COACHES

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Men's Head Coach

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Women's Assistant Coach

SHAWN BLAKEY

Shawn comes to the Saints with a range of experiences, most recently in developing successful teams in high school rugby and junior community rugby.  He is a World Rugby Level 2 certified coach. Leveraging his time coaching in South Africa, he is also a "graduate" of the South African Investec International Rugby Academy High Performance Coaches Course.

Shawn has built a personal leadership philosophy centered around facilitating people and teams to develop and perform to their unique potential. His belief in community building and vision of how rugby should be played lines up with the Saints "brand" of rugby as well as the Saints core values of the individual and the collective.

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Assistant Men's Coach

JOSH JESS

Josh was first introduced to rugby in high school by one of his teachers. After graduating, he joined the Saints in 2010, playing for all three men’s teams, solidifying a starting role with the Men’s First Division squad. Josh spent most of his time at second row, but even got called upon to play loosehead prop on a couple of occasions! As true servant of the game, he also helped coach and direct the Junior program. Now that Josh is taking a step back from playing, he is giving back to the club as a coach with the men’s squad to help develop the next generation of Saints

MANAGERS

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Women's Team Manager

EMILY EHMAN

Emily has been involved with rugby for over a decade. She has been a member of the Saints for 8 fun and exciting seasons in many capacities. As a player for 5 seasons and the current Women’s team Manager for the past 3 seasons she keeps things running as smoothly as possible. In addition she can often be found running around with our junior teams helping out. Her favorite position is with a number 2 on her back playing hooker. Outside of rugby Emily is an Ultrasound Technologist and loves to travel the world.

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Men's Team Manager

FLORIAN KOZLIK

Florian joined the Saints in 2015, spending time with both the Men's First and Second division squads. He has also played for the University of Calgary Dinos, playing mainly in the back row. He is now putting his time into managing the Saints Men's teams.

MEDICAL STAFF

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Athletic Therapist

MELISSA PETRYNA

Melissa is a Certified Athletic Therapist and joined the Saints Rugby Club as the Head Therapist in 2016. She has vast experience with working rugby from all levels including minis, juniors, seniors, high school, as well as national working on the sideline medical team for Rugby Canada. Melissa has worked for Rugby Alberta since 2011 with the U16 and U18 Men's programs as well as the Senior Men's Mavericks  and the Senior Men's Wolfpack.