Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association is excited to announce the appointment of Bryan Smith as the new CSGHA Director of Hockey. For the past seven months after joining CSGHA in May, Bryan has been leading the Recreational Hockey component of the association as the Director of Recreational Hockey. He will now take on the leadership of the Tier Hockey Program as well, as the association brings all hockey operations back under the leadership of a single Director of Hockey. Bryan has been charged with working closely with the CSGHA Coaching Staff and Board of Directors to bring the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association back as the preeminent elite all-girls hockey association in the Western US and back to national recognition. Bryan stated he is “excited for the opportunity to help bring this organization back together and move it forward as a national and statewide powerhouse in girls hockey.”
Bryan, who grew up in Michigan, currently resides in Evergreen with his wife, Carisa, and their 28-month old son Waylon. Bryan says he is “in love with the west and Colorado and will always live here.” Hockey is a family affair for the Smiths, as Bryan and Carisa, who played college hockey & soccer, met through a mutual hockey friend. Bryan says he “loves being a papa” to Waylon, and that it “has opened my eyes in so many positive ways in both his personal and professional life.”
Before joining CSGHA in May 2016, he is the current owner of Rocky Mountain Hockey Schools for the past 12 years. Additionally, for the past four years, Bryan has served as the first ever Hockey Director for Summit Hockey in Breckenridge. He also has several years of coaching experience that not only include six years of boys Tier I and four years of high school hockey with Summit High School, but having coached over 100 games overseas in Europe and Scandinavia. His coaching experience spans all levels and age groups of both boy’s and girl’s youth hockey.
Bryan also brings significant experience working with CAHA and USA Hockey at both the state and district levels. Not only has Bryan served as an evaluator the CAHA State Camp, but also for USA Hockey at the Rocky Mountain Player Development Camp. Bryan has also been an instructor for the USA Hockey Coach Education Program (CEP).
When not on the ice or around the rink Bryan has truly embraced the Colorado lifestyle since moving here in 1999. He and his family enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons dirt biking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.
Since joining CSGHA he has been a leader in rebuilding and organizing the Recreational program. He has recently launched a very successful effort call the Colorado Select Futures, to bring new players into the association at the 10U and 12U levels who have never played hockey before. Bryan has brought not only a wealth of experience to the Select, but also a serious passion for growing the game of hockey from the 8U level up. He fully expects to apply this passion and all he has learned about the association over the last several months to moving the Tier Program to an even higher level. Please take a moment if you see Bryan around the rink to say hello and congratulations!