Each season, the Piedmont Hockey Club conducts an anonymous mid-season coach’s survey. The survey asks parents to rate travel head coaches in certain categories, including: knowledge of the game, communication with players, team discipline, team work ethic, sportsmanship, practice time, fairness, and player improvement. The final question asks “would your player like to play for this head coach again?” On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest, the average result for our 14 travel head coaches on this question was 4.15. Executive Director, Ron Evans stated “The result of the survey is a testament to the quality of coaches in our program.”
Prospective Piedmont Hockey Club travel head coaches are required to complete a rather extensive written coaching application. Then they are put through a thorough interview process. Candidates who are selected to coach any of our teams, whether a head coach or assistant coach, are required to attend an in person USA Hockey Coaching clinic, and complete an online age specific module. They are also required to pass a background check and complete Safesport training, http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining.
Evans added “Piedmont looks for coaches who are leaders, good communicators, and good at conflict resolution, and they must be organized. We prefer coaches who possess strong parenting skills. Coaching kids is really an extension of parenting. While hockey knowledge is very important, it is worthless without the necessary skills to run a team and deal with kids. Over our first five years we have built a strong fellowship of coaches. They rely on each other, exchange ideas, and mentor the newer coaches. It’s a great environment.”