Tim Green—former Viking, assistant coach with Hockey Alberta and the Camrose Kodiaks and hockey development aficionado—will lead the team in the upcoming 2021-2022 season.
The Augustana Vikings men’s hockey team have found their new bench boss. Vikings alumnus Tim Green will return to the team—to a bit of a different position than in his university days—as head coach for the upcoming Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) 2021-2022 season.
“I am very honored to be the next head coach of the Augustana Vikings hockey team,” said Green, when asked about the exciting new venture. “When the chance to coach the team came up I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to re-establish myself with the team and help create a winning culture for years to come. I cannot say enough positive things about the hard work and passion that the alumni association has accomplished to make this possible and I will do everything in my power to bring a championship back to this organization.”
“In a group of many strong candidates, Tim showcased all of the attributes needed to be head coach of Vikings hockey,” said David Ritz, president of the Vikings Hockey Alumni Association. “Not only does he have a lengthy and successful history in hockey as a player and a coach, Tim checks all of our boxes as an alumnus of Augustana Vikings hockey and is a great community leader in Camrose.”
Because the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus and the Augustana Vikings Hockey Alumni Association collaborated on the hiring process, they were able to find a head coach who fit the values of both parties, as well as the program. The selection panel included those with experience at a variety of levels of the sport including ACAC, U SPORTS, IIHF World Juniors, WHL and NHL levels.
“Working with the Vikings Hockey Alumni Association to find a new head coach exemplifies the collaborative spirit that is essential for the long-term success of the program,” said Randal Nickel, executive director of student life at Augustana Campus, and who was a part of the hiring process.
Bringing a wealth of knowledge to the program, Green spent his playing years with the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, the Tri-City Americans and Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Western Hockey League, the Augustana Vikings in the ACAC, the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Hardisty Stampeders of the Battle River Hockey League.
No stranger to Camrose or to Augustana, Green grew up in the city, spending his entire minor hockey career here before making the natural transition to the Camrose Kodiaks and then to the Tri-City Americans. Following Green’s four years in the WHL, he returned to his hometown to play for the Augustana Vikings 27 years after his father, Sven Green.
In his time with the Vikings, Green earned the ACAC Men’s Hockey Most Valuable Player award for the 2003-2004 season, scoring a league-leading 35 goals and 52 points.
During his two years in the red, black and white, Green scored 46 goals and had 24 assists in 40 games played.
Beyond his playing career, Green has a successful career as a minor hockey coach in Camrose and with Hockey Alberta. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the Camrose Kodiaks, before starting his own hockey development business, Tim Green Hockey Development, in Camrose.
Green is excited to get started and meet with current players for the first time as head coach. Although aware of the challenges the team will face this season, Green isn’t shy about also acknowledging the opportunities ahead.
“Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes during a hockey season and with the challenges that COVID-19 has presented in the last year I feel we will need to really focus on building a strong positive team culture and team identity early,” says Green. “After more than a year off for the majority of the players, I know that conditioning, structure and a competitive mindset will be at the top of the list. With that being said, this is a great opportunity for the Vikings to establish a winning tradition and to have community involvement where we can get people excited about Vikings Hockey again.”