David Roy, Director of the Pursuit of Excellence, is one of the most respected skating coaches in the world. David has worked as the skating coach for the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Canada’s National Team, and the Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team. Each year he and his staff work with well over 2000 hockey players from around the world.
In developing the Pursuit of Excellence program, David made sure that improving every player’s skating technique, speed, quickness, efficiency, and agility was given first priority. The program Dave has developed for skating over the past 35 years is fully implemented in the Pursuit hockey curriculum. In today’s game, becoming an excellent skater, has to be the foundation for every other skill a hockey player develops.
Glen has been with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy since 2007. Glen has coached the females and males Bantam and Midget teams before assuming the role of Director Of Hockey. He began his coaching career with the Westside Minor Hockey in 1978. Glen has been a part of BC Male U-17 District Camps and BC Hockey Female U-18 teams. He has his Advanced 1 coaching designation, CAHA and is a BCAHA Course Conductor. Glen is, and has been, a Regional Scout for the Victoria Royals in the WHL for several years, as well as the Westside Warriors in the BCHL. Glen was Coach of the Year for Westside Minor Hockey 2004, 2005 and 2006. Glen received the BC Hockey Award in 2006 for outstanding contribution to the administration and development of young players
Shae began coaching in 2012 in Kelowna Minor Hockey before moving on to be an Assistant Coach and handled video duties with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL in 2013. Shae then joined POE as an Assistant Coach with the E15 program for two seasons. In 2016 Shae re-joined the West Kelowna Warriors as the Associate Head Coach and Assistant GM holding that role for the past three seasons. In 2016 the Warriors were able to capture the RBC Cup National Championship in Jr A.
Shae previously played in the inaugural year of the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy prior to playing Jr B with the Kamloops Storm.
Shae joined Pursuit of Excellence in 2018 as the Head Coach of the Bantam Varsity team and in September 2019 Shae became Head Coach of the Midget Prep
Larry has been the Goaltending Coach for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and most recently the Westside Warriors of the BCHL. He has also worked with goaltenders for many years in the minor hockey system. Larry has been involved with the BC Best Ever High Performance Program as a Goalie Coach, Assistant Coach and Evaluator.
In 2009/2010 he was the Goalie Coach for Team West at the World Jr A Challenge. He also is instrumental in working with video analysis for our goaltenders, as well as analyzing game video for players. He is active in the teaching of the game and has a passion for moving goaltenders on to the next level which has included WHL, Jr A, Jr B and NCAA.
Kevin Bathurst joined Pursuit of Excellence in September 2018 as the Head Coach of the Midget Varsity Team. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge to the POE program. Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Coaching from the University of Western Ontario, and is NCCP High Performance I certified. He has coached, managed, and scouted at a variety levels including Usport, Jr A, Jr B, CSSHL, and all levels of minor hockey. Kevin has also contributed to Hockey development curriculum that is used internationally. Kevin has built a reputation as a leader in hockey development, helping athletes of all ages reach their goals of personal excellence on and off the ice.
Derek Bachynski started with POE in 2015 as the Head Coach for the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy Elite 15 Team and Lead Instructor for the Edge of Excellence Skating camps.
Derek originally comes from Windsor, ON, and played his junior hockey for the Leamington Flyers in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). He received a scholarship to Wayne State University and played four years of NCAA hockey before playing one year of professional hockey in The Netherlands.
He began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach for the Ohio University Bobcats ACHA Division I program. Since then he was an Assistant Coach for the Sun County Panthers Bantam AAA team, the Powell River Kings in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCHL) and a Head Coach for the Nanaimo Buccaneers in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL).
During his time behind the bench Derek was the Director of the Learn to Play Hockey Program at Ohio University, Assistant Director at the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp in Port Alberni, Head Instructor for the Powell River and Nanaimo Minor Hockey Development Camps, and a Power Skating and Skills instructor for Woodlands Hockey Academy, in Nanaimo.
In addition to his Bachelors in Business Administration from Wayne State, Derek earned a Master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Sciences from Ohio University in 2011.
