This season marks the sixth year of the OMHA Coach of the Month presented by The Coaches Site. We asked for nominations of deserving coaches and after much deliberation, Mark Orlecki or the Peterborough U14 A team was selected as the Coach of the Month for January.
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Here's his story as told by his nomination:
Mark has truly made a significant impact on my son's development both on and off the ice. He consistently goes above and beyond, showcasing not only his expertise in hockey but also his genuine concern for the well-being of the young athletes. He takes the time to understand each player's unique abilities and tailors his coaching approach accordingly, instilling confidence and a sense of belonging in my son, despite the challenges of his vision impairment.
In a world where some coaches might overlook the potential in a visually impaired player, Mark stands out as a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment. He has created an environment where my son feels supported and encouraged to showcase his skills and pursue his dreams within the realm of competitive hockey. Mark's dedication to mentoring him and nurturing his love for the sport is truly commendable.
Moreover, Mark's coaching style is a perfect blend of kindness and determination. He knows when to offer gentle guidance and when to challenge the kids to push their limits. This approach not only improves their performance on the ice but also helps shape their character and instills essential life skills.
Mark's impact goes beyond the rink, resonating with not just my son, but with all the families and players fortunate enough to be under his guidance. He embodies the essence of what a coach should be—inspirational, caring, and committed to helping young athletes reach their fullest potential.