Strength & Conditioning Coaches
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
BA Psych, MSc S&C, NSCA, CSCS
CSEP, FMS-Level 1, NCCP Weight Lifting Coach
BKin, NSCA- CSCS
MK, BA Kin, FMS-Level 2
CSEP, FMS-Level 1, NCCP Weight Lifting Coach
BHK, TPI – Level 2 , FMS Level 2 & Y-Balance, Precision Nutrition Level CSCS, Registered Kinesiologist
BKin, NSCA- CSCS, Level 1 USA Weightlifting Coach, CSEP-CPT
He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA, level 1 USA Weightlifting Coach, and certified personal trainer from the Canadian society for exercise physiology.
MK(UBC), BSc (UFV), NSCA-CSCS, FMS Level 1
West is previously ranked 75th in the world in Skeleton Racing with a background in Kickboxing and Olympic Weightlifting. West’s training advice: “Structure is Key” is evident in his programming and coaching. He one day hopes to coach the Canadian National Weightlifting Team.
Lead Volleyball Coach
Volleyball Coach & Richmond Virtual School Teacher
Elite Goalies Canada
Lead On-Ice Goaltender Coach/Owner of Elite Goalies Canada
Lead On-Ice Goaltender Coach
Lead On-Ice Goaltender Coach
Leslie Global Sports
Lead On-Ice Skater Development Coach – Owner of Leslie Global Sports
Lead On- Ice Skater Development Coach
Neil is an elite level professional defenceman. He holds the WHL Vancouver Giants records in games played and is 4th all-time in power play points, and 4th all-time in assists. He attended both the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers NHL development camps in consecutive years and attended the Team Canada World Junior camp in 2011. After his junior career, he opted to get his education at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He finished with an honour degree in commerce specializing in Finance. Athletically Neil was a 3-time academic all-Canadian and was an assistant captain in his sophomore and junior year, while captaining the thunderbirds in his senior year. He also represented Team Canada at the University Games held in Granada, Spain in 2014.
Neil is a new addition to the Leslie Global Sports team in 2017 and we are excited, to say the least. Neil has helped out the Turcotte stickhandling camp for several years, who we admire, and has been a hockey camp coach for the Vancouver Giants camps and has done small group and one-on-one private sessions frequently during the past several summers. Neil brings passion to his on-ice sessions as he takes pride in seeing kids improve while enjoying themselves. There is nothing better than hearing the children after a session tell him how much fun they had. As a current professional player, Neil knows that if the game isn’t fun there is no point in playing. This love for the game is what keeps Neil going.
Lead Instructor, Coach Mentor
Mike is Assistant Coach of the University of British Columbia Women’s Varsity Team, and Lead Instructor at LGS. Mike symbolizes the passion and dedication we look for in our tight knit coaching staff. He recently held the post as video coach for Team BC U18 Female, and assists Vancouver Canucks video coach Ben Cooper. Since joining LGS in March 2013, Mike Sommer has coached over 300 LGS skills sessions and is recognized as a passionate, organized, and detail oriented leader. He has a gift leading young players and minor hockey coaches.
I observed Mike Sommer instruct my 2004 boy in spring hockey skill sessions. Mike did an excellent job with the organization and structure of the practices. I was impressed with his allocation of time on skills and small area game development. The boys were constantly moving and playing modified games to increase hockey sense. Mike had great energy with the kids and provided correction and instruction as needed. Most importantly he created a great learning environment that my boy really enjoyed. May, 2014. Glen Gulutzan, Vancouver Canucks Assistant Coach.
Mike was born and raised in White Rock, B.C.. A product of Semiahmoo Minor hockey he went on to play for the Delta Ice Hawks and the Grandview Steelers of the PIJHL. From 2011-2013 Mike lived in Queenstown, New Zealand where he played for the Southern Stampede of the NZIHL. For two seasons he was the Director of Hockey Development for the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club. Along with working with youth players, Mike was an assistant coach with the New Zealand U20 National Team. He coached at the Division III U20 World Championships in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2012 and in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013 finishing with back to back bronze medals. Based in Vancouver as a member of the Leslie Global Sports staff, Mike works with various academies and teams within the lower mainland during the fall and winter, as well as with the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp and many LGS camps throughout the summer.
Lead On- Ice Skater Development Coach, Coach Mentor,
In our off season Ben is the Hockey Director of the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club in Queenstown New Zealand. He joined our coaching staff full time in the spring of 2016. Ben first began coaching in high school, as a lead instructor for his association’s weekly goaltender development sessions. Upon graduating Queen’s University in 2008, Ben spent 9 years as the Assistant Hockey Director of the Hollyburn Hockey Program in West Vancouver. Ben has led on-ice skills programs for players of all ages and abilities, and is responsible for implementing, developing and executing all hockey programs for Hollyburn Country Club’s membership. Ben is comfortable working with all ages, but is right in his comfort zone with novice aged players. His messaging is clear and consice. Kids, parents, and coaches are drawn to his patient and compassionate demeanor. His passion for coaching young players and mentoring volunteer coaches is admirable.
Now a lead instructor with Leslie Global Sports, Ben mentors players and coaches in the Richmond Oval High Performance Program, Vancouver Angels, Britannia Hockey Academy. Ben is involved with the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) in a variety of capacities, and has spent time as league manager, coaching clinic instructor and as a volunteer for the Midget Scholarship tournament.
