A Tribute to John Dodds- NH Coaches Association Coach of the Year


2015: Coach John Dodds was named New Hampshire High School Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year! This honor is well deserved!  Players, parents, and fans are delighted that “Coach” has finally been recognized for his coaching talent.

Coach Dodds could write a best seller on how to be a great coach – and his book would be unique, resonant, and not short.  He’s a leader with a real vision that comes to life each season.  He’s accomplished so much more than a winning team, season after season.

There are so many precious gems this coach has given to his teams over the years. Excellence on the ice and in the classroom are team expectations and traditions, as are community service, and a team vibe and morale based on a family-like culture. The team has some very spirited, meaningful and fun traditions that are passed down amongst the girls year to year. Six state championships in a row!

The girls are thrilled that their coach has been honored this year. Some of their thoughts about coach Dodds:

Coach is a driving force as to why we all improve so much in one season. He pushes us to do our best every practice and game. 

I think one thing that makes Coach special is how well he understands us. He knows when to push us, but also when to back off. He knows when it is appropriate to raise his voice and when it is not. I’ve also realized over the years that he is just a really goofy guy who can always make us laugh!

Always there to give you a quick tip on your game or your eating habits. On the long bus rides to big games he’ll be reading the paper. At morning practice he’ll be waiting for us one by one as we enter the rink half asleep and waking us up more than we’d probably like with a loud ‘You awake?!’. He’s always there for the stomach crunching laughs, the little giggles, and the tears we all bear as the season comes to a close. This season was a special one though; our coach was finally recognized for his leadership, integrity, and his overall love for the game. We are a very select, lucky group NH of players that received the honor to be coached by none other than Coach himself.

He cares so much about the players on the team and always tells us how proud he is of us individuals, but is also clearly so proud of what the team has accomplished on the ice and beyond. He works so hard to prepare for every game and practice, and also spends hours behind the scenes calling reporters, athletic directors, high school coaches, college coaches, and who knows who else?! He is the man behind the curtain, the reason for all of our success. Without coach we would just be a group of talented hockey players. Coach makes us a team and a family.

– Puts so much time and dedication into this team and program, totally deserving!

– Always does his best to answer any questions 

– Draws up new drills to challenge us to go outside of our comfort zone 

– Really cares about the girls as people, not only as hockey players and our lives outside of hockey

– Teaches the girls to be strong leaders and make smart decisions and to always HONOR THE TRADITION

– Thank you so much for everything you do for us!

Coach is always ready to give us his very best. Each practice is so well planed. We learn and improve every day. He cares about all of us, and wants us all to succeed together as a team and individually.

He is always there for us and I don’t think anyone has had a better coach. 


photo Lake Placid Dodds