Okanagan Hockey Group Vice-President Dixon Ward today announced that Courtney Tougas has been named the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Varsity team.
Tougas, 24, joins OHA from the Thunder Bay Queens program, where she has coached at both the Bantam and Midget level since 2013.
“We want to welcome Courtney to the Okanagan Hockey Academy family,” said Jim Fetter, Manager of Female Programs, OHA. “Her experience coaching at both the Bantam and Midget level makes her a great fit for our Varsity program. We are excited to have her join our staff and continue to build our Varsity program.”
Prior to coaching, Tougas spent two seasons as a student athlete at the University of Toronto, accumulating 13 points (6-7-13) in 38 career games.
“I am really excited to join the Okanagan Hockey Academy,” said Tougas. “With OHA's world class staff and rich history in player development, I can’t wait to be a part of it."
Tougas won the Esso Cup National Championship and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association Provincial Championship in 2010 with the Thunder Bay Queens Midget AA team.
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.