My Name is Dean O'Brien and I am privileged to be the Head Coach for the 2019-20 Midget A competitive girls. I have been with the NGHA for 11 years as a coach and assistant. I spent 2017-2018 as a Head Coach with the Nepean Raiders at the Midget level as well as on ice with the Nepean Wildcats Midget team.
Sports are one of the best training grounds for life. As a coach you must be an educator first and the development of the players is priority one. Winning must be put aside and replaced with development, confidence and enjoyment. If you believe in your ability to lead, stay with your convictions, success will be the by-product. I will always use both victory and defeat as teaching moments to build on self-confidence and positive character traits such as discipline, self-motivation and self worth. I will focus more on effort rather than outcome.
"The journey is better than the Inn" - John Wooden
Each player deserves a chance to succeed in every aspect of hockey and life. My job as a coach is to help them achieve this success. Through hard work, dedication, truth, passion, fun and most important, love of the game and each other, every individual can be successful. My role is to guide these players to make the choices that will help in their journey on the ice and more important off the ice. Players will learn every day and so will their coach. Mistakes will happen and we look forward to them, it's how we react and embrace the mistakes so not to repeat them.
"There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make makes you." - John Wooden
While it is the player who is on the ice for every practice, game, off-ice, etc. it is the whole family that will commit to the program. Understand that you are competing for a spot on a competitive team and with that there is a certain expectation that will need to be followed throughout the year. Success of the team is dependent on ALL our level of commitment, players, parents and coaches. With that said, I believe in a balance between hockey, school and family. I believe that more is NOT always better, we need a balance between hockey and life.
Oshawa Fall Classic – September 19 – 20, 2019
Etobicoke Pink the Rink – October 18 – 20, 2019
Kanata Rangers – November 15 – 17, 2019
NGHA – January 31 – Feb. 2, 2020
Durham West – February 13 – 16, 2020
Provincials – April 3 – 5, 2020
Team, Team, Team. This is the message that will be front and center for the season. I am planning a team building event sometime late summer and other volunteer events throughout the year. We need our players to understand the importance of helping within the community.
I anticipate the team costs to be between $1800-$2000. This will be discussed at the first parent meeting of the season.
I wish all the girls the best of luck throughout the tryout process. Work hard, commit yourself to compete at your highest level throughout. If a player or parent would like to contact me, please fill out the form provided.
Nepean Wildcats Midget A