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Meet our team
 
 

Mr.
Billy
Wilms

Academy Coordinator / Teacher

Phone: 604 217 6509
Email: billy.wilms@abbyschools.ca

Mr. Wilms has been teaching in Abbotsford for over a decade, and playing hockey for over 20 years. He is the Academy Coordinator for the Yale Hockey Academy, and the WA Fraser Middle School Hockey Academy. He graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics (BHK 2000), a Bachelor of Education from U.B.C. (B.Ed. 2001) and most recently, Masters of Educational Practice (M.Ed 2011) at Simon Fraser University (2011).

He has coached minor hockey at the ‘AAA’ level, (Pacific Coast Champions) as well as organized instructional hockey schools in Richmond. He is also the regional lower-mainland scout for the WHl Prince George Cougars.  Mr. Wilms brings experience, knowledge as well as passion to this program. He considers himself fortunate to work with student athletes as his dream is to see sport academy students experience academic, and athletic excellence through the sport of hockey. Ultimately, winning at life (Life Champions) is his goal for all kids in the sport academy. 

Billy has worked with the academy since its inception in 2004.

 
 

Brad
Bowen

Director of Hockey Operations / Midget Prep Head Coach

Division: CSSHL Midget Prep
Phone: 604 996 4347
Email: boknowshockey@me.com

The Yale Hockey Academy is proud to have Brad Bowen on board with the program. Brad brings over 20 years of instructional experience with him as well as experience scouting at the major junior level (Portland Winterhawks) and NHL level (New York Islanders). Brad graduated from TWU with a Bachelor's of Human Kinetics. In addition to running the Vancouver Selects Program, Brad has coached within the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for many years.

Students are very fortunate to have Brad Bowen leading their program. Brad currently is head coach of the Yale Midget Prep Hockey Team.  For information on Brad's hockey programs, or the Vancouver Selects Program, please contact him at: boknowshockey@me.com cell 604 996 4347. 

Brad has worked with the academy since 2006.

 
 

Erin
Thornton

Director of Skill Development / Fraser Academy Director / Midget Prep Asst. Coach

Division: CSSHL Midget Prep
Phone: 6044 615 0080
Email: thornton4@telus.net

Erin brings extensive hockey and sport administration skills to our academy.  He held the position of Associate Director for BC Hockey from 2001-2008 where he was responsible for the Male High Performance Program, Coaching Program and several other development programs.  Erin holds a BA degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Victoria.  He has played hockey at the WHL level (Seattle Thunderbirds) and has scouted in the WHL (Chilliwack Bruins).  Erin presently provides oversight to our Middle School program (Fraser Middle) and as an assistant coach on our Midget Prep Team.  In addition, Erin presently scouts for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL.   

Erin has worked with the academy since 2013.

 
 

Andy
Neilsen

Director of Skill Development / Goaltenders

Division: Goaltending Coach for Bantam Prep / Elite 15 & Midget Prep
Phone: 604 217 1033
Email: andy@nextlevelgoaltending.com

Andy Neilsen has been developing goaltenders in Western Canada for over 20 years. He has an extensive background in Goaltending. His playing career includes Junior A, Major Junior and playing professionally.  Next Level Goaltending Development Inc. also consults for several minor hockey associations throughout the lower mainland.  Andy is a CAHA certified coach and has coached with Yale for the past 3 seasons in addition to  Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association for the past 10 years. He is well known in the hockey circles throughout the lower mainland for helping develop elite athletes. Throughout his coaching career he has helped athletes reach their goals ranging from AAA minor hockey, Junior, NCAA College, and the professional ranks. For information on Andy's goaltending schools / camps, please contact him at andy@nextlevelgoaltending.com

Andy has worked with the academy since 2007.

 
 

Derry
Menard

Director of Skill Development / Yale Skills Group / Elite 15 Head Coach

Division: CSSHL Elite 15 Head Coach

Yale welcomes Derry Menard as Elite 15 Head Coach and On-Ice Instructor the Yale Hockey Academy Elite Skills Group.  Derry brings a wealth of experience to Yale as both a player and coach.  Derry played 4 years in the BCHL, before going on and playing professional hockey with the Johnstown Chiefs and Oklahoma City Blazers.  Derry will be working the bench for Yale's Elite 15 team alongside head coach Andy Neilsen.  

 
 

Tyler
Chambers

Director of Strength & Conditioning & Off-Ice Training

Email: tylerleechambers@hotmail.com

Tyler Chambers heads up the Yale Hockey Academy's Off-Ice Training Program.  In conjunction with Chris Price & Jordan Mackenzie, this team of elite strength coaches adds a tremendous level of integrity to the Yale Hockey off-ice training experience.   Tyler has had extensive experience training our elite athletes, and continues to train them as they move through thier professional careers!  For more information visit http://impact-hockey.com 

 
 

Brad
Rihela

Elite 15 Bantam Head Coach

Division: CSSHL Bantam Prep
Phone: 778 240 4791
Email: bradrihela@gmail.com

Brad Rihela is the head coach of the Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep Team.  Rihela, who comes to Yale after two succesful years as the Head Coach with the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the PIJHL, was named Coach of the Year in 2014 for his accomplishments.  In addition, Rihela coached the 2015 / 2016 Bantam Prep Team to its Innaugural CSSHL Championship as well as the prestigous John Reid Memorial Championsip.   Rihela brings a wealth of passion to the forefront of every practice and game.  

 
 

Jarrett
Craig

Elite 15 Bantam Prep / Asst. Coach

Division: CSSHL Bantam Prep

 
 

Mr.
Chris
Price

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Chris Price has been working with elite hockey players for a number of years.  He is a certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and attends the University of the Fraser Valley. Chris will graduate with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2017. Chris played minor hockey with the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association and went on to play four all star PJHL seasons including being captain of the 2009 - 2010 Aldergrove Kodiaks Championship team. His playing experience also includes games in the BCHL. As a coach, Chris believes in creating an opportunity for young players to develop as highly skilled athletes while acquiring valuable life skills through their hard work both on and off the ice.

 
 

Nichole
McLeod

Strength & Conditioning Coach / Skills

Nichole has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She is a BCRPA certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and brings years of experience training youth to excel in their team sport. Nichole has coached and managed various sports teams over the past 13 years and prides herself on bringing out the best in the kids she works with!

Nichole has been working with the Academy since 2017

 
 

Antonio
Domingo

Strength & Conditioning Coach / Skills Instructor

Antonio Domingo is the head off-ice strength & conditioning coach for the Yale Hockey Academy Elite Skill Development group.  He is a Coach / Mentor to many athletes in the Abbotsford community.  Domingo is certified in many areas and brings a truly multi-sport and multi-dimensional aspect to athlete training.  

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
CFES Certified Personal Trainier
BCPTI Personal Trainer Graduate
BCRPA Group Fitness Certified
Certified Indoor Spin Instructor
Strength And Conditioning Specialist
TRX Certified
Agatsu Kettlebell Certified
Certified Fascial Mobility And Recover Techniques
Trigger Point Certified
Crossfit Level 1 Certified

 

 
 

Kara
Coleman

Strength & Conditioning Coach / Yoga Instructor