Rylan Ferster – Head Coach/GM
Rylan Ferster is entering his sixth season as the Head Coach & General Manager of the Warriors.
Rylan led the franchise to their first ever Interior Division Championship in 2015/16, followed by a BCHL Championship, Western Canada Cup Championship and RBC Cup National Championship.
Rylan is no stranger to the big stage of an national championship, winning a Centennial Cup (now known as the RBC Cup) in 1990 with the Vernon Lakers before attending the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Ferster went on to play six seasons in Europe after graduating from SAIT with a degree in coaching before returning to North America to coach in the BCHL for the past 15 seasons.
Ferster spent time with the Victoria Grizzlies and Salmon Arm Silverbacks before joining the Warriors in 2011.
Since arriving to West Kelowna five seasons ago, Rylan has engineered the Warriors to a 155-94-31-10 record over that time span, including a record of 85-44-10-6 on home ice at Royal LePage Place.
Ferster has also seen time internationally, coaching with Hockey Canada in the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge and earning a sliver medal in both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments.
Shae Naka – Associate Head Coach/Assistant GM
2016/17 marks the third season as an assistant coach/GM with the Warriors for Shae.
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.
Shae handles the video analysis side of the game as well as being a skills coach.
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