Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction

diane-nelson-portraitWest Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction, is founder of West Vancouver Schools ten Premier Academy programs.

Chosen as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2012 by the Learning  Partnership, Diane was selected for her ability to communicate a compelling vision, to engage the community by consistently bringing together a highly knowledgeable and competent team of teachers, coaches, instructors, and other community members to work together to deliver quality programs for student-athletes.  Diane is an exceptional leader, one who continues to lay the foundation for the success of her students and the betterment of the community through a strong and vibrant public education system.

Twice nominated (2002 & 2012) for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the categories of Entrepreneurship, as well as Education, Training & Development, Diane has been honoured for her achievements that contribute to the well-being and future of the community. The YWCA Women of Distinction Award is recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women.

diane-nelson-awardWith over 30 years experience in education, as both a teacher and administrator, Diane has obtained her Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Counseling Psychology, and Master's in Educational Administration, all from the University of British Columbia.

As a MindUP Trainer, Diane has provided numerous workshops and in-service for teachers to help them deliver an evidence-based curriculum that helps foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success. Diane inspires educators to create an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences, and the capacity of each student to grow as a human being and a learner.

An educational consultant for the Vancouver Canucks' Community Partnership Program since 2005, Diane is the creator and author of the character education program called Fin’s Friends. The program was written for teachers to help them provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance ethical and responsible behaviour. This valuable classroom resource for teachers assists them with the teaching of social responsibility and character building. The program, written for Grades K-3, is being taught by primary teachers in over 3800 classrooms around the province. To date, the program is being used in over 35% of all K-3 classrooms in B.C. Diane last presented the program Nationally to educators at the Canada Character Conference held in Abbotsford, B.C. October 2015.

diane-nelson-w-gordon-campbellDiane's leadership style is marked by her entrepreneurial spirit. Her accomplishments are numerous including founding, owning and operating the Vancouver Griffins, the first women's professional hockey team in Western Canada, a member of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). The team featured Olympians such as Nancy Drolet, Cammi Granato, Shelley Looney and Courtney Kennedy. In November, 2010, Cammi Granato was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Many of her Griffins' artifacts are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame, including the signing of her first pro contract with the Griffins' organization. In 2002, the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognized Diane for her achievements in sport as part of an exclusive group of 35 outstanding women leaders and legends.

A long time athlete, she has competed in numerous sports including half marathons, 10km runs, triathlons, dragon boating, field hockey, figure skating, bodybuilding and swimming. Some highlights include 6 gold medals at the 1986 World Lifeguard Championships and Miss Vancouver, 1983 Bodybuilding Championships.

Diane's entire career has been about giving students an opportunity to better themselves and realize their hopes and aspirations. She firmly believes that enthusiastic and thoughtful guidance is the best way to assist our youth on the path that they choose.

Jeff Boag

jeff-boagInstructor: Off-Ice Training – Squash
Hollyburn Country Club Squash Pro

Jeff has been the Head Squash Professional at the Hollyburn Country Club since 2001 and is a Level 3 Coach, who competitively ranks in the top five in British Columbia. Jeff had been ranked as high as the top 10 in Canada and has competed and coached nationally and internationally. Jeff was the BC Squash Coach for the 2011Canada Games winning Women’s Team Gold and Men’s Team Silver medals, also BC Squash Coach for the 2007 Canada Games, earning double bronze medals. In 1995, he won Gold at the Canada Games as player/captain of the Men’s squad. Jeff has also been on the BC Provincial Team from 2001-2006.


Chair of the BC Closed Championships (2013 & 2014)
Squash BC Junior Development Committee
2011 and 2007 Canada Games – BC Coach
2010 Pan Am Championships – Team Canada coach
President – Vancouver Premier Squash League, 2012-13
Chairperson – BC Junior Championships 2003-12, and BC Championships 2013/14
Chairperson – 2006 Canadian Junior Open & Co-chair 2004 Canadian Nationals

Paul Dailly

paul-daillyHead Coach

Work Experience:

August 2003-Present: Head Coach/Manager – Capilano University Men’s Soccer
(View CapU bio here)
August 2009-Present: Head Coach – WVFC Vancouver Metro Soccer League
August 2003-Present: Head Coach – North Vancouver Football Club
September 2010–Present: Staff Coach – Sentinel Soccer Academy
September 2013-2014: West Vancouver Soccer Club AGTC U-14 – Staff Coach
2013-2014: West Vancouver Soccer Club Youth Academy – Staff Coach
1996-2003: Professional Soccer Player – Vancouver Whitecaps Captain/Player


