Sports Academy Administration

Diane Nelson

Diane Nelson

Director of Instruction

Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction, is founder of West Vancouver Schools 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.

Paul Eberhardt

Paul Eberhardt

Vice Principal Academies

A Vancouver native Paul began his coaching career in 1982 while he was still a student at Magee Secondary and continued coaching as he got both his Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He also earned his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2005. He began teaching in the Richmond School District in 1989 where he spent 28 years prior to moving to the West Vancouver School District in 2018 to take on the job of Vice Principal for the Academy Programs.

During his career Coach Ebe has coached just about every sport but his main passion is coaching basketball which he has coached at every level including High School, College, Provincial Teams and the Canadian National Team. Presently Paul is the head coach of the Langara Falcons men’s team and the West Vancouver Highlanders grade 9 boys team. Paul has been recognized as one of top coaches in the Country as he was selected as the 2013 Canadian Colleges men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. He has also been selected by Sport BC as the Coach of the Year in 2014 and Basketball BC has named him the College Coach of the Year in 2013 & 2014 and the High School Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011. Paul’s colleagues also recognized him as the PACWEST Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014 & 2017 as well as Richmond Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Lower Mainland Coach of the Year in 2007.

Paul has been chosen to lead our BC Provincial teams on numerous occasions winning five gold medals and one silver at the Western Canada Games and one silver medal and three bronze at the Canadian National Championships. Paul was also selected to be an assistant coach with the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team from 2000 to 2004.

Paul is also one of only two coaches in the Country to have won both a High School Provincial Championship which he did in 2011 with the Palmer Griffins and a Canadian College National Championship in 2014 with the Langara Falcons.

Paul has also been very actively involved in athletic administration as he was an Athletic Director for over 20 years and he has also served on the Board of Directors for the Nighthoops Program which works with at-risk youth in Vancouver. Paul has also worked with Basketball BC on a number of occasions serving as the chair for a variety of elite programs and he was the longest serving President of the BC High School Boys Basketball Association serving from 2014 to 2018. For all his volunteer work in high school sports BC School Sports recognized Paul with a Special Merit award in 2018. Presently, Paul is the head coach of the Langara Falcons men’s team and the West Vancouver Highlanders Junior boys team.

Tara Ledingham

Tara Ledingham

Assistant

Tara was raised in West Vancouver and attended UBC and SFU, graduating with a double major in Sociology and Communications.

Since graduating, Tara has been employed in the human resources field for over twenty years.  She initially worked as a recruitment specialist for Medical Recruiters International Canada, placing medical professionals in hospital and clinic settings in the United States.

After taking time off to raise her two children, Tara was hired by Mackay CEO Forums as a meeting and event planner before starting with West Vancouver Schools in 2016.

Tara has also enjoyed contract work with BC Children’s Hospital and the Crystal Ball Foundation and was registrar for the North Shore Inline Hockey league.

Being a part of the West Vancouver community has always been important to Tara and she spent several years managing her children’s sports teams and volunteering at the school level.

Teacher/Coaches

Brooks McNiven

Brooks McNiven

WVS Teacher / Head Coach

Brooks McNiven
WVS Teacher & Head Coach

  • 1999 Drafted by the Blue Jays 46th Round
  • 1999-2003 UBC Varsity Baseball Team
  • 2003 Recipient of Premier Sport Awards – Baseball
  • 2003 Drafted in 4th Round San Francisco Giants
  • 2003 NAIA Region 1 Player of the Year
  • 2003-2009 San Francisco Giants  (high as AAA)
  • 2007 UBC Grad – Human Kinetics degree
  • 2007 World Cup of Baseball w Team Canada in Taiwan
  • 2008 Olympic Qualifier w Team Canada in Taiwan
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics with Team Canada
  • 2009 World Baseball Classic w Canada in Toronto
  • 2009 Baseball World Cup: Bronze medal)
  • 2009-2011  Pitching Coach Douglas College
  • 2011-12 SFU Teacher Certification
  • 2011- Present  Pitching Coach North Shore Twins
  • 2012-14 Coach BC Summer Games
  • 2012- Present Teacher in WVS
  • 2013 Team BC Coach for Canada Games
  • 2014 Team BC Coach for U17 Canada Cup
  • 2014 Team BC Coach for Blue Jays T12
  • 2015 Team BC Coach for U17 Canada Cup
  • 2016 Team BC Coach for U17 Canada Cup
  • 2016 Team BC Coach for Blue Jays T12
  • 2017 Team BC Coach for Canada Games
  • 2017 Masters Degree – High Performance Sport (UBC)
  • 2021 Inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame
Ken Mackenzie

