AHAI recognizes that Illinois Hockey is comprised not only of incredible players, but also of dedicated and talented High School, Youth, Girls and Disabled Hockey coaches who guide our teams both on and off the ice.
This season has proven especially challenging and the role of the coach even more important than ever. Candidates for AHAI’s Coach of the Year Awards should embody good sportsmanship and respect toward teams, parents and officials while providing a positive experience for their players. Candidates should also teach positive life skills while demonstrating dedication, passion, and commitment to community.
Regardless of whether teams played a game or just practiced this season, we know there are many coaches that have gone above and beyond to provide a positive environment for development, both on and off the ice. Deadline to nominate is Friday, February 5, 2021.
2020 High School, Youth, Girls & Disabled Hockey Coach of the Year Recipients
Disabled Coach of the Year Derek Daniels Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Chicago Blackhawks Sled Team
Youth Coach of the Year Steve Poapst Chicago Hawks Hockey Club
Girls Coach of the Year Mike Campbell Naperville Sabres
Boys High School Coach of the Year Zak Jedlowski Cobras High School Hockey Club
Girls High School Coach of the Year Mason Strom Fenwick High School Hockey