Work with Us: OHA Penticton Head Coach

Jun 04, 2021

Head Coach Job Posting

Title of Position: Head Coach

Term: Full Time

Start Date: August 16, 2021

Remuneration: Salary and benefits are according to internal OHA salary policy, and based on experience.

Announcement Date: June 4, 2021

Closing Date:  June 30, 2021

Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) is seeking a full time Head Coach to join our team in Penticton, BC.  The successful candidate will become part of a world class hockey development program that believes in a commitment to excellence in all areas of the student athlete’s on and off ice training. 

Our Mission

To create an environment that gives every student athlete the best possible opportunity to achieve and surpass individual potential through structure, support, knowledge and experience.

OHA Background

The Okanagan Hockey Academy is a division of Okanagan Hockey Group Inc., which is the longest and oldest running hockey school in the world. We have provided professional hockey instruction since 1963 and are located in Penticton, British Columbia. We have a state of the art facility to provide a unique development opportunity for each of our student athletes. The Okanagan Hockey Academy is a prep school environment which consists of 8 teams that include both male and female programs. These programs include teams at the Under 18 Prep, Under 17 Prep, Under 16 Prep, Under 15 Prep, Under 15, Under 18 Female Prep and Under 17 Female levels.  For more information on Okanagan Hockey Academy, please visit our website at

Summary of Responsibilities

Reporting to Manager Hockey Operations, the Head Coach is responsible for the overall experience of the student athlete.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • development and implementation of all on-ice activities
  • work with other OHA staff on off-ice team activities and training programs 
  • develop and implement weekly practice schedules and develop yearly practice plans
  • oversee on-ice practice sessions, develop team tactics and strategies, prepare players for games, manage the bench in game situations, and prepare written and verbal player evaluations
  • transport players as required to and from school, games, etc.
  • oversee the assistant coach and training staff
  • assist, attend and participate in meetings and conferences
  • monitor student athlete’s academic and personal progress through evaluation and progress reports
  • maintain communication on school academics with school liaison


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma or equivalent work/professional development experience.
  • Strong communication, administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Fiscal responsibility - ability to manage and maintain budgets
  • Experience working with youth from 12 – 19 years of age
  • Head Coach or relevant experience at the AAA, junior, College or Pro levels
  • Experience playing at higher levels is an asset
  • Hockey Canada qualifications: Development 1 or High Performance (HP1), Checking Skills, Respect in Sport, Gender Equality, CATT and Safety accreditation
  • Positive, professional and possess strong listening, written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships with your team and their families, as well as your colleagues
  • Proactive, organized and prepared with flexibility to adapt your plans as needed, to ensure the needs of your student-athletes and the goals of the organization are being met
  • Approachable and supportive – not only to the student-athletes on your team but also to your colleagues
  • Coachable and accepting of guidance from Hockey Operations staff
  • Strong computer skills and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Experience with video editing and can pull together player footage – not only for review and coaching purposes but also to help student-athletes looking to move to the next level
  • Class 4 Driver’s License and a current driver’s abstract required at time of employment
  • Criminal record check and vulnerable persons check

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to  Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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