Capilano University Men’s Soccer: 5 time BCCAA/Pacwest Coach of the Year
WVFC Vancouver Metro Soccer League:  BC Soccer Adult Coach of the Year 2014-2015
WVFC Vancouver Metro Soccer League: League champions 2013, 2014, 2015
WVFC Vancouver Metro Soccer League: League, Imperial Cup, Provincial cup Champions 2008-2009


September 1994-December 1998: University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Human Kinetics


May 2014-Present: Canadian Soccer Association – B National Coaching Licence
September 2004-Present: British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association – Personal Trainer and Team Leader
May 2013-Present: Functional Movement Systems – Certified FMS Professional, Levels 1 and 2
January 2014-2017: Lifesaving Society – Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

Mark Fenn


Soccer Academy Supervising Teacher
Sentinel Secondary Physical Education Teacher
Sentinel Secondary Athletic Director


Bachelor of Physical and Health Education/Bachelor of Geography from Queens University
Bachelor of Education from Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia)
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Track and Field athlete while at Queen’s University
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) – Level II certified
League Manager for Track and Field for the North Shore Secondary School Sports Athletics Association (NSSSSA)
Coaches Track and Field and Cross-Country at Sentinel Secondary School

Dennis Kindel

dennis-kindleInstructor: On-Field Training

Coaching Experience:

2005 – present:  Coach,  Y-League Coast U-13 Girls
2009 – present:  Head Coach, Coquitlam Metro-Ford Extreme Women’s Premier
2010:  Head Coach & 2009 Assistant Coach, PCL Coquitlam Women’s Team


2009:   Assistant Coach, Y-League Coastal U-13 Girls (3rd in North America)
2007 – present:  Head Goalkeeper Coach & Assistant Coach, UBC Men’s Soccer Team
2008:  Head Coach, Y-League Coastal U-16 Boys
2007:  Assistant Coach, Y-League Coastal U-13 Boys
2002:  Assistant Coach, IPL NSSDC U-13 Girls
2002 – 2009:  Head Goalkeeper Coach BCSA;  Working with NTC Keepers

Work Experience:

2001 – present:  Coquiltam Metro-Ford Soccer Club; Point Grey Soccer Club; Dunbar Soccer Club; Ages 7 – 17 years, boys & girls
2005 – 2008:  NSSDC Summer Camps (Field Boss), North Vancouver; Ages 4 -17
2001 – 2003:  Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence, Burnaby; Ages 8 – 17
2001 – 2001:  Chris Bennett Soccer School, Coquitlam; Ages 7 – 15 years, boys & girls

Playing Experience:

2001 – 2004:  Capilano College
2003:  Canadian National Championships – Team Captain
2003:  CCAA Best Goalkeeper Award
2003:  BCCAA 2nd Team All Star Award
2002:  BCAA 1st Team All Star Award
2002 – 2003:  U – 23 Canadian Olympic Team
2005 – 2006:  Vancouver Whitecaps Reserve


Runs BCSA 8 hour Goalkeeper Diploma Course to coaches throughout BC
Certified ‘B’ National License Canada

Leo Nash

Assistant Technical Director and Academy Director at West Vancouver Soccer Club


West Van FC Men’s Premier Team 2007 to present – Team Captain
Head Coach WVSC BU16, BU17, BU18 MSL teams 2013-2015
Assistant Coach Capilano University Men’s Soccer team 2002-2006; National Champions 2009
Capilano University Player and Captain 2002-2006 – National Champion 2003, Team Captain.
Whitecaps Reserve Team Player 2007, 2008
Canadian National Team U17 and U18
BC Provincial Team Player U14 to U18 – National champions 2000
BCSA Provincial “B” Coaching License
S4L, L2T and Fundamentals courses
NSYSA BU13, BU14 Head Coach – boys MSL teams 2010, 2011
Head Coach WVFC U21 team in VMSL and PCSL 2011-2015
Head Coach WVFC Men’s Premier Team (FVSL) 2015 to present

Mark Pennington

mark-penningtonOn-Field Training & GoalKeeper Instructor

Mark has been coaching professionally in the Greater Vancouver area for the past 14 years.

