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, Erin Thiessen, Joe Loucks

 

Liisa Wainman, Dan Illichmann

juliandipalma@gmail.com
778-678-1014

Senior

Gr 8-12

Al McAvena, Ethan Kohlen, 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 eighth year coaching the sport of wrestling. The last thirty have been with SD #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

- NCCP Part A Sport Coach


Experience & Bio

Michael has been involved with the Central Okanagan Wrestling association for seven years. This is his third year coaching with SD #23 and Senior program. Michael is a former U Sports Championship medalist.


Ethan Kohlen - Senior Club Coach

Accreditation:

- TBD

Experience & Bio

 This is Ethan's sixth year with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association and first year helping with with SD #23 and Senior program.

 


Julian Di Palma - 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 nine years. This is his third year coaching with the club.

 


Jacob Wall - Junior Club Coach - Gr 4-7

Jacob Wall

Accreditation:

- TBD


Experience & Bio:

 This is Jacob's sixth year with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association and fourth year helping with the Junior program.  Jacob is a past provincial medalist.

 


Erin Thiessen - Junior Club Coach - Gr 4-7

Erin Thiessen

Accreditation:

- TBD

Experience & Bio

This is Erin's first year coaching with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association. Erin is a former Simon Fraser University wrestler.

 


Joe Loucks - Junior Club Coach - Gr 4-7

Accreditation:

- NCCP - Community Sport - Kids Wrestling

Experience & Bio

This is Joe's first year coaching with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association. Joe has 15 years of coaching experience in Calgary which includes National Championships.  Joe is a past provincial medalist, as well as a team captain while at University of Calgary.

 


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 twice medaled at the U19 Canadian Championships and also won two Junior Canadian Championships. Liisa medaled at the 2010 Cadet Pan-American Championships and also represented Canada at the 2012  and 2013 Junior World Championships.


Dan Illichmann - Junior Club Coach - Gr K-3

Accreditation:

- TBD

Experience & Bio 

This is Dan's thirteenth year with the Central Okanagan Wrestling Association and first year helping with the Junior program.  Dan is a past national medalist.