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Coaching Staff

Jeff Robert – Head Coach

Jeff Robert brings over 15 years’ experience to the coaching staff. As the Raiders Head Coach,  Jeff will bring his extensive experience with player development at various levels to the Raiders organization. With an M.A. in Kinesiology and coaching experience at the CIS and Jr. A level, Jeff provides players with the knowledge they need to play at the junior and at the next level.

“My objective as a coach is to help the players improve both on and off the ice. As a coach, I am there to help the players in all aspects of their life. I am not there to coach hockey players; I am there to Coach People who play hockey”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Highlights

-Asst Coach University of Western Ontario Men’s Hockey Team
-Assistant Coach for the Concordia University Men’s Hockey Team
-Director of Player Development for the CCHL Brockville Braves
-Assistant Coach CCHL Brockville Braves Jr A
-Assistant Coach Cumberland Grads Jr A
-Ontario Hockey Academy Head Coach Major Midget AAA
-Head Coach Brockville Tikis CCHL2
-Assistant Coach U18 Midget AAA Brockville Braves
-Hockey Eastern Ontario Gold Cup Team- U16 High-Performance Team

 

Sean Bamford –  Offensive Coach & Academic Advisor

CCHL Alumn (Cumberland Grads)
Sean joins the Raiders organization after spending four years under the direction of Marty Johnston and the CIS powerhouse
Carleton Ravens.
During his time at Carleton Sean was a 2x Division champion and 2x National Champion participant.
In 2015-2016 he also skated in a 1-0 exhibition game win vs. Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators.
During the summer of 2016 – Sean spent his time coaching in Bejing China for the Bejing Cavaliers.
He also spends his time as a power skating instructor for Performance Plus and represents CarletonU at community events and camps.

-Assistant Coach of the 2018 NHL pre-draft Showcase champions Ottawa Attack

Brett Costello – Defensive Coach

 

CCHL Alumni (Smiths Falls Bears, Hawkesbury Hawks)
Brett Costello joins the Raiders organization after spending two years in NCAA DIII hockey at SUNY Canton. Graduating with a Degree in Business.

Brett played 3 seasons in the CCHL splitting time between the Hawks and Bears before moving on to NCAA Hockey.

Brett began his coaching career in Smiths Falls Minor Hockey before making the Jump into the CCHL 2 with the Athens Aeros in 17-18. He was the Defense coach in Athens, helping the team achieve a wildcard spot.

Rick Besharah – Goaltending Coach

Rick Besharah joined the Nepean Raiders in the 2015-16 season and serves as the goaltending coach for both the Raiders Junior A and U18 teams.

Most recently, Rick’s position as the goaltending coach for the Ottawa Senators Major Midget AAA team during the 2014-15 hockey season helped the team’s goaltenders finish with the top 2 Goals Against Averages in the league.  During this season, the team went on to win the OEMHL Championship, leading to their 4th place finish in the province.

Having trained under and worked with goaltending guru, François Allaire (Colorado Avalanche, NHL), and his brother, Benoit Allaire (New York Rangers, NHL) for 14 years, Rick brings experience and professional understanding to the goaltenders which he trains.  Through communicating the importance of goaltending theory and efficiency, Rick enables his students to develop and perform at their best through implementing techniques which are customized to their individual playing styles.

Having reached the semi-professional level, Rick’s passion for the goaltender’s ever-evolving position easily led to transitioning to a coaching role for highly skilled goaltenders.  In addition to being the goaltending coach for the Nepean Raiders, Rick works with minor hockey teams and associations to develop goaltenders of all ages and calibres through his goaltending school, Goalie Army Academy

 

Jordan Bent- CSCS

A graduate of Brock University, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Jordan started the Strength & Conditioning Program for Varsity Hockey at Brock in 2013.

2017-2018 marks Jordan’s fourth season at the Ontario Hockey Academy where he is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He has also operated his own hockey strength & conditioning business, Hockey Development Training, since 2009.

He played junior hockey for the Cornwall Colts and Woodstock Slammers, University hockey for Brock, and minor pro for the Mississippi Riverkings.

 

Alex Matheson – Video Coach

 

Coming Soon… – Equipment Manager