With over 150 years of hockey experience in all facets of the game combined, the volunteer coaching staff for the Northwest Florida Hockey League (NFHL) is considered the best on the Gulf Coast. Our coaching staff prides itself on making sure that all players of all skill levels are given an opportunity to advance and hone in their skills when playing with the NFHL.
To make sure that we keep our coaching staff at the highest possible level we conduct several interviews for applicants, perform background checks, provide mentoring programs, and require all coaches to maintain appropriate USA Hockey coaching certifications (http://www.usahockey.com/coaches/coaches.aspx). All of our coaching staff have both playing experience (from youth, college and professional) and coaching experience (from mini-mites to Tier I USA Hockey).
Each season, coaches need to make sure to retain their required coaching certification levels. Once a year, we host a Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 coaching class locally. Clinics can be found around the country. You can do a search for clinics here.
NFHL′s coaches are all unpaid volunteers. Qualifications include:
USA Hockey Coaching certification
Hockey knowledge and skills
Ability to work effectively with children and other NFHL volunteers
Maturity and responsibility
Ability to put in the time and effort required throughout the season
Ability to create a positive experience for the team