Coppell HS Hockey is pleased to announce that Brett Blatchford will be the varsity head coach for 2013-14. Aaron Gauntt will be returning as the JV head coach and as an assistant coach on varsity. Brian Harley will be assisting during the summer league and the team hopes to have him on the bench in the fall as well.
Blatchford took over as the interim head coach in January, when Ty Hennes took a position with USA Hockey's ADM Program that required him to move to Colorado Springs. Blatchford continued the momentum that Hennes and Harley had put in place and the varsity team skated to the third best regular season record in the Metro (19-4). The team advanced to the State Semis before falling 4-3 in a thrilling game to Plano West.
Blatchford brings a wealth of hockey experience from his playing days in Juniors (AAA Chicago Wolves - an affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers; the Texas Tornados, and the Idaho Steelheads) and in college. Blatchford played defense for the University of Notre Dame and helped lead the Irish to its first national championship game appearance and two CCHA titles. He has coached for Alliance for two seasons and for the Texas Tornados for one season. He also assists at Notre Dame's annual summer hockey camps.
Gauntt and Harley have been involved with Coppell Hockey for many years. Gauntt was a player for Coppell during his high school career before attending Texas A&M. When he returned to the Metroplex, he joined Blatchford and Tim Barr as an assistant coach and has been on the bench for five years now, including one season as the JV head coach.
Harley played hockey in Canada and is the father of two CHS standouts (Brandon '10 and Brad '12). Brian is a level four coach and has assisted with various Alliance select teams as well as being involved with Coppell Hockey as a coach for the past six years.
The organization is proud to have these gentlemen steering the teams this summer and fall.
Story courtesy of Coppell HS Hockey