RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is proud to announce the assistant and video coaches of Team Alberta for the 2017 U16 Male and U18 Female programs.
Team Alberta U16 Male
Brandin Cote (Assistant Coach), Marian Gmitter (Assistant Coach), Alex Mandolidis (Video Coach), and Derek Purfield (Goalie Coach) will join Head Coach Spiros Anastas on Team Alberta U16 Male.
Cote just wrapped up his first season coaching in the WHL, serving the 2016-17 campaign as an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s been involved with Hockey Alberta in numerous capacities, and has coached in two Alberta Cups.
Gmitter is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Royals. This year will mark Gmitter’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, as he’s set to serve as the Head Coach of Team Central at the 2017 Alberta Cup.
Mandolidis is the Head Coach of the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars. Like Gmitter, this is Mandolidis’s third time coaching in the Alberta Cup program, this year as the Head Coach of Calgary South.
Purfield currently works for World Pro Goaltending, and also served as the Goalie Coach for the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS) in 2016-17. This will be Purfields third straight year with Team Alberta U16 Male, having previously served as the Goalie Coach for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning teams.
Along with the coaching staff, Curtis Arsenault (Athletic Therapist), Dave Campbell (Equipment Manager), and Jamie Porter (Head Scout), round out the Team Alberta U16 Male staff.
Arsenault, from Lethbridge, is the Athletic Therapist for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, and has previous experience in the Team Alberta program at the Alberta Cup.
Campbell just wrapped up his season as the Trainer for the Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), and has served as a Mentor Trainer for Team Alberta in various camps and programs over the past five years.
Porter is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL), and was the Head Scout for the 2015 and 2016 gold medal-winning Team Alberta U16 teams.
Team Alberta U18 Female
Joining Head Coach Craig Perrett on Team Alberta U18 Female will be Cassea Schols (Assistant Coach), Bob Rutz (Assistant Coach), Sarah Hilworth (Video Coach), and Amanda Tapp (Goalie Coach).
Schols is currently the Female Prep Head Coach at the Northern Alberta Xtreme Hockey Academy, and was also an assistant coach with last year’s Team Alberta U18 team.
Rutz is the Head Coach of the Midget AAA Female Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs of the Alberta Female Hockey League. Rutz has previously served as a Head Coach and Mentor in various Team Alberta camps and programs.
Hilworth has been the Head Coach of the Olds College Broncos since 2015. She’s been involved in both the U16 and U18 female programs over the past four years.
Tapp is the Director of Female Development and the Lead Instructor at Top Prospect Goaltending. Tapp is a long-serving member of the Team Alberta U18 coaching staff, having served as the Goalie Coach for the past six years.
Mercedes Eustergerling (Trainer), Brodie St. Jacques (Equipment Manager), Heather Osgood (Strength & Conditioning Coach), and Doug MacLeod (Head Scout) have also been named to the Team Alberta U18 Female staff.
Eustergerling is the Owner and Physiotherapist at Vida Health & Wellness, and has been a Mentor Trainer for various Team Alberta camps and programs over the past three years.
St. Jacques currently serves as the Trainer for the Maple Leaf Athletic Club’s Bantam AAA team. St. Jacques is set to serve as the Trainer for Team North Grey at the 2017 Alberta Challenge.
Osgood is the Fitness Director at Vimy Ridge Academy, and has been a involved with Team Alberta for the past eight years.
MacLeod, a Regional Scout for Hockey Canada’s Women’s Program, is entering his second year with Team Alberta U18 Female, and has previous coaching experience with Team Alberta as well.
About Team Alberta
The U16 Male Program is the third stage of the development and identification process to select a roster for Team Alberta to compete at either the U16 Western Challenge or the Canada Winter Games. The Games are held every four years, with the next event set for 2019 in Red Deer. Players in the U16 Male program will be challenging for the opportunity to compete on one of the three teams that represent Canada each year at the World U17 Hockey Challenge.
The High Performance U18 program works towards identifying the top 20 female players in Alberta, who will comprise Team Alberta U18 representing the province at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship or the Canada Winter Games. Making this team is the pinnacle of female amateur hockey in Alberta, and a major lifetime highlight for the players.