Meet the Coaches

Field Hockey BC Coaches (Staff)

Susan Ahrens

Provincial Coach and Performance Manager

Roles & Responsibilities:
Susan is in charge of content design, evaluation and review for all Field Hockey BC programs. She also manages the recruitment, mentorship and support of coaches by developing and delivering coach education, as well as recruiting and supporting professional development of our Learning Facilitators. Susan is also responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the Field Hockey BC Academies and the Elementary Schools Program.

Coaching Experience: 
Susan has a degree (with 1st Class Honors) in Teaching (P.E.), a Masters in Science (Coaching) and a PhD. Susan is also a trained Master Coach Developer, Learning Facilitator and Evaluator with the Coaches Association of Canada, and continues to take development opportunities as often as she can. Susan has coached at all levels and spent over 10 years as a High Performance Coach as a specialist sport school in Scotland. Susan was also a consultant for Field Hockey Canada and researched and strategized their Long Term Athlete Development Plan.

Fun Facts:
Susan was a member of the Scottish Women’s National Field Hockey Team, as well as the Great Britain squad. She has competed at 2 World Cups, 1 Junior World cup, 2 Commonwealth Games and 3 European Championships. Susan also won a European Cup with Rot Weiss Koln in Germany and an Indoor State Championship with the Victoria State team in Australia.

In Her Own Words:
“I am passionate about the holistic coaching model; focusing on the whole athlete and helping them learn and develop them as people as well as performers.”

Julie King

Julie KingRegional Head Coach, Mainland
Provincial Head Coach, U18 Girls BC Rams

Roles & Responsibilities:
Julie leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programming on the lower mainland.

Coaching Experience:
Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Coaching as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate of Analysis of Performance. She has been a Head Coach in the England Hockey National League and was a mentor for England Hockey. Since moving to Canada, Julie has worked with the Women’s Junior National Program as an Assistant Coach and Video Analyst. In addition to her work in the field hockey community, Julie also coaches in the Whitecaps Academy program and with the Canadian Women’s Soccer program.

Fun Facts:
Julie used to work as a Police Officer in England until she decided to follow her dreams and work as a full time coach and analyst. Julie played soccer for Everton Ladies and field hockey for Liverpool Ladies in the England Hockey National League. Julie’s daughter played soccer for Trinity Western University and has since moved to Europe to play professionally

In Her Own Words:
“I have been coaching both soccer and field hockey and I really enjoy transferring the best of each sport to the other. ”

Krista Thompson

Regional Head Coach, Vancouver Island
Provincial Head Coach, U18 Girls BC Stags

Roles & Responsibilities:
Krista leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programs for Vancouver Island.

Coaching Experience: 
While playing on the Canadian National Team, Krista decided to give back to the community and pursue a career in coaching. She completed her Masters of Education in Coaching Studies program at the University of Victoria and then completed her NCCP Level 4 at the National Coaching Institute. Over the past 20 years, Krista has spent time coaching athletes at the middle school, high school, regional, provincial, university, national and international levels.

Fun Facts:
Krista started playing field hockey at age 12 for her Junior High School team. She continued her playing career through high school and then the University of New Brunswick before joining the National Program.

In Her Own Words:
“One of the highlights of my career was playing in a Four Nations Tournament in Vancouver against England, Japan, and USA.”

 

Field Hockey BC Program & Academy Coaches

Mathias Ahrens

Provincial Head Coach, U18 Boys BC Lions

Coaching Experience:
Mathias began his coaching career in Germany, the country that he grew up in. He attended the University of Koln, and received a Diploma for Trainer des DOSB (Hockey Coach). For over 10 years he coached teams in the German Bundesliga (Federal League). Mathias was the Assistant Coach of the Great Britain Men’s team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He was also the Head Coach of the Scotland Men’s National team from 2000-08, leading them to a Commonwealth Games, European Championships, and European Indoor Champion’s Trophy. Mathias was also the Head Coach of the Canadian Junior National Team that won Silver at the 2012 Junior Pan Am Cup, and competed at the 2013 Junior World Cup. Most recently, Mathias was the Chief Coach of India’s National Women’s team that qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Fun Facts:
Mathias spent his entire playing career in the German Bundesliga, playing for Club an Der Alster, GrossFlottbek, and Klipper. He also represented Germany at the youth level. These days, Mathias’ favourite hobbies are fun activities with the family, such as skiing, 2v2 Soccer and hockey – it can get very competitive!

