The Staff

The Staff

Darren Smith, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator/Teacher
Responsible for all program staff
Masters degree in Coaching Studies, UVic
15 years teaching experience, Athletic Director/PE Department Head

Brad Cook, Head Instructor

Brad begins his 5th year as head coach of the Saanich Braves after taking over mid-October in 2008. This will be his 7th season behind the bench in Junior Hockey with one season in the BCHL behind the bench of the Victoria Grizzlies.

At all levels Brad is a huge advocate of individual skill development and personal accountability to help players achieve their goal of moving to the next level.

Sean Weaver, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Graduate of both the VIJHL and the BCHL, where he played 5 years, Sean was recruited on a full-ride scholarship to play hockey and attend the University of Western Michigan Broncos. He spent 4 years at UWM and received his Bachelors Degree in Science of Exercise and Human Kinetics. Since graduation he has worked at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE) as a Strength Coach for sports teams of all ages and genders. Currently Sean is working with the Spectrum Hockey Academy as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for athlete development. Sean also works with the Saanich Jr. Braves as a Coach and Strength Advisor.

Nate Forster, Instructor

Dr. Howie Wenger, Consultant 

Professor Exercise Physiology, UVic
Author of several books on high performance training and hockey fitness
Has worked with the Canadian Olympic Team, Team Canada, and the New York Rangers
Co-authored a book with Wayne Gretzky
Presently fitness consultant with St. Louis Blues


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