As a wrap-up to the 2020-21 season, Hockey Alberta is featuring four outstanding coaches as recipients of the Coach of the Month recognition - sponsored by Players Bench Team Apparel. These coaches were nominated by parents, players, and fellow coaches due to their exceptional leadership, initiative, and innovation during the difficult season.
Today Hockey Alberta is pleased to recognize Tracy Desmarais of Paradise Valley.
PARADISE VALLEY - Tracy Desmarais was an Assistant Coach with the U11 and U15 Paradise Valley Jets. She has been coaching for 10 years between the U7 and U15 levels.
Coming from a small community, Tracy has always believed it is important to step up and help with her children’s sports teams. As a coach, she believes in every player who steps onto the ice and she pushes each young player to work hard to bring out the best in themselves. Tracy is the type of coach who connects with the players at their level. She is on the ice skating along with each athlete and always encouraging them to never give up.
"She makes drills fun and has not forgotten what it’s like to be a kid. She gets right in there doing the fun things kids like to do like diving under a hockey stick stood up by pylons," said the parent who submitted the nomination. "Tracy is the most dedicated, consistent, encouraging, hard-working coach there is."
Tracy is a mother of three boys and has been coaching their teams since they were old enough to skate. Even with a busy schedule, she never misses a practice or game. Outside of the rink, she helps coach baseball and any other sports her kids are involved in, along with being a leader for the 4H Beef Club. Her coaching philosophy is that if you are doing your best and trying hard, you will have fun!
"I really enjoy getting to know all of the kids on a different level and being able to see the difference you can make one-on-one with a kid," said Tracy. "There is nothing better than being on the bench when your kids win a playoff or Provincial game and getting to celebrate with them right then and there."