Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Nathan Hollinger has been named Athletic Therapist/Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Hollinger joins OHA from the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) where he was the Head Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager since 2015.
"I am very excited to be joining a first-class organization in the Okanagan Hockey Academy,” said Hollinger. “I'm really looking forward to working alongside such a renowned staff, and I believe my work ethic and passion will help to supplement that. I feel that my background and experience will help to provide the best care possible to our athletes to allow for their optimal development, and I can't wait to get started."
Prior to joining the Terriers, Hollinger spent time as a Student Athletic Therapists with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Calgary Royals Midget AAA team, the University of Regina Men’s Hockey program, as well as a Teaching Assistant with the University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology. He also served as an Athletic Therapist for Team Canada West at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge.
Hollinger obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Major in Human Kinetics, from the University of Regina in 2015. He also has an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University.
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."