Sarah Zacharias '08Head Coach and Director of Hockey
Sarah Zacharias is entering her second season as Director of Hockey and Head Coach. Prior to taking the lead of the program, Sarah spent three seasons as the Blazers Assistant Coach and is also a former member of the Prep Program (2007-2008). After graduating from BH in 2008, Sarah took her academic and athletic abilities to play NCAA Division I hockey for the Niagara University Purple Eagles in the CHA’s (2008-2011). In her four years at school, Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and French. Sarah earned a spot on the CHA All-Academic Team in all four years. When Sarah wasn’t playing hockey, or studying for school she spent her time helping coach the Jr. Purple Eagles Program as well as working with SABAH (Special Athletes Big at Heart), an organization that teaches developmentally and physically disabled participants the game of hockey.
After returning to Winnipeg, Sarah began working with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, a non-for-profit organization that teaches fundamental and development hockey to students ages 7-14. Sarah also joined the coaching staff of the MFMHL AAA Winnipeg Ice as the Assistant Coach, primarily working with the Defense and Special Teams units. Sarah worked with the Ice for two seasons before coming back to her alma mater.
Sarah has worked with the U18 Team Manitoba for the past 4 years. As Assistant Coach, Sarah spent two consecutive seasons (2015 and 2016) with Team Manitoba at the National Women’s U18 Championships. In 2015, Sarah guided the team to an impressive showing at the National tournament where they captured a Silver medal in Huntsville, ON. Sarah will be back on the bench as an Assistant Coach with the team as they head to The 2019 Winter Canada Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
Sarah recently completed her High Performance 1 coaching level; she is one of only two females in the province of Manitoba to attain this level of coaching certification. Sarah has participated in many coaching seminars and clinics throughout her coaching career, such as; the Gatorade High Performance Camp in 2015, Dave Cameron's Hockey Development seminar in 2016 and the ACHA Conferences in 2017/2018.
Regan Boulton '09Assistant Coach and Hockey Operations Coordinator
In 2019, Sarah was selected to be one of 30 women in Canada to represent Hockey Canada as part of the Women Master Coach Developer program. The We Are Coaches program is designed to increase the number of trained women coaches in Canada in order to provide women mentors and role models for young participants. Currently, the We Are Coaches program is delivering Coach 1, Coach 2, and Development 1 clinics to women across the country.
Regan Boulton, former alumnae of the BH Prep Program (2007-2009) and Team Manitoba (2009) is entering her second season as the Blazers Assistant Coach. After graduating from Balmoral Hall in 2009, Regan went on to play NCAA division I hockey for the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the ECAC (2009-2013). She spent four successful seasons with the bobcats, some of Regan’s accomplishments include; being selected for the ECAC second and third team all-stars in two consecutive seasons, New England all-star team, earning the most points by a defenseman in Quinnipiac history (77 points in 138 games), ECAC All-Academic team for three years, and captaining the Bobcats her senior year. Regan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice while also volunteering her time to various organizations throughout Hamden, CT.
After university, Regan was not ready to hang up the skates. She was offered a professional hockey contract in Vienna, Austria where she spent two years playing for the Vienna Sabres in the Austrian League, Elite Women’s Hockey League (EWHL), and European Cup Champions tournaments. Over the course of two years, Regan scored 30 goals, 51 assists for a total of 81 points in 34 EWHL regular season games and ended up with a plus/minus of +117. Regan was also named an EWHL All-Star for 2013/14 and 2014/15. During her down time in Vienna, Regan was an English tutor and volunteer coach for the Vienna Tigers U-10 boys team.
Following her return home from Europe, Regan joined the coaching staff of the AAA Midget Yellowhead Chiefs of the MFMHL during the 2015-2016 season. As an Assistant Coach, she predominately worked with the defense. That season, the Chiefs went on to win the provincial title for the first time in program history.
In 2019, Regan was named an Assistant Coach of Team Manitoba at the National Women’s U18 Championships. During the tournament, Regan was in charge of running the defence as well as the power play. Also in 2019, she was selected to be one of 30 women in Canada to represent Hockey Canada as part of the Women Master Coach Developer program. The We Are Coaches program is designed to increase the number of trained women coaches in Canada in order to provide women mentors and role models for young participants. Currently, the We Are Coaches program is delivering Coach 1, Coach 2, and Development 1 clinics to women across the country.
Regan has completed her High Performance 1 coaching level and is in the process of being evaluated.