Job Description: Ford Ice Center is seeking eager, hard-working USA Hockey certified ice hockey coaches to assist the hockey coordinator in the execution of daily hockey operations. This position will be responsible to coordinate and execute the on-ice training and skill development of youth/adult hockey players at Ford Ice Center for leagues and internal camps/clinics. This position will also provide support for the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey & Fan Development initiatives in the community, such as try hockey for free and various entry level grassroots hockey programs.
- Assist Hockey Coordinator to develop and execute fun, exciting practice plans for all ages using USA Hockey ADM principles.
- Facilitate on-ice instruction of youth league practices/games and internal programs such as PREDecessor, G.O.A.L!, Try Hockey for Free, and weekly skill development classes for all ages.
- Aid in the setup of various on-ice props and water bottles as assigned.
- Assist facility staff with equipment fitting sessions.
- Work with hockey families with putting on equipment, tying skates and provide excellent customer service.
- Support Hockey Coordinator in the recruitment and training of coaches and volunteers.
- Assist in the evaluation of players for proper placement in various programs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of facility programs when communicating to parents.
- Serve as an ambassador to facility's youth/adult programs to support the transition of participants from program to program.
- Work with others within the Ford Ice Center organization to promote the facility.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Amateur Hockey & Fan Development.
- Proficient ice skating required.
- Valid USA Hockey Coaching Education Program certification, Level 1 minimum.
- Two (2) years of ice hockey coaching experience at the Mite (8U) - Peewee (12U) level.
- Hockey knowledge and playing background of 5 (five) years or more at a high school, college, junior, minor or professional hockey level.
- Experience running on-ice practices following USA Hockey American Development Model.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may be taken into consideration.
- Knowledge of the hockey community in the Middle Tennessee area.
- Positive, energetic, friendly individual who can communicate effectively with employees and customers.
- Flexible schedule, including weekdays, nights, weekends and holidays; able to work 15-20 hours a week on ice.
Essential Physical Functions:
- Ability to skate and instruct with clients
- Ability to pick up children and be mobile on the ice
- Ability to work in a cold environment
- Excellent speaking and listening skills, requiring the perception of speech.
- Physical activities include sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing stairs, kneeling, twisting, lifting, grasping, balancing and handling of materials, and working with arms raised for prolonged periods.
- Exposure to bright lights, extreme temperatures, loud noise, dust.
- Ability to work with and around water and ice and to work at or below freezing temperatures for extended periods of time.
- Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.