2021-22 Coach Announcements & Updates, News (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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2021-22 Coach Announcements & Updates
Submitted By Bryan Smith on Thursday, April 1, 2021
Now that we have wrapped up what is definitively the most unusual hockey season that any of us have experienced, we need to look ahead to what we all hope will be a return to a more normal hockey experience for our children.   Part of looking to the future is naming the Head Coaches that have been selected to lead to the Guelph Gryphon representative teams for the 2021-22 season.  

The board would like to again recognize all volunteers that stepped up during this past hockey season to play a leadership role with a group of hockey players.  This runs all the way through the organization from our House League coaches to our Black cohort coaches and everyone in between.   As an association, we were able to get the kids at all levels on the ice a lot more than other centres and the backbone of that success was the coaches.  We even have a number of current coaches that for a variety of reasons have decided they would not be coming back, yet have continued to keep their commitment to the kids which deserves to be recognized.


This past year we had implemented a new robust scorecard for current coaches and a more structured interview for new coaching applicants facilitated by our independent interview panel.   We will naturally look to improve upon these tools but we believe that these changes will result in not only a more efficient process and one will lead to better coaching selection decisions over time.


The confirmed Guelph Gryphons 2021/2022 Rep Head Coaches at this time are;


U11AAA – Alec Bowes

U11A – Michael O’Toole

U11AE – Chris MacDonald

U12AAA – James Prigione

U12AA – Dave Lewis

U12A – Rob Ellis

U12AE – Jason Maggiolo

U13AAA – Shawn McConkey

U13AA – Jay Sheilds

U13A – Frank Tassone

U14AAA – Dane Horvat

U14AA – Clarke Snedden

U14AE – Tim Davison

U15AA – Bruce Schlitt

U15A – Brian Willsie

U15AE – Doug McPhee

U16AAA – Keith Schultz

U16AE – Corey Brown

U18AAA – Brent Booth

U18AA – Steve Locke


We would like to congratulate these coaches and look forward to working with them heading into the 2021/2022 season.  

We still have some Head Coach vacancies and are re-opening the coaching application window for the following teams;


U11AA, U13AE, U14A, U15AAA, U16AA, U16A and U18A 

Please complete the Coaching Application form completely. Have your one-page Coaching Philosophy/Coaching Motivation, Hockey Resume and an age appropriate 50 min practice plan ready. Provide these documents in either a word or pdf format, as the form will request you to attach. Ensure you have your files as your name (ie: Connor McDavid - Practice Plan). You will receive an email back once submitted as verification that the application has been received. 

GMHA will again use an independent professional group of individuals coming from sports, hockey and HR backgrounds to form the Coach Selection Committee.  (CSC).  They are nonpartisan, non-board members and are not GMHA employees.   Not all applicants may receive an interview from the CSC.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 9, 2021 at 11:59PM

All U10 team coaches will be selected in the fall.  The U18AE/MD coach will be selected depending on the viability of an AE/MD team for that age group.


More information about the timing of try-outs and the 2021/2022 guidelines from the OHF and OMHA will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.


Thank you. 

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