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Coaching Staff

Fred Harbinson: President/General Manager/Head Coach

2020-21 is the 14th season as head coach of the Penticton Vees for Fred Harbinson, and the third after signing a five-year extension that will see Harbinson at the helm of the Vees through the 2023-2024 season. Through his tenure, Harbinson has compiled a regular-season record of 544-162-17-36-4 (W/L/T/OTL/SOL). Under Harbinson, the Vees have won four Fred Page Cup championships, five BCHL Interior Division championships, a Doyle Cup championship, a Western Canada Cup championship and an RBC Cup National Championship. 

Harbinson has been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career, most recently in the 2015-16 season.  

Steve Cawley: Assistant GM/Coach

After taking a four-year break to coach his son in minor and spring hockey, Steve returns to the Vees for his 7th season. Steve has coached in over 100 BCHL playoff games, including being part of the Vees’ staff that won the 2011-12 RBC Cup National Championship. In addition to his Assistant Coach duties, Steve’s Assistant GM responsibilities primarily focus on scouting and recruiting future Vees players. 

Matt Fraser: Assistant Coach

2020-21 will be Fraser’s fifth season behind the bench with the Vees. Before coaching with the Vees, Fraser played college hockey in Ontario for Georgian College serving as captain and player-coach during his final season. Before college, he played junior hockey in various leagues across the United States and Canada from 2009-2012. Fraser also played a season of Midget AAA hockey for OHA here in Penticton during the 2008-2009 season.

Patrick Sexton: Assistant Coach

Patrick Sexton is a Penticton Vees alumni and returned to the organization for the 2019-20 season to begin his coaching career. As a player, Sexton spent the first three years of his junior career in the CCHL with the Gloucester Rangers and Smiths Falls Bears. Acquired before the 2013-14 season, Sexton stabilized the Vees backend with strong, physical, defensive play. He was named the team’s captain for the 2014-15 season, helping them win the Fred Page Cup. Sexton then graduated junior hockey to the University of Wisconsin where he graduated in the summer of 2019.

Brendon Kerr: Equipment Manager/Athletic Therapist

Brendon enters his eighth season with the Vees, and seventh in the BCHL. Prior to joining Penticton, Kerr spent time with Powell River. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kerr was a part of the 2005 Lakehead University Queen’s Cup Championship team. He took on the role of athletic therapist ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Matt Miller: Video Coach

The 2020-2021 season will be Matt’s 5th season with the Vees. Matt spent the 2012-2016 seasons with the Vees before a three-year tenure with the West Kelowna Warriors as an assistant coach as well as one year as the team’s Assistant General Manager. Matt spent last season as an Assistant Coach with the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL.

Rob McLaughlin: Skating Coach

 Ed Lebler: Consultant

Dave Funk: Chaplain

Alex Welsman: Director of Business Development

The 2020-21 season is Alex’s third season as the Director of Business Development. Before joining the Vees, she worked for the Vancouver Canucks in both the Client Service & Premium Client Service departments. Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University. To discuss how you can partner with the Vees, please contact Alex as follows:

604-377-0781 (Cell)

Laura Carleton: Director of Ticketing & Merchandise

2020-21 marks Laura Carleton’s eighth year with the Vees and her fifth as the Director of Ticketing & Merchandise. Under Laura, the Vees attendance has reached record levels. If you have any questions about tickets, group sales, birthday party bookings, or merchandise contact her below.

250-490-6278 (Cell) | 250-493-8337 (Office)

Trevor Miller: Director of Broadcasting & Communications

The 2020-21 season is the second for Miller as Director of Broadcasting and Communications. After spending three seasons with the Vees organization as a colour analyst from 2013-2016, Miller called games for the West Kelowna Warriors and Trail Smoke Eaters before returning to the South Okanagan. Home & road broadcasts can be heard on EZ Rock AM800 locally, as well as online at

250-486-8805 (Cell) | 250-493-8337 (Office)

Taylor Arkesteyn: Account Executive, Sales & Marketing

The 2020-21 season will be Taylor’s second season with the Vees. Before working with the Vees, she worked for Hockey Canada in Business Development and Partnerships department. To discuss marketing opportunities with the Vees, please contact her below:

250-488-7794 (Cell)

Medical Staff:

Dr. Ross O’Neil: Physician

Danielle Cournoyer: Fascial Stretch Therapists

Dr. Matt Irvine (Penticton Dental): Dentist

Dr. Adam Konanz (Okanagan Chiropractic): Chiropractor

Mike Yates (Dale Charles Physio): Physiotherapist

David Boynton: Team Chiropractor/Neurologist

Scouting Staff:

Mike Rampone: British Columbia

Marty Quarters: Midwest USA

Robert Blaine: Pacific Northwest

Ryan Vieau: Minnesota