Friday, August 2, 2013

Bandits Add Skill Development Coach

Press Release

The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce the hiring of Kevin Yellowaga as the hockey club’s Skill Development Coach.  Kevin comes to the Bandits with a lengthy playing and coaching resume.  Most recently he has been involved with the Bandits in a scouting role along with working with their Calgary based players in the off season.

Kevin currently operates his own business, Puck Smart Inc. where he offers Coach Mentoring, Team Training, 1 on 1 Training, Motivational Speaking and Coach Certification Clinics.  Kevin’s passion for teaching skills began as a school teacher in 2000 where he started one of the first Hockey Canada Skills Academies in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Kevin has also worked with both the National Sport Academy and National Sport Development where he held positions of Head Instructor and Senior Director of Player Development respectively.

On the ice Kevin played in the Western Hockey League from 1986-1989 with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatoon Blades before joining the University of Lethbridge from 1990-1994.  He then moved on to play professionally in the Netherlands before starting his coaching career back in Canada.

Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou, “Kevin is tremendous with young people and will provide something to our players our current staff could not.  He fits in well with our culture having an extreme attention to detail and teaches innovative techniques that will develop our players individual skill sets.  This is another move to further the experience of playing for the Brooks Bandits along with giving us the opportunity to develop our players at a more efficient rate.  Kevin’s addition to our staff completes one of our big off season goals.”
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