OHA announces Fetter as new female head coach

Jun 12, 2014

The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to announce that Jim Fetter has been named the Head Coach of the OHA Female Midget team, while Shera Fetter will serve as an Assistant Coach.

Fetter_Jimcrop.jpgBoth coaches join OHA after previously serving as assistant coaches with the NCAA Division I St.
 Cloud State University Women’s Hockey team.

“OHA is excited to have Jim and Shera Fetter joining our organization to take the leadership role within the female operations,” said OHA President, Andy Oakes. “Jim comes to us with great experience at the NCAA and international levels as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach.  His track record and resume speaks for itself.”

Jim spent the last three seasons with St. Cloud State after spending eight seasons as the head women’s hockey coach at Wayne State University. The graduate of the University of Lethbridge also has experience on the Canadian national stage, having served as head coach of the Canadian Under-18 team last winter.

“It’s exciting,” said Jim Fetter. “I am looking forward to going back to the grassroots level working with the kids and developing them not only as players but as people. I have been in the NCAA for the past 16 years and feel I have a good understanding what coaches are looking for down here, so hopefully we can develop quality young ladies that will move on and have successful careers in the NCAA or CIS.”

Fetter_Sheracrop.jpgShera Fetter spent the last season with St. Cloud State after previously serving as the head coach of the NCAA Division III women’s team at Stevenson University. During her playing days, Fetter was a standout, on and off the ice, tallying 48 points (23-25-48) in 136 career games, while also being named to the WCHA All-Academic team three years in a row.

“In Shera we get a coach that has done what all these young female players are trying to do and that is play at the NCAA level and pursue academics,” said Oakes. “Combine with her playing experience she has been a Head Coach at the Division III level and Assistant Coach at the Division I level so the overall experience is exactly what our players require.”

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Playing at OHA was an amazing opportunity. It gives you the chance to train like a pro everyday to develop your game. Playing in a great league, along with the on and off ice training gives you the upper hand on other competition. I am thankful to have had the chance to play there."