COACHES for the 2020-2021 Season


The strength of our programs is based on the excellence and professionalism of our coaching staff. Our Women's and Men's Head coaches have been selected as Most Valuable Coaches (MVC) at the Canadian National Club Championships (NCC).  


The single greatest thing that sets the Pacific Storm Water Polo club apart from other water polo clubs is our coaches. Storm coaches have a way of bringing out the best in kids in a way that helps them reach their full potential. Storm boasts the highest coach to athlete ratio in the province with a coaching staff that is made up of a Canadian National Team Coaches and former National Team players. 


John Stocksdale - Coaching Development Mentor,Goalie Coach and Assistant Coach 19U Boys

John or “JC” is one of the most experienced Water Polo Coaches in Canada having coached for 35 years at almost every different level from Bantam to Senior in a variety of different programs including recreational, competitive, Team B.C., collegiate level and senior levels.  John’s love of the sport stems from his own 10 years playing the game for both the Coquitlam Lions and SFU and the Sr. Men’s Nationals in 1974 and 1975.   He has his Level 3 NCCP Coaching Certification and is one of the few Course Conductors in B.C. qualified to certify coaches. John is committed to supporting our athletes in their quests for university play, becoming National Team members and creating future leaders for B.C.’s water polo community.

Nikola, or Nik as he's usually known, has a history rich in water polo and is absolutely passionate about the sport. Nik has a long term vision for the players, and the teams of Pacific Storm!   Nik has been recognized as NDPL coach of the year and the Most Valuable Coach (MVC) at NCC tournaments! His goals are to promote the development of players of all ages to ensure they are well positioned to compete successfully at NDPL tournaments and eventually capture positions on Canada's National Team.

Sam Donoghue - Head Coach 16U Girls and 19U Girls

Sam started playing water polo in 2001 with the North Vancouver Cruisers and then played for Pacific Storm. During his time with Pacific Storm, he made Team BC, played in the National Championships as well as the NDPL finals, and then went to play in Croatia with Hvk Jadran Neum. In 2012, Sam started coaching with Pacific Storm and has been named most valuable coach twice at 14U Western Finals. Sam has high hopes for this season and is looking forward to coaching the 16U and 19U Girls teams.

Connor Hughes - Assistant Coach 14U and 12U Co-ed

Connor is a former Storm athlete who started playing waterpolo at age 8 with the North Van Cruisers. He has played with U19 NCL, trained with several Junior national teams, and played for a year at school in California. Along with coaching Storm U14 girls, he is attending SFU. Connor, who has trained both U12 and U14 girls, is looking forward to both another year of improvement and success in the pool and fostering a supportive team environment for our budding athletes.   

Erica Marquez - Assistant Coach 14U Girls and 12U Co-ed

Simon Wu - Assistant Coach 14U Boys and 12U Co-ed

Bear Fraser - Assistant Coach 14U Boys and 12U Co-ed

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