The newest additions to Ottawa Ice’s bench staff, Jodi Connolly and Erin Lepage, bring a wealth of experience to the team’s coaching group and the Ice players are excited to have them behind the bench this season helping guide the team towards achieving its goals. Head Coach Al Bateman is quoted as saying that; “It is a privilege to have 2 standout role models to communicate with the players and to lead by example”.
Jodi is a former Gloucester Devil AA ringette player who has competed and won medals at the Canadian Ringette Championships and at the Ontario Winter Games (representing Eastern Ontario). Her love for the game eventually led her to a coaching career – first on the youth side coaching at the AA and AAA level, and most recently in the National Ringette League for the Ottawa Ice. Not only does Jodi bring her former playing experiences to her coaching, but she also relies on the experience she has gained through her “day job” as a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board.
The Ice players say that Jodi is very competitive and brings vast knowledge as well as focus and direction to the team. Her passion is a real inspiration to all …. and, we have it on good authority that the players are constantly amazed at how she incorporates purple into her wardrobe in such an effortless and stylish way.
Erin Lepage comes to the Ice bench staff with a similar and equally impressive resume. Like Jodi, Erin is a former AA player with the Gloucester Devils who has competed at National Championships and AAA events like the Ontario Winter Games. She is also a Gold Medallist (Team Ontario) from the first Canada Games that included Ringette as a sport. As the newest member of the Ice Coaching staff she has brought a wealth of experience and a great sense of humour to the bench. Erin is also a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board, which helps her achieve an important balance between teaching and playing experience in her coaching of the Ice team.
The players are quoted as saying that; “Erin is a star when put in the spotlight and/or when caught unprepared. Whether she is planning a last minute practice or arriving at the game in the 4th period, Erin is always ready … although not always on time (ha). Her ability to keep the game in perspective and to get the team fired up is second to none. GO LePants!”
As the competition heats up for playoff spots leading to the right to compete at the National Championships, the Ice team members feel that they have an extra advantage to have such exceptional coaches and great roles models as Jodi & Erin behind their bench.