Become a Coach

Looking to Join the Chicago Hawks Coaching Staff?

Are you interested in joining the Chicago Hawks coaching staff? Serious inquiries only.

Boys Program - Contact Hockey Director Steve Poapst at

Girls Program - Contact Girls Hockey Director Ryan Sullivan at  

How to become a USA hockey coach

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. Certification is also required. A few basic steps requirements are as follows:

USA Hockey Requirements must be completed before participating in any team activities:

  • Complete the background screening (found on your affiliate website).

Coaching Education Program Requirements

**Must be completed by December 31 of the current season.**

Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $40 plus any lunch fees if applicable.) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The Coaching Clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31.)

Complete the online age-specific module(s) for the age level of play you are coaching. (Cost is $10 per module.) (The online modules are available from September 1 to December 31.)

In order to coach, you are required to be certified at the appropriate level for the upcoming season. Learn more about Coaching Education Program Requirements.

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