The Purcell Hockey Academy (PHA) leadership team includes core and adjunct staff and advisors dedicated to the growth and development of each PHA participant. Learn more about our world-class team of professionals below.



Head Coach, U18 Female Prep

Born and raised in Ukraine, Valeriia (Val) started her sports career playing hockey with a Kharkiv boys’ AAA program which was known for its unique skating school. A multi-sport athlete, Val also excelled in both boxing and karate, winning world championships in both sports.  She has played professional hockey in the USA and, in 2024, she led Ukraine to the IIHF Division II championship as captain of her team and leading scorer in the tournament.

Val runs a hockey skills development and mentoring program called Infinite Edge and Power and is a skills development coach/evaluator for College Hockey Showcases in the US and Europe.  Her work for CHS includes scouting and evaluation for NCAA coaches.

Val’s specialty is the individual growth and development of the players she coaches and trains including NCAA and professional players.  While she is particularly focused on edge work and power skating, her overall approach encompasses all aspects of player development.  Val’s coaching experience includes the U16 and U19 Steelheads program in Idaho as well as the Boise Fireblades, a team she led to the state championship.

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Associate Coach

Megan grew up in Kimberley, BC. At 15 years of age, she left home to attend a hockey academy in Alberta. Following that, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Ohio State University (OSU) where she played four years of NCAA Division I hockey as a defenseman in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). While at OSU, Megan was a four-time Varsity Letter Winner and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, making the Dean’s List in her senior year. Other accolades and achievements included making the WCHA All-Academic Team three times, being an All-Big 10 Academic selection, and receiving the OSU Most Improved Player Award in her freshman year.

Following her graduation from OSU, Megan spent a year at Buffalo State College as the Assistant Coach of the women’s hockey team before spending two seasons in Sweden where she played for and was Assistant Coach of Ormsta HC. She was also the Head Coach of SDE Junior Hockey.

Megan’s coaching philosophy is rooted in cultivating a positive, productive environment that is safe, supportive and fun. She emphasizes skill development, tactical understanding, and personal growth, ensuring players improve in all facets of the game. Her overarching goal is to support the development of skilled, confident, and well-rounded hockey players who embody the values of respect, integrity, and teamwork on and off the ice.

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Assistant Coach

Caytlyn is a member of the Ktunaxa Nation, born and raised in the Yaqan Nuʔkiy Community near Creston, BC where she grew up playing hockey.  She started playing at age 5 and began officiating hockey at the age of 12. Growing up in Creston during the winter meant being on the outdoor rink in the front yard, being at the rink at 7 am or on the road traveling to play her own games or watching my brothers.  Playing hockey brought Caytlyn some of her best memories and and most important friendships while growing up. Because there was no girls hockey in Creston, Caytlyn played on boys’ teams her entire childhood.

As an adult, Caytlyn was provided with the opportunity to apply her playing and officiating experience to a coaching role the Female Development Program in Cranbrook, BC during the 2020/21 hockey season. This position allowed her combine her love of hockey and her passion for teaching (Caytlyn is a BC-certified teacher and member of Purcell Collegiate’s teaching faculty) with her desire to be a role model, particularly for Indigenous girls.

Caytlyn looks forward to continuing to share her expertise, passion, and teaching ability with PHA players, both on and off the ice.

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Senior International Hockey Advisor

Harry Rosenholtz was the Associate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator for Women’s Ice Hockey at Yale University and Quinnipiac University for 12 years. In addition to recruiting Olympic players he coached many All-ECAC and All-Ivy League performers.

He has recruited or coached more Hockey Humanitarian finalists (including two winners) than any coach in history. He worked with USA Hockey for many years as a goaltending specialist and continues to consult for junior programs on overall skill development, team building and game strategy.

After coaching in the NCAA, Coach Rosenholtz became the head coach for the Spanish U18 and Senior National Teams, winning several consecutive gold medals and elevating the U18 team to Division 1 in the IIHF rankings.
He has also served as the International Advisor for Team Japan for several years and works closely with the French Federation and has consulted for other IIHF organizations.

Coach Rosenholtz has given hundreds of presentations throughout North America and Europe about the NCAA recruiting process, providing information and insight into what student-athletes must do to be successful on and off the ice. Because he understands the entire process from a coach’s perspective and knows what is important for them to have a successful hockey academy experience, he has been able to mentor hundreds of players and has helped many receive athletic and academic scholarships to NCAA and USports universities.

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