Coaches

The coaches for COWA are here to provide a high level of professional guidance and support for our athletes. All of our coaches are volunteers and are required to have up to date Criminal Record Checks. As well, all of our coaches are certified (or in training working towards certification) with the NCCP Wrestling Coaching Certification program.

 

 

Club Level Coaches Contact
Elementary

Al McAvena - Bankhead, Glenmore and North Glenmore

amcavena@shaw.ca

250-861-3163

Or contact schools for more info

Gr 4-7

Junior

Gr K-3

Julian DiPalma, Jacob Wall

 

Liisa Wainman, Amanda Epp

juliandipalma@gmail.com
778-678-1014

Senior

Gr 8-12

Al McAvena, Michael Vallido
amcavena@shaw.ca
250-861-3163

 

 


Al McAvena - Elementary/Senior Club Coach

Accreditation:

- NCCP: Community Sports Coach
- NCCP Part A - Sport Coach
- NCCP Part B - Club Coach

Experience & Bio:

This is Coach Al’s forty-seventh year coaching the sport of wrestling. The last twenty-nine have been with School District #23 and the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association. Al has coached many wrestlers at numerous National Championships including lots of medalists. Al has also been a member of Canada’s coaching staff to World Championships on two occasions.

 


Michael Vallido - Senior Club Coach


Accreditation: 


- NCCP Community Sports Coach


Experience & Bio

Michael has been involved with the Central Okanagan Wrestling association for seven years. This is his third year coaching the senior program. Michael is a former U Sports Championship medalist.


Julian DiPalma - Junior Club Coach - Gr 4-7

Julian DiPalma

Accreditation:

- NCCP Part A - Sport Coach

Experience & Bio:

Julian has been involved with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association for 8 years. This is his second year coaching with the club.

 


Jacob Wall - Junior Club Coach - Gr 4-7

Jacob Wall


Experience & Bio:

Jacob is in grade twelve at Kelowna Secondary School.  This is his sixth year with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association and fourth year helping with the Junior program.  Jacob is a past provincial medalist.

 

 


Liisa Wainman - Junior Club Coach - Gr K-3


Accreditation: 

- NCCP Part A - Sport Coach

Experience & Bio

This is Liisa's second year coaching with the club. As a wrestler Liisa won the bronze medal at the 2010 Cadet Pan-American Championships.  Liisa twice finished third at the U19 Canadian Championships. Liisa went on to win two Junior Canadian Championships. Liisa represented Canada at both the 2012  and 2013 Junior World Championships.  


Amanda Epp - Junior Club Coach - Gr K-3

Amanda Epp

Experience & Bio:

Amanda is in grade eleven at Kelowna Secondary School.  This is her fifth year with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association and third year helping with the Junior program.