The LCA Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Olufson to Head Boys Hockey Coach for the 2017-18 season. In a search that has lasted almost 5 full months, included over 27 potential candidates, and resulted in 12 interviews, we have found the answer on our own bench! That being said, a month ago, Dan would most likely have not been in a position to consider the opportunity. God’s plan was most definitely in place for us to wait patiently for Him to clear the path for the right leader to step in. It is our belief that Coach Olufson is that right leader!
A 2012 graduate of Legacy Christian Academy and a 2016 graduate of Bethel University, Coach Olufson spent two years in a Legacy Hockey uniform and has been part of the Lions Hockey coaching staff since 2013. In his first few years, he led the JV team and most recently shifted his focus to the forwards as an Assistant Varsity coach last season. In addition, Coach Olufson has been a power skating instructor, working with all ages and levels, since 2008.
As well rounded as his coaching resume is, it was Coach Olufson’s strong belief that athletes can learn a lot about their faith through the game of hockey that ultimately confirmed our direction. In his application, Coach Olufson shared, “Christianity is the most important thing in my life and I believe that being a witness is very crucial in a coaching role. As a coach at Legacy I want to teach the students how to become great hockey players but more importantly I want to teach them how to become great men of God.” It is this aspect of Coach Olufson’s character that makes him the right leader to step into the program at this time.
As he steps into this new adventure, Coach Olufson is also embracing other “new adventures.” He is in the early stages of beginning a career at Aggressive Industries in Spring Lake Park and was recently married. It is with the blessing of both his employer and his wife Katie that Coach Olufson steps onto the rink with us again for the 2017-18 season! Please join us in congratulating Coach Dan Olufson on his new coaching role with Legacy Hockey.
Mark your calendars for these important opportunities to connect with Coach Olufson:
Sunday, October 1 @ NSC (Room TBD) 5:00 pm Hockey Open House following first captains practice. (Invite all potential skaters!)
Monday, October 16 @ LCA-Meadow Creek Worship Center 7:00 pm Winter Sports Meeting