Coaches Current Team / Previous Teams: Austin Bruins – North American Hockey League
Years Coaching: 8
Coaches Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Chosen Attribute (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity):
GRIT: Abiding Perseverance. Stamina to to push through difficult challenges. Sticking with your future, day in and day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years.
Why is this attribute important to you?
I believe that as people that we are constantly being challenged in some way. Those challenges exist to make us better people, things happen for a reason. How will we respond to each challenge we face in our lives, even the most difficult ones? I believe you need grit to embrace and learn from those challenges.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?
LUKE 12:48 “Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more. Do the best with what god has given you and use whatever gift you have been given to serve others.
Who is your favorite coach outside of hockey? Why?
My Parents. My Dad taught me how to work hard, and my Mother taught me how to talk to people.
What is your dream coaching job (if different than your current position)?
I love the work I am doing now. Junior hockey is such a great age group with many challenges and so much teaching involved.
Share a recent coaching highlight that you have had.
Having the opportunity this season to work with a very young group of players. It has been a challenge to me in my abilities as a coach, and it has been a very rewarding group of young men to work with this season.
Tell us a little bit about your coaching philosophy. Why do you coach? How does your faith play into your coaching? Which coach has had the greatest impact on you and the way you coach? What ways are you able to make an impact for Jesus at the ice rink?
I believe that teaching is a better word. I want to teach and help others, and I strongly believe that it is my job to build good people and I believe in teaching character.
John Olver is another coach that has had a tremendous impact on the way I coach, and still does to this day. I was fortunate enough to work for him in my first job and learn the importance of communication and my impact on others.
Posted on Mon, February 1, 2016
by Rick Randazzo filed under