Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Penticton General Manager Scott May announced today that Cassea Schols has been named the Head Coach of the OHA Penticton Female U18 Prep team.
Schols joins OHA after spending the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with Grant McEwan University and the Edge School Female U18 Prep team.
“We are very excited to have Cassea lead our Female U18 Prep team,” said May. “Her extensive coaching background, which includes numerous seasons as a head coach in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, along with her strong leadership skills, will enhance the overall development and experience for our female student athletes.”
Schols has served as an assistant coach for Team Alberta on three occasions, winning the gold medal in 2019 at the Canada Winter Games. She was the head coach of the Northern Alberta Xtreme Female U18 Prep team from 2016-2019.
As head coach of the Edmonton Thunder Female Midget AAA team from 2012-2014, she guided the team to back-to-back Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championships, as well as a silver medal at the 2014 Esso Cup and a bronze medal in 2013.
Prior to coaching, Schols was a standout defenceman in the NCAA with Mercyhurst University, where she posted 94 points (20-74-94) in 144 career games. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Concentration Juvenile Justice.
At the end of grade nine, my parents and I decided it would be beneficial for both my hockey and scholastic development to attend OHA the next year. We toured other hockey academies, but ultimately felt OHA was the best fit for me. The coach’s and trainer’s expertise allowed me to learn more about the game, further develop my skills, strength and stamina and readied me to enter the WHL as a competent and confident 16 year old. With the support of great teachers and tutors my grades improved and I made friends that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend OHA for the player who is looking to take their game, grades and life skills to the next level."