Coaching Staff

At CIH Academy, all of our head coaches have considerable experience playing and coaching hockey. From minor hockey to the pros, our coaches have learned to nurture and grow their athletes. CIH Academy's Head Coaches are all High Performance 1 certified. For a more in-depth look at each of our head coaches experience, view their profiles below.

Andre Savage

Hockey Director 

With extensive experience in the NHL, AHL, NCAA, DEL Germany, and Swedish Elite league, André brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the CIHA coaching staff. André joined CIHA in 2012 and is currently the Hockey Director and Head Coach for the Voyageurs Midget AAA White team. He brings a winning attitude and demonstrates true leadership. His focus on the development and attention to details brings out the best in the young hockey players both on and off the ice.

Career Highlights 
  • NHL – Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers (66 games)
  • AHL – Providence Bruins, Manitoba Moose, Philadelphia Phantoms, Hershey Bears, San Antonio Rampage (412 games)
  • DEL (Germany Professional Hockey League) – Nuremberg Ice Tigers (193 games)
  • Swedish Elite League – Malmo Red Hawks (39 games)
  • NCAA – Michigan Tech University (149 games)
  • Calder Cup Champion (AHL) - Providence Bruins, 1999

Alain Raymond

Head Coach U18 Prep
Head Instructor - CIHA Summer Hockey Camps

Alain Raymond continues to build on his impressive resume as a hockey educator. Prior to joining CIH Academy, Alain worked with the Hull Olympiques and the Team Quebec U-17 Program who finished 4th at the 2001 World Championships. Alain also spent time as the Program Director and Head Coach of a successful Major Midget organization in Chicago. Alain’s playing career has taken him from the CJHL and OHL where he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1982 to a lengthy career in Europe where he earned accolades such as capturing a World Championship for the Dutch National Team in 1999.

Career Highlights
  • Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, 10th round, 200th overall in 1982
  • Dutch National Team – World Champions, 1999
  • Holland Division I - Assen, Nijmegen, Heerenveen, Geleen (630 games)
  • Elite League Finland – Saipa Lappeerranta, SM Liiga 
  • OJHL – Whitby Lawmen (38 games)
  • OHL – Niagara Falls Flyers, North Bay Centennials, Windsor Spitfires (192 games)
  • Hull Olympiques Assistant Coach (QMJHL) - 2001-2002
  • Team Quebec U17 Assistant Coach, 2001-2002
  • Program Director at Vikings Youth Hockey Organiztion (Illinois) 2006-2010

Ryan Lauzon

Head Coach U17 Prep

Prior to joining CIHA, Ryan was an Assistant Coach for Ottawa University Men's Hockey Team, a scout for 2 years for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL and 2 years with Top Draft Sports Management in Ottawa. 
Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective on the game due to his scouting background. His experience will allow him to develop our student-athletes and pinpoint exactly what it takes to make it to the next level.

Career Highlights
  • Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes, 4th Round, 116th Overall in 1999
  • AHL - Springfield Falcons (44 games)
  • ECHL - Mississippi Sea Wolves, Augusta Lynx (123 games)
  • CIS - St. Mary's University (56 games)
  • QMJHL - Hull Olympiques (35 games)
  • Memorial Cup Champion (CHL) - Hull Olympiques, 1997
  • Presidents Cup Champion (QMJHL) - Hull Olympiques, 1997
  • Ottawa University Men's Hockey Assistant Coach - 2016-2017
I loved my time at CIH Academy and am very grateful for the coaches and hard work ethic I learned there. The development and time spent working on my individual skills has allowed me to reach my goals. 

- Jasper Weatherby
   (CIHA Alum)

Jason Zhang B.Sc., CAT(C)

Jason is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Sports First Responder. His love of sports and fitness was what inspired him to pursue his current career path. Throughout his career, he has worked with athletes and clients from all walks of life, from the gridiron to the weekend warriors. His passion is studying movement patterns and bridging the gap between how you move and how you want to move. This coupled with manual therapy and an individualized exercise program will elevate your game and quality of life to wherever your finish line is. 

Chris Schwarz, B.Sc. Kin. R.Kin

Strength and Conditioning Coach

With over 20 years’ experience working with athletes of all ages and levels of competition and specializing in coaching and rehabilitating elite professional and amateur athletes, Chris is one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the country. 

Chris oversees all off-ice workouts and gives seminars throughout the year. His staff at Fitquest are here daily to deliver the workouts under Chris' guidance.

Career Highlights:
  • Ottawa Senators former NHL head strength and conditioning coach
  • New York Islanders former NHL head strength and conditioning coach
  • Ottawa 67s former head strength and conditioning coach
  • Over 20 years’ training and rehabilitating athletes from the NHL, OHL, NCAA, CFL, CIS, and National Team
  • Over 15 years’ experience working clinically as an exercise therapist
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Dalhousie
  • Registered Kinesiologist and Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Authority (OKA)
  • Former Division 1 Professional Volleyball Player in France and Belgium & CIS Men’s Volleyball ‘All-Canadian’

   "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate CIH Academy and the coaching staff for their hard work and success in developing River for the past two years. The results of him being selected (Top 30 Aboriginal Skaters) shows the professionalism of the CIH Academy development program."

Sam Gull, Parent