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.
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 performance. Andrew grew up playing and coaching tennis at a high level, becoming a certified teaching professional at the age of 16. During his early career, he has coached high performance junior tennis all across Ontario.
After graduating, Andrew spent two years working in a clinical rehabilitation setting as a kinesiologist. Here he learned valuable active recovery, mobility, and muscular release techniques that has made him an asset in the return to play protocols of our student-athletes.
During his time at the Hill, Andrew has worked with elite talent in hockey and lacrosse, many of which are playing and excelling on the professional and international stage. He has served in the professional realm as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Rochester Knighthawks and Halifax Thunderbirds of the NLL.
Andrew’s training philosophy is based on developing sound functional movement, loading, and biomechanics to provide a strong foundation on which to build strength, power and speed.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology from Western University. While there, he 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, USA Weightlifting certified Olympic lifting coach (USAW-1), and holds his Club Professional 1 (CP1) Certification through Tennis Canada and the Professional Tennis Registry.
Jennifer Bell, M.HKR (in progress), CAT(C)- Head Athletic Therapist
Jennifer is a graduate from Laurentian University Human Kinetics specializing in Health Promotions. Upon graduation Jennifer attended the Athletic Therapy program at York University and has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for the past 15 years. Jennifer has numerous continuing education courses that she implements in her practice and is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Kinetics. On top of her work as an Athletic Therapist, Jennifer also sits on several committees both Provincially and Nationally.
Prior to starting at The Hill Academy, Jennifer was the Head Athletic Therapist at Humber College for 14 years. She has also had the honour of working with our National U-19 Lacrosse programs, including winning the World Championship in 2015, and our National Artistic Swimming program. Away from work, Jennifer is a busy Mom to three young children who enjoy participating in sports and activities themselves.