Born and raised in North East England, Mark brings a wealth of experience and expertise both as a soccer player and as a high level coach.

Coaching Experience:

Head Coach BCSPL Coastal U18 and U14 girls
Head Coach Surdel Soccer Club
Assistant Coach Trinity Western University
Guest coach Tottenham Hotspur, England
Guest Assistant Coach Canada U17 Girls
Vancouver Whitecaps Academy coach


Canadian Soccer Association National A License
BA Hons Degree in Sport Development and Coaching, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England
FA Coaching Certificate, England


BC Provincial cup winner 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
CSA Club National Championships, Winner 2008, 4th 2011, 5th 2013, Bronze 2014
Canadian University CIS, Canada West Winner 2015, Nationals Silver
European Student Championship winner 2000 Amsterdam, Runner up Paris 2001

Playing Experience:

Sunderland AFC youth professional
University of Northumbria player

Sam Saundh

Instructor: On-Field Trainingsam-saundh

Sam joins the Sentinel Soccer Academy Instructional Staff with extensive playing and coaching experience.


Sam’s soccer experience is as follows:
Member of U-16 & U-18 BC Selects
Canadian National U-19 Squad
Vancouver Whitecaps: 1978 – 1984
Los Angeles Lazers (Major Indoor League) 3 years Vancouver 86ers – 5 years

Sam’s coaching stats:

B-License North Delta United Coach (5 years: Three Provincial Championships)
Y-League Coach: 3 years
Vancouver 86ers Reserve Head Coach
Coach for 3-Senior Men’s Premier Teams: Club Ireland – Richmond; Metro Ford Wolves – Coquitlam; North Vancouver A.N.A.F.
North Shore Tony Waiters Soccer World Camps U.S. & Canadian Based


Original Vancouver Whitecaps In-School Programs & Outdoor Camps
Vancouver 86ers In-School Programs & Outdoor Camps
Whitecapasfc Academy since its beginnings
Satellite Camps since the beginning: Prince George, Williams Lake; Sunshine Coast; Campbell River, etc., (Vancouver Whitecaps)
North Shore Development Team U-14

Extensive coaching & playing experience:

Coach: Vancouver Whitecaps in & out of town camps
Coach: North Shore Development & Scouting
Coach: West Vancouver Youth Development Program
1977 – 1982: original Vancouver Whitecaps
1988 – 1992: Vancouver 86ers
Member of BC Selects & National Youth Teams
Provincial ‘B’ License

Desmond Tachie

soccer-personnel-desmond-tachieDesmond Tachie is a former professional player turned coach, who is currently the Assistant Coach for the Capilano University’s Men’s Team, and a staff coach and age group coordinator with West Van Soccer Club.

After a successful youth career in Vancouver, Tachie turned professional in 2004, playing throughout North America in the USL First Division with the Edmonton Aviators, the Toronto Lynx and the Charlotte Eagles.

Desmond also played abroad in Hungary for Kaposvölgye VSC and in Denmark with AaB II and Fremad Amager before returning home to Vancouver to pursue his coaching career.

Desmond is also the founder of Elevation Athletics Inc., a company that consults young talent with the goal of taking their soccer careers to the next level.

Desmond is a B Provincial licensed coach who focuses not only on skill and tactical development, but also character building and personal growth of his players.

Lucy Weninger

Registered Yoga Teacherlucy-weninger

Lucy started sharing her passion for yoga in 2006 – happily leaving a 15 year career in the corporate world behind – she began applying her training and development skills to the teaching of yoga. Lucy is a passionate and energetic teacher who especially enjoys sharing the yoga journey with athletes and youth. She uses her knowledge of anatomy to teach with a precise dialogue to challenge you physically and mentally. Her classes are mindfully sequenced with the ultimate goal of allowing the athlete to achieve increased endurance and body awareness – the gift of learning how to “be still” and “dynamic” at the same time.

lucy-weninger2Certifications include: Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Physiotherapist Assisted Yoga

Lucyʼs list of clients include: Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver Tennis Club, West Vancouver Community Centre, The Yoga Practice West Vancouver, Lululemon Park Royal and many North and West Vancouver Elementary Schools. She is also a founding partner in “Young at Heart Yoga”, a program which she and her partner take into North and West Vancouver schools.

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca
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