Ken Mackenzie

Assistant Coach

Ken Mackenzie
WVS Premier Baseball Academy
Assistant Coach

  • Retired Teacher: 1972-2005
  • Bachelor of Arts – History Major
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Killarney Secondary School
  • Socials Studies & English
  • Department Head – Socials Studies
  • Instructor – Okanagan Big League Experience Baseball Camp 1986-2002
  • Western Canada Games Baseball Coach
  • Team BC Selects Coach (2 years)
  • Canada Games Baseball Coach (3 years)
  • Team B.C. Coach (female baseball 3 years)
  • Coach – NV Girls Softball Association
  • 2015- Present – Head Coach: Women’s Provincial Team

 

Lachlan Fontaine

Lachlan Fontaine

Assistant Coach

Lachlan Fontaine
WVS Premier Baseball Academy
Assistant Coach

*Coach Fontaine is a Professional Baseball Player

  • 2021 Houston Apollos, Houston Texas (American Association of Professional Baseball)
  • 2016-2019 – Capitales De Quebec
  • 2013-2016 Seattle Mariners Rookie Ball
  • 2013 U18 World Championships
  • 2012-2013 Canadian National Junior Team
  • 2013 Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th Round @ 17 years of age
  • 2008-2013 North Shore Twins
  • North Van Central Little League

 

Ivan Hartle

Ivan Hartle

Teacher & Assistant Coach

Ivan Hartle
WVS Premier Baseball Academy
Assistant Coach
WVS teacher-on-call

  • 2005-2008 Starting Shortstop for Coquitlam Reds
  • 2007-2008 Canadian Junior National Baseball Team
  • 2008 Competed for Canada at the IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton, AB
  • 2008-2011 Starting middle infielder for IOWA Western Community College
  • 2010 NJCAA Academic All-American
  • 2010 Winner of the Junior College World Series, named MVP
  • 2010 Easton Defensive Player of the Year, Div. 1, Junior College
  • 2010 Recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award NJCAA
  • 2010-2012 Starting middle infielder at NCAA Div. 1 Western Kentucky University
  • 2012 NCAA Capital One Academic All-District team

 

Brian Gillis

Brian Gillis

Inside Performance Trainer

Coaching Experience:

*Assistant Coach: Team BC Field Lacrosse U14 2016/17
*Coach 2016 Sheffield Hallam mens lacrosse team
*Burnaby Mountain Selects: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 coached summer camps, travel, one on one
* North shore Minor Box lacrosse: Head Coach 2015: Assistant coach 2010, 2011, 2012
*North Shore Field Lacrosse: Assistant coach 2009
* Coached at various youth camps throughout college.

Ireland National Men’s Lacrosse Team:
2015 World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships; Onondaga / Syracuse
2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships; Denver
2010 World Field Lacrosse Championships; Manchester,UK
2011  World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships; Prague

Personal Credentials:

2016, 2015, 2014 player: Coquitlam Adanacs: Western Lacrosse Association (WLA)
New England College NCAA Men’s Lacrosse;
*4 year playing attack man: 3 year as a starter
*Senior year: Captain:
*2013 USILA All American
*2013 USILA Scholar All American
*2013 North South game for accomplished graduating seniors
*2012 and 2013: NAC first team all conference player
*2013 New England College Athlete of the Year and Men’s Lacrosse Athlete of the Year
*Freshman year: New England College Rookie of the year

David Corrente

David Corrente

Assistant Coach

David Corrente
Assistant Coach, WVS Premier Baseball Academy

It is with much excitement that we welcome the addition of Assistant Coach, David Corrente to the Premier Baseball Academy. Coach Corrente comes to West Vancouver Schools with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience to share with our young student-athletes in the academy.

 Highlights

  • Former Minor League Baseball catcher, David Corrente played in the minor leagues from 2001 to 2008
  • Team Canada Senior National Team 2006-2008
  • Played for Team Canada in 2008 Summer Olympic Games
  • Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft
  • Played in the Blue Jays minor league system from 2001 – 2008 as a catcher; was a .238 career minor league hitter, and had 252 hits in 1228 at bats

Currently when he’s not coaching in the Academy or being an amazing dad to 4 children, David Corrente is a pastor.