Episode 023 Talking Hockey and Coach Development with Kristen Wright of USA Hockey


Kristen Wright, the ADM Manager for Female Hockey, joins the podcast to discuss her youth sports experience (multi-sport athlete) and playing hockey on all-girls and co-ed teams as a junior. She played in college at Connecticut College and later was an assistant coach at CU-Boulder. She shares her experience being the same age or younger than some of the women she was coaching at the time.

We discuss how she became involved at USA Hockey and her role as the ADM Manager for Female Hockey. She provides a short description of the USA Hockey ADM program (for a deeper dive see the links below).

Kristen talks about her experience as an assistant coach at a Colorado Springs high school for its boy’s hockey team and dealing with teenage boys (bless her!) and how she took to the philosophy that you have to show them you care first.

We finish up with a discussion about the Teaching and Facilitation workshop that she and I attended (thanks USA Hockey for letting me crash your workshop). We both share our experiences and takeaways. She really took away the art of active listening and the feedback process. (This part of the interview is also available as a stand alone audio both in the podcast and on the USCCE website).


Kristen Wright bio

USA Hockey American Development Model

Link to an interview with Ken Martel from USA Hockey on the ADM program.

Link to an interview with Kevin McLaughlin from USA Hockey on the ADM implementation

Teaching and Facilitation Workshop information