Calgary, Alta (August 24) – After a series of announcements to build an all-star line-up led by head coach, Shannon Miller, the Inferno have now confirmed their assistant coaches for the season ahead, Ryan Hilderman and Becky Klein-Swormick (McGee).
Ryan comes to the Inferno after extensive coaching experience with the Calgary Royals Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA, Minor Midget AAA and Major Midget AAA teams. During his time as coach of the Royals, Ryan also served as a Regional Scout for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. Following his tenure with the Royals, he served for two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Drumheller Dragons in the AJHL. In 2014 Ryan founded P3 Sports Inc., a company that is based in Cochrane, and allows him to continue to be involved with training players of all ages and skill levels. Ryan is busy raising his family in Cochrane with his wife Claire and is heavily involved with Cochrane Minor Hockey as a coach, coach mentor and skills coach.
In her own playing career, Becky McGee played high performance hockey for the Oval Xtreme in Calgary, competed in several national championships and was a member of the Junior National Team. Becky has a vision for the game, but also the development of players and the business of the sport. After retiring from playing, she coached Midget AAA in Alberta for ten years and was the Mac’s Midget Coach of the Year. As a skills coach, she has led many individual, group and team skill development sessions and high-performance female hockey camps. She is currently a minor hockey coach with Girls Hockey Calgary. Becky’s training as a Certified Dale Carnegie Trainer, with expertise in just-in-time coaching, allows her to connect with players and coaches to build confidence and strength.
“I’m extremely pleased with who we were able to hire as our two new assistant coaches,” remarked head coach Shannon Miller. “Becky and Ryan bring a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and a tremendous skill set. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.”
The team’s coaching staff will also include Krister Toews, who will return as the team’s goalie coach for the second season.
In announcing the new coaches, the Inferno also would like to thank those not returning with the team. Gina Kinsbury, who has been with the Inferno since 2015-16, has recently been appointed as Director of the Women’s National Team with Hockey Canada and will not return. Kelly Bechard and Juliane Jubinville will both be taking a step back from their assistant coaching roles.
“We regret to see these extremely accomplished and influential women moving on, but we thank them for their contributions and wish them all the best. Gina, in particular, has made a lasting impact on this program and will no doubt continue to do the same with the national team,” commented Kristen Hagg, the Inferno general manager.