My name is Jake Mack, and I am the Hockey Director at the Rrrink and the RVYHA Coach in Chief I am originally from North Dakota; however I spent most of my life growing up in Wyoming. As a youth skater I spent the majority of my time playing in the Colorado leagues against many of the metro Denver based teams. I was selected to attend the USA Hockey select camps (District, Regional, as well as National) from age 14 all the way through my senior year of high school. I won several AA Bantam and AA Midget league championships as well as state titles as a player. I also represented the State of Wyoming at the AAA level for Team Wyoming in various tournaments from coast to coast, In the U.S. and Canada. After graduating high school I attended the University Of North Dakota. I am a level 4 certified coach through USA Hockey. I began coaching at the age of 17. I started out coaching at the mini mite level (4, 5, 6 years old) and progressively worked my way all the way through Midget (High School age) I also won championships while coaching. I find coaching to be a very rewarding experience and I love doing it. I really enjoy working with kids of all ages; each age group has something different about it that makes it unique and fun. Outside of hockey I enjoy hunting, fishing, as well as many other sports. My wife and I have a son and I spend most of my days taking care of him as a stay at home father. For me, taking care of him and raising him is the only job in the world better than coaching hockey. My door is always open, feel free to talk to me anytime you see me. I am a people person and I look forward to meeting new people all the time. The program is growing and I think it is only going to get better.
Steps to Become a USA Hockey Coach USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows: NEW FOR 2017-18!!! Coaching Education Program Online Age-Specific Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to participating in any team activities and cannot be added to a roster until completed) •Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching (Cost is $10 per module and only needs to be completed once per age level) Click here to register for the modules. USA Hockey Requirements (Must be completed before participating in any team activities) •Register as a member of USA Hockey (Cost is $40 plus any affiliate fees if applicable). Click here for more information. •Complete the background screening (found on your affiliate website click here for more information. and some affiliates require approval before you can be added to a roster). •Complete the USA Hockey Safe Sport Training (required every two years and cannot be added to a roster until completed). Click here for more information. Coaching Education Program Certification Clinic Requirements (Must be completed by Dec. 31) •Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $45 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31).