ADRIAN VILACA

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

A graduate of Lake Superior State University Kinesiology Program Adrian has been working with the Gary Roberts High Performance team since 2012, spending the last 4 as the Head Performance Coach working with hundreds of NHL and professional players across the world. In addition, Adrian is a former top-ranked professional MMA fighter and the co-founder of Championship Lifestyle, a mindset and performance consulting company.

BETH BARZ

Coach Developer and Advisor

Beth was the 2013 Fox 40 Ontario Female Coach of the Year and is the current Assistant coach of the men’s varsity rugby team at the Royal Military College. Barz is a brilliant example of the power of coach development and education.

Citing her evolving coaching philosophy, she has focussed on challenging and supporting others to reach for their potential. She continually collaborates with others in the Canadian sport community in service of continuing growth and development of sport in Canada. Beth has completed her NCCP Level 4 certification in rugby and is a Learning Facilitator and Mentor Coach for the Advanced Coaching Diploma program. She is also a Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator in Rugby and a Multi-sport Learning Facilitator. Additionally, Beth is an International Rugby Board Trainer.

Beth plays a key role as a seasoned coach developer with COACH+. Currently working on her Ph.D. at Queen’s University, her academic approach is critical to the work the organization does. While her contributions are founded in evidence and research, she is quick to remind everyone “I’m a coach and practitioner first”.

DR. KARL ERICKSON

LTAD Expert & Assitant Professor

Dr. Karl Erickson recently joined the Department of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. Prior to York, he was a faculty member in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. His research examines coaching and athlete development in youth sport, with an emphasis on coach-athlete interactions and relationships. He also explores coaches’ trajectories of learning and professional development. Karl completed his graduate degrees at Queen’s University and a postdoctoral fellowship in applied youth development at Tufts University in Boston, MA. More practically, Karl has coached basketball and rugby across a wide range of ages and competitive levels, from U8 to university.

GREG HENHAWK

Indigenous Programs Manager

Greg Henhawk is Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Southern Ontario. He recently retired as a Secondary School teacher on Six Nations and joined Sport for Life as the Indigenous Ambassador and team member for Physical Literacy with Indigenous Communities project. He is also a facilitator developer and consultant for Indigenous programs. Greg is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute-Ontario (Basketball) and is a Master Learning Facilitator for the Aboriginal Coaching Modules, Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway, Aboriginal Communities: Active for Life, Basketball Canada, and Multisport NCCP programming. He was a member of the Project Advisory Group for the Aboriginal Coaching Modules and was a founding (and present) Board Member for the Coaches Association of Ontario.

TRISTAN MULLALLY, ChPc

Head Coach

A native of Ireland, Mullally joined Golf Canada as the Women’s Head Coach in 2011.

Tristan Mullally is a PGA of Canada and GB&I Professional who has worked with Tour professionals and amateurs worldwide.

Mullally was Canada’s Head Coach at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 & 2019 Pan American Games, and the silver medalists at the World Amateur Team Championships. In addition, Mullally has supported players to almost 40 professional victories worldwide, including major champions and No. 1 ranked amateurs.

In 2015 he was awarded the PGA of Canada Ben Kern Coach of the Year award to go along with receiving the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence award in 2014—a first for golf in the history of this awards program.

Before moving to Canada, Mullally had coached several successful PGA and LPGA professionals, including 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Mullally is based out of Dundas, Ont. and has two children.

JACQUELINE MANOR

Director of Esports

Jacqueline is an esports consultant, host, tournament organizer, influencer, content creator, and official commentator of the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter V. She has hosted various gaming shows such as Re:Play, SquadState, and HeadsUpDaily; as well as many tournaments from CS:GO to a variety of Fighting Games. Jacqueline has commentated and competed in tournaments all over the world. She was the Project Manager on some of Canada’s most ambitious gaming events, was on the executive for various esports teams by managing events and content production, and continues to make waves in esports. She is currently the Director of Esports at Humber College.

CHRIS WINROW

Multi Sport Community Coach

Chris Winrow is one of the most respected coaches in all of northern Ontario. Coaching hockey and baseball for over 25 years, he has attracted praise from athletes, parents and sport organizations. A North Bay Sports Hall of Fame award winner, Winrow is known as one of the region’s most philanthropic leaders, both in and outside the sporting context. He has always taken a mindful approach to coaching, paying attention to small details and investing significantly in his own development.

PELLE KVALSUND

Coach Developer

Pelle Kvalsund spends his life amongst three continents, splitting his time between Zambia, Norway and the United States. Working and living in over 10 African countries, this globetrotting coach developer is known worldwide for his ability to focus on context first and develop culturally appropriate and sensitive programming,

As a former performance handball athlete in Norway, he learned how the connection between coaches and athletes impacts an athlete’s sport experience and performance. These years were fundamental in the development of his passion for pursuing a career as a coach developer.

Currently employed by the Norwegian Olympic and Para Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sport as a coach development advisor. As part of their international outreach program, Pelle is responsible for coach development in the Southern region of the African continent.

Although a trained physical education teacher and coach educator, he primarily identifies as a hungry learner constantly chasing improvement. This mindset has allowed him to understand and perspectives on coach development through his work as a facilitator and coach developer in many different geographies and cultures for over two decades.

In 2016 he was awarded an opportunity to receive specialized training as a coach developer as part of the Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy and the International Council for Coaching Excellence, as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Legacy Program. The year after, he returned to be part of a team to facilitate training for a new coach developer cohort.

Pelle is a spouse and a father of two active boys. He has had a deep love for people, culture, food, sport, play and physical activity.

WENDY RIJNEN-GLOVER

Athleadership Founder & Partner

When it comes to supporting young people in and out of sport Wendy is as good as they get. She has spent an entire career developing programs customized to high school-aged athletes as they plan their futures in and out of sport. She is the AthLeadership concept creator, program writer, and community implementer. Over 420 of her students have participated in the AthLeadership program and have worked and volunteered in the community, practising and developing their AthLeadership skills.

Graduating with a Kinesiology and Liberal Studies Science degree, she has over 20 years as a high school teacher and is a member of the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association. Much of Wendy’s energy and focus has been working one-on-one with students who desire to improve their sport performance, career path, character, and community service. As an educational innovator, she has authored two Ontario Ministry of Education-approved courses: sport management and sport communication, media, and entrepreneurship.

Wendy resides in London, Ontario, Canada.

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