Okanagan Hockey Ontario (OHO) General Manager Paul Pascuzzi announced today that Joe Van Volsen has been named an Assistant Coach.
“Joe brings a large amount of experience developing young student athletes,” said Pascuzzi. “Adding a coach with not only professional experience, but experience working with young student athletes will be a great compliment for Coach Duco and Coach Tapper.”
Van Volsen, 44, has spent the past 12 seasons as a Head Coach with both the Whitby Minor Hockey Association and Whitby Girls Hockey Association.
“I look forward to a great opportunity with Okanagan Hockey as it is a first-class program,” said Van Volsen. “I am really excited about my role with the program and getting the chance to work alongside Coach Duco and Coach Tapper.”
As a player, Van Volsen spent seven seasons playing professional hockey in Europe, IHL, ECHL, WPHL and CHL. Prior to turning pro, Van Volsen was a student athlete at the University of Guelph where in 1997 he captured the CIS National Championship with the Gryphons. Van Volsen also played four years in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds and Bellville Bulls. Van Volsen was also a part of the 1993 Memorial Cup champion Soo Greyhounds team.
Van Volsen lives in Brooklin, Ontario with this wife, Amber, and their four children, Paxton, Peyton, Neely and Reese.
I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy.