At a young age, Brian Acord fell in love with all things hockey. He started out working as a rink rat for his family-owned minor league hockey team. This up close experience, combined with the relationships he built with players as they transitioned into the National Hockey League, fueled his passion for years to come, leading to a full time coaching career.
Now, at 43-years-old, Acord has been involved with nearly every aspect of the sport. From a youth player, referee, board member, parent and now coach, he’s toured the ranks. His coaching experience even landed him a spot on the USA Hockey Stats project conducted during the 2002 Winter Olympics. This honor has of course, turned into one of his favorite coaching stories to date.
And there have been plenty of stories to share over the last 20 years. His current players on the Viewmont Varsity and JV hockey teams have gained plenty from Coach Acord’s instruction. So have the several travel teams he coaches. Even his family has had their fair share of hockey mania.
Acord has been happily married to his wife Gabby for two decades, and has four wonderful kids. His eldest son, Bremen, a senior in high school is the captain of Viewmont Varsity Hockey team. Addison, a sophmore in High School has found her passion in lacrosse. Their two youngest Jesse, 11, and Sage, 10, attend nearly every game.
Because of Addison’s involvement in lacrosse, Acord has found a passion for the sport as well. Just last year he decided to step up and create the first women’s lacrosse team at Viewmont High School as well as becoming the trustee. This will be the team’s second year, with enough participation to expand to a second team. So while hockey may be his dominate sport, Coach Acord finds a passion for coaching no matter the challenge.
Congratulations again to our Coach of the Week, Brian Acord. Good luck in your upcoming seasons!
Coach Brian Acord’s Keys to Success:
- Make sure practices are fun and help players develop a love of the sport.
- Really get to know your players and parents as they are the best part of the game.
- Set individual and team goals. Work hard as a team to accomplish them.
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