Coaches Derek Williams and Dan Schaly to Lead U-18, News (North Central Predators AAA)

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Apr 23, 2023 | NCP Communications | 525 views
Coaches Derek Williams and Dan Schaly to Lead U-18
The U-18 North Central Predators will benefit from the combined skills and knowledge of two Head Coaches this coming 2023-24 season. Dan Schaly and Derek Williams have agreed to share the bench and co-coach the organization's most senior group of players.

Both coaches plan on drawing from their personal experiences to guide the team to success. Schaly said he wants to help grow the NCP U-18 program and contribute to each player’s hockey aspirations. I'm looking forward to working with Derek and the players to build a strong program that will put the NCP organization on the map,” he said. His counterpart hopes to see the team finish strong in the ETA and advance to the OMHA Championship weekend. “With a great mix of returning players (2006 birth year) and a great group of players (2007 birth year) coming up, we will have what it takes to succeed in a tough ETA league,” said Williams.

 William's and Schaly’s combined coaching experience will certainly help the team reach their goals. Williams has been a head coach or assistant coach for nine different teams, throughout various organizations, including NCP, Barrie Minor Hockey Association and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. Schaly has coached several teams in the Barrie Minor Hockey Association from the A to AAA level. He also has experience as a skill development coach in Europe for young athletes aspiring to play professional hockey.

 Williams played AAA hockey in the Metropolitan Toronto Hockey League (now the Greater Toronto Hockey League) and played Junior B for the Wexford Raiders in the MetJHL. Schaly grew up playing AAA hockey in Barrie, ON and played Junior A for the Barrie Colts and Richmond Hill Dynes. He earned a NCAA Scholarship to Plattsburgh State University of New York in 1989 and then went on to play professionally in Europe from 1993-1998.

 Schaly plans to draw from his experience in Europe to introduce his players to different approaches to the game. “I gained a lot of experience and insight from playing with players from other countries like Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech and Slovakia. Each country has a different hockey philosophy and style of play which has helped me as a coach,” he said.

 Williams said he considers NCP to be an organization built on the strong character of its players, coaches and executives and is happy to be joining the U-18 staff. “Like any team, the challenge will be our strong competition,” he said. "We're looking forward to meeting this challenge with a strong U-18 roster."