Storm coaches named for 2020 season

Clockwise from top left: Craig Stoyles, Hilary Walsh, Dave Whitey-Brown, Michael Walsh, Claire Moore-Gibbons and Natalie O'Donnell.
Clockwise from top left: Craig Stoyles, Hilary Walsh, Dave Whitey-Brown, Michael Walsh, Claire Moore-Gibbons and Natalie O’Donnell.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has selected its coaching staff for the 2020 Storm season.

Craig Stoyles is returning as head coach for the junior open team while Hilary Walsh is stepping into the assistant coach role.

Stoyles is a trained community ultimate coach and Special Olympics coach with 16 years of coaching experience. He also currently heads the team at Holy Spirit High School and is working on completing NCCP’s competitive ultimate coaching certification.

Walsh coaches two ultimate teams at St. Bonaventure’s College and was recently named Ultimate NL’s 2019 Coach of the Year. She previously coached the junior women’s team, and is also working towards competitive coaching certification.

The duo of Natalie O’Donnell and Claire Moore-Gibbons are returning to coach the junior women’s team in the head and assistant roles, respectively.

O’Donnell and Moore-Gibbons are NCCP-certified competitive ultimate coaches, and O’Donnell is also the only trained competition development coach in the province. They are part of the ultimate coaching team at Mount Pearl Senior High, along with Aaron Power. O’Donnell also leads a team at Paradise Elementary School.

New this year, Ultimate NL has also selected two second assistant coaches. Dave Whitney-Brown will help with the junior open squad and Michael Walsh will assist the junior women’s team.

Storm is presented by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.