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Regional Development Plan

The OMHA's Regional Development Plan was created as an outcome of the Hockey Canada National Coach Mentorship Program (NCMP). The purpose of this program is a result of direct action Hockey Canada and its member Branches have taken since the Coaching Association of Canada’s evaluation of the NCCP in 1995 and the Molson Open Ice Summit on player development of 1999.

In both events, it was determined that the mentoring of coaches at all levels and specifically minor hockey is the key to the future growth of coaching in Canada. The ultimate outcome is improved athlete development through the establishment of a national coach mentoring program.

Regional Development Leaders (RDL)

Regional Development Leaders (RDL) are located regionally across the OMHA territory who have extensive hockey experience and act as a direct liaison and consultant to OMHA Centres to enhance coach development and provide support through a number of coach and player development initiatives. 

Coach Development Plan

  • Create a coaching plan that will help your association develop and support coaches at all levels
  • Promote and provide support to associations to develop a Coach Mentorship Program
  • Encourage new initiatives in hockey development

Revised NCCP Coach Certification

  • Implementation of the revised NCCP and requirements for Coaches
  • Support Centres with evaluation of Coaches 

Coach Education

  • Instructional Stream & Clinics - book or request a clinic for your Centre
  • Professional Development - request a specific Coach Symposium or Development Day clinic for your Centre

Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)

  • Promote the LTPD framework/guidelines to your Centre, coaches and parents, and support your association with implementation


If your Centre is looking for leadership, expertise, support or assistance in any of the following areas, contact the RDL in your region:

Bob Labute

Regional Development Leader | WESTERN DISTRICT - Region 1

Phone: 519-735-6098

John Murphy

Regional Development Leader | CENTRAL DISTRICT - Region 3

Phone: 416-528-3933

Alex McCarl

Regional Development Leader | EASTERN DISTRICT - Region 5

Phone: 705-445-8065

Jeff Clarke

Regional Development Leader | WOAA

Phone: 519-321-9656

Wayne King

Regional Development Leader | WESTERN DISTRICT - Region 2

Phone: 519-426-8434

Tom Bly

Regional Development Leader | CENTRAL DISTRICT - Region 4

Phone: 705-726-8538

Jim Mercer

Regional Development Leader | EASTERN DISTRICT - Region 6

Phone: 905-442-9885

Ron Noonan

Chair, Coaches Program

Phone: 905-796-6532

Ian Taylor

Director, Hockey Development Programs

Phone: 905-780-2172

Coach Mentorship Resources

Best Practices Workshop

Each year, the OMHA Coaches Program hosts a “Best Practices Workshop” bringing together delegates from across the OMHA to share programming ideas and concepts on player and coach development