Kevin Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, he was a three time All American, the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and was named the National Player of the Year in 2004. Mr. Cooper also broke the modern day goal scoring record with his 99th goal in his very last game of his college career.
Following his collegiate career, Mr. Cooper played eight seasons of professional hockey, including a brief stint with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Most of his career was spent in the ECHL, CHL and other leagues across the United States, but his playing
career reached as far as Sweden, Finland and Germany.
Mr. Cooper moved on to work at Bridgeton Academy in Maine, where he balanced several roles including Admissions Counselor, Student Adviser and Associate Head Hockey Coach. Thanks to an expansive network that extends from Division I to Division III coaches, he has successfully helped place more than twenty players to various leagues within the college hockey ranks.
Since 2014, Jeff Compton has been the Assistant Hockey Director at Shawnigan, where he also serves as an assistant coach, skills coach and fitness coach. While earning his B.Sc. in human performance, Mr. Compton played five seasons with the University of Ottawa Gee Gees. He went on to complete his master’s degree at the University of Victoria, where he researched how various warm-up strategies affect icehockey skating performance. Known for his skating expertise, Mr. Compton has consulted and worked with several NHL teams including the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the New York Rangers. For 15 seasons, he was the fitness coordinator for BC Hockey’s High Performance Men’s programs, and also co-authored the HP1 and HP2 course curriculum for Hockey Canada. When he’s not coaching the students at Shawnigan, Mr. Compton works with the WHL’s Victoria Royals as the team’s skills and conditioning coach. He also consults professional teams and youth programs in Europe, including the lone Hungarian team in the Austrian EBEL league. He has two books currently in print: the bestseller, Ball Bearings: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Swiss Ball Training, and Be Your Best Hockey Training Manual.
Embarking on his 15th year at Shawnigan as a full-time coach and teacher, Mr. Morris has extensive coaching experience at the School. He has earned NCCP credentials Levels 1 & 2 in both rugby and rowing, and Level 1 in squash.
Mr. Morris’ ice hockey qualifications include HCSP (safety), HCOP levels 1 & 2 (officiating), along with Hockey Canada Coach 1 & 2 and Development 1. He directed, managed and co-coached the senior and junior ice hockey teams at Shawnigan for eight seasons, and he is elated by the continued evolution of the program.
The continued development of young people lies at the intersection of both his coaching and educational philosophies. Optimal performance stems from individual engagement, respect for the process and effective decision making — all of which Mr. Morris experienced as a student athlete at the University Waterloo.
Carly Haggard attended Dartmouth College, where she was a two-time finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaeir Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. She was also named Dartmouth’s Female Athlete of
the Year, Rookie of the Year, Ivy League and ECAC Player of the Year, and named to the All-American Team. During her university career, Ms. Haggard also represented Canada for three years with the U22 National Team.
After graduation, Ms. Haggard played for the Oakville Ice in the National Women’s Hockey League. She then played in Lugano, Switzerland, where she was twice named the league’s MVP. She led her team to two league championships and two appearances at
the European Cup championships.
In 2003, Ms. Haggard attended the PASS Female Hockey School to develop her coaching skills. She trained and mentored girls of all ages and levels in their hockey careers. Many of these young players went on to play college hockey.
Ms. Haggard has become a full-time coach after retiring from her playing career. She was the assistant head coach for the University of Guelph women’s hockey team before taking over as the head coach for the 2011-12 season.
This is Bob’s first year coaching at Shawnigan Lake School. He has over 20 years experience as a Junior ‘A’ head coach and has participated in 2 RBC Cups winning the national championship in 2003 while coaching the Humbolt Broncos. He has been awarded coach of the year 4 times by the SJHL and has coached for Hockey Canada’s U17 program and has been head coach of the Team Saskatchewan U16 team.
James Gaertner has been an assistant coach for two major Midget teams, two BCHL teams and various minor hockey teams in Vancouver and Victoria. He coached the Victoria Grizzlies to a BCHL Island Division Championship.
Mr. Gaertner coaches and evaluates for the BC high performance U15, U16 and U17 programs, as well as Team Pacific U17. He also coaches the University of Victoria Vikes Men’s Hockey Team. Having a background in goaltending, he has worked with several NCAA and Junior-level goaltenders including three NHL draft picks.
At the Midget level, Mr. Gaertner has reached the league finals in four out of six years, including winning the CSSHL Varsity Championship in the 2015-16 season with Shawnigan.
James Pollock brings more than 19 years of professional hockey experience to Shawnigan Lake School. In his first two years coaching at the School, he has been a part of two championship winning teams.
At 16, Mr. Pollock moved to Seattle to play in the WHL, where he spent four years. At the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, he was drafted in the 4th round by the St. Louis Blues. His professional career took him to the NHL, the Swiss Elite League, the DEL in Germany and
the KHL in Russia.
A defenceman known for his shooting and skating ability, Mr. Pollock still holds the DEL goal scoring record for defencemen. He has played a key part on Team Canada, winning the 2003 Spengler Cup and the 2007 World Championships.
Mr. Pollock has many stories to tell and experiences to share. He challenges his players to set their lofty goals, to never give up and to have fun while making lifelong friends.
Head Athletic Therapist
Jenn became a Certified Athletic Therapist since June 2010. She graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy degree in 2010 and a Diploma in Exercise and Wellness in 2008. She also has a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a focus on Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Jenn has been working at Shawnigan Lake School since fall 2010 as the Head Athletic Therapist. She is responsible for the medical support for the athletic programs at the school. She provides field coverage for the competitive teams, such as rugby, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, and basketball, and clinically treats the students on campus to return them to their sport as safe and quick as possible. In addition to her work at Shawnigan, she has been working with Olympic, national, and provincial athletes since 2008. She has done contract work with Rugby Canada, Rowing Canada Aviron, and BC Rugby Union and has worked multiple international and national tournaments such as the World Games, International Wheelchair Basketball Championships, and RBC Skate Canada Championships.
Jenn has overseen the medical side of the hockey program since it began in 2013. She provides field coverage at a large number of home games and assists the hockey Athletic Therapist with clinical treatments. Jenn often will provide treatment for the more complex injuries, such as low back and hips, neck, and injuries associated with concussions. Jenn will continue to oversee the medical side of the hockey program and assist in the players getting back from injuries sooner allowing them to play healthier and stronger.
Monika graduated in April 2016 with her Bachelor’s of Athletic and Exercise Therapy. In May 2016 she was awarded the National Student Leadership award by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association. She has since then challenged the National Certification exam and successfully become a Certified Athletic Therapist. She is also a Certified First Responder and has completed her Soft Tissue Release Certification.
Monika began working as an athletic therapist for a boy’s major midget hockey team in 2014-2015. She continued on after the season and began working with the BC High Performance Male Hockey program where she has been a part of numerous U15 and U16 events. During the summer months she works in Port Alberni at the West Coast Hockey Prep camp where she is part of the administration, medical and fitness staff. She spent the 2015-2016 hockey season working with the Victoria Cougars Jr. B Hockey team as the head student athletic therapist and went all the way to the Cyclone Taylor Cup final with them.
Monika works closely with all of our Shawnigan Lake School competitive hockey teams and spends many weekends travelling with teams to provide bench side medical care. During the week she works closely with any injured athletes on recovery and rehabilitation exercises to get them back to 100% and out onto the ice.