Meet The Coaches

Sajjad Malik
Sajad (Saj) Malik is a Level Three Certified Coach through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). He has coached for over 30 years and has developed some of Canada’s top badminton talent, who have represented Canada internationally. Outside of coaching, Saj has been one of Canada’s top players for decades and has won over 15 national titles.Saj’s coaching technique is unique to each student and focuses on bringing the best out of a player based on their individuality.Saj has coached at the Ontario Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games, leading his team to two gold medals and a silver.
Kevin Cougler
Kevin Cougler is a Level One Certified Coach (Level Two Technical) with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Youth Director at the Woodstock Badminton Club (WBC).A proud father of Ben, Kevin started coaching badminton when Ben was 2 years old. Kevin has been playing badminton since he was 15 years old and has trained under Saj Malik.Kevin’s passion is working with youth in various capacities such as summer camps and coaching sports such as badminton, basketball, baseball and long distance running. Kevin is most often found playing badminton at the club, coaching youth or outside preparing for a duathlon or triathlon.Kevin is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters both as a Big Brother and as a member of the Board of Directors and has held numerous positions on the Board at the WBC.
Andrew Downing
Originally from Woodstock, Andrew now lives with his wife and 2 boys in Ingersoll, ON. Andrew spent many years through high school and beyond, training at the Woodstock Badminton Club under Saj Malik, and became an active member of the WBC Board of Directors as Junior Representative and Vice President.Andrew has spent the past 13 years directing children’s theatre productions with K2K Productions of Woodstock, ON. Andrew has a passion to help children meet and exceed their goals in both the theatre arts and athletics and is pleased to be a part of the coaching team at WBC.
Mark Waters
I am very excited to assist in the encouragement and development of young athletes in this coming badminton season. The Woodstock badminton club is a fun, safe, and creative place for kids to come and experience an amazing sport. I am proud to be able to be a small part of the experience for a group of outstanding kids from multiple communities. I was a member of the Badminton club for about 10 years when I was a growing up in Woodstock. I hope the players that are members now build the same great skills, memories, and friendship's I did many years ago. I have coached minor and competitive soccer over the past 15 years. I will use the teachings, ethics, experience, and other transferable skills I have acquired to help the youth program achieve the goals set out by the Club's youth director and team.
Corey Birch
Corey Birch started coaching badminton as a junior badminton player in Brantford. He went on to complete NCCP level 1 and 2 coaching theory and is also a level one tennis pro. In 1996 he won silver medals in doubles and mixed doubles at the 1996 national junior badminton championships after previous provincial junior titles. After this Corey pursued academic interests. This resulted in him taking a break from badminton, however he has returned to badminton and coaching and looks forward to continuing as a volunteer coach in Woodstock.
Gord Brewster
Gord Brewster is a Level 2 and Level 3 (Technical) Certified Coach through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). While working as a University Professor in Nova Scotia, he coached at the University-College level for 6 years and was twice the recipient of the “Coach of The Year” award. Gord was born in Woodstock and recently retired and has moved back to his hometown. As a High School student in Woodstock he won two WOSSA badminton titles and while a member of the Western University Badminton Team he won two OUAA/OQAA team titles. Gord has a very long history with the Woodstock Badminton Club and he is excited to give back to the Club, a place that has provided him an opportunity to play and compete since he was 9 years old.
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