Jessica Anderegg

Regional Assistant Coach, Southeast Train 2 Train Girls

Coaching Experience:
Jessica has been a coach for the Surrey Sharks Field Hockey Club for a few seasons now. This is Jessica’s second year coaching in the Southeast Regional Program – a program she once played in. She got into coaching after being recruited by Julie King. Julie coached Jessica in soccer, saw her potential both on and off the field and asked her to join the Southeast coaching team, effectively taking Jessica under her wing. 

Fun Facts:
Jessica has been playing both soccer and field hockey for almost 15 years and loves both sports. She played on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Women’s Soccer Team for 4 years but has now returned to her field hockey roots.

In Her Own Words:
“I am very excited to continue with FHBC where I can share my passion for the sport I grew up playing. I hope to pass along my wealth of experience to other players eager to better themselves within the sport.”

Jenn Beagan

Academy Head Coach, NVSD & WVSD
Provincial Head Coach, U15 Girls BC Rams
Regional Head Coach, Northwest Train 2 Train Girls

Roles & Responsibilities:
Jenn leads and oversees the implementation of FHBC programming for the North Vancouver and West Vancouver School District Academies. Jenn is also the Head Coach of the Northwest Train 2 Train Regional Program.

Coaching Experience:
Jenn has completed her NCCP Level 3 Coaching Accreditation. She has been a FHBC Regional and Provincial Coach since 2006 and was the FHBC Coach of the Year in 2011. Jenn has also coached for the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, in the US Futures program and at the ECFH National Academy and Training Center.

Fun Facts:
As a Junior athlete, Jenn competed for BC Provincial Teams, and was also a member of the U19 Canadian National Team that competed at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2000. Jenn played NCAA field hockey at Kent State University and was part of the team that won three Conference Championship Titles, made three appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 and were ranked 7th in the Nation. Jenn graduated with a degree in Architecture and now works locally with a Sport Architecture focus, working on projects such at the Richmond Oval and Fortius Sport & Health. Jenn is also the Owner and Lead Coach at Access Sport Athlete Services.

Chris Bell

Provincial Head Coach, U15 Girls BC White Lions
Academy Assistant Coach, NVSD & WVSD

Coaching Experience:
Chris started coaching in Victoria, with the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association, while he was still in high school. Since moving to Vancouver, he has been coaching everything the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club will let him and with the FHBC/NVSD & WVSD Academy. He was the head coach of the U14 WVFHC Adanacs team that competed in the Shooting Stars tournament in Richmond, Virginia.

Fun Facts:
Chris grew up playing field hockey in Victoria, and went through the FHBC High Performance and Provincial Team programs. Chris played for the University of Victoria Vikes from 2008-2012, while he was completing a BSc in Chemistry. He played again when he went back to UVic for his High School education certification, in 2014-15. He currently splits his time between the classroom as a teacher, the field as a coach, and the park as a Labrador puppy wrangler.

Stephen Bissett

Provincial Assistant Coach, U18 Boys BC Lions
Regional Assistant Coach, Mainland Train 2 Compete Boys

Coaching Experience:
Stephen has been coaching field hockey for more than ten years at the club level and for Field Hockey BC in the Boys and Girls Regional Program. He has completed his NCCP Level 1 Coaching Accreditation

Fun Facts:
Stephen has represented Canada in Field Hockey at the Junior & Senior Level. He retired from the National Program at the end of 2016. Stephen comes from a very talented field hockey family. His Uncle, David Bissett, is a 2-time Field Hockey Olympian, his twin Brother, Matthew, also played for Canada at the Junior & Senior Level, and his younger Brother, Brendan, is still playing for Canada and was a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic Team. In fact, all three brothers have played on the same team before, including when they were all on the Canadian Junior National Team in 2012-13. Stephen’s biggest inspiration is Rick Roberts, his former coach. Rick showed him the meaning of hard work, sacrifice and dedication and gave him the inspiration to follow his aspirations.

Bubli Chohan

Provincial Head Coach, U18 Girls BC Lions
Regional Head Coach, Northwest Train 2 Compete Girls

Coaching Experience:
Bubli is a Level 3 NCCP Certified Coach and has coached Team BC since the late 1990’s at all levels from Senior, U21, and all Junior levels. He most recently lead the Girls U18 BC Blue team to a Gold Medal at the 2016 National Championships. Bubli was the Assistant Coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team that competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He was also the Assistant Coach of the Canadian Women’s Junior National Team from 2009 to 2010.

