Kelsey Urban



Kelsey Urban was born and raised in Spirit River, Alberta. She grew up playing multiple sports, including baseball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, and golf. In her late teens she specialized in hockey and was offered a scholarship to play post-secondary in Calgary, Alberta at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Within her two years playing at SAIT, she was part of a championship team who won back-to-back ACAC Championship Titles. During her time at SAIT, Kelsey was also awarded various Athlete Academic Awards.

Kelsey volunteered to assist young athletes in their growth and development by working with the SAIT Trojan’s Outreach Program. She continued her passion in working with athletes by helping out with teams within Spirit River Minor Hockey and Grande Prairie Minor Hockey upon her return back to the Peace Country where she enrolled in Bachelor of Education at GPRC. Kelsey soon took on a coaching role and worked with Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada to scout and develop upcoming elite athletes on and off the ice.

Kelsey volunteered for the Peace Country Female Athletic Association as an assistant coach for the Bantam AAA hockey team during the 2011-2012 season, Head Coach of that team for the 2012-2013 season, Co-Head Coach of an elite Peewee team that spring, and Assistant Coach for the PCFAC Midget AAA team during the 2013-2014 season. Kelsey has also worked as a multisport teacher-coach for the Grande Prairie Catholic School District since 2012. Kelsey has received various certifications through Hockey Alberta specialty clinics including checking skills, defense skills, respect in sport, and athletic development and training. She also holds credentials in the National Coaches Certification Program and NCCP Development 1 Level.

Kelsey is sincerely passionate about working with students and young adults in the area of sport and athletic development in and outside of the classroom. She believes that sports are an excellent way to not only develop a student and an athlete, but also to develop a well-rounded person.

“It is my philosophy that the structure of various sports and athletic activities not only motivates children to develop FUNdamental movements and skills, but also to grow as an individual and a team player. It teaches adolescence to understand peoples’ point-of-view and to work together as a team, developing communication and cooperation skills to accomplish individual and team goals. It educates one on how to be competitive and physically, mentally, and emotionally equipped for their adult world ahead. As a teacher, coach, and Supervisor of Celtic Academy, it is my philosophy and responsibility to provide the tools to allow each student-athlete to grow to his or her utmost potential; the opportunities are endless for a lifetime of growth and development within school and athletics.

Physical Literacy and FUNdamental Movement Skill Development, Continued Practice and Training, Commitment and Dedication, Team Work and Communication, FUN, Nutrition and Proper Rest = A Lifetime of Success!