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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy.