WMHA AAA Coaches, News (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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WMHA AAA Coaches
Submitted By Jane Sedo on Saturday, March 7, 2020
WMHA is pleased to welcome the following new and returning coaches to our AAA program this season. 

The focus of our program is to provide players with the opportunity to participate at the highest competitive level. A crucial component of this is our commitment to attract, retain and develop coaches within our Association. We feel confident the successful candidates align with our strategy and enhance our program in the future.


2020-2021 AAA Head Coaches

U9 – Cody Bennett, email: [email protected]

Cody Bennett holds his Development 1 coaching certification and has been coaching with this age group through the Association since 2015.  Cody previously has coached at the U16 A level with the Stouffville Minor Hockey Association.   He has been a volunteer instructor and coach for Headstart Hockey and has acted as Head Instructor for Savage Hockey Development.

From Cody: “Hockey has played a huge role in my life and I can attribute many of my life’s successes to lessons learned through the game. Having had great coaches growing up allowed me to become a great leader in life.  Coaching has been a great way to stay in the game. Hockey is a game that should always be fun. I look forward to this opportunity to provide development and structure, in a fun and organized environment both on and off the ice, while encouraging positive attitudes and efforts from the players.”

U10 – Chris Ordanis, [email protected]

Chris Ordanis holds his Development 1 coaching certification and has been coaching for just over 20 years, both at the Ontario highschool level, and more recently in the rep stream for the Whitby Wolves.  He was an Assistant Coach for the Whitby Fury for two years and has been on the bench of our U15 AAA team in the past.  Chris has acted as a Coach Mentor for WMHA, working with and evaluating our coaches.   

From Chris: “Coaching and teaching has always been a life-long passion and challenge of mine.  Presently, as the Department Head of Physical and Health Education at a local high school, I take great pride in being able to work with our youth to help shape their athletic and academic future.   I have been so fortunate to work along-side so many experienced and talented coaches throughout my coaching experiences, whether within the hockey community or education system.  I look forward to the opportunity to help mentor and coach our U10 AAA hockey team for the upcoming season.  I will be instilling a culture of hard work, character and team play that will help foster the skill development of each and every player.”

U11 – Brad McAllister, email: [email protected]

Brad McAllister holds his Development 1 coaching certification and has been coaching since 2014, progressing from a local high school team, to the Markham Majors AAA, and most recently as an Assistant Coach for our 2005 AAA team in both their Minor and Major Bantam years.  Brad was a senior instructor for 9 years with a hockey training school in Toronto training adults and kids aged 3 to 16 years, and has been a scout for the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the past four years.  Brad’s hockey career included a stint locally with the Whitby Fury and Whitby Dunlops.

From Brad: "Coaching minor hockey has allowed me to continue with my personal life long passion. In addition to my time coaching teams I have also remained involved in higher levels of the game, most notably volunteering as a coach with the OHL/OHF U15 Program of Excellence the past three years. I'm excited for this opportunity to continue to pass on my love for the game and help these players excel, all while not losing sight of why we're really here, to ensure a positive and fun atmosphere every time the kids are at the rink."

U12 – Tyler Turcotte, email: [email protected]

Tyler Turcotte holds his Development 1 coaching certification and is completing his High Performance 1 training this spring.  This past season he has been the Head Coach of the Leaside Flames Major Midget AA hockey team and has also coached for Goulding Park and Toronto Shamrocks at the Midget level.  Tyler played throughout his university career at the University of Toronto, did a stint for the Mississippi Surge and played for both the Thorold Athletics and Dundas Real McCoys in the Allan Cup/Senior “A” league.

From Tyler: “I am excited to be part of such a prestigious minor hockey organization. I look forward to playing a part in the development of these athletes, both on and off the ice.”

U13 – Geraid O’Kane, email: [email protected]

Geraid O’Kane holds his High Performance 1 coaching certification and has been coaching for the Whitby Wolves since 2008.  This past season he joined the staff of our 2006 Minor Bantam AAA team as an Assistant Coach.  Geraid has been an instructor at various hockey skills camps for the past five years and has been a scout in the past for a local Provincial Junior Hockey League team.

From Geraid: "I am excited and honoured to be the U13 AAA coach and am looking forward to the privilege of working with the team."

U14 – Mike Hanna, email: [email protected]

Mike Hanna holds his Development 1 coaching certification and is completing his High Performance 1 training this spring.  Mike has been a coach for the Whitby Minor Hockey Association for the past two seasons, most recently as Head Coach for the 2006 Minor Bantam AA team.  Mike was an instructor for 14 years at a hockey school working with youth aged 4 to 18 years. Mike’s playing career included AAA hockey with the Central Ontario Wolves, six years in Junior A, some time in the East Coast Hockey League and seven years in various European leagues.

U15 – Jim Rozsa, email: [email protected]

Jim Rozsa holds his High Performance 1 coaching certification and has been coaching within our Association since 2003 at both the AA and AAA levels.  This past season Jim was the Head Coach of our 2006 Minor Bantam AAA team and is returning to coach the 2006 U15 team.  Prior to coaching locally, Jim served as Assistant Coach for the Bantam to Midget AAA Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club in the Greater Toronto Hockey League from 1988 to 1992.

U16 - Jim Kellachan, email: [email protected]

Jim Kellachan holds his High Performance 1 coaching certification and has been coaching in our Association since 2006, holding positions from house league to most recently an Assistant Coach on our 2004 Minor Midget AAA team.  Jim grew up playing in the Metro Toronto Hockey League (now the GTHL).

From Jim: “As a non-parent coach over the past 4 years, I have enjoyed success and want to keep coaching in minor hockey, and maybe even at a higher level in the future.  I am always looking to improve as a coach, taking in information through video, learning from other coaches and most recently being a part of the Program of Excellence through the OHL Gold Cup last year.  I will also be participating in the Program of Excellence this coming spring.”

U18 – Frank Littlejohn, email: [email protected]

Frank Littlejohn holds his High Performance 1 coaching certification and comes off an 18-year professional hockey playing career in the AHL, IHL, UHL, and ECHL. Frank has been coaching at the Midget and Junior hockey levels over the past 6 years. Frank is most recently the Whitby Midget AAA Head coach within our Association and is the returning Head coach for the U18 AAA team for this coming season.

From Frank: “I am looking forward to another exciting and successful year here in Whitby with the U18 AAA team program.   I believe that my past playing and coaching experiences will be an asset in developing the Whitby U18 AAA program for success. Thank you again for allowing me this great opportunity to be involved in a class act organization like Whitby Minor Hockey Association”

 

 

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