LEADERSHIP

Rob Sumner – Program Director

The North Vancouver, BC native played five seasons of junior hockey, one in the BCHL and four in the WHL, along with three seasons professionally in the ECHL. Rob’s coaching career began with the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, spending seven years as an Assistant Coach and then seven as Head Coach. Following his time in the WHL, Rob transitioned to an NHL scouting role.  He is currently in his 12th season with the Calgary Flames where he serves as the Assistant Director of Scouting.

Rob and his wife live in Maple Valley, WA and are the proud parents of two teenage boys, one of whom currently plays CSSHL Academy hockey in Canada. Rob’s experience, dedication, and passion for the game has earned him widespread respect in the hockey community.  Seattle-area hockey players looking for an elite student athlete development program will undoubtedly benefit from his knowledge and progressive track record of player development.

 

Tanner Glass – Vice President and Director of Hockey

Tanner is the Vice President and Hockey Director of STAR Hockey Academy. From Saskatchewan, Canada, Tanner played in the NHL for 11 seasons, where he won the President’s Trophy on 2 occasions and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. Tanner’s pathway to the NHL included captaining the Penticton Panthers and Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL as well as Dartmouth College in the NCAA.
 
Tanner works as the Assistant Director of Player Development for the New York Rangers, where he oversees the development of the NHL club’s Western prospects. He and his wife, Emily, have two hockey playing sons.
 

Andrew Howard – U15 Prep Head Coach 

Andrew Howard is entering his first season with STAR Academy!

Previously holding coaching positions with Tier 1 Elite Victory Honda (2022-2024) and the Phoenix Jr Coyotes (2020-2022), Howard also spent time with the NHL Arizona Coyotes as a video coach and scout.

During the 2021-2022 season Howard developed nine WHL draft picks from his Jr Coyotes team.

Additionally, Howard is the current USA scout for the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers and the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the BCHL.

Howard played NCAA hockey at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he was also a member of the men’s lacrosse team.  Over the past four seasons as a coach, Howard has played an integral part of placing players into junior hockey, varying from the WHL to the NAHL as well as the NCAA.

Andrew spends time in the summer volunteering as a coach at the American Hearing-Impaired Hockey Association and Stan Mikita Hockey School for hearing impaired hockey players based in Chicago, IL.

Andrew, his wife Emilee, and two sons Benett and Everett are looking forward to moving to the Pacific Northwest and growing the STAR Hockey Academy experience later this spring.

 

Jamieson McVicar – Skills Development and Assistant Coach 

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Jamieson began his work in hockey and player development six years ago. Starting with coaching the Fargo Freeze, Jamieson has coached youth hockey through the College hockey ranks.

Over the last two seasons, Jamieson has been the Assistant Coach for the Ohio University Bobcats. The team is Nationally ranked in the Top 4 in ACHA D1 and has been to the National semifinals in back-to-back seasons. Additionally, McVicar is completing his master’s degree in Coaching Education at Ohio. Prior to coaching College, Jamieson coached two seasons at Sheyenne High School, taking the team to the State tournament for the first time in program history. His winning pedigree and track record of success is a great asset for STAR and compliments our direction as a newly recognized USA Hockey Tier 1 program.

Jamieson prides himself on his work in player development with high performance players and making transferable game improvements with players both on and off the ice. McVicar’s player development programs have assisted in advancing a multitude of players to success in the AAA, Junior hockey and College seasons. He offers a unique, highly communicative, and fun style of coaching in every session, also representing a new age of skill acquisition combined with a strong work ethic.

We know Jamieson will be a great addition to STAR and benefit all Academy players who will work with him given his knowledge, passion, and persistence in taking players to the highest level in their game.

 

Turner Stevenson – Head Coach, U17 Prep