My name is Rob Ronberg and I’m thrilled to be the head coach of the Nepean Wildcats Atom Competitive AA team for the 2018/2019 season. This will be my 7th year coaching minor hockey, 6 of which have been at the competitive levels as an assistant coach with Nepean boys and Nepean girls (Novice, Atom, & Peewee)
I have an extensive athletic background in competitive sport having played competitive minor hockey, golf, and football where I played 4 years at Acadia University as a varsity quarterback. I’m thrilled to be able to leverage my experience and enjoyment in competitive sport to help your daughters develop over the upcoming season and create an experience for all to enjoy.
My coaching philosophy at this level will be to stress fun, communication, and basic/essential skill development (skating, passing, shooting, checking, positioning & team oriented skills). This being the top tier competitive level at the Atom age group, I will put a strong emphasis individual and team tactics, with consistent focus on technical skills. I will ensure we an appropriate portion of time on systems play and strategy as per Hockey Canada’s guidelines.
I believe in creating a healthy environment for players, parents and families who want a truly positive experience in competitive sport. I will foster a strong work ethic and creating a healthy competitive environment for the girls. I believe in building self confidence through positive reinforcement, developing their physical skills and decision-making abilities, providing consistent feedback, and playing without fear of making mistakes. I believe in fair ice time so all players are given an equal opportunity to develop their skills and situational awareness in games. I believe in creating a healthy team identity – one that is supportive of one another and respectful at all times – and connected to the success of the team as measure of success.
I will deem the season a success if we compete to the best of our abilities, each player has improved and recognizes how success comes from commitment and hard work, if all the girls have developed new friendships and they want to play again next year.
Expect 5 tournaments will be scheduled for the upcoming season plus the potential for provincials in April. Dates and locations will be updated once tournaments are finalized.
It is expected that we will be together between 4-5 times per week on average. Once the team budget is finalized, we’ll establish fundraising initiatives that are fun, develop strong connections to the team and community, and offset costs that are not covered by team fees. I encourage all parents to be involved in some capacity to help create a truly positive experience for all.