The DOHO is coming – Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey will be hiring a full-time director of hockey operations.
The controversy over the first paid head of hockey in the volunteer-run association was settled by a decisive 13-4 vote of the executive on Monday night.
New president Dan Herbanson explained that a screening committee will advertise the position, and bring candidates before the executive committee. The committee will look at neighbouring associations who have paid coaches, and what their remuneration is, with an eye to paying the local doho a salary of between $40,000 and $80,000 per year.
The candidates will no doubt offer a variety of qualifications, but Herbranson said demonstrated coaching skill will be the priority.
There are pros and cons to having a paid coach.
The most obvious drawback is cost.
Herbranson said the main benefit will be having a single vision, as articulated by the DOHO and the executive, of player development and team play.
The new DOHO will be involved with the selection of coaches, and the goal is to have him or her on the job by July 1.