Get to Know Nighthawks Player Development & Sport Science Coach Rob Pambrun

The Niverville Nighthawks hired Rob Pambrun to be the team’s player development coach with a focus in sport science in the spring of 2022. His role has quickly grown because of his knowledge, expertise, and passion for junior hockey and athletes in general.

“I’m honoured to have been selected for this role and to be part of the coaching staff,” Rob said of his position. “We all have a job to do, and the success of this organization is dependent on everyone performing their own specific role to the best of their ability.”

Rob grew up playing AAA hockey for the Winnipeg Warriors and the U18 Winnipeg Wild before playing staring junior hockey in the MJHL with the Portage Terriers as a 16 year old.  He would later move on to the Southeast Blades (now called the Steinbach Pistons) and the Winnipeg Saints (now called the Virden Oil Capitals) but suffered a knee injury that ended his hockey career.

As with many former hockey players, Rob has dealt with the difficult reality of injuries cutting an athlete’s competitive time short. Together with Head Physiotherapist Justin Giesbrecht and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Crystal Stott, Rob is committed to progressive injury prevention methods and treatment when necessary.

“Every member of this organization was hand-picked for a reason,” Rob said. “We’re all experts in our own areas and we all know what it’s going to take to succeed.  It’s going to take a lot of hard work and we are ready for it.

After his playing days were over, Rob’s focus shifted to competitive bodybuilding, personal training, and fitness. He now owns a global fitness consulting corporation named Team Prep Starz and is a performance and physique specialist. Rob and his team of trainers have worked with professional bodybuilders, fitness models, and athletes.

Which has now lead him to Niverville preparing for the start of a brand new season with a brand new team.

“The entire Nighthawks staff has all played their own specific role into forming this team. This includes the shareholders, the board members, the coaching staff, and even members in the community. At lot of time and effort has been invested into Nighthawks and it will be rewarding to see everything come together at the start of the season.”

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Rob has worked directly with Roger Mathews from the hit TV show Jersey Shore, Young Buck from 50 Cent’s rap group G-unit, and actor Sean Kanan (famously known as the Kobra Kai villain in the movie The Karate Kid Part III).  Rob has also worked with former WWE wrestler Sean Casey, Bizarre from Eminem’s rap group D12, as well as famous rappers Charlie P & Bubba Sparxxx.  Rob has also been on podcasts with celebrity figures Roger Stone, Tony Huge, King Kamali, Big Lenny, and Shawn “Sugar” Ray.