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Supporting the growth of Floorball in the United States.

WU19 Staff Bios

Athletic Trainer: Kate Nemeckova
Goalie Coach: Cody Renfro
Coach: Patrick Jesue
Coach + Media: Daniel Persson
Assistant Coach: Josh DeBerard
Team Manager: Braedyn Irwin
Senior Advisor: Michael Borg

Braedyn Irwin

Braedyn (most people call her Brae) has been on the Women’s U19 team since the 2016 WFC in Belleville, Canada.  As an Oneida Nation Indigenous, she was able to play for Team USA through the Jay Treaty.  She returned to the team to play at the 2018 U19 WFC in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her sports background is mostly ice hockey, which she started to play at the age of 3. She worked herself up to play on the Aboriginal Team Ontario!  She started playing floorball at the age of 13 during school PE that was run by Team Canada’s U19 coaching staff.  She is currently enrolled at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec majoring in Sports Studies with a concentration in health and athletic development with a minor in Indigenous studies.

Kate Nemeckova

Bio on the way!

Patrick Jesue

Patrick is all about ice hockey and Floorball.   He is currently the Coaching Education Program Coordinator for USA Hockey in the Michigan District, where he trains ice hockey coaches on a daily basis while concurrently spreading his passion for Floorball.  He is very well known and respected in the Detroit ice hockey community as well as in the greater Michigan.  He is also the Founder of the Detroit Floorball Club, which has in its possession one of the very few competition level Floorball rinks available in the USA.

Daniel Persson

Daniel has been a Floorball coach in Sweden for over 10 years, he has also been coaching abroad in the Danish and Norwegian top division for both men and women. During his time as a coach he has been the Head Coach for three national teams. He began in Jamaica as their Men’s coach, and after that he coached the Austrian Women and U-19 team.

Cody Renfro

Cody has been playing floorball for a little over five years. He comes from a baseball catcher and ice hockey goalie background.   Furthermore, he is a Midwest Floorball Tournament champion, a Texas Open silver medalist, and a US National bronze medalist. His home club is Tomah Floorball Club of Wisconsin. Competitively, he plays floorball for the Chicago Dogs out of Chicago, Illinois, one of the strongest teams in the USA.

Josh DeBerard

Josh has been coaching 19-U Women’s ice hockey in Laramie, Wyoming over the last 10 seasons.  He was introduced to Floorball a few years ago and have been building a program in Wyoming.  Both of his children were involved with the National U19 floorball teams in the past few seasons.  Furthermore, Josh is the USA Floorball Regional Director for the Rockies.  He is a lifelong learner and very excited to join the team in Uppsala in September and help build the future of the sport in the United States.