IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COACHING
To be a Student Coach:
- Must be 13 years old or older and may only coach at levels younger than your current ESHA registered playing level.
- Must attend at least one (1) training session conducted by the ESHA board. Student coaches are not eligible to attend a CEP certification clinic for certification. They may audit a clinic but they do not receive certification credit, nor are they required to pay for the clinic. He/she will need to contact the instructor directly as he/she will not be able to register online due to the age restriction in place.
- Does NOT need a background check or SafeSport until the age of 18.
- Must always be under the supervision of a carded, screened adult coach during all practices, clinics, try-outs, and in the locker room.
- May help out at practices, clinics, try-outs only. (May not participate as a player in scrimmages or games when acting as a STUDENT COACH).
- May not act as the head coach or an assistant coach during practices or games.
- May be on the bench during games with an adult. The STUDENT COACH will count as one of the maximum of four Team Officials allowed on the bench.
- Must wear a helmet with full face shield, gloves, and skates while on the ice (elbow pads are encouraged). Must wear helmet during games while on the bench.
- May only work with players at least one full playing age level down (e.g., a 14U age player may act as a STUDENT COACH at the 12U, 10U or 8U level).
- Upon reaching the age of 18, the STUDENT COACH must comply with the USA Hockey Screening Program and meet the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program requirements which will qualify him/her to act as an assistant or head coach.
- Must get approval from your current coach and coach of the team you will be assisting.
- Complete the Student Coach application. Please contact the ESHA Registrar at
to get the form or you may download it from USA Hockey. Submit the completed form to the ESHA President.
- Student Coaches will receive service hours for their help throughout season, it is YOUR responsibility to get this done.
- To be a Student Referee:
- Go to www.shoarefs.org and follow the steps to become a new Official. It requires USA Hockey registration, successful completion of a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, and a background screening.
- Register at USA Hockey as an official (go to Officials link on main USAH web page).
- Register and pay for a Level 1 seminar in the Southeastern District.
Level 1 Referee training is a full day of classroom instruction and skating. There is an open book test to get certified.
If you have any questions about either opportunity, please contact the ESHA President at
ESHA Head Coaches for the 2017-18 Season
A note to our members about Blue and Red designation: “Blue” and “Red” are just a designation for the upper team and lower team (based on skill). That designation does not necessarily correspond with the team’s ultimate declaration regarding what level they will play. That determination will ultimately be made by each team’s head coach.
Mites - U8 (birth years 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
Squirts - U10 (birth years 2008, 2007)
Squirt Blue: Mike Watson
Squirt Red: Paul Rogers
Squrirt White: Matt Spiker
Peewees - U12 (birth years 2006, 2005)
Peewee Blue: Dave Spielman / Mike Pirrone
Peewee Red: JoRoy Lizewski / James Brinster
Bantams - U14 (birth years 2004, 2003)
Bantam Blue: Eric Short
Bantam Red: Renee Madison
Midget - U16 (birth years 2002, 2001)
Midget - U18 (birth years 2000, 1999)
Potential Coaches – Please put in your application if interested in coaching for the 2017-18 season. If you would like any further information on IceHawks coaching or on any of our coaches, please contact Frank Ratel at