Congratulations to longtime AHA Coach Andy Carroll who has been named the Dempsey Anderson –Outstanding Coach of the Year for the Pacific District. This is a big honor, as the Pacific District only gives out 1 per year for all of the Pacific District (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Hawaii), and is rarely awarded to recreational coaches.
Andy received his award at the recent ASHA board meeting to his complete shock and amazement. Many of his former players and parents showed up to support Andy.
Andy's commitment to the kids and the game of hockey is obvious each winter as he volunteers his time to coach multiple youth teams with AHA. Andy is able to get his players to believe in themselves and work together as a team to achieve more than they think they are capable of, a sign of a great coach.
Andy exemplifies the slogan "Hockey Is For Everyone" and AHA is extremely proud to have Andy as part of the AHA team.
Dempsey Anderson – Outstanding Coach in the District
"There are many attributes that mark a “successful” coach. The one that matters most is the ability to get athletes to achieve at a level higher than they thought possible. Dempsey Anderson had this leadership ability. He encouraged players to bring their game to the next higher level and believed that hockey was a game that should be fun and his style of coaching reflected this philosophy. Dempsey spent a lot of time coaching coaches. He instructed, counseled, offered advice and discussed coaching philosophies with both new and veteran hockey coaches. Dempsey Anderson was the epitome of what a coach should be – kind, caring, considerate, compassionate and passionate about the game of hockey. In short, he talked the talk, but more importantly, he walked the walk"
Many of Andy's players and their parents surprised him and were in attendance at the award presentation
Andy Carroll with his Coach of the Year award