Who We Are

The Cowboys are an all-inclusive, nationally ranked, dedicated team of wrestlers in Cochrane, Alberta. Our goal is to grow responsible athletes who above all respect others, know the value of hard work, team work, and dedication, and who model honour and sportsmanship. These values are at the core of the Cowboys Team.

 

Wrestling is a journey of personal growth. We aim to equip our athletes through quality coaching, leadership opportunities, and an appreciation for our sport. We expect our athletes to mature as wrestlers and individuals, and then contribute back to the team and society. Success in our program is not measured by medals and trinkets, but rather positive growth in the individual!

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Our Achievements

Our club has had tremendous success in various areas! The Cowboys were named the Top Ranked Wrestling Club in Alberta in both 2014 and 2015 and have been the ASAA Provincial Champions 18 times. Our wrestlers have acquired National rankings in both Greco and Freestyle, and won 16 medals at the Canadian National Championships. Four of our wrestlers have gone on to represent Canada on the International stage where they won three PanAmerican Wrestling Championship medals. Several of our alumni have earned scholarships at the University level, and still come home to coach and mentor the current Cowboys team.

Our Coaches

Not only do our coaches love wrestling, they're also passionate about developing character and values in our athletes. Under the leadership of our Head Coach Gord Peavey, our volunteer coaches go beyond the mats to make the Cochrane Cowboys the perfect team for your child. Learn more about our coaching team below.

Vern McNeice

Coach, President

Vern McNeice

Vern McNeice has been involved with the sport of wrestling since 1982. His long list of accomplishments include being a four-time Provincial Champion, the National Greco Champion, and a World Fire/Police Games Bronze medalist. He started the Cowboys wrestling team in 2005. Since then, he has coached the Alberta Winter Games team four times and in 2015 was the Assistant Coach for the Canada Summer Games Team. For two consecutive years he's led the Canadian Cadet National Team to the Pan American and World Championships, and has received the prestigious Alberta Co-Coach of the Year Award. Vern and his beautiful wife Lana have two sons and reside in the Calgary area where he works as a Firefighter.

Gord Peavy

Head Coach

Gord Peavy

Gord is originally from Head of Jeddore, Nova Scotia. He holds a BA in Sociology, and works for Active Living at the University if Calgary.

His wrestling resume includes:
-Wrestling with the Dinos @ U of C 2007-2015
-Coached with the Dinos Wrestling Club 2009- 2020
-Head Coach of Bishop Carroll High School 2017-2020
-Canada Summer Games Coach 2021
-He holds an NCCP Certification

Gord’s coaching philosophy: Creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere for athletes to hone and develop skills that translate to on mat performance and lifestyle. I believe we are not just coaching athletes to be good at wrestling, but we are also coaching athletes to be good people. Both of those things are achievable through hard work and dedication, along with attention to detail.


Frank Dostaler

Coach, Vice President

Frank Dostaler

Frank started wrestling in grade 10. There was one wrestler at his school who he just couldn't seem to beat - Vern McNeice! Vern approached Frank in 2005 seeking his help with the new Cowboys team, and he's been coaching ever since! Frank is passionate about developing quality athletes, and helping them to mature personally. He and his beautiful family reside near Calgary, where he works as a firefighter.


Curtis Hooper

Coach

Curtis Hooper

I have two kids with the club now and love seeing them enjoy the sport as much as I did when I wrestled in high school. The best part of coaching for me is seeing and getting to be a part of the all the kids growth, both on the mat and off.

Vaughn Gandy

Coach

Vaughn Gandy

Hi, My name is Vaughn, my passion started in 2003, when I was introduced to wresting in gym class. From there I joined the school team, and continued with competitive wrestling for the next decade. My experience includes Rebels Wrestling, Diefenbaker Chiefs, Junior Dinos, and University Of Calgary Varsity, and Junior National Team.
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Coaching With the Cowboys allows me to continue my passion with wrestling, develop my coaching skills and help athletes improve there athletic abilities. It's my hope to help further the sport of wrestling and encourage a welcoming and open environment to all participants.






Try Us Out!

Not sure if wrestling is for you? Come and try it out at one of our practices! Please email our "Registrar" to set the date!