Here's his story as told by his nomination:
James has gone above and beyond coaching duties again this year. He Head
Coaches two teams the U7 and U9 out of Orono. He is always prepared with two
different practice plans and game strategies a week, and is on the ice with the
kids at least four days a week, sometimes six depending on ice time. As a coach
he exemplifies what a good coach is: caring, positive, enthusiastic. He puts
learning and development first and foremost with the kids and above all
continually emphasizes "the number one rule of hockey? Have FUN".
But, just being a great coach on the ice for two teams isn't what makes him a
stand out for coach of the month. His off ice contributions this year were well
above and beyond. There are weekly email reminders to parents on ice-times
and open communication on strategy and importance of development. He
coordinated name-bars for all the players on both teams.
The U7 team had the opportunity to skate during the Oshawa Generals Game
intermission, all because of James' initiative and coordination. The U9 team
was able to attend the Oshawa Generals game at a reduced rate because of
James too. Just last week the U9 team participated in a tournament in
Cobourg, giving these young players their first exposure to tournaments
and what a fantastic experience for them.
If that isn't enough James has been writing content all season for the Orono
Amateur Athletic Association. Most recently, he's instilled a sense of responsibility
with the U9s by inviting them to come and help coach the U7s during practice.