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.
Martin spent four seasons as the Assistant Coach of the Spruce Grove Saints. During his time with the Saints, he helped coach the team to an AJHL Championship in 2018. Prior to his time at the Junior A level Martin spent 12 years at the minor hockey level, including four years at the SSAC where he later served as Director of Coach Development. Martin has also been actively involved as both an Assistant and Head Coach in variety of Hockey Alberta Programs. Martin looks forward to helping OHA student-athletes achieve their goals both in hockey and in life.
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.
Stevenson joins OHA Edmonton 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 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 NHL with Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston. In his career, he has played over 850 games during a 14 year professional career in the NHL and AHL 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.
Nolan Yaremchuk joins the OHA coaching team after a highly successful playing career in the Alberta Jr. A hockey, and as a member of three ACAC Championship teams with Grant MacEwan University. Throughout his university career, Nolan was actively involved in minor hockey camps, summer teams, and mentorship programs. Nolan’s coaching philosophy centers around building and developing character. He believes that to be successful, players need to hone their craft on and off the ice.
The veteran coach has more than 1,000 AJHL games as a coach on his resume, guiding the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Grande Prairie Storm and the Drayton Valley Thunder. He has won three AJHL championships — two with Fort McMurray and one with Grande Prairie — and even led the Oil Barons to a national championship title in 2000. For the last couple of years, Gow has been serving as the VP of Hockey Operations for the AJHL, as well as a Coach Mentor for Hockey Alberta.
Trevor has play minor hockey in Edmonton and Jr A in Alberta. From there, he then played in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders before moving on to the ECHL with many stints in the IHL, AHL UHL, and the EIHL in England. Baker played a total of 9 years professional hockey, including 2-years as team captain with the Peoria Rivermen. After retiring Trevor has worked as a skill development coach and advisor, before come to OHA. He looks forward to helping development with these young student-athletes passing on his knowledge and skill.
Duco is also the Skill Development Coach for the Pickering Panthers Jr. A team. Previously, 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.
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.
Phil has been involved in the fitness industry since 2006. After growing up playing competitive hockey and graduating from the NAIT Personal Fitness Trainer program in the spring of 2006, Phil knew his passion was in the hockey industry. Phil has taken athletes from Bantam all the way through to the pro hockey level; working with Bantam, Midget, Junior, NCAA, CIS, or Pro levels.
Over the years Phil has developed an off-season training program for hockey players that has become his primary focus and passion. Helping facilitate young hockey players and producing some of the fittest clients in hockey has been one of the most rewarding things in Phil’s career. Phil believes in continuous learning to ensure that he provides his athletes with the most he can offer.
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.
Victoria graduated Sheridan College with a degree in Athletic Therapy where she deepened her desire to improve athlete’s quality of life and physical performance, building on her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science Human Nutrition from ST. Frances Xavier University. Victoria has worked with a variety of different teams and sports including Jr. A Hockey, AA Women’s Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby & Basketball. She has also worked as a fitness and sports instructor for the Canadian Forces. Victoria is excited to work with the OHA athletes to see them develop and grow with their passion for hockey.
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.
Playing at OHA was great. I had great billet families and made great relationships with people I still keep in touch with. It was a really good learning experience for me being away from home playing hockey, which set me up to go play junior.