The sixth annual Football BC Provincial Conference took place on April 17-18, 2015 at Holy Cross Regional High School in Surrey.
Zeke Sandhu - CEO/Founder, Elite Athlete Management (ELITE), NFL Player Agent
Vancouver-raised Zeke Sandhu is perhaps one of the biggest names in the National Football League off the field. He has been representing professional athletes since 1999 and his company, Elite Athlete Management, represents some of the biggest names today in the game including the likes of NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants), Super Bowl Champion LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), Super Bowl Champion Ricardo Lockette (Seattle Seahawks), Super Bowl Champion Alvin Bailey (Seattle Seahawks), and Jarius Wright (Minnesota Vikings) to name a few.
One of Sandhu’s clients who will be hoping to make a big splash later this month is Vancouver’s own Christian Covington, the defensive tackle who played collegiately at Rice University and high school football locally with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish.
Sandhu has represented numerous 1st round draft picks and is representing five of the top 150 rated players this year’s upcoming NFL Draft.
Sandhu is a certified contract advisor with the NFL Players Association and the CFL Players Association and has established himself as one of the most prominent agents in the industry. He is also a licensed agent with the NBA Players Association. He was a former collegiate wide receiver and studied business management and marketing while attending school. He is well-versed and knowledgeable on the Salary Cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement, and has also earned his financial planning credentials by obtaining the Series 7, Series 66 and Life and Health Insurance Licenses.
Blake Nill – Head Coach, UBC Thunderbirds
Blake enters the 2015 season as the new bench boss for the UBC Thunderbirds after spending the past nine seasons as head coach at the University of Calgary. Prior to his stint with the Dinos, he had been head coach at Saint Mary’s University.
Blake is one of the most successful coaches in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football compiling a career record (regular season and playoffs) of 130-47 over his 17 seasons as a CIS head coach.
Blake’s track record speaks for itself. As a head coach, his teams have made seven Vanier Cup appearances (1999, 2001-03 with Saint Mary’s; 2009-10, 2013 with Calgary) winning twice (2001 & 2002). He guided the Huskies to a record six-straight Atlantic University Sport Championships (1999-2004) and the Dinos to a record six-straight Hardy Cup Championships (2008-13).
Blake was the winner of the Frank Tindall Trophy as CIS Coach of the Year in 1999 and was a finalist on six other occasions. He is also a three-time winner of the Canada West coach of the year award (2009, 2012 & 2013).
Prior to beginning his CIS coaching career as a defensive coordinator at St. Francis Xavier, Nill played collegiately with the Calgary Dinos and was drafted by the CFL’s Montreal Concordes. He played in the CFL from 1983-88 with Montreal, Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Head Coach, Westshore Rebels
National Lead Camp Coach, National Football Academies
Founder and Director, Canada Football Academy
JC is entering his first year as the head coach of the Westshore Rebels but is perhaps best known for his work with the USA-based National Football Academies, one of the premier Development Companies in the U.S. that partners with some of the top high school and college programs.
JC is a Senior Level, C4 Certified Coach who specializes in developing quarterbacks. He has coached football, specifically the quarterback position, for two decades. He is also a top-rated presenter for the Glazier Coaching Clinics, the largest football coaching clinic tour in the U.S. with over 34,000 coaches as active members where he speaks on the passing game and quarterback development.
JC recently served on the coaching staff for Football BC’s Senior Bowl camp and previously worked with BC High School Football’s Belmont Bulldogs.
Rob Williams – SPORTCORE Performance
Rob has been a kinesiologist, Medical Exercise Specialist and trainer for over two decades. He has consulted for professional and amateur sports teams, coaches, athletes, sports medical practitioners, corporations and organizations to improve their performance through quality movement and intelligent conditioning. In his career, Rob has worked with NFL, CFL and NCAA football athletes.
Rob has presented on the topic of posture and body alignment at the American Medical Association’s international conference on physician health.
Rob’s SPORTCORE system addresses a missing dimension between the fields of technical coaching, performance conditioning and athletic therapy. www.sportcoreperformance.com
Jaime Hill – Defensive Coordinator, SFU Clan
Jaime joins the new coaching staff at SFU for the 2015 season after spending the past two campaigns at Portland State University as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator.
Jaime has worked at every level of football in his career including the NCAA, CFL and NFL with time spent with San Franscisco State (1987), the University of Texas El Paso (1988), Northern Arizona (1989), Sonoma State (1990-91), University of Chicago (1992), Portland State University (1993-96) with the San Francisco 49ers (1997-99), the San Francisco Demons (2000-01), Humboldt State (2002-03), Calgary Stampeders (2003-04), Ottawa Renegades (2004-06) and Brigham Young University (2006-10).
Paul Orazietti – Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator, UBC Thunderbirds
Paul is headed into his fifth season with UBC as their Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator. A member the T-Birds 1997 Vanier Cup winning team, Paul also had previous stints with the University as their running backs coach in 1998 and from 2002-05 during spring camp.
