Rylan Ferster – Head Coach/GM
Rylan Ferster enters his seventh season as Head Coach and General Manager of the Warriors. The 2017/18 season
After a successful junior career that culminated with a Centennial Cup (Royal Bank Cup) as a member of the Vernon Lakers, Fester went on to play collegiate ACAC hockey in Calgary.
Upon graduation from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Ferster played and coached professional hockey in Europe for six seasons.
Since 2003/04, the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has worked in the British Columbia Hockey League either as a coach or manager. Ferster has coached and developed many players into the collegiate and professional ranks such as Tyler Bozak, Jamie Benn and Travis Zajac to name a few.
Ferster was behind the bench for the Victoria Grizzlies, where he led the team to an Island Division Championship in 2005-2006. The next season, Rylan coached the Grizzlies to a franchise high 39 wins.
Rylan spent two seasons as Head Coach and three as General Manager with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks from 2007-2010. The club finished with a record of 92-56-7-7 over that span. Ferster was also a member of the coaching staff for the club’s first three seasons where he led the 2003-2004 Silverback team to the BCHL Final. That same year, Salmon Arm finished 1st overall in the BCHL with 42 wins.
Ferster has been at the helm of the Warriors since the 2011/12 season and led the 2015/16 Warriors to the top of the junior ‘A’ hockey world as West Kelowna claimed their first Fred Page Cup Championship in 2016. The Warriors travelled to Estevan, Saskatchewan where they captured their first Western Canada Cup before winning the RBC Cup National Championship in Lloydminster, Alberta in May of 2016.
In addition to his BCHL coaching experience, Ferster has spend time with Hockey Canada on the bench of Team Canada West in the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in 2009 and 2010. Rylan was an assistant coach in ’09 where Team Canada West took home a silver medal in Summerside, PEI while Ferster was named as the head coach for the 2010 tournament in which Canada West would again win a silver medal in Penticton, B.C.
Shae Naka – Associate Head Coach/Assistant GM
2017/18 marks the sixth season for Shae with the Warriors as the associate head coach/assistant general manager.
Shae played his minor hockey in West Kelowna, before playing 2 seasons in the KIJHL with the Kamloops Storm. He would amass 35 points in 86 games as a defenseman.
After his playing career, Naka turned his attention to the coaching side where he worked at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) before joining the Warriors staff full time in 2013.
Cory Cross – Assistant Coach
Cory Cross is a former NHL veteran of over 600 games including the 1st ever Heritage Classic in Edmonton in 2003.
Cross played for 6 different NHL teams including Tampa Bay, Toronto, New York Rangers, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.
Cory has been helping out with the Warriors for 4 seasons, working with the defensemen.
Chad Carder – Goaltending Coach
Chad Carder had a successful career as a Junior A goaltender, leading the Grande Prairie Storm to the AJHL title in 2009 while winning the leagues Top Goaltender honours.
Chad is familiar with the BCHL, playing 4 games for the Nanaimo Clippers, as well as playing for current Clippers bench boss Mke Vandekamp while in Grande Prairie.
Chad also played 2 seasons with Olds in the AJHL. Since his playing days, Chad has been instructing young goaltenders at numerous camps and hockey schools.
Brent Gough – Director of Player Personnel
Brent is the Warriors Director of Player Personnel, and spent five seasons as an assistant coach and the assistant General Manager. He now resides in Phoenix, AZ, where he is the Head Coach for the Arizona Bobcats U18 AAA program.
Gough played for the Saint Albert Saints (AJHL) from 2000-2002 before gaining a scholarship to play NCAA hockey at Merrimack. Brent led Merrimack in scoring during his freshman and sophomore years.
He was later named the team’s alternate captain and voted to the All-Decade Team.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Merrimack.
Brent spent four seasons playing for the Peterborough Phantoms in Great Britain and is the All-Time Points leader.
He also led a program introducing young kids to skating.
Mike Bois – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Mark Sorestad – Chief Physician
Westbank Chiropractic – Dr. Todd Kellerman & Dr. Dave Manns – Team Chiropractors