Chris joined the Warriors as President in November 2019, under the new ownership regime of John Murphy and Rod Hume.
Chris was raised in West Kelowna before attending the University of Alberta, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Sports Management. Chris then went on to complete an internship with the Vancouver Canucks and was the first hire of the Westside Warriors as Marketing Director in the inaugural season of 2006. He was with the Warriors for the first two seasons before moving on to other organizations, including launching the Abbottsford Heat of the AHL. Following a season as Corporate Sales Manager with the Heat, Chris moved to Texas in 2010 to become the General Manager of the expansion Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League. With the Bulls, some of the organizational accomplishments include NAHL Organization of the Year in year two and a National Championship in year three. In 2013, Chris elected to move back to the Okanagan to be closer to family and pursue other business interests.
Chris is thrilled to be back in his hometown with the Warriors and looks forward to building on the 2016 winning tradition!
Head Coach – Simon Ferguson
Simon is from Prince Rupert, BC and has significant coaching and playing experience. Prior to being named Interim Head Coach of the Warriors, Simon spent three seasons as Head Coach of the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Major Midget League. Simon spent thirteen years playing Junior and Professional hockey. He was part of three Championship teams, including a WHL title with Kelowna in 2003, a Memorial Cup with Kelowna in 2004, and a Calder Cup with Hershey in 2010.
Assistant Coach- Ayrton Nikkel
Athletic Therapist- Paige Shannon
Growing up in Cobourg, Ontario, Paige joins the Warriors family with experience at the CanWest-USport, NAIA-NCAA and OCAA/ACAC-CCAA levels in various sports.
Paige has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a major in Athletic Therapy from The University of Winnipeg. While there, Paige travelled with the women’s volleyball and men’s baseball teams while doing rotations at the University’s varsity clinic and at Ontario Technical University in Oshawa, Ontario. She has spent the last four summers covering Jr. C Box lacrosse with the Clarington Shamrox, where she was part of the 2016 OJCLL Meredith Cup Championship team. In the summer of 2018, she joined the bench staff for the Olds Mavericks Jr. B lacrosse team. More recently she was part of the bench staff for the 2017 National Champion Team Ontario Peewees and was on the bench for a silver medal finish with the 2018 Team Ontario Midgets. In her spare time, Paige spent time with the U18 Female teams for Hockey Alberta, as well as behind the bench with a U18 Female team at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games.
Paige has been a Certified Athletic Therapist since June of 2016, and in May of 2017, she became a Certified Athletic Trainer in the United States. Her love of mentoring and teaching led her to pursuing her Supervising Athletic Therapist designation, which she’s held since April of 2017.
Goaltending Coach-Chad Carder
Team Chaplain-Don Richmond