Fun Facts:
Bubli started playing field hockey when he was 10 years old, joining India Club. He went on to earn 318 CAPS for Canada in a career that spanned 3 decades and took him to 3 Olympic Games, 3 World Cups and 6 Pan American Games. Due to his illustrious career, Bubli was chosen as the Flag Bearer for the Canadian contingent at the 1995 Pan Am Games, and in 2015 was inducted into the inaugural class of the Canadian Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Bubli was also a part of the India Club Premier team that won 18 straight Men’s League Championships from the late 1970’s to late 1990’s. Bubli’s biggest sport accomplishment was being a part of the Grade 7 City Ball Hockey Championship Team from General Brock Elementary School.

Alyssa Davidson

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C Girls – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Alyssa has been coaching field hockey for approximately 12 years. She started coaching in the Cowichan Junior Spring League with a variety of ages. Since then , she has coached a team in VILFHA, a California Cup Team, and at Brentwood College. She is currently coaching in a Junior Indoor Progrm and will be coaching Frances Kelsey Secondary in the fall. This is Alyssa’s second year coaching in the FHBC Regional Program.

In Her Own Words:
“I like to coach because I enjoy seeing kids learn new skills and learn what it means to be a part of a team, all while playing a sport we all love.”

Perri Espeseth

Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C Girls – Duncan

Coaching Experience:
Perri has been coaching the Island Girls Train 2 Compete program for five years. She has also been the Head Coach of the Cowichan Secondary School Senior Girls Field Hockey Team since 2014, leading the team to the AAA Provincial Championship title in 2015 & 2016.

Fun Facts:
Perri is a graduate of Cowichan Secondary School, and played for the University of Victoria Vikes Women’s Field Hockey Team for 5 years (2006-2011).

In Her Own Words:
“My goals are to help the athletes not only develop their technical and tactical skills, but to help them find their passion for sport that motivates them to work hard and set their own goals to achieve their best. I want to help the athletes understand the importance of sportsmanship and how to build and maintain a community around sport for the present and the future.”

Dani Hennig

Provincial Assistant Coach, U18 Girls BC Rams
Regional Assistant Coach, U18 Northwest & Interior Girls

Coaching Experience:
Dani has been coaching and mentoring athletes at Junior National training camps for the past 3 years. She was an assistant coach to the Girls U18 BC Blue team in 2014, and worked with both the Northwest and Interior Regional programs this past year.

Fun Facts:
Originally from Kelowna, Dani is a veteran member of the Canadian Women’s National Team. Earning her first cap in 2010, she has gone on to play 132 games for Canada and is currently vice-captain of the team. Dani has represented Canada at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, 2013 Pan Am Cup, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2014, she was the Field Hockey Canada Women’s Player of the Year and in 2015 was part of the Canadian team that won Bronze at the Pan Am Games, the first medal the Canadian women have won at the event since 1999. Dani also played three seasons with the University of Victoria Vikes from 2008-10.

In Her Own Words:
“I enjoy coaching because it is an opportunity for me to give back to the community which has helped and developed me as an athlete. I hope that by sharing my knowledge and experiences I can inspire athletes to be their best and want to play for Canada one day.”

Andrew Kanerva

Provincial Head Coach, U15 Boys BC Rams
Regional Head Coach, Mainland Train 2 Train Boys

Coaching Experience:
Andrew has been coaching in FHBC programs for two years now. He started out as an Assistant Coach in the 2016 Regional Program and quickly proved he has a passion and talent for coaching. A product of the Delta Falcons, UBC Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Men’s National Program, Andrew is now using his experiences as a player to coach the next generation.

Fun Facts:
Andrew graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Kinesiology. He is now working as a Strength Coach and Personal Trainer. Andrew began playing field hockey at the age of 10 upon the recommendation of his soccer coach, and continues to play today. In 2012, Andrew was named the Delta Youth Athlete of the Year.

In His Own Words:
“I always admire the underdog. I admire the athlete that is disadvantaged and through perseverance, is able to find their self leading and performing at the top.”

Kat Leahy

Academy Assistant Coach, NVSD & WVSD
Regional Assistant Coach, Northwest T2T & T2C Girls

Coaching Experience:
Kat coached the Oak Bay High School Senior Girls Field Hockey team from 2011-2014, and multiple teams within the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association’s Junior League (U8-U18). Kat has also been an assistant coach in both the FHBC Island Regional Program for the last few years, and this year was an assistant coach at the U15 and U18 level in the Northwest Region. This year, Kat has also started coaching weekly for the FHBC/NVSD & WVSD Academy, as well as with the Sea to Sky Field Hockey Club.

Fun Facts:
Kat has been a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team since 2013. Before that, she played on the Canadian Junior National Team, representing Canada at the 2012 Junior Pan American Cup and the 2013 Junior World Cup. Kat also played 5 years at the University of Victoria, where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

In Her Own Words:
“I coach so that I can inspire and support the up and coming athletes the way my coaches inspired and supported me. Strengthening our youth programs, strengthens our elite programs, and the more I teach my athletes about the game, the more I learn about it myself!”

