KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association's (KOHA)
Interim Hockey Director, Matt Kakabeeke, has had a busy summer compiling
an impressive staff to help lead on-ice development for the 17/18
season. Rounding out the Skills Team for the 17/18 season are Nick Bobo
and Logan Thorne.
Nick and Logan are both former goaltenders. With their
experience and desire to coach the next generation of KOHA goaltenders,
they will help us achieve the objective of recruiting, developing and
training more goaltenders in our club. Nick and Logan will focus on
the 6U, 7U, and 8U programs and assist with a "goalie world" station
"Nick and I have coached together for
many years both at the high school level and with players participating
in select festivals representing Michigan. Nick brings a passion for
coaching and player development. His experience as an instructor in
the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program has provided him with an
extensive knowledge of LTAD and age appropriate training. Nick will be
of great benefit to our 6U, 7U and 8U players, coaches and families.,"
Bobo, who grew up in the Kalamazoo
area and began working with the USA Hockey Coaching Education program
back in 2010, says, "I'm excited to have returned to the Kalamazoo area
after spending the past two and half years in Charleston, SC. The KOHA
players, parents, and staff are great to work with, and I'm excited to
return to a national ADM program."
Thorne, who grew up
playing in Kalamazoo, is excited about being on the ice with more KOHA
players this season. "Logan is an upcoming coach in KOHA. Logan has been
actively involved with the '07 players for several years, both in
House C and Travel. I have observed Logan grow and develop as a
coach. Logan has been able to establish great relationships with this
group, and I expect he will do the same has we broaden his
responsibilities with more of our players, coaches and families."