OUR COACHES

 

Our club has been fortunate enough to have had a world-class coaching staff over the past years, hailing from Canada, the United States and Europe. We know that great coaching is the foundation of a successful club, and to increase the skill level of our Namibian players, and that's why we've invested in bringing these talented coaches to Namibia...

Brian Sobel

Since August 2013

 

Brian comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He started playing hockey at age eight, becoming an ice hockey coach after leaving the Marines. He coached ice hockey for over ten years, then switched to inline hockey, coaching teams all around the Philadelphia area. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his 20 years of coaching experience, his expertise as a Referee, and insight from being a rink and club manager. His West Chester University Golden Rams team won the NCRHA National Championship in 2010. His Delco Demons Pro Team won the AIHL National Championship in 2013. He also built up the Gladiator and the Demons inline hockey program to be one of the most competitive in the USA. He coached in the PIHA & AIHL (Pro League), ran clinics and was the hockey director at Marple Sports Arena before moving to Namibia for a year in 2010 as the Head Coach for the country, and club coach for the Scorpions Club. He was named the University Coach of the Year in 2012 and Professional Inline Hockey Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 in America before deciding to return to Namibia as the country's Head Coach and coach of the Coastal Pirates Club. 

Matt van Hout

2011-2013

 

Matt has played inline hockey since he was nine. Growing up in Eindhoven, Netherlands, he played for local teams RSCE and Bulldogs. He also played ice hockey - firstly for the Eindhoven IJsbrekers (where he made the first team in the Dutch First Division league), and then also for the Turnhout White Caps in Belgium. He was spotted by the Dusseldorf Rams management while playing in a tournament with some friends in Mayen, Germany, and asked to tryout and join this very successful team for the 2005 season. Meanwhile, he still played for his home team, the Eindhoven Rhinos (being their top scorer for two years in a row in the Belgian Elite League), and coached several youth teams. From 2005 he was an important player for the Dutch National Inline-Skaterhockey team, competing against Europe’s best players. After gaining valuable experience playing in the FIRS world championships, Matt joined the RSCH “Les Conquerants de Caen” doing well in the French RilH Elite league. In 2009, Matt started coaching in Namibia. After two years with the Cazadores club in Windhoek, he moved to Swakopmund to coach the Coastal Pirates. Matt is still in Namibia - married and settled in Windhoek and working in his field of trade.

Dave Hammond

2009-2011

 

Dave Hammond, one of the world´s top inline hockey players, joined the Coastal Pirates club after leaving university. He started playing hockey in 1993 and, at age 16, moved on his own to Toronto, Canada to play ice hockey. He played Midget AAA for the Markham Islanders, and Varsity High School Hockey for Crestwood Preparatory College. Dave also played for a couple of months for teams in the OHL. At the age of 21, Dave was invited to the USA Camps and the Canada Camps for inline hockey due to his dual citizenship. Shortly afterwards, Dave became Captain of the Canadian inline hockey national team and has won several medals at the FIRS and IIHF World Championships, including place medals every year and winning the 2012, and recently the 2015 IIHF World Championships. After coaching the Coastal Pirates, Dave spent some time coaching in Europe and New Zealand. Love brought him back to Namibia, where he, his wife and their daughter now live. Dave is employed as the Sports Co-ordinator for the Swakopmund Indoor Sport Centre, trains with and plays for our club, with periodic breaks to play for Canada in international tournaments and to coach the Canadian Women's team. 

Nate Blair

2007-2008

 

Playing hockey as a youngster growing up in Canada served as a cornerstone in Nate's life and he values the life lessons and character development he's gleaned from this exciting sport, and the amazing friends he has met along the way. He has played at various levels: Minor Hockey A, AA, AAA, Junior Hockey C, B, Military Regimental Base and Pro Inline for Team Espanya. He has also coached a number of teams at different levels: Local Minor Level Hockey, Military Assistant, Junior B - Assistant and Team Espanya Junior Development, as well as spending time coaching the Coastal Pirates and Team Namibia. Now back home in Canada, Nate has continued working as a fitness professional. Coaching continues to be a passion as he encourages clients to live a fit and healthy life at Blairs Boot Camp. Nate says he cherishes his time in Namibia, not only for the hockey program but for the hospitality and the amazing adventures. 'As a Canadian to play the sport you love in Africa almost seemed unreal but I was truly blessed to experience the breathtaking opportunity.'

Philippe Boudreault

2002-2006

 

Before coaching the Coastal Pirates, Philippe coached a team in Barcelona, Spain, which was the Catalunyan champion and the Spanish champion. He coached the club's roughly ninety members for four years. In the summer he played for "Kiekko 67" in Turku, Finland, where they won the top division championship in 2001. Philippe then moved to Namibia and spent four years coaching the Coastal Pirates (which he refers to as an amazing time in his life!). He then signed to join an Elite team, Valladolid, in Spain and played there professionally for nearly two seasons before moving to Germany to join the Assenheim Patriots for a season. There-after, he returned to Spain to start playing ice hockey again for the next six seasons, while also playing inline hockey for the Anglet team in the Elite French League. He was also the Golf Pro at the golf course where he lived in Jaca. In 2014, he moved to Mallorca. He still works for the Spanish Federation where he's been the Sport Director and National Coach for the past five years. Philippe also played for the Canadian National Team for seven years, representing them at FIRS and in many European championships, winning numerous medals.

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