Staff

General Manager - Braeden Pistawkaheadshot.jpg

250-899-2032 / braeden@okanaganrockets.com

Braeden Pistawka was named the 2nd general manager in the Okanagan Rockets history on June 23rd, 2015. 

Pistawka is entering his 1st season as general manager of the Okanagan Rockets, previously he was a member of the coaching staff during the 2013-14 season. A memorable season for the Rockets program that was capped by the club's 2nd BCMML title, it's 1st Pacific Regional crown, and a Bronze Medal at the Telus Cup, the national midget championships. 

Prior to working with the Rockets in 2013, Pistawka coached in the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association for 3 years at the Midget Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels. This stint ended with a Midget Tier 1 Provincial Championship in the 2012/13 season. Pistawka has also worked as a Director of Hockey Operations with the BC Hockey High Performance program at the U15 level and in several capacities with the British Columbia Interior Selects (BCIS) spring hockey program.

Braeden has recently finished his Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. After completing his practicum at Okanagan Mission Secondary school he has continued his passion for teaching and educating young minds at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School. 

Head Coach - Jason Williamsonwilly headshot.jpg

jason@okanaganrockets.com

The 2015-2016 marks the 1st season as head coach for Jason Williamson. Prior, Jason had been the head coach and general manager with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, for four years before stepping down due to personal reasons at the start of the 2014-15 season. He was an assistant coach for three years prior to that. Williamson has made four trips to the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship, winning the national title with the Vipers in 2009 and 2010, and finishing as runner-up in 2011. Jason has also been involved at the national level as an assistant coach for Canada West at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.  .

Assistant Coach - Brendan Persley

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Brendan Persley is entering his 1st season on the Rockets' coaching staff. Persley a former Prince Albert Raider draft pick spent 2 years in the WHL with the Chilliwack Bruins before ending his career in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers under Rockets’ head coach Jason Williamson. Like Williamson, Persley brings to the Rockets’ staff a wealth of experience from junior hockey at both the Major Junior Junior A levels.

 

 

Head Trainer - Craig Carter 


This marks Craig's inaugural season with the Okanagan Rockets. Previously, Craig has been involved in minor hockey since his two adult sons started playing at age of 4.  Craig has completed 5 years as a trainer with the U15-U16 BC Hockey High Performance program.  He has also been the trainer for the Midget Tier 1 and Bantam Tier 1 teams in Vernon for 20 years.  Craig's 30 years experience and training as a firefighter has given him the expertise to fulfill the trainer role.  

 

Craig currently is a retired Deputy Fire Chief who resides in Vernon with his wife.

 

Head Physiotherapist - Thierry Lamvoheetez headshot.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 - David Michaud

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Before joining the BCHL's Penticton Vees, Michaud was the Rockets general manager from 2010 to 2015. Over those 5 seasons, Michaud helped the Rockets compile an overall record of 116-56-28, good for a .650 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 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 wife Amanda.  

 

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 2015-2016 season will be the 3rd 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.