Our Staff

Shiaz Virjee
Shiaz Virjee Head Coach, Technical Director

Coaching Expertise: With the enviable record of most wins and highly successful Canadian Men’s Team coach over 7 years, Shiaz was Head Coach at Olympic & World Cup, achieving the best ever finish for Canadian men at World Cup in 8th place. During his success laden years as national coach, Shiaz coached at many international events including Pan Am Games (Gold & Silver medal), Commonwealth Games, Gold Cup Australia – 1st Place, World XI Coach. Shiaz resigned as coach of University of British Columbia Men’s Team after 13 years in 2015, having won league and playoff titles for several years and then coached the Vancouver Hawks women’s Premier and Division 1 teams for two years. Shiaz has conducted coaching courses in over dozen countries around the world on behalf of FIH. He is the only Canadian coach to have coached another national team in international competition in Champions Challenge and European Cup Championships. Shiaz also coached the Canadian Women’s U21 & U23 Teams in international competition.

Qualifications Held: World Academy of Sport Certified Trainer, FIH High Performance Coach, NCCP Level 4 Certified

Playing Experience: Played at National Level in Kenya and more recently enjoying recreational hockey when possible.

Get to Know the Coach: When not coaching hockey, Shiaz loves to travel and play golf or at least follow the ball on the golf course!

Andrew Schouten
Andrew Schouten Head Coach, Tour Director

Coaching Expertise: Polar Bears Head Coach since 2012 and Polar Bears Assistant Coach and Academy Coach since 2006. Andrew managed the Men’s National Team for 3 years. The events included the World Cup (Delhi, India – 2010), Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India – 2011) Pan-American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico – 2011) Champions Challenge (South Africa) and numerous other training and competition tours. Current coaches at Crofton House High School and has led the Senior Team to 4 AA Provincial Championships. Andrew is a former Provincial BC Coach and Vancouver Hawks Club Coach.

Qualifications Held: NCCP Level 3

Playing Experience: Andrew is a former Provincial BC Senior Athlete and also played at the University of British Columbia while earning his bachelor’s degree.

Get to Know the Coach: When Andrew is not on the field coaching or planning training or tours, he enjoys racing triathlons, playing ice hockey, boating and fishing. Andrew spends his free time working on new business ideas or relaxing on the ocean during the summer months.

Steph Gardiner
Steph GardinerCoach

Coaching Expertise: Polar Bears U14 US National Festival Head Coach, Polar Bears Academy, University of Maine Summer Camp Coach, Vancouver Hawks Club Coach

Qualifications Held: NCCP Level 1 Certified

Playing Experience: Canadian Women’s National Team Member (2012-2014), University of Maine Full-Ride Scholarship (2008-2012), Vancouver Hawks Premier

Get to know the coach: I love spending my time on the Sunshine Coast or at the movies!

Arif Virjee
Arif VirjeeCoach

Coaching experience:

  • Polar Bears Field Hockey (2014-present)
  • Won the U15 club championships and U16 junior league
  • Roskill Eden Div. 1 women in Auckland, New Zealand when I was playing club hockey there (2014-2016) – undefeated regular season in 2016
  • coached the Crofton House Senior 2 team for 3 years (2017-2019)
  • Coached the U18, U12 girls and U14 boys at Club Egara (Barcelona, Spain) while playing for Egara (2016-2017)
  • FIH Level 1 coach

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts from UBC

Playing experience:

  • UBC Thunderbirds
  • Canadian U21 and Senior National Team
  • Club Egara (Spain)
  • Roskill-Eden (Auckland)
  • WASPS (Perth)

Get to Know the Coach: Keen sports fan and enjoys playing golf.

Paul (Bubli) Chohan
Paul (Bubli) ChohanCoach

Coaching experience:

  • Polar Bears Field Hockey (2021-present)
  • FHBC Coach for over 20 years
  • Assistant Junior Women’s National Team for 2 years
  • Assistant to Canadian Men’s Team Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Qualifications: NCCP Level 3 Coach

Playing experience:

  • 3 Olympic Games
  • Most capped players in Canada
  • 3 World Cups
  • 6 Pan Am Games

Get to Know the Coach: Continues to play at field hockey and spectator for his 2 boys activities

Oliver Scholfield
Oliver ScholfieldCoach

Coaching experience:

  • Polar Bears Field Hockey (2013-present)
  • Vancouver Hawks Men’s B Team
  • UBC Men’s JV Team 2013-2015

Qualifications:

Playing experience:

  • Tokyo Olympic Games 2021
  • Canadian men’s National Team 2015-present

Get to Know the Coach: Loves being at the beach or in the ocean

Hamish Love
Hamish LoveCoach

Coaching experience:

  • Polar Bears Field Hockey (2018-present)
  • Vancouver Hawks 2006-2013

Qualifications: NCCP Level 1 Coach

Playing experience:

  • Canadian Junior National Team – gold medal
  • Vancouver Hawks Premier – 2012-present
  • UBC Premier 2007-2012

Get to Know the Coach: Enjoys outdoor activities and has a passion for golf!

