Coaches

Founders

Before Elevate Ultimate Academy was created, there was no Ultimate training available for Elementary students, and the only time high-school Ultimate athletes could train with a coach would be during the school or summer club season. The Founders, Ari and Danie, knew this had to change. They decided to not only provide off-season training, but also get the best players and coaches in Vancouver to be a part of it as well. Check out all the coaches' experience below. 

Danie Proby

  • 8 years of playing experience
  • Player and captain of the University of Victoria women's team (2009-2014)
  • Player for Traffic Ultimate-Vancouver's top women's club team (2015 & 2016)
  • Competitive National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification
  • Five years of coaching experience including three years in the Middle East with Ultimate Peace
  • CPR-C and First Aid
  • Coaching Elementary and Secondary Academy

Ari Nitikman

  • 10 years of playing experience
  • Under-19 BC Provincial team in 2014
  • Professional player for the Vancouver Nighthawks in 2015 and Vancouver Riptide in 2016
  • Player for Furious George-Vancouver's top men's club team (2016-18)
  • Player for U24 Team Canada Mixed (2017)
  • Competitive National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification
  • Five years of experience coaching kids in Ultimate
  • CPR-C and First Aid  
  • Coaching Elementary and Secondary Academy

Coaches

Our coaches have an impressive playing resume, having represented Canada at World Championships and top Club teams in Vancouver. Not only are they elite level players, they also have a combined 25 years of experience coaching youth Ultimate both locally and globally.

Morgan Hibbert

Coach Morgan Hibbert has been on the national team since 2004 and has been on 3 World Games teams. He has 2 Gold medals at Worlds and won a USAU Club Championship in 2005 with Furious George Ultimate. He currently is playing his 12th year with Furious.

Morgan will be coaching our Secondary Academy. 

Candice Chan (CanCan)

Coach Candice played on Traffic Ultimate from 2007-2016 and competed in numerous CUC and USAU Championships. Her Ultimate career includes winning Gold at USAU College Championship with UBC in 2008 and Bronze at World Games in 2013. In the past 2 years, Candice coached the UBC Womens team, leading them to finish 3rd at USA College Nationals in 2017. This summer, her focus is on preparing Team Canada women for Gold at the U24 Worlds Championship in Jan 2018. 

CanCan will be coaching our Secondary Academy. 

Brayden Gee

Coach Brayden Gee is back! He won a Silver medal at Canadian Nationals in 2014 and a Silver medal at the World Championships with U23 Team Canada in 2015. He was most recently an Assistant Coach for Alpha BC this year.

Brayden Gee will be coaching our Secondary Academy. 

Kathryn Pohran

Coach Kathryn Pohran is one of our new coaches this Fall! K-Poh was part of Team Canada at the 2016 WUGC in London when they won Bronze and she won a Gold medal as an Assistant Coach of the U20 Team Canada team in Poland in 2016

Kathryn will be coaching our Secondary Academy. 

Eugene Wong

Coach Eugene Wong is a truly special coach. Not only does he have 15+ years of playing experience and 5 years of coaching experience in the Misfit Ultimate program, he also possesses amazing skills with his camera. 

Eugene will be coaching our Secondary Academy and taking action and head shots of all our Academy participants.