game and each player that he works with.

www.wallhockey.com | www.bcspartans.com

Inside Edge

Initiation and Novice skills development,
Atom A skills development

Inside Edge provides skills training for WVMHA and is one of the most recognized names in professional hockey training in the Lower Mainland.

Inside Edge has provided exceptional hockey training at WVMHA for the past 12 years and are a core part of our association. They have worked closely with our Director of Hockey and association leadership to create a healthy culture at WVMHA where players are taught respectful behaviour from a very young age in a fun and productive hockey environment.

Their coaches are role models, teachers, leaders, and friends. They take pride in being always fair, encouraging and committed to each individual player and are true leaders when it comes to hockey development in the Lower Mainland.

www.insideedge.com

Jon Woodyard

Atom A1 Head Coach,
Initiation, Novice, Atom A, Peewee A, and Bantam A skills development

After finishing his career in junior hockey, Jon became a coach and player development specialist. Over the past fifteen years, he has trained players from minor, junior, college, and professional levels. He is also a North Shore Winter Club coach where he is a skills instructor and assists their Atom A1 team.

Jon has impressive hockey skills and specializes in skating and puck skills and has developed a progressive system of not only enhancing core skills but also game skills such as maintaining puck control, evasive maneuvers, situational play, and utilizing peripheral vision.

Jon is truly a kid-focussed coach who takes an individual interest in each player with an understanding that individuals respond differently to different coaching techniques. He has an interest in child psychology and motivation and is committed to continuous learning and improvement. Along with his exceptional hockey skills, he truly represents the style of coaching and demeanor we value at WVMHA.

Reid Robertson

Peewee A1 Head Coach,
Initiation, Atom C and Peewee C skills development

Reid joined WVMHA in his final year as a player with the Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He brings a high degree of skill and hockey knowledge to our association and is truly a “players coach” who garners a tremendous amount of respect from his players and their parents. Following a period as an assistant coach within our Association, he graduated to the position of Head Coach of our Peewee A1 team, where he has achieved considerable success winning both League and Playoff banners. He is a versatile coach who is equally comfortable coaching 5-year-olds as he is with older players.

Mike Renner

Bantam A1 Head Coach

Mike comes to us with a high coaching pedigree, having most recently coached in the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League (Junior B) as Head Coach of the Mission City Outlaws and the Port Moody Panthers. In addition to his role as head coach of our Bantam A1 team, Mike is an Assistant General Manager of the St. Paul Junior B Canadians in Alberta.

He has an extensive background in minor hockey, having coached the Vancouver Thunderbirds Bantam A1 and A2 teams, Mission Peewee A1, and Coquitlam Bantam A2 and Peewee A2. Additionally, he has been active in spring hockey programming and skills development throughout the Lower Mainland. He began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach of a Major Midget AAA team in Ontario.

Roger Harris

Midget A1 Head Coach

Coach Roger is a long-time coach at WVMHA who’s previously received our Coach of the Year Award. He has led multiple teams to the BC Hockey Championships in his coaching career. He brings a vast wealth of experience to WVMHA and has an incredible way of dealing with players and getting the best out of them. He knows how to prepare his teams to win and be competitive in every game they play. Roger teaches players how to be quicker, knowing that quickness is what wins games, not speed.

Pro-Formance Goalie School

Goalie Training

Rob Fuchs and Sean Murray from Pro-Formance provide specialized goaltending coaching to WVMHA goalies. Pro-Formance is the leading goalie training company in the Lower Mainland, working with many of the area’s top athletes.

Their coaches believe that the foundation of everything goalies learn is based on positional mastery. From Novice-aged beginning goalies to Pro caliber athletes, their students are taught to continually work towards improving their positioning skills. Stressing confident positioning is where all goalies start. Once positioning has been understood and demonstrated consistently, students are ready to start learning the mechanics of stance, movement, challenging shooters, rebound control, playing the puck, and directing play in the defensive end.

Their instructors are sticklers for details. Details on stance, positioning, holding your stick and other subtleties can mean the difference between the one that got past you and making the winning save. Students are constantly monitored and assessed for their adherence to practicing exactly as the instructors have explained. This attention to detail makes students more aware of the finer points of their game and aids in developing of mental toughness.

www.progoal.com

HeadstartPro

Sports Psychology Training

Headstartpro provides mental and sports psychology training to our Bantam and Midget level athletes as well as to our Rep coaches. They blend performance-enhancing sports psychology with proven injury-prevention techniques. They offer workshops, online courses, and athlete resources to help teams and players improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness.

Their coaches believe that the foundation of everything goalies learn is based on positional mastery. From Novice-aged beginning goalies to Pro caliber athletes, their students are taught to continually work towards improving their positioning skills. Stressing confident positioning is where all goalies start. Once positioning has been understood and demonstrated consistently, students are ready to start learning the mechanics of stance, movement, challenging shooters, rebound control, playing the puck, and directing play in the defensive end.

WVMHA is one of the very few minor hockey associations to offer mental and sports psychology training to its players and coaches. We believe strongly in our mandate to not only create great hockey players, but also to teach skills that give our players life-long tools that will help them succeed in any endeavor they choose.

www.headstartpro.com

Nutritionist and Health Coach

Nadia Vidas

Nadia Vidas, B.Sc. (Nutr.Sc.) - Major Dietetics is a graduate of McGill University and over the past 20+ years has worked as a Dietitian. She brings valuable insights to WVMHA and helps all of our players from H1 to Midget to make healthy choices, and in the case of our older players, to optimize their food choices for health and training benefits. Her experience includes:

  • BC Children’s Hospital - lead Dietitian/Facilitator of a 10-wk family weight management program at the Centre for Healthy Weights
  • BC Cancer Agency - lead Dietitian, Breast Cancer Prevention Trial + on staff as Clinical Dietitian
  • Squamish Nation - Workshops, One-on-One Assessments + Consultations
  • Community Health - Co-ordinator of the Ministry of Health's Pregnancy Outreach Program

In addition, Nadia Vidas + Noony Santos Paletta are the co-founders of iUBER wellness, specializing in kinetic based workplace wellness programs in the area of EAT, PLAY, SLEEP + TALK. In her years of practice, Nadia has successfully worked with numerous families, adults, athletes and sports groups in helping them achieve their best health.

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