No athlete is a finished project, and no player is built in a day. At OHA Edmonton, our coaches bring an unparalleled level of expertise to their coaching duties each day. Their tremendous experience as both players and coaches at the Major Junior, College, and Professional levels allows them to build the student athlete in an incremental manner, focusing on the small details that separate elite players from the rest – both on the ice, and off.
Each athlete brings a unique skillset to the rink, and our coaches work to develop that particular player within the team concept. OHA Edmonton’s coaches also share an incredible passion not only for player development, but for personal development as well.
Weber played professional hockey in Europe for 17 years with the Nottingham Panthers. Played on the Great Britain National team in 1998 at the IIHF World Championship. Randall has 24 years of coaching experience at various levels, including formerly being a head coach at OHA Penticton. He was named Alberta Midget Hockey League Coach of the Year in 2014.
Lajoie was the Head Coach of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers during the 2018-19 season. Prior to his time in Kamloops, Lajoie spent 13 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, including three seasons as Head Coach of the University of Alberta men’s ice hockey team, where he won the 2018 U SPORTS National Championship, and five seasons as Head Coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where he was named the ACAC Coach of the Year twice.
Belle spent three seasons as an Associate Coach with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) men’s ice hockey team, as well as an instructor with the Vimy Ridge Academy hockey program. Belle was also an Assistant Coach with the Sherwood Park Crusaders during the 2015-16 season. Prior to coaching, Belle played 10 years of professional hockey in the NHL, AHL, DEL and SHL. A first-round selection, 30th overall, by the St. Louis Blues at the 2003 NHL Draft, the Edmonton, Alta. product would go on to play for the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche.
Spent eight years as the academic & athletic development director of operations with the hockey program at Donnan School in Edmonton, as well as two seasons as the head coach of the Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA team. Beissel also spent seven seasons as the director of hockey development and Midget AAA Head Coach with the Sherwood Park Kings Athletic Club, as well as four seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League in various capacities.
Wilkinson spent five seasons playing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the St. Albert Steel and Calgary Mustangs, accumulating 107 points (15-92-107) in 223 career games. He went on to play four seasons of NCAA hockey with SUNY-Fredonia. The St. Albert, AB product has a long history as a skating and stick handling coach with Quantum Speed.
Stevenson joins the for his first season behind the bench. After playing minor hockey in Spruce Grove, Grant played two AJHL seasons before receiving an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to Minnesota State Mankato. Stevenson signed with the San Jose Sharks after his sophomore season, where he was selected First Team All WCHA and Second Team All American. Grant played one season in the NHL with the Sharks as well as seven seasons in the AHL before finishing his career in Europe. Stevenson brings excellent skill and offensive development experience and has worked as an instructor for Donnan and Vimy Ridge.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Schlemko grew up playing in the Edmonton minor hockey system. After being drafted by the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, he played 3 seasons and won a WHL championship in 2007. From there he signed his first NHL contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, embarking on a 12 year professional career, including over 400 NHL games with 6 different teams. Schlemko retired from playing in the fall of 2019, and now live in the Sturgeon Valley with his wife Kristin and daughters Ava (8) and Nora (5). He very excited to be a part of helping these young student athletes get to the next level!
Colin has been involved with coaching and player development for over 20 years. Most recently, Colin has been part of Hockey Alberta’s high-performance program since 2015 as a coach mentor, head coach and assistant coach have been involved with the Alberta Cup, Alberta Winter Games and Pee Wee Prospects Cup. Colin has also been involved with coaching and mentoring with his local minor hockey association since 2007, capturing two provincial championships as a head coach. Colin is also the father OHA Edmonton alumni Corson Ceulemans who was part the U15 and U18 programs from 2017-2019. Colin is extremely honoured & excited to joining the OHA Edmonton program.
