Justin is currently in his 3rd professional season playing for the Quad City Mallards in the ECHL Justin led the 2016-2017 Mallards team in scoring with 60 points in 68 games. Prior to turning pro Justin was a standout for Western Michigan University scoring 76 points in 129 games winning a CCHA Championship during his freshman season. "Kovacs brings a very unique, natural skill level to the WM Pro Coaching Staff that are players with thrive from. His high-end talent is unmatched when it comes to youth camp coaches and we're very lucky to have his on our staff." - Ben Warda
West Michigan Pro Hockey School is very proud to be one of the few hockey schools to have a personal dietitian on staff and available at all of our camp locations to work with our players and help teach us the proper ways to fuel our bodies. Nanette received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University in 1995. During this time she completed her coordinated undergraduate program at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She has been commissioned on the Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association since 1995, and is also a member of the American Dietetic Association. Nanette is the founder of her practice Nutrition First, and is engaged as the Director of Dietetics at UnaSource Comprehensive Weight Loss Center in Troy, Michigan.
Shane is currently in his 4th professional season after re-signing with the Toledo Walleye in the ECHL. Shane lead the 2016-2017 Walleye team in scoring with 86 points in just 70 games breaking the all-time single season team record for assists with 68. Prior to turning pro, Shane had a very successful college career at Western Michigan University amassing 117 points in 146 games played, winning a CCHA Championship during is sophomore season, while serving as an assistant captain his senior year. "Berschbach brings an elite skill level and playmaking ability to the WM Pro Staff. Our players at camp will improve tremendously while working with him as he has been a consistent scorer at the highest levels." - Ben Warda
Our staff is entirely made up of professional hockey players and coaches ONLY! The players at our camps will receive one-on-one coaching from staff members who have been there and know what it takes to succeed at the highest levels including representation from the top professional leagues in Europe, East Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League, and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference! Staff bios and pictures are located below.
Lukas is entering in his second professional season playing for the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL. Lukas spent the 2016-2017 as the starting goalie for the Eagles winning the Kelly Cup ECHL Championship during his rookie season. Prior to turning pro Lukas played his college hockey for Western Michigan University (NCHC). During his career at WMU, Lukas has appeared in 86 games holding a career save percentage of .909% with 8 shutouts while winning a CCHA Championship during his freshman season. "Hafner is a tremendous asset to the WM Pro Staff as he will be working one-on-one with our goaltenders at camp. His training methods will show them what it takes to become an elite goalie and succeed at the highest levels." - Ben Warda
Coach Warda is currently a scout for the Ottawa 67s in the Ontario Hockey League focusing on Detroit area prospects after retiring from professional hockey in 2017. Ben spent the previous 4 years playing professionally overseas in Germany for EC Peiting in the German Oberliga. Prior to turning pro, Ben played two years of Jr. A hockey for the St. Louis Bandits in the North American Hockey League under current Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper (NHL), winning back-to-back national championships while leading the team in scoring his second season. Ben received a scholarship to Michigan State University (BIG10) where he played his freshman season before transferring to Western Michigan University (NCHC) where he completed his college career from 2010-2013 under coaches Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings NHL) and Andy Murray (LA Kings & St. Louis Blues NHL), winning a CCHA championship in 2011.
"I've had the privilege to play for some special coaches throughout my career. These people have inspired me to give back and teach the game that I love. Working with young hockey players is a true passion of mine and I'm very excited to help you advance your game to the highest level!"
- Ben Warda
Along with joining our staff at WM Pro, Dave is also currently the Assistant Coach for the Salman Arm SilverBacks Jr. A team in the BCHL in Canada. Previously Dave spent 2 seasons as the Director of Player Development for the Western Michigan University Bronco hockey team (NCHC). Prior to beginning his coaching career, Dave played 3 seasons of Junior hockey for Salmon Arm leading the team in scoring his last two years while serving as team captain during his final season. He received a scholarship to Western Michigan University (NCHC) where he played from 2011-2014 winning a CCHA Championship in 2011. "Killip brings Division 1 College hockey coaching experience to our staff and provides tremendous opportunities for our players at camp to be able to show their talents to such a high-end recruiter. As a player Dave also brings a very high hockey IQ level and ability to the WM Pro Staff." - Ben Warda
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