Hockey Canada Certifications
- SpeakOut, Respect in Sports (2008, 2014)
- Hockey Canada Safety Program (2008)
- Developmental 1 Coaching (2008)
- Developmental 2 Coaching (2010)
- Hybrid Coaching (2012)
- High Performance 1 Coaching (2016)
Swedish Skills Coach, Guest Summer Coach,
Jan is currently working under long time Leslie Global Sports mentor Glen Williamson with National Team development in Hungary, as well as MAC club in Budapest. Our connection to Hungarian hockey development continues with Glen Williamson, Bob Leslie on the ground in Hungary pushing their development forward. Coach Jan brings an educational approach to development, having worked outside of hockey as a special aid teacher for kids with special needs and PE and science teacher in Sweden.
“Ever since that coaching start I’ve been focusing on skill development with youth players in Stockholm. I’ve been fortunate to work for some great organizations and people. During this time I also had the chance to work with Glen Williamson in the National Team development program for Hungarian hockey.”
- 2012-2017 MAC Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
- 2011-2012 Drago Scorpions, Budapest Hungary
- 2010-2011 Sollentuna Hockey Club, Stockholm, Sweden
- 2009-2010 AIK Hockey, Stockholm, Sweden
- 2005-2009 SDE Hockey, Stockholm, Sweden
Nate Fleming is a certified teacher with the British Columbia Teachers Association, and asset we are incredibly grateful to have in one of our coaches. Nate played Jr. A with the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL where he won a League Championship, was named to the All-Star Game, and won AJHL Most Dedicated Player after splitting time on forward and defense. From there he moved to UBC and earned degrees in Kinesiology and Education and was an Academic All-Canadian and assistant captain playing forward. After graduating in 2015 he went on to play defense for the Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite Ice Hockey League.
Nate started coaching at 14 with Donna Stewart’s Power Skating in his hometown of St.Albert, AB. He then helped coach the Paul Kane High School Hockey Academy for 2 years while playing junior hockey. Nate spent two summers as a Strength & Conditioning and on-ice skills coach at Factory Hockey in Vancouver before spending the past season as an Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the UBC Men’s Hockey team. Nate has also coached spring teams in Vancouver and Hong Kong, as well as private skill sessions.
Private Lesson and Small Group Coach, West Coast Hockey Prep Camp Guest Coach
Mark has scouted for the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL and coached junior and professional hockey since 1994 in the BCHL, AJHL, WHL, AHL. He is currently the Head Coach of HC Pusteria of the Alps Hockey League based in Brunico, Italy. Mark is the 2009 WHL Coach of the Year and won the gold medal at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka tournament as a member of the coaching staff of Team Canada U18 Men’s Team. Mark also coached the South Surrey Eagles to a National Championship in 1998 winning the RBC Cup. Mark’s most recent North American posts are the Head Coach of the Syracuse Crunch, AHL from 2011-13 and the Prince George Cougars in the WHL from 2013-2016. We are thrilled to have Mark as part of our High Performance Coaching Team for the summer.
Tatiana Rafter is a Canadian women’s ice hockey player with the New York Riveters of the NWHL. With the UBC Thunderbirds, she became the first player in program history to be named Canada West Player of the Year.Obtaining the honor in 2014, Rafter was not only the leading scorer for the Thunderbirds, she outpaced all players in the Canada West conference in goals (20), assists (18), points (38), power play goals (9), shorthanded goals (2), and game winning goals (6). Rafter was also the Thunderbirds leading scorer in 2013 and 2015. During the 2012–13 campaign she was selected to play for the Canadian women’s ice hockey team that participated at the 2013 Winter Universiade. Along with Thunderbirds teammate and part time LGS coach Christi Capozzi, the two contributed towards Canada winning the gold medal.
Tatiana in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL):
During the NWHL’s inaugural season, she was a member of the Buffalo Beauts. Tatiana played the 2016-17 NWHL season with the New York Riveters as a free agent.
Awards and honors
- 2013 Second Team Canada West All-Star
- 2014 Canada West Player of the Year
- 2014 First Team Canada West All-Star
- 2014 First Team CIS All-Canadian
- Finalist, 2014 Brodrick Trophy
- 2015 Second Team Canada West All-Star
Photo: The Hockey Writers
Mikaela is originally from Charlottetown, PEI. She attended the University of Prince Edward Island as a dual sport athlete with the Women’s Hockey and Field Hockey Panthers. She was a 3-time CIS First Team All-Canadian (years 3-5), 1-time Second Team All-Canadian (year 2) for Field Hockey, and 2-time UPEI Female Athlete of the year. Mikaela was the captain of both the Field Hockey and Hockey teams for her Junior and Senior years. Mikaela has her Degree in Business Administration specializing in Marketing and currently works in the service marketing industry in Vancouver and coaches with LGS part-time.
- Graduated UPEI 2010
- Field Hockey CIS 1st team All-Canadian/ AUS League MVP: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10
- Field Hockey CIS 2nd Team: 2006/07
- UPEI Female Athlete of the Year: 2007/08, 2008/09
Table Tennis Coaches
-Certificate in General Health & Fitness
-NCCP Level 1 Coach
-22 years playing, 8 years coaching
-Coach at Asahi Baseball Association
-Player for Vancouver Capilanos in the Lower Mainland Baseball Association
Mental Performance Consultants
Mental Performance Consultant
Sarah’s passion for mental performance was ignited as a young hockey player, when she began to recognize how certain aspects of her mental game were impacting performance. This interest led her to pursue studying sport psychology in university. Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology, with a focus on Sport Psychology, from The University of British Columbia. She is also a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
During her time as a student Sarah gained experience as a mental performance consultant through internship opportunities and since completing her degree, has been providing mental performance support to athletes and coaches with a variety of sport backgrounds. Sarah has worked with athletes and coaches at the collegiate and university levels, regional levels, and provincial levels. She enjoys working with individual athletes, teams and coaches to enhance their mental preparation and performance strategies. Her aim is to help athletes better understand their performance tendencies, while introducing them to mental skills and strategies they can implement to improve performances.
Mental Performance Consultant