- Created: 28 June 2016
Earlier this month, Eugene Generals GM Flint Doungchak was confirmed by USA Hockey's Executive Director Dave Ogrean as the Pacific District's newest Coach-in-Chief.
Doungchak's appointment to the role marks the first time in USA Hockey history that an Oregonian has held the title of Pacific District Coach-in-Chief as he also becomes the first non-Californian to do the same in more than thirty years. The Generals' GM will continue in the same capacity with the team while also serving as the Pacific District's Coach-in-Chief.
"I'm so excited to be a part of something that gives me the opportunity to give back to a sport that has had such a tremendous impact on my life," says Doungchak on being appointed CIC. "The Pacific District just became the fourth largest USA Hockey district in terms of overall player registration, passing many more 'traditional' markets, and I'm looking forward to doing everything that I can to continue that growth within our district at all levels."
At a quick glance, Doungchak will be tasked with overseeing all youth hockey coaches throughout USA Hockey's Pacific District, which includes California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (Alaska is also included in the Pacific District, however the state elects its own CIC due to its geographic isolation).
More specifically, some of the primary duties that will be required of Doungchak in his new capacity will include: developing and educating the current pool of youth hockey coaches throughout the district; growing the number of coaches throughout the district; improving the overall quality of coaching and teaching techniques, practice structures, individual drills, etc.; and representing the Pacific District at various USA Hockey conferences, events and meetings.
In speaking to Generals coaches and staff immediately following the official announcement, a humbled Doungchak noted that, "to be selected to serve in this capacity, it speaks volumes to our ability to create an environment that supports the education and development of people, to our values that encourage community service, and to our persistence to acheive excellence in all that we do. I want to thank all of you for creating the structure and making the efforts that has not only made the Generals the team and community beacon that is has become, but also the place that has allowed me to grow personally and as a hockey coach."
Doungchak, who until this month had been serving as the Pacific District's Associate Coach-in-Chief for the previous five years, was a logical choice as a successor by incumbent Coach-in-Chief Larry Bruyere, who has occupied the role for the past ten years.
A founding member of the Eugene Generals, Doungchak has served the team as General Manager since the franchise's inception in 2005. In addition to his time spent with the Generals, Doungchak's service as the Associate Coach-in-Chief and his continued work with Eugene youth and adult hockey, USA Hockey Development Camps, and countless coaching clinics made him a strong candidate to be recommended by the Pacific District to the National office.
The Eugene Generals organization congratulates Flint Doungchak on his recent appointment as Pacific District Coach-in-Chief and the organization greatly looks forward to seeing him continue his work while growing the game of hockey throughout the West Coast.