Derek’s passion for the game and his ability to teach the skills involved is what brought him to POE. Not only does he care a great deal about the development of the hockey player, but also about the individual’s character and their life achievements.
Colton Sparrow joined Pursuit of Excellence as the Assistant Coach for the Elite 15 team in September 2019. Colton was born and raised in Vernon British Columbia where he played his minor hockey up until joining the Okanagan Rockets major midget team at 15. Following 2 seasons with them he played 4 seasons for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL going to 2 RBC Cup national championships. Receiving a scholarship to the university of Alaska Fairbanks he continued his career for 2 seasons there before joining the University of Regina Cougars in the U Sports association. After his collegiate career he signed a contract in the ECHL for the Wichita Thunder, a short time there plagued by injuries landed him overseas in Norkopping Sweden where he finished his professional Career.
On top of his playing career he obtained a bachelors degree in psychology where he focuses on the mental health of athletes and offers counselling services through the Traininghouse Vernon. After a very rewarding hockey career his main goal in life is to give back to the kids that are coming up behind him, just like all the support he received through the years.
Kris originally comes from Sicamous, BC. Kris started coaching on the Male side at Pursuit of Excellence in September 2015 coaching the Midget Varsity 16U Team before making the switch to coaching the POE Female Prep team in September of 2016.
Kris played all of his minor hockey with Sicamous before making the jump at age 16 to the WHL. He enjoyed a successful junior career with both the Kamloops Blazers and Lethbridge Hurricanes with highlights that include being a fourth-round draft pick to Calgary Flames in 2004 and finishing 4th in goals in the 06-07 season. Kris then moved on to play at Lakehead University before turning professional for the next 5 years. His professional career includes exhibition and regular season games in several leagues including the NHL, AHL, ECHL and European Leagues.
During his playing career, Kris gained a passion for coaching through working with several minor hockey associations, Spring teams and hockey camps developing young hockey players for a future career in the sport. Kris is excited working for POE to help provide life and hockey skills to develop not only good players, but good people. While attending Lakehead University, Kris received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations. Kris also works with BC Hockey running skills development for the U16 and U18 Female Camps and is also a Head Skating Instructor at the Edge of Excellence Skating Camps.
Kathleen comes to POE from UBC, where she was an assistant coach in the 2018-2019 season. Before stepping into a coaching role, Kathleen played five years at UBC starring in a forward role accumulating awards such as Most Dedicated, Top Forward, Best Defensive Forward and Top Graduating UBC Female Athlete along with being named an assistant captain. During her time at UBC, the Team accomplished 2x Canada West Champion (2016/2017) and National Championship Silver (2016) and Bronze (2017). Before her time at UBC, Kathleen played Midget at Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan and in the Hockey Canada National Program for Team Alberta. Kathleen joined POE Female Prep Team for the start of the 2019-2020 year.
Locke joined Pursuit of Excellence in September 2018 as the Assistant Coach for E15 and in September 2019 Locke became Assistant Coach for Bantam Prep. Originally from St. Paul, Alberta where Locke played his early minor hockey before moving to Kelowna to join the POE program as a Midget aged player. While captaining the POE Midget Prep team in his second year, Locke was listed by the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. His 4-year junior hockey career was spent with the Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades of the WHL and finally with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL where he was named Team Captain and Top Defensive Forward for 2 consecutive years. At the collegiate level, Locke played for the NAIT Ooks helping his team win the ACAC Championship.
His passion for the game combined with his strong communication skills, and his desire to give back to the game he loves, has led him back to POE, this time as a coach. Locke’s goals are to implement change and to motivate his players to reach their desired goals both on and off the ice. While at POE, Locke continues his education working toward a Diploma in Emergency Management.
Byron joined Pursuit of Excellence in September 2019 as the Bantam Prep Head Coach. Byron played his junior career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, winning the WHL Championship in his final season. In January of 2020 was inducted in the Hurricanes Wall of Honour.
