This season marks the fifth year of the OMHA Coach of the Month presented by The Coaches Site. We asked for nominations of deserving coaches and after much deliberation, Mike Cwiertniewski of the Niagara on the Lake U11 HL 1 team was selected as the Coach of the Month for February.
Here's his story as told by his nomination:
This has been my son’s first year playing organized hockey and he is loving it. This is directly related to Coach Mike and Assistant Coach Dan!
Coach Mike has fostered a fantastic team spirit and team community. Despite a wide range of skill sets on our team - every player feels important and needed. Our coach works hard to uplift our players as well as giving them necessary instruction to help better their play. Team practices are well organized and use positive reinforcement to encourage the players to do their best and give maximum effort. After a couple of very different years with COVID - these young players (and their families) want to make sure that praise is given when deserved. Coach Mike is an excellent role model and leader for this team. We are very grateful for the time, effort, and dedication he has put in to coaching our NOTL Wolves U11 Team 1!