Coach Kuntz & Staff
Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator: Adam Kuntz
Coach Kuntz is a native of Camrose Alberta and has played in the central Alberta system his entire minor league career. From peewee, to bantam, to high school, Adam has been a major contributor to all teams he was involved with, winning major awards such as rookie of the year, defensive player of the year (x4) and Players MVP choice award. Adam as well has been a conference all-star in all 3 of his high school seasons. Adam found his passion to excel in football when he was selected to be a member of the 2008 summer games bantam team in his respected year. This is where he decided to join the original spring league shock team in 2009 where he was a leader and major defensive contributor, winning Shock pride awards in both 2009 and 2010 years. Coming into full circle now, Adam has had an extend career past minor sports as he played 3 seasons of Junior Canadian Football and 4 season in USPORTS in the AUS conference. In 2011 he played a year with the West shore Rebels in Victoria before returning back to the Edmonton area where he played with the huskies in 2012, and 2013. Finishing as the leading defensive points leader in 2013, The defensive player of the year accepted a full scholarship to Saint Francis Xavier University. Adam dressed in his first year and was a major special team and defensive contributor before he was named a starter in his 2nd season. Adam from there never gave up his starting position, as he was a dominant player at the MLB position. Winning the Phil Hughes most dedicated award that lead to Adam joining the leadership council for all of StFX Athletics. Adam Spent 3 years with this academy and was on the disciplinary committee as well. Winning back to back conference championships in 2015,2016 StFX competed in the Uteck and Mitchell bowls where they came up short in both games on the national stage. Adam was a big part of the teams’ success as he was a team captain and leader throughout the process of creating a championship calibre team. In 2016, Adam was named an AUS conference all-star as he finished 2nd in tackles in the AUS. Adam was privileged in being selected among the 1000’s of players across Canada to compete in the annual 2017 East West Bowl game. The game itself was to show case the talent of the all star’s across the country in front of CFL scouts. After finishing his senior year, Adam came up short of the CFL. He found offers to play in the Europe pro league, but was ready to call it a playing career. Looking for change, Adam has decided to hang up the cleats and pick up his whistle, as he is shifting his direction into helping the youth of central Alberta to reach their true potential in the game of football. Providing guidance, knowledge and experience in how to be not just a next level football player, but a better well rounded person. We are excited to have Coach Kuntz with us, as he will bring a reignited spark to the shock football program and provide passion and innovation the the spring league team.
ADAM’S FOOTBALL PLAYER ACCOLADES
2008/09 Rookie of the year, Central Alberta All-star linebacker, Team Captain
2009/10 Defensive player of the year, Central Alberta All-star linebacker, Team Captain
2010/11- Team choice award, Defensive player of the year, Central Alberta All-star award, Team Captain
Canadian Junior Football League
2013- Edmonton Huskies Defensive player of the year, Defensive points leader in CJFL, Team Captain
Canadian University Sport (USPORTS)
2015 AUS Conference Champion
2015/16- Johnny pike award
2016 AUS Conference Champion
2016/17- AUS All-star Linebacker, Team Captain
2017- Team Captain , Leadership committee
2017 –East West Bowl Participant (Linebacker)
Leadership and Academics:
2015: Battle River Shock Linebacker Coach
2015: Team Alberta Linebacker’s Coach (ABC Bowl)
2015-17 Battle River Shock Board Member
2 x Academic All-Canadian (2016-2017/18)
Athletic Leadership Academy:
Emerging Leader 2015/16
Veteran Leader 2016/17
360 Leader 2017/18
Leader of Distinction 2018
Offensive Coordinator : Maren Stevens
20 years of coaching experience.Began coaching in 1997 at Wetaskiwin comp. Coached all youth levels from atom to high school. Worked in almost every role from unit coach, coordinator and often head coach.
10th season as Battle River Shock co-head coach.
Graduated from Wetaskiwin Composite high in 1992, went on to play with U of C Dino’s and Edmonton Huskies.
NCCP Football level 1 technical
NCCP Football level 2 technical
NCCP Theory ‘A’
Maren, wife Mande, and children Madelaine, Regan, and Lachlan reside on their ranch near Hay Lakes since 2003.
A graduate of Wetaskiwin Composite High School in 1992, Maren experienced football success playing on a league championship team that advanced to provincial finals. After high school, he played the 1993 season with the U of C Dinos and 1994,95,96 seasons with the Edmonton Huskies of the PJFL.
Through the 1997-2002 seasons, Maren served as Offensive Coordinator for Wetaskiwin Sabres High School Team, and served as Defensive Coordinator for the Wetaskiwin Warriors Bantam club in 2003. From 2004 to 2007 Maren was the Head Coach of the Camrose Coyotes Bantam Football team. He served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Leduc Stray Cats Midget team in the 2008 spring season. Spring of 2009, Maren was Co-Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Battle River Shock and in Fall of 2009, he was Head Coach for the Wetaskiwin Atoms.
The 2010 season will be Maren’s 14th season coaching minor football. His focus remains on the growth of the sport of football in central Alberta.
ASSITANT COACHING STAFF
- Stan Morrow (QB Coach)
- Garner Kolybaba (Linebackers Coach)
- Daniel Branco (Offensive Line Coach)
- Steve Pelech ( Assistant Offensive Line Coach)
- Jacob Czaja *Current Ottawa Red Black Player* (Offensive Line Coach)
- Codey Soanes (Offensive Assistant & Media Coordinator)
- Colton Hutchinson (Running backs Coach)
- Don Loov (Defensive Line Coach)
- Josh Kostanuik (Defensive Backs Coach)
- Michael Davidse (Defensive Scout Team Coach. Linebackers Assistant)
- Kaden Morrow (Scout Team Coach, QB Assistant coach)
- Todd Lewis ( Defensive Backs Coach, Assistant Defensive Coordinator)
- Tanner Green * Current Edmonton Eskimos* (Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs coach)
- Grant Mailer (Assistant Defensive Line Coach)
- Liam Jones (Assistant Receivers Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach)
- Brian Ross (Receivers Coach)