Meet the exceptional academy coaches
RICHARD WHITE - Regional Director
Coach White is the Regional Director of the BCPFA Lower Mainland North Regional Football Academy. He will also be Linebacker Coach for the academy and Head Coach for U16 Team BC in 2021. Coach White comes with years of experience as a University player, CFL player, High School and Community Coach, and as a football parent.
4 years Simon Fraser University
4 years Saskatchewan Roughriders
1 year BC Lions
35 years coaching High School and Community Football
Attended 5 provincial championships, winning 3
Head coach at the International and National level for other elite sports.
holds a NCCP Level Coaching Certificate and a NCCP Comp Dev Certificate.
MIKE PAULS - Running Back Coach
Coach Pauls played for Simon Fraser University from 1982-85, and was then drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986 and Calgary Stampeders in 1987. He has coached U16 Team BC and was the Head Coach at FBU for the U13 Team BC in Seattle. His team has won seven provincial championships and many players have gone on to play at the university level across Canada and the US. "Coach Mike" has been married for 31 years, has three fantastic kids and is a dentist in Vancouver.
He has completed his National Level 3 Coaching and is now excited to coach the running backs in the Lower Mainland Regional Academy.
DAVID GILLIS- Reciever Coach
Coach Gillis played for both the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Washington Huskies and now works with student athletes as a regional event director with the NCAA. Currently the Westside Warriors Midget Head Coach, Coach Dave, believes in proactive coaching and that by using our brains and our heart we can always put our athletes in a place where they can be successful.
RYAN JENSEN - Quarterback Coach
Coach Jensen is a Handsworth Secondary School Alumni. He was the league's "leading yards passing Quarterback" during the 2019 BC Provincial High School season. He then moved on to play for the CJFL Langley
Rams from 2019-2020. He is currently the Offensive Coordinator for the Handsworth Royals Football Team.
Coach Jensen is very excited to be working with the regional academy and the quarterback prospects. He brings a fresh player's perspective of football, since recently coming off the grid iron as an active player at an elite level.
BILL DYER - Offensive Line Coach
Coach Dyer has been involved in football for over 15 years, starting with the Gordon Sturtridge League (GSL) on the North Shore, throughout high school, and then at Simon Fraser University. He is an experienced O-Line coach with his Level 1 NCCP certification.
DAVID HOLLINSHEAD - Quarterback Coach
Coach Hollinshead is the head Coach for the West Vancouver Secondary Highlanders. He has previously split his time between the CJFL Langley Rams and Chilliwack Huskers.
JAY PREPCHUK - Quarterback Coach
Coach Prepchuk played football at Handsworth Secondary, and then received a football scholarship to play Quarterback for Simon Fraser University. He set 16 school passing records. He has tried-out for the Saskatwean Roughriders and played for Vancouver Meralomas. As a successful high school coach at RC Palmer, Vancouver College, Windsor and Handsworth Secondary, he has won 4 high school championships. Coach Prepchuk was Head Coach at UBC from 1999-2001, and then UBC QB Coach from 2016-2018. He is currently the QB Coach at SFU. He has coached many All Star and Team BC teams, and is looking forward to working with players in the Academy.
MITCH BARNETT- Linebackers Coach
Hi all, my name is Mitch Barnett and I am a North Vancouver native. I graduated from Handsworth Secondary School in 2011 where I was afforded the opportunity to continue my football career at Simon Fraser University. After redshirting my first year, I enjoyed a starting position as the team's
outside linebacker for the following 3 years. I transferred to the University of British Columbia in 2015 and was fortunate enough to be a part of the national championship team. The following year I was drafted into the Canadian Football League where I have spent the last 5 years as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as well as the BC Lions. I firmly believe that perseverance and a relentless pursuit of excellence can overcome talent and I look forward to instilling these beliefs in the linebackers that I coach.
MILAN BOLJUNCIC - Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Coach Boljuncic started coaching high school football while
playing at Simon Fraser University. After he finished playing at the University level, Coach Boljuncic focused on coaching high school football. He has been a head coach at all levels - Bantam, Junior Varsity and Senior Varsity for over 30 years, and has won championships at all 3 levels. During his coaching career, has had the opportunity to mentor a number of players who have gone on to university and professional careers. He currently teaches at Argyle Secondary school, has been the Head Coach of the Varsity team and is currently the head coach of the Junior Varsity team.
NIC HAUKA - Defensive Back Coach
Coach Nic Hauka started playing football at New Westminster Secondary from 2012-2016. After graduating, he coached the youth program until 2018. Coach Hauk now coaches at Sullivan Heights Secondary, where he is Head Coach of the Junior Varsity team and Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity team. He is looking forward to working with players in the Academy.
DAVED BENEFIELD - Defensive Back Coach
Coach Benefield comes from the home of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He was a true free-safety for Glendale College, and was an All-Conference outside-linebacker for Cal State Northridge leading his team with as an impact playing rookie. His first game he was awarded the game ball with the then Ottawa Rough Riders. He signed to the BC Lions, and the next year signed with the San Francisco 49ers. After an injury ended his NFL career, he came back to Canada to continue his perennial CFL all-star ways.
1999 CFL defensive player of the year
Defensive MVP, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFL record holder
2000 GreyCup Champion
FBU Coach 2 yrs
NIKE Football Coach 2yrs
Langley Rams coach, position coach, quality control
UBC Coach position coach, and quality control
Team BC, International co-Defensive Coordinator
VC defensive analyst and position coach
Blue-Grey All American Games, recruiter, position coach
I am lucky to have had such highly respected coaches, and be part of their coaching lineage. Being a student of the game is more than having a great forty time; it's being able to understand and execute the concept of the coaches' plan.
JAY BAILEY - Quarterback Coach
Coach Jay played 8 years at Westside Warriors, winning a provincial championship in his senior midget year. He then played 4 seasons at the University of Western Ontario under Larry Haylor, the CIS’s winningest coach at the time and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. At Western, Jay was part of several championship teams including 2 Yates Cups, 1 Churchill Bowl, 1 Atlantic Bowl, and 1 Vanier Cup National Championship. Jay has coached at Westside Warriors for the past seven years and is dedicated to helping BC’s aspiring football players become the best players they can be.