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Coaching Staff

Kelly NobesHead coach
Stephane FortinAssistant Coach
Daniel JacobAssistant Coach
Jean St-PierreAssistant Coach
Chris LaPerleVideo Coach

About Coach Kelly Nobes

  • Name: Kelly Nobes;
  • Team: Ice Hockey (M);
  • HOMETOWN: West Hill, Ont.;
  • Years Coached: 2010-present.


Kelly Nobes, a 37-year-old native of West Hill, Ont., returns for his second season as head coach of the McGill University Redmen in 2011-12. A McGill graduate, he was appointed head coach in April, 2010, becoming the 28th coach in team history and the 11th former Redmen player to guide the squad. Nobes was named OUA East coach of the year after guiding McGill to a school record win total in his first campaign, posting a 38-6-1 record overall en route to capturing the Queen’s Cup title as champions of the Ontario University Athletics conference and winning a silver medal at the CIS hockey championship in Fredericton, N.B.

Prior to taking over the reins at McGill, Nobes compiled nine years of head coaching experience in the CIS and his teams qualified for post-season play in each season. He spent the previous four campaigns at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, where he posted an impressive 77-34-1 regular-season mark (.692), guiding the Golden Hawks to the second-highest win total of all 19 teams in the OUA during that span and also a berth at the CIS championships in 2007.

His first head coaching post was a five-year stint at Royal Military College in Kingston, where he led the Paladins to more career victories (32) and playoff appearances (5) than any other coach in RMC history.

He has established single-season school records for coaching victories in each of his three institutions and registered CIS-leading win totals at RMC in 2006-07, Laurier in 2008-09 and McGill in 2010-11.

Prior to his posting at RMC, Nobes spent six years at McGill, where he played from 1993 to 1997, then played professionally in Spain. After teaching for a year in Toronto, he returned to serve two more years with the Redmen as an assistant coach under Martin Raymond, who is now part of Guy Boucher’s coaching staff with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

Nobes played four seasons at McGill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1997) and master’s degree in exercise physiology (2001). A speedy centre, he graduated as the ninth-leading scorer in Redmen history with 181 points, including 64 goals, in 131 career games. His most productive season was in 1995-96, when he tallied 20 goals and 63 points in 37 games overall.

Nobes is married to Michelle, a McGill graduate (B.Ed ’97) originally from Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., whom he met during his undergraduate years. They have four young children (son Bodie, 7, daughters Darcy, 5, and Jetlyn, 3, and son Wesley, 1).