Coaches

Head Coach Dan Lambert

Dan Lambert was named head coach of the Kelowna Rockets in June of 2014. The 2013-14 WHL campaign was Lambert's fifth season as a Kelowna Rockets' assistant coach. A highly skilled defenceman, Lambert is a Memorial Cup champion and longtime professional defenceman having played 19 years of pro hockey in North America and Europe.

Lambert was a key cog in Swift Current Broncos championship teams and is a member of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame as a member of the 1989 Memorial Cup champion Broncos. The team is also in the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame. 

Lambert had over 100 points as a WHL blueliner in one season. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round. He had 6-9-15 in 29 career games for the Nordiques. Lambert played 10 years in Germany's DEL, considered Europe's top league.

A skilled golfer, he lives in Kelowna with his wife Melanie and their three daughters.

 

 Assistant Coach Kim Dillabaugh

A Rockets alumni in both Tacoma and Kelowna, goaltender coach Kim Dillabaugh has been with the Rockets since the 2003-04 season.

Dillabaugh is the owner of a Stanley Cup ring as one of two LA Kings goaltender coaches, in charge of goalie development for the Kings.

Kim lives in Kelowna with his wife Bonnie and they continue to enjoy young daughter Ellie. 

 




Skills Coach Kim Gellert

Orginally from Ontario, Rockets skills coach Kim Gellert has a decorated hockey resume as a former pro player. Now a full-time scout with the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, Gellert first joined the Rockets as a skills instructor 2005-06.

After playing junior in his native Ontario and later at Lake Superior State, Gellert went on to a successful playing career in Italy, scoring more than 700 goals and winning six scoring titles over 16 seasons.

He has lived with his wife and kids in Kelowna since 1995.

 

 

 



Athletic Therapist  Scott Hoyer

Scott Hoyer is in his second stint with the Kelowna Rockets, joining the team for the second time in advance of the 2013-14 WHL season. Hoyer originally worked with the Rockets from 2000 to 2006 before taking a job with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. After two seasons with the Oilers, Hoyer returned to the Okanagan and worked with private hockey academies the Pursuit of Excellence and then the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Hoyer also has experience with Hockey Canada working the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax (silver) as well as winning a gold medal with Canada's Under-18 team at the World U-18 Championships in 2001