Prior to rejoining UBC, Paul was head coach, offensive coordinator and direction of football operations with the BCFC’s Victoria Rebels. He was also head coach and offensive coordinator of the Canmore Wolverines. In various capacities, he has also worked with Football Alberta, the University of Calgary, NFL World League, as well as spent time as a guest coach with the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions.
Paul has also been involved with Football BC’s provincial programs lending his time to work with Team BC and at Senior Bowl camp. He was the running backs coach for Team BC U18 during their recent competition at the Tanoa Bowl this past December.
Pete McCall – Rutland Voodoos/Team BC
Pete is currently in his second stint as head coach of BC High School Football’s Rutland Voodoos. His first stint with the Voodoos was from 2002 to 2008 which included winning the Scholastic Coach of the Year award in 2007 at the BC Lions Orange Helmet Awards.
McCall was the defensive back coach of the 2000 CJFL National Champion Okanagan Sun, and was also the Sun’s head coach from 2009 to 2010 compiling a 15-5 regular season record while being named the CJFL Coach of the Year in 2010. He returned to the Voodoos in 2011.
In 2014, Pete guided the U15 Team BC that competed at the Football USA International Bowl event in Arlington, Texas. The U15 Team BC scored a 10-7 victory over a team of USA 9th Graders.
Kevin Phillips, CAT, CSCS, FMSC – Athletic Therapist
Kevin is a certified Athletic Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Functional Movement Certified Assessor. After obtaining his degree in 2008 from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario he packed up and moved out west to work with the BC Lions as the assistant Athletic Therapist for 3 seasons. He then moved on to work with the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program for 3 years. He has also had two small stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, both in-season and during spring training in Florida in 2007 and 2009 respectively.
During his time in BC he has taught numerous courses on sport safety and concussion awareness and management to various groups and organizations. Most recently, he was the primary instructor for the North Safe Sport Tour, collaboration between SportMedBC, Pacific Sport Northern BC and Northern Health, which took him to 15 different communities across northern BC to deliver the message of best practices in sport safety and concussion management.
He now runs his own practice in North Vancouver and works as an Athletic Therapist and Performance coach with the Canadian Soccer Association which recently had him traveling to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for the CONCACAF U17 championship tournament.
To connect with Kevin, call or email him at 778-888-2880, firstname.lastname@example.org. To book an appointment with Kevin visit his website at www.newmotiontherapy.ca and click the book online tab at the top right corner.
Chuck McMann – Special Teams Coordinator & Running Backs Coach, BC Lions
Chuck is heading into his ninth season with the Lions as their Special Teams Coordinator and recently added the role of Running Backs Coach to his title. He had been the Running Backs coach previously from 2008 to 2010.
Chuck is a 20-year CFL coaching veteran following a successful 10-season playing career as a receiver and running back with the Montreal Alouettes and Concordes (1976-1985). As a player, he appeared in three Grey Cup championships winning once in 1977.
McMann’s coaching stops including stints at College Vieux-Montreal, Vanier College, the University of Waterloo, McGill University and the Calgary Stampeders. He won the Frank Tindall trophy in 2002 as the CIS Football Coach of the Year. He has won three Grey Cup championships as a coach in 1992, 1998 and 2011.
Johnny Holland – Linebackers Coach, BC Lions
Johnny is entering his second season with the BC Lions. A former second round selection of the Green Bay Packers in 1987, the Texas A&M grad played and was named to the Packers’ Hall of Fame in 2001.
He began his post-playing career in 1995 with the Green Bay Packers winning a Super Bowl title in 1997. He’d go on to have stints with the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Virginia Destroyers (UFL) and Oakland Raiders. He was also a guest coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013.
Angus Reid – BC Lions alumnus
Angus retired from active competition in 2014 after a successful CFL career that spanned 13 seasons and included 200 regular season games, 11 playoff games and three Grey Cup appearances.
Angus was a two-time Grey Cup champion (2006, 2011), a three-time West Division all-star (2004, 2011, 2012) and the 2011 All-Canadian. The Richmond, BC native spent the majority of his CFL with the career with his hometown BC Lions after brief stints with the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts.
The former O-Lineman played for the Vancouver College Fighting Irish before joining the SFU Clan.
Jerome Erdman – Vancouver Island Raiders/Team BC
Jerome is joining the VI Raiders staff for the 2014 season after spending the past two seasons with McGill as an assistant coach.
Jerome is a household name in Canadian football circles, both as a player and a coach, having played collegiately and professionally. He played three seasons with the SFU Clan from 1979 to 1982 and won a national junior championship with the Renfrew Trojans in 1982 before transitioning into a successful CFL career that featured stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Ottawa with a Grey Cup championship in 1984 with the Blue Bombers.
He began his coaching career at SFU and also spent at the collegiate level with UBC. He has also coached with the BAFL’s Glasgow Lions, NFL Europe Scott Claymores and in the CFL with stints with the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts.
Jerome is also active with Football BC’s provincial teams program and has been a part of the Team BC coaching staff for the past several seasons. He also served as a coach at the 2015 Senior Bowl camp.