Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Matt Hughes has been named the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Female Prep team.
Hughes, 40, joins OHA after spending the past two seasons as the General Manager and Head Coach of the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
“We are excited to have Matt join us in the development and placement of our female student athletes,” said Ward. “He is an experienced coach that has strong leadership skills and is committed to the development philosophy we have in place at OHA, both on and off the ice. His personality, work ethic, and coaching style translates very well to the female game. Matt has a tremendous amount experience in moving players on to the NCAA and USports levels, which is imperative at this level.”
Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, the Fort St. John, B.C. product spent eight seasons in Junior A hockey as a Head Coach, Associate Coach, and General Manager in the BCHL, AJHL and NAHL. He also was part of the Team Canada U17 coaching staff on two occasions.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Okanagan Hockey Academy and their strong history in developing young student athletes,” said Hughes. “Transitioning to the elite female game is a great opportunity that I have been interested in for some time.”
Join Hughes and NCAA/USports Coaches at the 2019 OHA Female Development Showcase, which runs April 19-21 in Penticton and is open to 2001-2005 born student athletes. NCAA and U Sports schools committed to attend the Showcase include Bemidji State University, Boston University, UBC, University of Minnesota-Duluth, The Ohio State University, University of Ottawa, Penn State University, Princeton University, St. Cloud State University, Western University and the University of Wisconsin.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.