Team Sask Program Announces Coaching Staffs for 2021-22 Season
Monday, March 8, 2021 – The SaskFirst High-Performance program has announced the coaching staffs for the Female Under-18 and Male Under-16 teams for the 2021-22 season. Among those selected are seven (7) returning staff members from what would have been the 2020-21 season and two (2) new additions, both on the boy’s side.
The Female Under-18 program will be returning its entire staff, led by Head Coach, Nolan Horbach (Wilkie, SK). Horbach will be supported by Assistant Coaches’ Robin Ulrich (Lampman, SK), Kori Herner (Saskatoon, SK) and Video Coach’ Jean Fauchon (North Battleford, SK). In 2019, the Female Under-18 program captured the Silver Medal in Morden/Winkler, MB.
The Male Under-16 program is led by returning staff members, Rod Dallman (Prince Albert, SK) as Head Coach and Ryan McDonald (Prince Albert, SK) as Assistant Coach. Rounding out the coaching staff are two (2) new additions in Assistant Coach, Darrin McKechnie (Regina, SK) and Video Coach, Brett Pilkington (Wilcox, SK). In 2019, the Male Under-16 program captured the Gold Medal in Calgary, AB.
“After the interview process was completed, we were excited to add both Darrin [McKechnie] and Brett [Pilkington] to the staff. Both the Male and Female programs will be well supported with the coaching staff that have been assembled.”
Joel Housemen, Senior Coordinator of High-Performance
With the ongoing health pandemic, player selections for Team Saskatchewan have been very much up in the air. The program continues to evaluate its options in the hopes that health restrictions will be lifted in the coming months. At that time, a formal announcement will be made as to the direction of both programs. The event status for both the National Women’s Under-18 Championships on the girl’s side and WHL Cup on the boy’s side are also awaiting the go ahead. Traditionally the WHL Cup takes place in late-October and the NWU-18’s take place in early November.
Male Under-16 Program
Rod Dallman (Prince Albert, SK) is returning as the Head Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U-16. Dallman currently serves as Head Coach for the Prince Albert Pirates in Male Under-15 “AA".
Ryan McDonald (Prince Albert, SK) is returning as the Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U-16. McDonald currently serves as Head Coach of the Male Under-18 “AAA” Hockey League’s Warman Wildcats. More recently, McDonald was added to the Prince Albert Raiders coaching staff as an Assistant Coach for the upcoming WHL East Division Hub.
Darrin McKechnie (Regina, SK) has been added as an Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U-16. McKechnie currently serves as Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Male U18 “AAA” Hockey League’s Regina Pat Canadians.
Brett Pilkington (Wilcox, SK) has been added as the Video Coach for Team Saskatchewan Male U-16. Pilkington serves as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Notre Dame Hounds.
Female Under-18 Program
Nolan Horbach (Wilkie, SK) is returning as the head coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U-18. Horbach currently serves as Assistant Coach for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women’s program.
Robin Ulrich (Lampman, SK) is returning as the Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U-18. Ulrich currently serves as Head Coach for the Saskatchewan Female Under-18 “AAA” Hockey League’s Saskatoon Stars. Ulrich has been involved with the Team Sask. program in the past as an Assistant Coach in 2015.
Kori Herner (Saskatoon, SK) is returning as the Assistant Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U-18. Herner served as an Assistant Coach on the Team Saskatchewan Female U16 program in 2018-19. Herner currently serves as an Assistant Coach with the Saskatoon Stars of the Saskatchewan Female Under-18 “AAA” Hockey League.
Jean Fauchon (North Battleford, SK) is returning as the Assistant and Video Coach for Team Saskatchewan Female U-18. Fauchon currently serves as Video Coordinator for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women’s program.
The SaskFirst Program was introduced by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) in 1988 and since that time the program has brought great pride and accomplishment within our province. The SaskFirst Program was designed to provide a better understanding of the game as well as to promote the development of quality players, coaches, trainers and officials. The SaskFirst Program is also a gateway to Hockey Canada’s High-Performance Programs which includes their National Teams. There is a long list of notable players who have gone through the SaskFirst Program which includes Ryan Getzlaf, Brayden Schenn, Ethan Bear, and Jaden Schwartz on the male side and Colleen Sostorics, Emily Clark, Jessica Campbell, and Sophie Shirley on the female side, just to name a few.
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