Natalie Sourisseau
Natalie SourisseauCoach
Qualifications: National Team Captain – World Cup and Commonwealth Games 2022
Sara Goodman
Sara GoodmanCoach
Qualifications: National Team – World Cup and Commonwealth Games 2022
Madison Thompson
Madison ThompsonCoach
Qualifications: National Team – World Cup and Commonwealth Games 2022
Birkley Anderson
Birkley AndersonCoach
Qualifications: NCCP Level 1 Certified
Zac Coombs
Zac CoombsCoach
Qualifications: Men’s National Team goalie
Tyler Morey
Tyler MoreyCoach
Qualifications: Bachelors of Kinesiology, 4 years Personal Training, UBCO Varsity Soccer, National Track Athlete, Licensed First Responder, 3 years of youth sport coaching
Making quality players

Recent Testimonials

Choosing to move our daughter from the local program to Polar Bears Field Hockey was the best decision we made in regards to her development as a player.  Competition level and the speed of the game at this level pushed players to grow.  Dedicated and knowledgeable coaching from Shiaz and Arif allowed our daughter to develop her skills which has now led her to achieve her goal of attending an NCAA Div 1 school in the fall of 2022.  Shiaz’s experience in dealing with post-secondary schools was pivotal in the decision making process.  A big thanks to Shiaz, Arif and the Polar Bears Program!

Colleen & Taka – Parents of Taylor Katsube, NCAA Div. 1 committed - Class of 2022

Polar Bears have exceptional coaches who are not only professional, but care about their players. Their expertise in coaching brings out the best in players, as they are supportive as well as encouraging through every step of the way. Russem got the opportunity to play varsity level field hockey because she was able to be apart of such an amazing environment that allowed her to develop her skills to the best of her abilities.

Kuljit & Parminder Gill - Parents of Russem Thind, University of British Columbia

Shiaz, Andrew & the Polar Bears program have been a fantastic part of our daughter’s field hockey development. They have been supportive and encouraging throughout, from starting as a Cub to giving her the opportunity to play Premier Division field hockey, preparing her for varsity field hockey. Shiaz was incredibly helpful with guidance about the different university programs, and seems to know every coach out there! We’ll always be grateful for the advice & help with university programs. Thank you Shiaz, Andrew, Arif & Polar Bears!

Jennifer Baird & Leith Dewar , Parents of Jocelyn Dewar- St. Andrews University class of 2023

Shiaz and Arif absolutely live for field hockey! Their passion for the game is endless and a lifetime of experience is truly evident on and off the field. Their love for the game creates a dynamic atmosphere and the players are always fully engaged.

Shiaz’s insight with the post-secondary recruitment process over the last few years has been instrumental in guiding us through the process of our daughter’s field hockey career. He was with us step by step and it made things so much easier for us. We are so happy to be part of the Polar Bears Family.

Kim & Sinder Gill – Parents of Avani Gill #16, University of Maine 2021

Choosing the Polar Bears program was a pivotal moment for our family. Shiaz and Arif embraced Saylor and were crucial in her development as an athlete and as a young woman (which is too often taken for granted).

The commitment on and off the field by the coaches, and senior Polar Bears players, was instrumental in developing the skills and mindset to achieve her goal of playing NCAA Div. 1 school. Having just returned from watching my daughter play for University of Maine Black Bears in her rookie season, I could not be more proud of my daughter and thankful to Shiaz, Arif and the entire club for truly enabling her to achieve this goal. The experience of playing for the Polar Bears in the Premier Division was priceless for Saylor to experience the game at speed and made transition smooth to Div. 1

Finally, I would personally like to thank Shiaz for his support of Saylor, and her parents , throughout the university recruitment process. We could not have done it without you.

I strongly encourage anyone looking at the Polar Bears program to join the club even if the drive is long (we were from Port Moody) as it was completely worth it!

Nick Kuefler , Saylor's dad - 2023 U18 Polar Bears