BGHC 2021-22 REP TEAM 3 Coaching Announcement
We at the BGHC, feel proud and confident that we have compiled one of the strongest coaching and development teams throughout Ontario for the upcoming 2021-22 season and beyond! Comprised of past and current Olympians, NCAA female and male record holders, Junior GMs in both female and male leagues plus the MANY NCAA commitments from our outstanding Jr. Barracudas team, Burlington has a lot to offer the world of female hockey!
We are pleased to announce our Team 3 Rep coaching appointments to round out our exemplary team for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Chris Plummer | U18 BB
For the past two years Chris has been the head coach for the BGHC U18 B team. He creates a positive, fun, safe and respectful environment that will enhance skill development of the girls. Chris's philosophy is, regardless of the level of the kids, to ensure each and every player is having fun. He believes in teaching hockey skills that are also life lessons - hard work always pays off, team play is always easier than individual play and setting a goal and working towards it is very rewarding. It is not just the goal but more so the journey to achieving it that is important. Chris can be reached at [email protected]
John Brown l U15 Team 3
John is the current BGHC U13 A Head coach and a nine-year Barracudas coach in both rep, house, and DS divisions. His coaching philosophy is to provide a fun, fair, safe and supportive environment that encourages and motivates aspiring players to achieve their goals. Having previously coached across several age groups at the rep level John understands the importance of developing skills that will lead to successful team play now and in the future. John believes in learning life lessons through sport and is committed to developing challenging drills, individual and team skills, varied practices and fun games that help build teamwork, strength, character and a sense of accomplishment. John can be reached at [email protected]
Craig Valiquette l U13 Team 3
A D1 Certified coach, Craig has more than 15 years’ experience coaching girls and boys hockey. His coaching philosophy is that all athletes should be coached in a way that fosters a love for the game in a fun and safe environment. Craig believes that a team's success, on and off the ice, is achieved through fair play, hard work, mutual respect and commitment to the team. Craig can be reached at [email protected].
Will Short l U11 Team 3
Will has coached both of his daughters in the BGHC for the past 4 years. Over this time he has been an Assistant Coach or Head Coach with the House League, Development Stream and Rep programs. He is currently an Assistant Coach with the U13 B team.
His goal as head coach is to provide a fun and safe environment for players to participate in both game and practice scenarios. He will place a strong emphasis on building player confidence, maturity and self-esteem. He believes he can achieve this by being supportive, providing encouragement and creating a safe environment for the players to learn and have fun on and off the ice. Will can be reached at [email protected].
Mike Tarantino l U9 Team 2
Mike is the current U9 Team 2 Coach for the 2020-21 season. He is a former NCAA player who was named captain, awarded the "Teammate Award", and a multiple All-Conference player at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the NCAA. He earned All-American honours in 2004.
As a coach, Mike served as a Graduate Assistant at Bowling Green in 2005 where he earned his MBA. He has coached the Mississauga Reps Midget team to the 2010 National Championship game, losing 3-2 to Morgan Reilly's Notre Dame Hounds.
In 2013-2014, Mike was the General Manager of the Toronto Patriots who won the OJHL (Buckland Cup), Central Canadian Championship (Dudley Hewitt Cup), and advanced to the National Junior A Championship tournament. He was named the OJHL Execute of the Year in 2014.
In 2018-2019, Mike was the Head Coach for the Oakville Blades who just completed their best regular season in their 52 history going 44-5-5, winning the OJHL (Buckland Cup), Central Canadian Championship (Dudley Hewitt Cup), and losing 2-1 in the National Semi-finals. The regular season, playoffs, and National Tournament result are all Blades record accomplishments. Mike has helped numerous players move on to the OHL, NCAA, and USports. He has coached 4 players who have been drafted to the NHL from the OJHL. He was named OJHL Coach of the Year in 2019. Mike recently accepted the position of General Manager for the Collingwood Blues in the OJHL.
We look forward to welcoming back all our #CUDASNATION and many new faces in the 2021-22 season ahead!
The BGHC Board of Directors