Ron has coached at various levels in Wainwright for eight years, including as the head coach of the PeeWee AA Polar Kings this season. He also runs a weekly goaltending clinic, where young goalies can receive position specific instruction outside of practice. Ron has been volunteering his time towards this clinic for roughly ten years.
"My coaching philosophy includes developing the skills of all the players first, and let winning take care of itself," said Ron. "The best part about coaching is being able to teach life lessons through the game of hockey."
In the nomination for the Coach of the Month award, Ron was identified as a hardworking, dedicated coach, and a role model and mentor not just for the players, but also for the team’s young assistant coaches
"He treats all the players, parents, and opposition with respect and dignity. Ron encourages the players to have success not only on the ice, but also in the classroom and in society; Coach Ron is always giving everything for the players. It is time he is given something in return."
The Coach of the Month award is presented every month during the Minor Hockey season, based on nominations submitted to Hockey Alberta.
One minor hockey coach will be selected each month from October through March and will receive a coaching package from Players Bench Team Apparel valued at over $500, which includes a helmet, gloves, track suit, coach bag, puck bag, rink board, and coaching resources.
Nominations are open throughout the 2018-19 season.