PENTICTON, B.C. – Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Katie Greenway has been named the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Female Prep team.
Greenway, 26, joined OHA in July of 2017 and served as an assistant coach during the 2017-18 season.
“Moving Katie into the role of head coach was an easy decision for us,” said Ward. “She brings a high level of motivation and energy and did an exceptional job last season as an assistant coach. We look forward to seeing Katie work with our female student athletes and assist in their development off and on the ice.”
Prior to coaching, Greenway received her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Coaching Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2016, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics Minor in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University (STFX) in 2013.
Greenway was a standout student athlete for both the UBC and STFX Women’s Varsity teams. She was twice named an Academic All-Canadian, while compiling a career record of 33-8-0, which included a second-place finish at the 2011 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship. During the 2013-14 season, she was the starting goaltender for the ZSC Lions Frauen A team in Zurich, Switzerland.
Greenway will be an assistant coach for U18 Team BC at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer.
Joining Greenway on the bench will be long-time OHA coach and former NHL defenceman Blake Wesley, who will serve as an associate coach and female coach mentor.
Wesley, 59, spent seven seasons playing in the NHL with the Flyers, Whalers, Nordiques and Maple Leafs. He was the 22nd overall selection at the 1979 NHL Draft after three seasons with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
Wesley is a former assistant coach with the Winterhawks and Tri-City Americans. He has been apart of the OHA coaching staff since 2004.
The OHA Female Varsity team will have a familiar face behind the bench as Courtney Tougas will return as head coach for the second consecutive season.
Tougas, 25, guided the OHA Female Varsity team to the Canadian Sport School Hockey League Championship this past season.
Prior to joining OHA, Tougas was with the Thunder Bay Queens program since 2013, where she coached at both the Bantam and Midget level.
OHG is currently seeking a full-time assistant coach to join the OHA Female Varsity team.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.