The Penticton Minor Hockey Association has a coaching philosophy of creating a positive, safe environment that promotes good sportsmanship and focuses on:
1. Player development (individual skills & teamwork).
2. A positive experience for every player.
With these goals in mind, PMHA is pleased to announce the following representative and development team head coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season:
Lance Vaillancourt - Bantam Tier 2, Head Coach
This season Vaillancourt makes the jump from Peewee Tier 2 to the Bantam Tier 2 level. Lance has been involved with Penticton Minor Hockey since 2005 as both a coach and a referee. As a head or assistant coach, he has won 8 OMAHA banners and represented PMHA at 5 BC Tier 2 Provincial Championships including Peewee, Bantam and Midget; winning Gold in 2013 as the Midget Tier 2 assistant coach. Lance's passion for the game has provided him an extensive background and experience. Some of his hockey experiences include: Associate Coach/Assistant General Manager with the Jr. B Princeton Posse of the KIJHL, player/coach of Taloyoak Senior men's team-Nunavut Champions, Arctic Winter Games hockey liaison-Inaugural Team Nunavut, Team official - CIS University Cup silver medalist Acadia University Axemen, BCHL & MJHL linesman, Instructor - Okanagan Hockey School & Stan Smyl's Whistler Hockey School and a long-time minor hockey coach in BC, AB, MB and Nunavut.
In addition to hockey, Vaillancourt loves all sports. He’s an active softball player, coached his daughter's U17 SOYSA Cup championship soccer team and has a diploma in Recreation Administration from Malaspina University College.
Lance grew up in Oliver, has been in Penticton since 2005, is happily married to a very understanding and supportive wife and has 2 adult children.
Casey McMillan - Peewee Tier 2, Head Coach
The 2017-2018 PMHA rep coach of the year, MacMillan returns to PMHA; this year as head coach of the Peewee Tier 2 team. Casey has been a long-time coach and volunteer with PMHA from Mini Vees to Bantam female rep and everything in between. His ability to challenge his players, maintain a strong focus on skill development, while encouraging a positive dressing room, will be assets for the PW tier 2 team this upcoming season.
McMillan’s hockey background includes playing for the UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA), Kamloops Blazers (WHL) and Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). This experience including playing under coaches Ken Hitchcock and Don Hay. He has a good understanding of athletic training, physiology and psychology from his prior hockey experience and training as a physician. Away from the rink, Casey has previously trained for multiple marathons and Ironman triathlons.