June 16, 2017
BC Hockey has announced the team staff for the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA) South Zone Teams.
Three OMAHA South Zone teams will be formed this season; Midget Tier 1, Bantam Tier 1, and Bantam Tier 2.
Midget Tier 1
Head Coach: Neil Eisenhut, West Kelowna
Assistant Coach: Greg Fleming, Kelowna
Eisenhut joins the program as the head coach of the South Zone Midget Tier 1 team. He spent 12 seasons playing pro hockey in the National Hockey League and also across North America and Europe. Neil has been coaching with West Kelowna Minor Hockey Association (MHA) for the last few seasons and has also worked closely with the BC Hockey Coaching Program, participating as a coach for several BC Hockey Program of Excellence events.
Fleming joins the South Zone Midget Tier 1 team as an assistant coach for this season. Last season he was the head coach of the Central Zone Bantam Tier 1 team and had spent previous seasons with Kelowna MHA Midget Tier 1 team.
Bantam Tier 1
Head Coach: Geoff Goodman, Summerland
Goodman joins the program as head coach of the South Zone Bantam Tier 1 team this season. He has spent the previous five seasons coaching Junior B in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) as an assistant coach with the Osoyoos Coyotes and as head coach and general manager of the Princeton Posse.
Bantam Tier 2
Head Coach: Wade Parker, Summerland
Assistant coach: Lance Vaillancourt, Penticton
Parker returns to the zone program as the head coach of the South Zone Bantam Tier 2 team this season. He was head coach of the South Zone Midget Tier 1 team last season, and spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Summerland Steam of the KIJHL.
Vaillancourt will join Wade on the South Zone Bantam Tier 2 team as assistant coach. He spent last season sharing his time as assistant coach with the Penticton Bantam Tier 2 team and associate head coach and general manager of the Princeton Posse. Vaillancourt has been coaching minor hockey in Penticton for over 10 years.
The program was developed to allow players to participate at the highest level and allows districts to provide regional teams and pull from a greater draw zone.