Head Coach Annie Fahlenbock announced the full team staff Friday night in Mississauga. Fahenbock’s Assistant Coaches Carina Von Bredow and Tom McDonell were formally introduced to media and then players later that evening.
Von Bredow is a graduate of Manhattanville College and former Co-Captain of the team where she won 4 ECAC Championships and a Frozen Four Finalist in 2008. Von Bredow was on the Dean’s List and All Academic Team for all four years. While completing her Masters Degree from the German Sport University Carina played in Germany for the Cologne Brownies. Von Bredow was Assistant Hockey Director at Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, New York and was Co-Head Coach of the Westchester Vipers.
Assistant Coach, Tom McDonell brings a wealth of experience to the team with over 25 years in coaching and development from amateur to professional. Currently McDonell is a Development Instructor for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tom has spent a considerable amount of time with the GTHL has has received numerous awards recognizing his contributions there as well as the OHL and with Hockey Canada. Tom will also act as academic advisor to the players, helping them to prepare for their next step in hockey.
Nancy Harvey will return next season as the teams Head Trainer. Harvey has her Masters in Kinesiology and has her certification in Athletic Therapy. Harvey has worked with both Men’s and Women’s Varsity Hockey Teams at the University of Toronto and York University. Nancy has also worked with Skate Canada Nationals, the National Judo Championships and the Ontario Summer and Winter Games. Nancy will work with the team to enhance their Nutrition programs as well as strength and conditioning.
Claudine Dowdall will be the Wildcats Team Manager for the 2013 – 2014 season. Dowdall teaches High School and has many years experience working as coach and trainer with school teams as well as Rep Lacrosse and Hockey teams. She brings her experience working with students and athletes to the Wildcats team and this year has taken on the key operational role as Team Manager for the Junior Leaside team.