COLORADO SPRINGS – USA Hockey has announced that former Florida Everblades assistant coach P.K. O’Handley will serve as head coach for the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete December 26-January 2 in the Viking Cup in Camrose, Alberta.
O’Handley was an assistant coach with the Everblades from 1998-2002 during which the team was 173-88-23 and reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs all four seasons.
He was the director of player personnel for the 2004 Viking Cup team which earned a silver medal and in 2003 he was named Developmental Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
O’Handley is in his fourth season as head coach and general manager of Waterloo in the United States Hockey League and enters 2005-06 with a 97-69-14 record. In 2002-03, the Black Hawks had a franchise-best 38-17-5 record and won the division title, earning O’Handley the USHL Coach and General Manager of the Year award, and the following season the team captured the national championship.
Before joining the Everblades, he spent eight seasons as head coach and general manager of North Iowa in the USHL.