Director of Development – Dance
Cheryl started her dance career at the age of 3 training in various styles of dance. She competed for 17 years and has earned multiple awards and scholarships through the years. She has performed at Disney, annually at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo and many other performances throughout the Maritimes. She’s performed with the professional group FreeZone and trained at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.
Cheryl has been teaching competitive level dance to students ages 3-18 for over 18 years. She has extensive training in Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap and Ballet. She earned her British Association of Teachers of Dance Associate Teaching Certificate 12 years ago and follows the ADAPT syllabus to prepare students for examinations.
Cheryl uses her vast knowledge and training to grow dancers as a whole, allowing them to reach their full potential. Her students have won numerous awards and recognition with her choreography and guidance. Cheryl continues to educate herself, traveling throughout Canada and the U.S. participating in competitions, conventions, and workshops.
Director of Development – Hockey
Andre is the Head Coach of the Cole Harbour Wolfpack Major Midget Hockey Club and coached last 2 seasons with the Valley Jr.A and Major Midget Wildcats. Andre has an extensive 15+ year coaching roster including the Maritime Hockey League, Major Midget, and Major Bantam leagues with various teams, at the University level (AUS) with the Saint Mary’s Huskies and has also led a number of minor hockey and spring hockey teams.
Andre has also been a part of the Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) High-Performance Program in various roles for the last 9 seasons and was the Head Coach of the 2017 & 2018 Male U16 teams that went to the QMJHL Gatorade Challenge in Quebec. He was Head Coach of the Male U14 program that took home the gold medal at the Atlantic Challenge Cup in October 2014, Assistant Coach of the Male U16 team that took home silver at the QMJHL Gatorade Challenge in 2015 and Head Coach of the Male U15 team in 2016.
Participating as Guest Coach, Andre held an active role in the 2017 Hockey Canada U17 Program of Excellence in Calgary. In addition to his coaching duties, he also worked as an Atlantic Scout for Val D’Or and Shawinigan in the QMJHL and is presently the Nova Scotia Scout with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
Andre played for the Halifax MacDonalds and Dartmouth Subways winning back to back Atlantic Major Midget titles before being drafted to Val D’or of the QMJHL. He also played with Valleyfield of the LHJAAAQ.
Director of Goaltending Development – Hockey
Jack is the owner/operator of Finngoalie Training, a well established and highly regarded leader in the field or goalie coaching and development. Jack has worked with several teams in the Maritime Junior League, the NS Major Midget and Major Bantam leagues and is currently a goalie consultant to the Narvik Arctic Eagles (Division 1, Norway).
As the Head of Goaltending Development for Bedford Minor Hockey, Jack oversees the development program for one of the largest minor hockey associations in Atlantic Canada. He has also been actively involved as a goaltending coach with the Hockey Nova Scotia (HNS) High-Performance Program for a number of years.
Jack has been selected to the Hockey Canada National Coaches Mentorship Program, and it is noteworthy that he was also selected to Finland’s Mentorship Program for five years as well. He has coached at the U17, U18, U20 Hockey Canada Performance of Excellence Goaltender Camp on multiple occasions.
A sought-after speaker and presenter at conferences throughout North America and Europe, Jack has also been involved with pro and minor pro programs to perform video analysis and teaching with their goaltenders.
Jack currently works with a number of professional goaltenders, in the North American and European leagues, on a year-round basis and is currently instructing three major junior goaltenders who play in the QMJHL. With four years of Junior A in the US, followed by four years of Professional Hockey in Europe, his personal playing experience is equally impressive
Farias Soccer Academy (FSA)
Head of Soccer Development
FSA is the leading private soccer training centre in Nova Scotia, led by Eduardo Farias and Wendy Donaldson. Based out of Bedford, FSA offers training for players and specialty programs for community members. FSA strives to provide young athletes and their families with the proper support, mentorship, and education to pursue soccer at any level.
Whether it is to enjoy the game more fully at the recreational level or to pursue provincial national level opportunities, scholarships or professional soccer, FSA is ready to help athletes take their game to the next level. FSA is renowned for developing elite athletes and enlightening young players of the attitude, behaviors and mental approach to succeed in soccer and more importantly, in life.
For more information on Farias Soccer Academy, please visit www.fariassoccer.com