He has also played 8 years in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks with a total of 324 games in the NHL. In his final 10 years of playing Byron played in professional leagues throughout Europe including Sweden, Belarus and Switzerland, winning the Swiss Championship with Bern in 2013.
After finishing his playing career Byron went on to coach young hockey players, empowering them with the skills and resources they need to move on to the next level. POE is very happy to have Byron as part of the Coaching Staff.
Jason Tansem joined Pursuit of Excellence in September 2019. Jason is a Kelowna resident and is in his 25th year of coaching. Along with being the Assistant Coach for the Bantam Prep Team, he is also the General Manager and President of the Kelowna Chiefs Jr. Hockey Club.
At the age of 14 Jason left the comforts of home and attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK for 3 years. In his final year, he had the top honor of being a Houseleader in the Badger dorm. There were 2 house leaders and 3 assistant positions in each dorm which were voted on by his peers and teaching/coaching staff. This position saw him a leader and responsible for 120 student athletes within his dorm.
Jason started coaching in Prince George with both the Bantam AAA and Midget AAA programs where we earned “Coach of the Year Honors.". He went through the BC Best Ever Hockey program as a Head Coach with both the U16 and U17 teams. After his time with the programs he joined Hockey Canada as a Coach Mentor for 5 years and a course conductor for an additional 10 years.
Upon his return to the Okanagan he worked as the Head Coach for West Kelowna Minor Hockey and eventually returned to coaching in Kelowna with both the Kelowna Chiefs and Kelowna Minor Hockey.
Outside of the hockey world, Jason has been the President of SunCruiser Publishing Inc. since 2007.
Dion joined the Pursuit of Excellence coaching staff on July 1st, 2018, as Assistant Bantam Varsity Coach and Skills Instructor. Dion became Head Coach of Bantam Varsity in September 2019. Dion had just finished his playing career in Germany, where he spent the last three seasons. Dion also played for the University of New Brunswick and was fortunate enough to win three National Championships and four Division titles.
During his time at UNB, Dion received two degrees, one in Kinesiology and the second in Education. One of his proudest moments was taking over the coaching role in his last two seasons at UNB for the Special Olympic Floor hockey team where the team went on to win a Silver medal.
In 2009 to 2011 Dion founded DJC Skills and Conditioning Camp in Melville, Saskatchewan. It’s here that Dion found his love of coaching. He worked with players from ages 14 to 30, working with them on skill development and dryland training.
During this time, Dion was also the lead Instructor for the Supreme Skating School in Melville, where he worked with young hockey player’s ages 7 to 12 as the Lead Power Skating coach.
Due to injury, Dion took a full year off from hockey in 2014 to recover, and decided to teach at St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He taught at a K-9 school, and found the experience wonderful and amazing.
Dion is very happy to join the Pursuit of Excellence team and is very excited to use his experiences and knowledge to help develop young hockey players on and off the ice.
Zach joined Pursuit of Excellence in August 2019 as the Assistant Coach for Bantam Varsity. Originally from Vernon, British Columbia where Zach played his minor hockey before playing Major Midget for the Okanagan Rockets. Zach was drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Tri-City Americans. Zach split his early junior career between the BCHL Vernon Vipers and the Tri-City Americans. After being traded to Everett, Zach spent the next 3 and a half years playing for both the Everett Silvertips and finishing off his junior career with the Kootenay Ice. Post junior hockey, Zach spent 5 years playing in the CIS (Canadian University) in Regina where he served as an Assistant Captain for his last 3 seasons with the Cougars Mens Hockey Team. Zach studied his degree in Sociology as a part of the Arts Faculty at The University of Regina.
While working for the Pursuit of Excellence in the summer months for the past 7 years, Zach has gained the knowledge and increased his drive to pursue a career in coaching and developing young hockey players. His knowledge of the game and understanding of the importance in player development both on and off has led Zach to POE as a full time coach. Zach's goals are to ensure that his players receive teaching in all areas of hockey, and instill hard work in all players at the academy both on the ice and in the classroom to make sure the players fulfill their desired goals.