Ali Lee

Provincial Head Coach, U15 Girls BC Stags
Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C Girls – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Ali has been coaching with the Island Regional and FHBC Provincial programs since 2007. She was named FHBC Women’s Coach of the Year in 2012 after helping BC win gold at the U16 National Championship. Based in Victoria, Ali dedicates a lot of her time to helping grow island youth field hockey players staying heavily involved in both the Victoria Junior Field Hockey League, the Vancouver Island Women’s League as well as forming the island’s first women’s premier team, the Island Wildcats.

Fun Facts:
Ali now coaches the same two programs – FHBC Regional and Provincial – that she came through as a player. She went on to compete for both Canada’s Junior and Senior programs as well as the University of Victoria Vikes.

Geoff Matthews

Academy Head Coach, NVSD & WVSD
Provincial Head Coach, U18 Boys BC Rams

Coaching Experience:
Geoff began his coaching career in South Africa, where he grew up, coaching U18, U21 and Senior teams. Since moving to Canada, Geoff has coached at the Club, Provincial, National, and International level. He works with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club as the Technical Director, overseeing all club coaches and programming. He coached the T2T BC Boys Blue Team in 2013. He was also the assistant coach of the Canadian Men’s Junior National team that won a Pan-Am Silver Medal and competed at the 2016 Junior World Cup. Geoff is also involved in the Canadian Men’s Senior National Program.

Fun Facts:
Geoff’s whole family has played field hockey, including his Grandad, Aunts, Uncles and Parents. He started playing at the ago of 6 and went on to represent Western Province, South Africa from U16 through to the Senior Level. Geoff is an accomplished athlete beyond field hockey as he has completed four ultra marathons, with courses ranging from 56km to 86km long.

Biggest Inspiration:
“Paul Revington, ex Men’s National Team Coach for South Africa, Ireland, and Malaysia. Paul coached me at the school and club level. He lives for hockey and created a sense of giving back to the sport at all levels, irrespective of your age and ability.”

Steph Norlander

Provincial Assistant Coach, U15 Girls BC White Lions
Academy Assistant Coach, NVSD & WVSD

Coaching Experience:
Steph has coached for the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club – the club she grew up playing with – for several years. Recently, she has started coaching weekly in the FHBC/NVSD & WVSD Academy program. Steph was also an assistant coach in the Northwest Regional program this year.

Fun Facts:
Steph has been a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team since 2013. Before making her debut with the Senior National Team, Steph played on the Canadian Junior National Team, representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Cup and the 2013 Junior World Cup. As a member of the Senior team, Steph has competed at the 2013 Pan American Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games. Steph graduated from Handsworth Secondary School in 2013 and is now finishing her Bachelors of Science in the Food, Nutrition & Health Program.

In Her Own Words:
“I coach to inspire the next generation of young athletes. While still playing and pushing towards my goals as a player, I want to also give back to the community and help develop young players who one day will play for Canada too.”

Andy Rushton

Provincial Assistant Coach, U15 Girls BC Stags
Regional Assistant Coach, Island T2T & T2C Girls – Victoria

Coaching Experience:
Andy completed her NCCP Level 3 Coaching Accreditation in 2009. She has been a FHBC Regional and Provincial Coach since 2007. She also coaches in the Victoria Club system. As a coach she enjoys the challenge of seeing the game through new eyes. She is interested in mental training – the body-brain connection – and strives to create a positive environment for athletes to grow mentally and physically.

Fun Facts:
Andy loves field hockey! She was first introduced to the sport through her Aunt in Elementary School, and went on to compete for the University of Victoria and captain the Canadian Women’s National Team.

Chris Tyrell

Provincial Head Coach, U15 Girls BC Royal Lions
Regional Assistant Coach, Northwest Train 2 Train Girls

Coaching Experience:
Prior to coming to Canada, Chris coaches the first teams of Trinity College Dublin and Pembroke Wanderers in his native Ireland. In addition, he coached the U21 Leinster provincial side for 5 years, winning 3 National Provincial Championships. 16 Players from these Provincial teams have subsequently become Senior Ireland National Players. Chris has spent the last season coaching in the Northwest T2T Regional Program in the Lower Mainland.

Fun Facts:
Chris previously played for Trinity College Dublin and Suttonians HC back home and now plays for the VRC Jokers in Vancouver. Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Masters in Management from University College Dublin and an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin.

In His Own Words:
“When you get to see players improve, push past their own expectations and most importantly develop an intrinsic love of the game, you just feel lucky to be involved”