COACHES

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Men and Women's Head Coach

CHRIS LEECH

Chris comes to us with an impressive amount of experience. Chris has previously coached for the Mavericks, Alberta Wolfpack, Bristol University, and Gloucestershire Under 20s (just to name a few).

Having helped out the ladies and men last summer, Chris is happy to return as head coach for this season and will be an asset to the club. He is looking forward to working alongside Vinny and can’t wait to get going.

Men and Women's Assistant Coach

NICK “VINNY” MCAULEY

Vinny has been a member of the Saints family for many years, wearing different hats throughout his time with the club. Holding seats on our executive board, coaching senior programs, and playing on our men's team, Vinny is no stranger to the Saints! We are happy to welcome Vinny back to our senior coaching staff for the 2022 season.

Other than his roles with the Saints, Vinny has experience with the Calgary Mavericks, Rugby Alberta, and most recently, Calgary Dinos, where he holds the position of head coach!

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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.

Women's Assistant Coach

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MANAGERS

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Women's Team Manager

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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.