Ryan Allen is the Technical Director for the elite stream at GPAC. The elite stream includes all teams at the AAA and AA Bantam and Midget level.
His focus is on promoting the GPAC program and ensuring the coaches have a plan; they’re sticking to the plan for development throughout the season; making sure the skill development is where it needs to be; working with GPAC players; and working with the zone and outlying communities.
“It’s coaching coaches, but then all the things underneath that, like helping them with their practices, their parent meetings, their structure, their parent problems,” Allen said. “Essentially, anything that goes under their team—good, bad or otherwise—I will have a say in either trying to help or problem solve.”
Allen prefers a collaborative approach to the job, but he’s got the autonomy to make hard decisions, if need be.
“At the end of the day, I will make some decisions, but also it’s influencing, encouraging and steering the coaches to make those decisions and do those things on their own,” Allen said.
The 33-year-old former resident of Fort McMurray has an extensive resume to step into the role.
Allen was a coach and interim general manager in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and head coach in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. Allen also received a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree (Honours) from Brock University in Ontario and has been through a number of National Coaching Certification Programs with Hockey Canada.
“This is the way of the future, the way Hockey Alberta is looking for elite programs and high-end programs to go,” Stojan said. “They do want technical directors in place to help make sure we’re delivering a program that is truly an elite program. It’s the new norm, hockey is evolving and this is part of the evolution of how club teams and elite programs are running.”
Jordan played for every GPAC team and went on to play three years for the Grande Prairie Junior A Storm. The next three years were spent at Red Deer College playing for the RDC Kings and receiving a Diploma in Kinesiology: Coaching & Sports Performance. The next two years he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta-Augustana while playing for the Vikings. Jordan has owned and operated TAGS Athletic Gym for four years in the spring and summers, but is beyond excited to take his ventures full-time this fall. Jordan is extremely passionate about bringing the best possible training environment and facility to the Peace Country for athletes to develop.
Tanya Chomyc is the Owner/Operator of Power Plus Hockey Skating in Grande Prairie. Tanya grew up in Wembley, Alberta just outside of Grande Prairie on her family’s Elk Ranch. Tanya played Minor Hockey in Wembley and then joined the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey system in Bantam and Midget to play with the ‘AAA’ female program. Following her Minor Hockey career Tanya moved her Hockey and Educational pursuits to Calgary to join the University of Calgary Women’s Hockey Team. In her time at U of C Tanya won an ACAC Championship, a Canada West Gold Medal, a National Championship, Team Captain Honours, and received the Educational & Athletic Award of being named Academic All Canadian. Upon completing her University Hockey career and her Degree in a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Mind Sciences (BKin, MNSC), she moved back to Grande Prairie to pursue her business goals. In 2014, following nearly a decade of working at the company, Tanya purchased Power Plus Hockey Skating. Since purchasing the company Tanya has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of athletes all over Canada and provides a variety of services including dryland training, private lessons, team specialized sessions, power skating technique-based programs, and conditioning and skills camps. The Peace Country has always been home for Tanya, and she loves the people, the area, and the opportunity this region brings. In their spare time Tanya and her husband, Matt, along with their son, Porter, love enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family & friends, and running and biking with their dog, Harlee. Tanya continues to look forward to the opportunity to work with local coaches, parents, and athletes, and is extremely proud of the talent in the Grande Peace region.
Matt has held multiple roles in the field of human performance. With a combination of high-performance sport experience, academic study, and professional practice, Matt has worked to improve performance at levels of development through to professional and Olympic. Knowing the steps to develop success is key in the mental and emotional realms of sport. Mental training is a growth area. Matt’s education includes master’s degrees in education & Sport and Exercise Psychology, and is currently doing his PhD in Sport Psychology. He is practicing as a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a Mental Performance Consultant, which allows Matt to reach all facets of the mental side of sport and performance.
Mitch grew up in a small town in New Brunswick. That’s where he played his minor hockey until Peewee and Bantam. He Eventually played High School Hockey in the Maritimes and United States until he graduated. After a brief stint in the MJAHL, Mitch ended up in the NSJRB. It wasn't long after that he found his passion for coaching. He started coaching Peewee and Bantam, eventually moving up to Midget AAA hockey with the Miramichi Rivermen for four seasons. He also worked part-time for Atlantic Goaltending Academy for more then a decade. In 2015, he made the move to Grande Prairie. He operated Perfection Hockey School through the season and works for various Minor hockey associations and GPAC. Mitch brings a lot of experience as a coach. He works with athletes at every level. His philosophy has always been to surround with yourself people you will learn from, be the hardest worker and have heart.