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Expressions of Interest Open for CIHA Youth Head Coach

January 27, 2022

Canterbury Ice Hockey Association (CIHA) is seeking expressions of interest for a dedicated and knowledgeable Head Coach for our youth programs beginning in the winter season on May 1st, 2022. While the tenure of the current Youth Head Coach may be extended through 2022, all expressions of interest will be considered.


The Head Coach role will be based in Christchurch, New Zealand and will see the successful candidate working with a wide range of age groups and skill levels, developing and leading CIHA's youth coaching strategies.

The position is a paid, independent contractor role and remuneration will be based on the qualities of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be actively involved in on-ice sessions for approximately 10 hours per week in the winter season and will help to build and improve the club and enhance the experiences of CIHA youth players and parents. The position may be renewed upon mutual agreement for 2023 and beyond.

As part of this initial expression of interest, we are seeking an outline of your ice hockey playing and coaching history, achievements, qualifications, and an overview of your approach to coaching youth players. If you are interested, please submit your expression of interest via email, with a cover letter and supporting materials.

We are not accepting expressions of interest from overseas candidates in 2022. Candidates must be residing in New Zealand and have a valid New Zealand work visa and Vaccine Pass.


The window for submitting your expression of interest closes on Sunday, 6th March 2022. 


To submit an application or request further information, please email:


Qualities we are looking for in the successful candidate:

  • Ability to work with parents and children of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and skill levels

  • Passion to foster a positive, healthy, and safe playing environment for children, helping them build self-esteem and confidence

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with the CIHA management, staff, and volunteers

  • Ability to recruit and develop volunteer coaches, create practice plans, and lead on-ice sessions

  • Strong communication skills and ability to speak effectively before groups of members, volunteers or staff of the organisation

  • Knowledgable in the rules and skilled in the fundamental techniques of ice hockey

  • Willing to attend national and regional clinics/workshops and build strong ties to peer coaches and NZIHF staff

  • Openness to receive feedback and develop further as a coach

  • Sound teaching methods to develop player skills/techniques

  • Demonstrate positive team sportsmanship toward opponents and officials

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as rules, operating instructions and procedure manuals

  • Ability to write regular reports and correspondence

  • Ability to obtain current CPR/first aid certification

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