RED DEER - Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month for December is Mark Fournier of Smoky River.
Mark is currently the Head Coach of the Smoky River Smoky Seed Bantams and the Assistant Coach of the Smoky River Novice Richardson Pioneers.
"One of the things I enjoy the most about coaching year after year is seeing their improvement," said Mark. "Having coached some of these kids since they were 3 and coaching them now at 13 is rewarding beyond words. Hockey to me is so much more than just a sport. It is an opportunity that our kids have when coached properly to learn about respect, team work, leadership, pride, accountability, disappointment, perseverance, belonging and commitment. These are skills they will take away with them and use in their everyday lives not only now but as they become adults. It’s important to me that my teams know that the hard work they put in today will always pay off at some point and that in the meantime, it’s also important to have fun!"
"Mark has always played a key integral role in our Minor Hockey Association since way before his first son started initiation in 2008," said the parent who nominated Mark. "He served as a community at large member on the board, took the referee clinic annually, held many roles, wore many hats including referee in chief, coached the local ladies team and shockingly coached initiation level for nearly 10 years as he always had a child in the program. Everyone knows it takes an exceptionally patient, reasonable and considerate person to coach the little ones, to volunteer your time, encourage them, believe in them when they don’t believe in themselves and listened to the 1000’s of stories they have to tell. The # of 1st goals witnessed, and high fives given would have been nearly impossible to keep track of! Mark continues to empower, mentor and inspire the players, referees and fellow coaches, he is also highly respected by parents, officials, coaches and players! He is a dream to now have at the head of our association, he is passionate about the sport and the success and enjoyment of the sport for all!"
Hockey Alberta’s Coach of the Month award is sponsored by Howies Hockey Tape.
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