Don’t see we’re the initial post is talking about comparing parent coaches and non parent coaches? It looks to me, the post is about coach certifications.
The funny thing is my son plays Jr A in the EHL and his coaches have no USA Hockey certification, but have coached many years in the USHL and College levels with winning records.
Over the years, I have watched and heard parents and programs talking about coaches. “He’s a good coach cause he is certified level 4” While that coach has bounced from one rink to another being fired cause of his methods of coaching.
I agree with the original post - certification numbers are meaningless! You need to look at the coaches history and style of coaching! Be it parent or non-parent coach!
BTW, all non parent coaches were parent coaches at some time in their life!
I call BS on the bolded statement. Our club has a few (paid) coaches who have never had children (because they practically ARE children) so your statement is not true. Quite a few clubs have been recruiting recent college grad players to coach their youth teams. I'm all for it, the kids relate to them because of their hockey skill and general youthfulness, but they also respect them because these guys are better hockey players
The one thing I can't stand is the non skating coaches (parent or not). I don't care if you are a level 4, if you can't demonstrate the drill to the level you want it executed at, that just grates my nerves. I know there are famous coaches who have never played hockey/football, etc in the NHL, NFL, etc, and a fantastic coaches, but in youth sports where you are TEACHING the kids how to play, I think it's a necessary qualification (and not just the stupid intro they do at Coaching clinics, that's a joke.... obviously).