By Ruben Medina, NIHL Girls Division Director
Looking back over the last 6 years, the number of female coaches on the Northern Illinois Hockey League’s Girls teams is climbing, but we can still do better!
More clubs are recruiting female Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for their Girls teams. And, the number of Girls teams in the league continues to grow too.
Female coaches are important for Girls teams, because they show the players and the parents that there are women who are skilled hockey players and leaders.
The presence of female coaches provides young girls with people they can relate to, and model from. Perhaps their presence will encourage the players to go on to play at the college level, and then prepare themselves to become effective coaches.
The more female coaches we have for Girls teams, the more young girls are likely to be inspired to continue playing hockey, to continue improving their skills and to continue to enjoy the game by staying involved in the sport. If that sounds like something that interests you, please CLICK HERE to learn about the AHAI 2017 Coaching Education Program.