Being the new Head Coach for the Moncton Midget AAA Rockets, I’m no believer in "Head Coach knows all". If I knew everything, I’d be the coach of Team World (not happening). A head coach is in a position to make final decisions, but it is essentiel to surround yourself with a supportive and knowledgeable coaching staff. To have two, three, or even four heads put together can make a world of difference behind the bench on a team. The players are the team, yes, but the coaches are their own team.
We find too often some coaches who I like to call the "Jacket Wearers", ones who think they have nothing left to learn, and are just proud to wear the jacket. If we, as coaches, can let go of that insecurity and become more open to ideas and shared thoughts, it will only benefit a team. Everyone has to be on the same page, and there shouldn’t be a struggle for power.
I am very pleased to present my coaching staff for the upcoming 2014-2015 hockey season.
Goaltender Coach: Jenna Van Belois.
Jenna was a hockey player starting at the age of 4. During her career, she played for the London Devilettes and eventually moved on to play with the boys. For four years, she was a goaltender for the LMHA Thunder AA team and at the same time played for Ingersoll. At the midget level, she moved back to female hockey where she played two years with the London Jr Devilettes in the PWHL (Provincial Womens Hockey League – Highest level of girls hockey in Canada). She made it to the last round of tryouts for Team Ontario, and finished her career at Université de Moncton. She has since been involved as a goalie coach for levels such as Pee Wee AA, bantam AA, multiple hockey camps, high school and Bantam AAA Female.
Defenceman Coach: Geneviève David
Geneviève is a two-time Team Québec alumni, where she named an assistant captain and took home two silver medals at the national championship. She played competitive boys hockey growing up, and had a CEGEP college career at St-Jérome. She was scouted by multiple NCAA schools, but made the decision to play her university career at Université de Moncton. She completed five years at U de M playing for their varsity program where she earned the title of team captain, Rookie of the Year, and athlete of the year at U de M. She was named to the AUS All-Star Rookie team, first AUS 1st All-Star team. She has since been involved in coaching female hockey at multiple hockey camps and levels such as Bantam AAA all the way down to atom-aged girls.
Forward Coach: Jocelyn LeBlanc
Jocelyn played minor hockey in the Lewisville Minor Hockey Association. She went to Ridley College in St. Catharines Ontario for her grade 12 year, and following high school she attended Dalhousie University playing varsity hockey for 5 years, where she was a 5 time AUS All-Star. While at Dal she had the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2011 Winter World University Games in Turkey winning the gold medal. In the summer of 2010 she also had the opportunity to try out and train with the National under 22 women’s hockey program. As a coach she has experience coaching within the Peewee AA Halifax Hawks and has been involed in the Hockey Nova Scotia Canada Games program. She has served as a instructor for many hockey camps and schools in the Halifax area.
Head Coach: Monika Cormier
Monika grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick playing boys competitive hockey. She played on the Hockey New Brunswick Female Under-15 team and completed all her years of eligibility on the HNB Under-18 roster. She attended Stanstead College Preperatory school in Québec, but returned home to play female hockey for the Moncton Midget AAA Rockets as an assistant captain. Her final year, she was a participant at the ESSO National Cup in Saskatchewan. She was awarded the Gordy Drillon award, the highest recognition for a female hockey player in South-East New Brunswick. She committed the last years of her career at Université de Moncton, where she was named an assistant captain. She has since been involved in coaching at levels such as bantam AAA female and is currently on the Hockey New Brunswick coaching staff for the Female Under-15 team.
We are all looking forward to what should be a great season!
Your in female hockey,