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USA Hockey - Women’s National Team, Head Scout

04/23/2014, 12:00pm EDT
By USA Hockey

JOB DESCRIPTION:  This is a player personnel / development oriented position that will evolve with the needs of the program as well as the strengths of the scout in this role.   Primarily, this role will be tasked with overseeing and further developing our player pool through scouting, while continuing to enhance our existing scouting system to ensure maximum potential for our current and future National Teams.

Work directly with our National Office Staff (Director of Women’s Hockey and Manager of Women’s Hockey) as well as our assigned National Team Coaching Staff to create and execute a long-term development program for our US Women’s National Team and future player pool.  The candidate will be expected to have the ability to effectively work with players on ice, off ice, and through virtual platforms (example – our online video content platform).  This will include creating a specific curriculum for our range of players (U18 players, Collegiate players, and Post- grad players who are on our National Team and in our younger development programs). 

Oversee a regional (part time) scouting team and manage the exchange of scouting reports through our partnership with Rinknet.  In addition to conversations with our regional scouts, the candidate will be expected to communicate consistently with an ancillary network of High School and College coaches.

Coordinate and manage a database of current National Team players and players who have potential to become National Team caliber.  Help develop and track an integrated system to ensure we are making the most informed decisions on player selections for each National Team camp and tournament.  In addition, this position is tasked with identifying areas that can assist/educate our younger player pool to help enable them to reach their maximum potential.

This role will help lead the continuous assessment of, and changes to, our curriculum for the player development camps at the 14, 15, 16 and 17 ages.  This position is tasked with evaluating areas of strength and weaknesses among our pool of players and subsequently collaborating with the coaching staff to design curriculums that will strengthen our weaknesses and bolster our existing strengths. 

In addition to the resources that exist within USA Hockey, this position will expected to assist in leveraging any relevant resources provided by other governing bodies including but not limited to the Olympic Training Centers (Colorado Springs and Lake Placid) and the USOC’s (United States Olympic Committee) High Performance / Sports Performance Team.  

The successful candidate must be capable and willing to find, create, and collaborate in order to execute best practices that will allow Team USA to achieve gold in IIHF World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Responsibilities:

  • Scout a range of high school, collegiate and CWHL games.
  • Oversee a part –time regional scout team.
  • Create an annual scouting schedule for USA Hockey.
  • Manage our Rinknet database with current information on future and current players within our National Team player pool.
  • Assist with the consistent updating of the US Women’s National Team Player Pool that is posted publically on usahockey.com.
  • Collaborate with National Office Staff and National Team Coaches to lead a consistent monthly call to ensure our ‘depth chart’ is active and relevant.
  • Scout key District Tryouts and work with Director and Manager of Women’s Hockey to identify Scouting roles for District Tryouts.
  • Present at all National Team Camps/Events.
  • Present at our Girls Player Development Camps (14, 15, U18) Camps.
  • Scheduled visits to the National Office for strategic planning sessions required.
  • Scout collegiate high school games tournaments as assigned. 
  • Work with Director of Women’s Hockey to develop an efficient and effective process to communicate critical player development and skill development content.
  • Utilize effective development tools, such as video content, to breakdown games at the National Team level and help educate our players in the development system.

Qualifications:

  • Scouting and recruiting experience at the collegiate and/or National Team level.
  • Division I and/or National Team playing experience.
  • Coaching experience within the Division I or Professional ranks is required.
  • Experience working USAH Player Development Camps.
  • Proficient in the following software: XOS, XOS Thunder, Gamebreaker, HUDL, Rinknet, Final Cut Pro and Flexxcoach (drill design).
  • Experience with International Competition (IIHF events).
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Programming (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc).

Expectations:

  • Travel will be a large part of this role.  The ability to travel throughout the season and attend camps in the off-season is a necessity.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required (the ability to communicate effectively on a daily basis with colleagues, players, and in public speaking forums public speaking).
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Well organized.
  • A strong desire to work collaboratively, to explore and support ‘best practices’ in the field.
  • Awareness of USA Hockey structure and history.

Candidates can submit their letter of interest and resume to usahwnt@usahockey.org by May 16. 

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