BUILDING CONFIDENCE, DEVELOPING PROFESSIONALISM AND PRACTICING EXCELLENCE
Rob Short is a former Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey team member; professional field hockey player in The Netherlands; and founder of Rob Short Coaching Academy (RSCA). He understands the dedication it takes to be the absolute best.
Rob is an assistant coach with the National Men's Team.
Rob earned 343 caps playing for Canada. He was Captain of the national team from 2001 to 2008 and retired in 2013. He represented Canada in the following competitions: 2009 member of the World’s XI; a two-time Olympian (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008); two World Cups (1998, 2010); five Pan Am Games; and four Commonwealth Games. He played professional field hockey in the Netherlands for 14 years; Captain of HGC (Euro Hockey League Champions 2010/2011) and named Most Valuable Player in the European Hockey League (EHL) 2011.
During his professional career in The Netherlands, he also worked as a coach/trainer for the ABN-AMRO Hockey Academy and for the HGC women’s first team in the Dutch Overgangsklasse Hockey Competition. He holds a Masters in International Coaching from the Johan Cruyff Institute of Sport in Amsterdam.
Coach/Head of Recruiting
Scott is the current captain of the Men's Canadian National Team. He has recently reached the impressive milestone of playing 250 games for Canada. Scott has played in 2 Olympics, 2 World Cups, 3 Commonwealth Games and numerous Pan American Championships. Scott is a penalty corner specialist.
Scott played professionally in both Germany and Holland. He was champions of German with Club an Der Alster and played in the Euro Hockey League losing in the semi-finals.
Scott's biggest passion away from playing is coaching.He has hopes of one day being a full-time professional field hockey coach and is enjoying his chance to fine-tune his coaching skills with the RSCA athletes and coaches.
Scott's leadership and knowledge of the current game is a huge asset to our Academy.
A big part of Scott's role with RSCA is a focus on College/Univeristy recruiting. Scott is active in networking with coaches and schools and really enjoys finding the right fit for our RSCA athletes.
Offensive Specialist Coach
Mark is also a current member of the men's National Team. Mark is arguably the most dangerous field goal goal-scorer in the country.
Mark also played professionally in Germany also being crowned German Champions with Club an Der Alster. Mark also played pro in the FIH Hockey India League.
He has played in 2 Olympics, 2 World Cups, 3 Commonwealth Games and many Pan American events. He is currently training hard with hopes of qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Mark brings an attacking element to the RSCA coaching team which is a huge benefgit to our young athletes.
Defensive Specialist Coach
Bindi Kullar was also a member of the Canadian Men’s National field hockey team. Bindi played in two Olympics (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008); two World Cups; three Pan American games and two Commonwealth Games.
Bindi was a all-star athlete throughout high-school and earned accolades as one of BC’s best high-school american football and basketball athletes. Field Hockey Canada was very happy that field hockey became the choice of sports for Bindi post-secondary school.
As a coach, Bindi is a defensive specialist. Currently Bindi also coaches his eldest sons team at India Field Hockey Club in Surrey, BC.
Head of Goalkeeping
Antoni Kindler is a world-class goalkeeper who has played for Canada in more than 75 matches. Antoni was selected to represent Canada in 2008 vs USA and has played in Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and a World Cup since this time.
Antoni is graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he played for the Thunderbirds, Kindler has played club hockey for West Vancouver FHC and Canterbury HC in England and now plays for the West Vancouver Millionaires.
Antoni is passionate about his country and the sport which makes him the perfect RSCA goalkeeper coach as his enthusiasm to push youth keepers with dreams of playing for Canada is unmatched.
Meredith Way is an American-born field hockey player who recently finished her Academic and Athletic career at Michigan. During her time in University Mere reached a number of notable achievements such as in her final year being named to the NFHCA All-American third team, the NFHCA West Region first team and the All-Big Ten first team.
Prior to University she played for the U21 USA team and traveled to Argentina.
Thankfully for RSCA Meredith met Canada's captain and RSCA Coach Scott Tupper which has brought her to Canada, and to RSCA.
Richard Hildreth, RSCA's newest member to the coaching staff, is a controlling midfielder who has played more than 175 games for Canada which leaves him as one of the most experienced players on the team currently.
In the last years Richard has been playing in England while studying in London, but also has played in Germany.
Richard is a UBC graduate who brings a studious approach to the game and to the athletes in RSCA. Anotehr great addition to the Academy.
Elliott began playing field hockey at West Vancouver Field Hockey club at age 8. Elliot played varsity field hockey for UBC as well as playing for Canada.
In 2012, Elliott moved on from international hockey to work as an Exercise Rehab Specialist in Vancouver. Elliott subsequently completed a Master’s of Kinesiology and Coaching Science at UBC in 2017. Elliott then moved to the UK to pursue a Master of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. While abroad, Elliott played National league hockey for the Harleston Magpies Hockey Club.
Having completed his physiotherapy degree Elliot is looking forward to working with the RSCA athletes and brings a unique combination of skills to the table, often combining aspects of physiological performance with high-level hockey knowledge
Brandon is a Registered Physical Therapist with an extensive background in sport, movement analysis and motor re-training.
He has personally experienced the ability of physiotherapy to improve performance in all capacities, which ultimately led to his passion for movement.
Brandon combines his experience as an NCAA athlete, his academic training and the hours he has spent working with his clients to find a treatment strategy that will work specifically for each individual.
Brandon has been working extensively within the academy to keep RSCA girls healthy and safe at trainings with our U16 and U18 groups.
Michael (Mike) Mahood is a former member of the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey team; a two-time Olympian (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008); World Cup (Ultrect 1998); three Commonwealth Games; and three Pan Am Games (Pan American Elite team member). In 1999 he was named to the World XI as part of the FIH 75th Anniversary celebrations in Alexandria, Egypt.
Since retiring from the Canadian Men’s National field hockey team in 2008, Mike has spent significant amount of time coaching the Canadian Women’s and Men’s National team goalkeepers; inclusive of coaching the Women’s Junior Canadian National field hockey team to a second place finish at the Junior Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
On the field Mike was known for his aggressive style of play and intensity. As a coach, Mike is a big believer in being both a teacher and a motivator. Intensity and focus are paramount to success in high-level sport and are skills that he teaches from a technical, tactical and psychological perspective.