Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Mack O’Rourke has been named the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Midget Varsity team.
O’Rourke, 28, was previously the head coach of the OHA Midget Varsity team during the 2012-13 season and an assistant coach with the OHA Bantam Prep team in 2011-12.
“We are excited to have Mack back on our coaching staff here at OHA,” said Ward. “He is an experienced coach that has a track record of developing young athletes and his familiarity with our program will make the transition seamless.”
The Kelowna, B.C. product was named head coach of the Okanagan Rockets in 2013, where he guided the team to a BCMML and Pacific Regional Championship, as well as a bronze medal at the Telus Cup during the 2013-14 season.
"When I left hockey a few years ago to pursue a career in oil and gas, I never knew what the future would hold,” said O’Rourke. “Since then I have started a family with my wife Brittany and our new son Liam. When the opportunity came up to return home and return to the Okanagan Hockey Academy to pursue my true passion there was no hesitation. I am thrilled to rejoin OHA and have Dixon (Ward) and (OHG President) Andy (Oakes) to thank for bringing me back."
Prior to joining OHA in 2011, O’Rourke coached midget hockey in Kelowna from 2007-2011, winning the 2010 Midget AAA Provincials.
The Okanagan Hockey Group would like to welcome Mack, his wife, Brittany, and son, Liam, back to the Okanagan Hockey family.
During my three years in Penticton, OHA was influential in my growth as a student, an athlete, and most importantly a person. Their overwhelming support made the city feel like home and the community feel like family. It was truly a first class experience, in an elite program that has prepared me for my time in university and any future endeavors."