EDMONTON, AB – Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Edmonton General Manager Randall Weber announced today that Sean Beissel has been named Head Coach of the OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep team.
Beissel joins OHA Edmonton after spending eight years as the Academic & Athletic Development Director of Operations with the hockey program at Donnan School in Edmonton, as well as the past 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.
“Sean’s vast experience over the past eight years of working with elite athletes of all ages, speaks for itself,” said Weber. “Sean brings a first class skillset, along with the experience and qualifications required for our Student Athlete program at OHA Edmonton. I’m looking forward to working with Sean and seeing our Bantam Prep program becoming a valid option for elite Bantam players, in and around the Edmonton area.”
Beissel earned a Bachelor of Physical Education and Administration from University of Jamestown. Beissel also has his High Performance 2 coaching certificate from Hockey Canada.
"Having spent the past eight years of my career working in a role that marries the academic and athletic development of young student athletes, I am extremely excited about being involved in bringing sport school athletics to the Edmonton area,” said Beissel. “OHA has been a leader in the growth of sport schools, and the opportunity to assist Randall Weber in establishing a strong foothold and presence in the Edmonton hockey community is an opportunity I look forward to. The combination of academic and athletic development under one umbrella has been a goal of mine throughout my coaching career and the opportunity to do so with OHA under the leadership of Andy Oakes is something I think will be a great fit for my family."
We would like to welcome Sean, his wife Heidi and stepdaughter Hanna to the Okanagan Hockey family.
At the end of grade nine, my parents and I decided it would be beneficial for both my hockey and scholastic development to attend OHA the next year. We toured other hockey academies, but ultimately felt OHA was the best fit for me. The coach’s and trainer’s expertise allowed me to learn more about the game, further develop my skills, strength and stamina and readied me to enter the WHL as a competent and confident 16 year old. With the support of great teachers and tutors my grades improved and I made friends that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend OHA for the player who is looking to take their game, grades and life skills to the next level."