Vancouver College Fighting Irish
Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator
Born in Seattle, Washington, Coach Bernett attended Eastern Washington University where he quarterbacked the Eagles for two seasons as a starter. He joined the teaching staff at Vancouver College in 1999 and is in his 19th season as Head Coach. In 2009, he moved into the #1 position in career wins for a Fighting Irish Head Coach. Todd’s wife, Andrea, is also a teacher at VC and a General Manager of Athletics. They live in Vancouver with their children, Keon & Mya.
Coach Smith is commencing his 6th season with the Varsity team, coaching linebackers. He was a member of the Class of 2010 and was a starting LB on the 2008 and 2009 Irish teams.
Ron is starting his 5th season coaching at Vancouver College, but he is a veteran coach who has been involved in pretty well all levels of football in the province of B.C. He was the Head Coach at John Oliver High School for over thirty years and guided the Jokers to several playoff victories and a Provincial Championship in 1992. He has been the Defensive Coordinator for Team B.C. on four different occasions winning Gold in 1994 and medaling in every other year. Lately Coach Turner has been coaching at the university level, at U.B.C for three years and at Simon Fraser for nine years during which time he coached several Defensive Linemen who moved on to the C.F.L. Ron and his wife, Dianne, have two grown daughters.
Coach Benefield is in his 5th season with the Fighting Irish coaching staff. He is a native of
Pasadena, California, where he attended Cal State Northridge. He was nominated all conference, outside linebacker setting a record for interceptions with 8 in one year. He played 14 years of professional football including a year with the San Francisco 49ers, where he led the team in sacks in the preseason. He has won a Grey Cup with the BC Lions in 2000.
Coach Laventure is starting his 5th season as an Irish coach. He is a member of the VC class of 2012 and started on the Varsity team in both his junior and senior year and was a part of the 2010 Provincial Championship team. He went on the play football at both the University of Saskatchewan and UBC.
A graduate of 2016, Regan will begin his 4th season coaching with the Irish after having coached with the Gr. 8 team in the fall of 2016. Regan was a staring WR for the Irish in 2014 and 2015, and is currently in his 4th year of studies at UBC.
A graduate of Sir Winston Churchill High School and the University of British Columbia, Rick has been a fixture in the Irish locker room since 1993. He has served as trainer, equipment manager, chief handyman and great friend to a generation of Irish football players. He is a former trainer of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team and has also worked for the Canadian National Soccer team. Rick and his wife, Patty, live in Vancouver with their daughter, Alexa.
Mr. Bevacqua is commencing his fourth year as Principal of Vancouver College. He has been a teacher, Vice Principal, Principal and Associate Superintendent. In addition to his regular duties as an administrator, he an Adjunct Professor at St. Mark’s College (on the UBC Campus) in the Master’s in Educational Leadership Program, teaching courses in instructional and organizational leadership. Mr. Bevacqua has also worked with the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Canada serving on various ad hoc committees and various school accreditation teams. He has coached football – as a linebackers and running back positional coach as well as a defensive co-ordinator. He and his wife Carla, live in Vancouver with daughters, Mia, Jenna and Joya.
Mrs. Prout-Bernett is in her 19th year at Vancouver College and teaches science and religion in the senior school. Andrea is also the campus Minister. She has been a critical part of the Irish football program since her arrival, coordinating registration, travel and game days. She holds a B.Sc. from Eastern Washington University and completed her PDP at SFU. She completed her MA in Leadership & Administration from Gonzaga University. Outside of school she is an active runner and coaches flag and tackle football. Her and her husband Todd have two children, Keon and Mya, and are members of St. Andrew's Parish.
Scott is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Fighting Irish football program at Vancouver College. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) who has over 15 years experience training high school, national-level, and professional athletes and also currently serves as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Canadian national wrestling team.
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