PERSONAL TRAINER / YOUNG ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
While Dan played a variety of sports during his youth, he gravitated towards martial arts, ultimately earning his black belt in Shotokan Karate at the age of 15. Practicing martial arts taught him body awareness, attention to detail and self discipline; tools which molded him into a skilled teacher of movement.
Originally, Dan’s career path was in the trades as a foreman pipefitter, however a chronic injury in his hands led him to the realization that a long term career in the trades was not in the cards. It was then that Dan returned to school, specifically to UFV to begin studies in Kinesiology. During his 3rd year of studies, he began volunteering with the athletes at the Yale Hockey Academy and his efforts and abilities led to him being hired as a paid Strength & Conditioning Coach.
It was in this environment of High Performance that Dan really began to hone his skills as a coach and combine the theoretical knowledge he acquired at school together with practical experience. His intimate experience with injuries, as well as his coaching abilities quickly made him the go-to person for whenever something “didn’t feel quite right”. Several years of developing and implementing both in-season and off-season programs for Yale and Hybrid athletes has helped Dan diversify his experience with hockey players. Dan currently works with hockey players of all ages ranging from Mites to Junior A and Collegiate level players, as well as high level athletes in other sports including Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Figure Skating, Baseball and much more.
It was through his placement at Yale that Dan met Nate, which resulted in Dan joining the Hybrid team. At Hybrid, Dan focuses primarily on working with clients who are experiencing injury or movement limitations as well as youth athletes. He is simultaneously working to finish his Kinesiology degree and complete his CSCS certification.