U-15 Coach McGrath Ready to Build off Character and Continuity, News (North Central Predators AAA)

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Apr 19, 2023 | NCP Communications | 334 views
U-15 Coach McGrath Ready to Build off Character and Continuity
The North Central Predators (NCP) are ecstatic that Mark McGrath will be returning to the Head Coach role for the 2023-24 season. The U-15 team will continue to benefit from his excellent leadership abilities and extensive hockey knowledge.  

McGrath will be no stranger to this group of NCP players, who have been calling him Coach for the past two seasons. This time around, he plans to continue building off of the hard work that he and the team have put in so far. “My first year was a huge learning curve and the second year was open borders, causing another rebuild. This year I feel that we will have a core of players to build around, to climb up the standings,” he said.

 Looking forward to next season, he said he hopes the team will be able to keep their momentum, noting challenges with injuries and illness last year. “With body contact, injuries are always a problem. Last year we had some injuries, but our team also got the "flu" and was basically down for a month. It took another month to recover. If we stay healthy we should have a good run,” he said.

 McGrath’s own hockey career was cut short due to injury, after playing professional hockey in Germany and England. Prior to that he played on a D1 scholarship at St. Lawrence University, and Tier II A for both the Barrie Colts and Muskoka Bears. In his hometown of Bracebridge, ON, McGrath has been a high school hockey coach for over 20 years. He is a prominent figure in arenas across Muskoka, having been a South Muskoka Minor Hockey coach and skill development director. He also founded the Muskoka Grizzlies girls’ hockey program with his daughter before handing it over to the Muskoka Women’s Hockey League in 2019.

 Leading by example with enthusiasm and passion for the game, McGrath emphasizes the importance of high character to his players. He is eager to get back on the ice with what he describes as "just a phenomenal group of boys off the ice."

Our organization benefits greatly from Coach McGrath's positivity and thirst for continuous improvement. We look forward to seeing what our U-15 club will achieve this season!