Friday, June 10, 2011


Here's a press release from the Okanagan Rockets....

The Okanagan Rockets and the BC Major Midget League are pleased to announce that James Eccles has been named the clubs head coach for the 2011-2012 season.

James has built his extensive coaching and scouting experiences at numerous levels from the NCAA, Canadian Junior “A” hockey clubs, scouting for the USHL, directing and advising for a sports group, and instructing small area space game training/skill specific classes.

James coached the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles (NCAA Division III) from 2003-05 as the assistant coach and later as the head coach for the 2005-06 season. He then pursued his education as a US Hockey Director for a NCAA advisory Sports Management company, Cardinal Sports Management Inc., from 2006-08 where he personally advised and oversaw the USA based scouting/personal player representation duties, while at the same time scouted for the USHL Central Scouting as the USA Northeast regional scout where he resided in Rochester, NY. In the summer of 2008 James moved back to British Columbia accepting the assistant coach/director of scouting position for the Westside Warriors of the BCHL for the 2008-09 season and then as a volunteer assistant coach for the beginning of the 2009 season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. For the 2010-11 season James accepted and is still presently the Head Scout for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. As well, James has been an instructor for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy for School District #23 since arriving in 2008 to present. In the off season James presently operates small area space game training and skill specific sessions in the Kelowna, BC.

James received his Master’s of Science Degree in Sports, Recreation, and Leisure Management from Brockport State, a State University of New York while coaching the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles (NCAA Division III). As well, James received his Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management and Human Movement Studies from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio while playing for the Kent State University Golden Flashes (ACHA Division I).

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