Student-athletes develop from both a physical and personal standpoint. We strive to foster a culture of excellence both on and off the playing surface.
We believe that creating a positive relationship with physical activity leads to a lifelong healthy and active lifestyle.
Our performance coaches are actively monitoring, assessing and providing feedback in order to guide the student athletes in achieving their goals.
Student athletes are immersed in an environment where they are encouraged to push their boundaries, strive for excellence, develop problem solving skills and reflect on the process.
Coach Noble – Director of Physical Education & Athlete Performance
Dan Noble is Director of Athletic Development at The Hill Academy. Dan specializes in fostering the development of elite athletes through a process that focuses on mastering efficient movement patterns, mechanics and creating sustainable, adaptable athletes (“Training Movement Over Muscle”). He is a mentor to many athletes and believes strongly in a multi-faceted approach to athletic development. Dan challenges athletes to be difference makers not only on the playing surface, but also in life.
Prior to working with The Hill Academy Dan played professional football in Europe as well as for the University of Guelph. It was in Guelph where Dan mentored under performance specialist Chris Mumford and world-renowned strength coach Vern Gambetta. Dan works closely with leaders in the strength and conditioning community to ensure evidence-based and relevant training practices in order to stay up to date on best practice for our athletes.
Dan obtained his Bachelors degree from the University of Guelph and received his Masters of Science in Education from D’Youville College. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and proud husband of Crystal and father to Kaden and Isla.
Drazen Glisic - BPEH, MSc- Sports Science and Athlete Performance
Drazen graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011, where he obtained his Bachelor of Physical Education. He continued his academics at the University of Toronto and obtained his Master of Science degree from the Department of Exercise Sciences. His graduate research examined the loads basketball and volleyball players placed on their knees during one- and two-foot landings.
Since graduating Drazen has worked as an instructor for the Practica courses in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education; which are courses designed to prepare students to be leaders as movement specialists; teach fundamental movement principles and skills, and to apply them to individuals of all ages and backgrounds across various settings.
As an athlete, Dre was a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Men’s Basketball Team.
Andrew Abes, BA Kin, CSCS- Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Coach
Coach Andrew has an extensive background in sport coaching and athletic development. Andrew grew up playing high performance tennis and quickly transitioned into coaching, becoming an assistant tennis pro at the age of 16. During his early career, Andrew has coached high performance junior tennis in Mississauga, Oakville, London and Muskoka.
After 10+ years of coaching, Andrew spent two years working in a clinical rehabilitation setting as a kinesiologist. During this time, he learned valuable active recovery, mobility, and muscular release techniques that he implements into his programming.
During his time at Hill Performance Training, Andrew has worked with some of the brightest young stars in the sport of hockey and lacrosse, many of which are playing and excelling in the OHL, NCAA, AHL, NHL, and NLL.
Andrew’s training philosophy is based heavily on developing sound functional movement, proper mechanical loading, and efficient biomechanics to provide a strong foundation on which to build strength, power and speed.
Coach Andrew is a graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology. During his time at Western, he has served as a neurobehavioural lab assistant, teaching assistant and upper year mentor in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Andrew is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and holds his Club Professional 1 Coaching Certification through Tennis Canada and the Professional Tennis Registry. Alongside his coaching, Andrew is also heavily involved in the planning of our yearly conferences.