Staff

General Manager - David Michaud

david@okanaganrockets.com

250-801-0647

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The 2014-2015 season marks the 5th season as general manager of the club for David Michaud. Over the first 4 seasons of his tenure, Michaud has helped the Rockets compile an overall record of 93-44-23, good for a .653 winning percentage. The 2013-2014 season saw the Rockets capture their 2nd BCMML title, as well as the club's 1st ever Pacific Regional crown.  The Rockets would earn Bronze at the Telus Cup, the Canadian national midget championships.

On top of his service in the BCMML, Michaud has also served as Assistant Director of Operations for Team Pacific at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge, and worked as a scout with the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks. Michaud has also worked in several capacities with the BC Hockey High Performance program at both U16 and U17 levels.

David has called Kelowna home for 13 years and lives with his fiancé Amanda. 

Head Coach - Simon Ferguson

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The 2014-2015 season marks the 1st as head coach for Simon Ferguson.  After a 5 year WHL career culminated with a Memorial Cup championship with the Kelowna Rockets in 2004, Simon embarked on a pro career that would see him suit up for well over 500 professional games between the AHL, the ECHL, and Europe. Simon was also a member of the Calder Cup Champion San Antonio Rampage during the 2009 season.

After retiring, Simon returned to Kelowna with his family and works locally in the insurance business.

Assistant Coach - David Whistle

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Head Athletic Therapist - Thierry Lamvohee

Consultant - Skills Development Coach - Coming Soon

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Brandon Wipp (BHK (completing), CSEP-CPT)

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 Brandon is a student of Human Kinetics at UBC-O. He is a CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer and has completed his 200-hour Maya Yoga certification. Growing up in Kelowna has allowed him to participate in many sports, from football to water sports, in which he excelled.

Brandon's passion lies in the sport of Triathlon. The high standard at which he holds himself is passed along to all his clients. Having a wide range of knowledge in coaching triathlon specific swimming, Prime Power Cycling classes, and Run Speed Training, Brandon has helped his athletes and clients succeed in the world of triathlon. His yoga classes offer a functional, sport-specific stretching that has helped these clients and others stay injury free and performing their best.

His knowledge does not stop there: Brandon's athletes and clients include national age figure skaters, successful weight loss clients, high school basketball players; all who have been able to excel to the next level.

 

Consultant - Mack O'Rourke

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Mack Coached the Okanagan Rockets through their most successful campaign during the 2013-2014 season. Mack guided the Rockets to an overall record of 32-5-3 en route to winning the club's 2nd BCMML crown.  The Rockets would go on to defeat the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs in a thrilling 3 game series to earn their first ever birth in the Telus Cup.  The Rockets would defeat the Toronto Young Nationals in overtime to claim the Bronze Medal.

A new career in the Oil and Gas industry forced O'Rourke to step down as head coach in June of 2014, however he remains a key member of the Rockets staff, consulting the general manager, and head coach. 

Mack and his wife Brittany call Kelowna home.

Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations - Trevor Miller

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The 2014-2015 season will be the 2nd for Miller with the Rockets.  Miller also works with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL as the clubs Colour Commentator.  Miller is responsible for the Rockets broadcast as well as media relations and content.

Trevor lives in Penticton.