Born and raised in Spruce Grove, Nathan played his entire minor hockey years in Spruce and then went on to play in the WHL for the Regina Pats. He was drafted in the 11th round 245th overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1992. Nathan was Team Captain of the St. John’s Maple Leafs from 1997-2002 and won the Fred T. Hunt AHL League Memorial Award which honors the player best exemplifying the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey – 2001/2002. Nathan then went on to play 260 games in the N.H.L with Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston. In his career, he has played over 850 games during a 14 year professional career in the N.H.L and A.H.L that spanned Canada, United States, and Europe. Nathan has coached every level from Novice to Midget and is excited to bring his experience, knowledge and enthusiasm of the game to the athletes with OHA Edmonton.
Erin Gordon is the owner and founder of EDG Athletic Therapy. This is her second season with OHA Edmonton and third in the CSSHL. In addition to working in the CSSHL, Erin has also worked several provincial, national and international competitions and spends her summers working with the Leprechaun Tiger Rugby Club. Erin grew up playing elite-level soccer in Saskatchewan and earned a scholarship to play at the University of Alberta. When she finished her BA, she travelled to Vancouver Island to complete her degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy. While her sport growing up was soccer, her real passion lies with hockey, where she has been working since she was 13 years old. After successfully passing her national exam, Erin continued her hockey education and earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Maximum Edge Equipment Manager certifications.
Dwayne has been an athletic therapist for nearly two decades. In that time, he has traveled the world with various teams and sports. Since growing up in Edmonton through the 80’s, hockey has always been a passion of his. Dwayne has been with OHA Edmonton since the beginning, both as an athletic therapist and strength coach. This season, he is focusing his energy into the therapy side. Throughout his career, Dwayne has also had a keen interest in training youth athletes. It is the reward of challenging their athletic development, as well as the students and citizens that keeps him coming back year after year. When he is not at the rink, Dwayne is also the athletic therapist at Harry Ainlay High School. He works with their many championship teams along with their Sports Performance, Sports Medicine and Physical Education classes. In his rare spare time, you can find him spending time enjoying the outdoors with his wife and three kids.
Mark Fitzgerald has spent the last 15 years working with athletes from a variety of sports at every level. He began his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and also became the Head of Performance and Nutrition for the Canadian Hockey League. Most recently, Fitzgerald was the Head of Performance for the Anaheim Ducks. Fitzgerald is the founder of Elite Training Systems in Ontario, which has grown to four locations servicing athletes from all major and minor sports. Fitzgerald also serves as a consultant for a number of health and performance organizations including Under Armour, CHL, Ontario Tech University, and Toronto Aeros Rugby.
Duco was an assistant coach for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL during the 2017-18 season after serving as a head coach with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals the previous season. On top of his duties with the Petes, he also was involved with the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association as a skills development coach and player evaluator.
The Toronto, Ont. product enjoyed an extensive nine-year professional playing career that saw him play 18 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, 267 games in the AHL, as well as time spent in the ECHL and Europe. Duco played parts of five seasons in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers, where he was part of the 2008 J. Ross Robertson Cup winning team as OHL champions.
A veteran of 446 NHL games, Brown played parts of six seasons with the Edmonton Oilers before stints with the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks. Brown spent the last five years of his playing career in Europe, highlighted by an Austrian Championship in 2008-09 with Klagenfurter AC. After his playing days were over, Brown joined the Edmonton Oil Kings staff as an assistant coach, ultimately winning the 2014 Memorial Cup. He is currently an assistant coach with the University of Edmonton where he won the 2015 U SPORTS National Championship.
After a stellar five-year career as a student athlete at the University of Alberta, which saw him win two U SPORTS National Championships and be named the reciepient of the 2013 U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year award, Mucha has worked as a Goaltending Development Coach with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings since 2015. He has also served as the Goaltending Consultant for the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints and Sherwood Park Crusaders. Mucha holds the WHL record for most career games played (245), is second in career minutes played (13,708) and third in most career saves (6,908) after spending five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers.
Weinberger’s extensive coaching history includes three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the WHL’s Edmonton Ice and six seasons as Head Coach of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Midget AAA team. Weinberger has been with Vimy Ridge Academy since 2010 and has been the Assistant Principal since 2013. He has also been a Teacher at McNally High School since 1996. Weinberger graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Sports Studies, as well as a Education Certificate from the Faculty of Education.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.