"Mike O'Leary Joins the MIC and The Atlanta Junior"
Mike O'Leary Joins the MIC and The Atlanta Junior Thrashers Program The Marietta Ice Center and Atlanta Junior Thrashers (MIC) Association are pleased to announce the hiring of Mike O'Leary to the position of Coach-In-Chief of all Travel and Youth Hockey operations and Director of all Travel Hockey Operations, which includes the Atlanta Junior Thrashers teams at the MIC. Considered one of the premier instructors and coaches in the region, Mike brings a wealth of technical knowledge and coaching experience, at both the recreational and elite hockey development level. General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, Stephane Normandeau stated that "Mike's passion for the game of hockey and for the development of every player, on and off the ice, is a perfect fit for the objectives of our programs." A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, O'Leary played collegiate hockey in Canada at Acadia University and was a member of their national championship team. Mike also played professional hockey in the Colonial Hockey League prior to the start of his coaching career. Mike served as lead instructor at Acadia University Hockey Skills Camp in Nova Scotia, served as head instructor at Hockey Opportunity Camp, and head instructor at Total Hockey Sports Camp in St. Jean-sur- Richelieu, Quebec. Mike's has also been part of the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Development team as a main instructor, and has served as General Manager of Operations at the IceForum at Town Center. MIC owner David Falkenstein added, "We told the community that we had a commitment to provide to our families and players the very best coaching and instruction at every level of our program. Mike's ability to energize youth players to reach the height of their potential through the unique way that he connects with each of them is a skill and quality that cannot be taught. With Mike O'Leary and Stephane Normandeau at the helm of our hockey program, we now possess a level of talent that is unparalleled in the area. The benefits will be felt immediately and for years to come by every family associated with our facility." Mike will also be serving as Coach-in-Chief of the program, which involves working with all MIC coaches to implement consistency in practice plans, game management, player development, transitional continuity of coaching staff from season to season, and will serve as the conduit to the MIC partnership with the Atlanta Thrashers Hockey Development Team.