The Pikes Peak Miners are proud to announce the addition of Kevin Holmstrom to the 16U coaching staff. Kevin brings 20 years of knowledge and high-level coaching experience to the Miners organization. While coaching with the PPAHA Jr. Tigers, Colorado Thunderbirds and Colorado Rampage he has lead several teams to State and District championships. His teams have advanced to the Tier 1 USA Hockey National Tournament on five separate occasions over four age groups.
Coach Holmstrom has been a long-standing and important figure in the Colorado hockey community. Along with his 20 years of coaching, Kevin served as the Pikes Peak Amateur Hockey Association president and was on the board of directors with Colorado Springs following the PPAHA merger. His influence on the growth and development of Tier 1 hockey in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain District cannot be downplayed or overlooked.
Numerous former players have been very successful in advancing to the Junior, College and the Pro ranks. "Kevin has probably influenced more Colorado players who have advanced to D-1 and Professional hockey than any coach in the Rocky Mountain District. I coached against his Bantam and 16U Thunderbirds teams from about 2002-2006, and I'm not sure I've seen harder working or more disciplined teams in the years since then," states Miners 16U head coach, Lucas Trombetta.
Coach Trombetta continues, "Kevin has had a tremendous amount of success with championships and trips to the Tier 1 National tournament at the 14U, 16U, and 18U levels. I am looking forward to working with him on behalf of our players. Not only will our players benefit from Kevin's influence, but our coaching staff will as well. Kevin is a positive guy with high competitive expectations, and his influence will be felt program-wide."
Kevin is enthusiastic about his return to the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association with the Miners 16U team. He states, “I am excited to bring not only a high energy level to the team, but just as importantly, another source of knowledge and direction for each individual's future.” Coach Holmstrom lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Michelle, who has volunteered countless hours in youth hockey over the years. His sons, Josh and Ben, both grew up in Colorado Springs playing for the Pikes Peak Amateur Hockey Association. Josh will be a senior playing hockey at UMASS-Lowell (NCAA Div-1), and Ben is playing professionally with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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