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.
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.