Since the age of seven, Robert Sorge’s life has revolved around hockey. He grew up in Southfield, Michigan, playing for his local hockey club, a travel team, his high school varsity squad and later, was even drafted to play for a U20 junior amateur league.
Now, 39 years since he first stepped on to the ice, Sorge, 46, dedicates his time to giving back to the hockey community that gave him so much as a youth. We're honoring Sorge as our Coach of the Week for his commitment to passing on his love for the game.
There were three coaches that most influenced Sorge as a youth athlete. His father Bob of course played a key role in shaping his awareness and enthusiasm for the sport. As did his high school coach John McFarland, a former Boston Bruin, and his junior's coach Bob Daniels. Because of the dedication each of his coaches gave him, Sorge, is committed to doing the same for the next generation.
Sorge has been coaching for 12 years and is currently heading up the KOHA Squirt B Bronco Brown team in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Bronco’s are having an amazing season so far with a 16-3-1 record, and are the Motown Cup Champions! Sorge is lucky enough to have both of his sons Connor, 10, and Blake, 8, on his team this season. Hockey has been a great way for this sports family to bond on and off the ice.
Outside of coaching, Sorge, is a stay at home dad who loves spending time with his sons, and watching them take on other sports. In an effort to ward off the rust, Sorge, loves to hit the ice whenever he gets a chance.
Congratulations again to our Coach of the Week, Rob Sorge!
Robert Sorge’s Keys to Success:
Open and good communication among players, parents, and coaches
Simplify what may seem complex
Never be afraid to challenge each player to do their best in practice and games