Sports Academy Administration

Ian Kennedy

Ian Kennedy

Director of Instruction

Prior to becoming a Director of Instruction in West Vancouver Schools, Ian has served in a variety of positions:

  • Vice-Principal at West Vancouver and Rockridge Secondary Schools
  • Director of Instruction and Head of Wentworth Campus at Collingwood School
  • Principal at Carson Graham Secondary in North Vancouver

Ian has three decades of experience in education, as a teacher and administrator. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Victoria and his Master’s degree in Education from Simon Fraser University.

Ian has a rich background in public and independent schools and is passionate about the evolution of education, the development of teachers, and the transformation of our public education system.

Ian has a proven track record of guiding innovation and his leadership work around school improvement has been recognized locally and nationally.

Ian is a former National Team athlete and has always been involved in coaching and supporting school athletics. He is a resident of the North Shore and is an active member of the community.

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


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.


Perino Zambon

Perino Zambon

WVS Teacher & Co-Head Coach

WVS Teacher at Rockridge Secondary since 2004

Physical Education and Strength & Conditioning

 Some Highlights

  • Since 2004: Head Coach, Rockridge Secondary
  • Six-time Rugby AA Provincial Champions
  • BC Rugby Assistant Coach U16
  • BC Rugby Manager U16
  • Selector of Rugby BC U16, U19 & Canada U17 Teams
  • Selected as Guest Coach to Western Province Rugby Institute Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Assistant Coach: UBC Thunderbirds – 2019 World University Rugby Invitational Tournament Tokyo, Japan
  • Currently assisting with UBC Men’s Rugby Thunderbirds – 2022 Rounsefell Cup Champions, who are also the 2021 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Champions
Curry Hitchborn

Curry Hitchborn

Co-Head Coach

View an article about Curry Hitchborn by The Province here.

Curry is the former Head Rugby Coach at the University of British Columbia.

UBC are the two-time defending University National Champions, the National University 7’s title holders, ranked 3rd in the University Rugby World Cup standings.

Curry has 13 years’ experience coaching Rugby at youth and men’s levels and 20 years’ experience as a player.  As a coach, Curry has won National and Provincial championships in highly competitive leagues and ensured the retention of athletes through a multi-sport year.

Curry has tremendous involvement as a coach in the local community at both the high school and club levels for the past nine years. This role allows him the ability to identify athletes and maintain relationships with coaches from all over the province.

Currently Head Coach of the BCU19 team and have been for 4 years.

Curry is passionate about Rugby and not only strives to improve himself as a coach but the abilities and skills of players and coaches around him. Curry is NCCP Intro to Competition certified and working towards the Competition Development /IRB Level 3 Certification.

Notable Achievements:

  • Former Head Coach for the University of British Columbia
  • Formerly, the Director of Rugby Development for the Seattle Seawolves that competed in the MLR and won the league in 2018
  • Head Coach – BC U19 team – Winners of the 4 Canadian Rugby Championships
  • Head Coach, the Vancouver Senior Men
  • 3-time Rounsefell Cup Winner as joint Head Coach with University of British Columbia
  • 3-time McKechnie Cup Senior Men’s
  • Canada U17 Coach
  • 2014 U18 Tier 2 National Champions
  • 5 time BCRU U17/U18 Provincial Champions
  • Formerly Premier Forwards’ Coach/First Division Head Coach Capilano RFC – Rounsefell Cup 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Recipient of Gerald McGavin Coaching Award – BC Rugby Union
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