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Coaches Week Profile: Molly O’Brien
September 19, 2016

Coaches Preview - Molly O'Brien

Name: Molly O’Brien
Role at Fortius: Director of Strength and Conditioning
Programs coached at Fortius: HockeySTRONG, private coaching
Sport background: Wrestling and gymnastics
Education/certification: BKin, MS (Strength and Conditioning), CSCS, USAW, FMS-I/FMS-II, PN
Hometown:  Kitchener, Ontario
Number of years coaching: 8
Coaching style in one word: Invested

How did you get your start in coaching?
I was lucky enough to study at McMaster University just as Steve Lidstone, newly appointed Director of Strength & Conditioning (SNC), was looking for interns to build out a staff. With his leadership and encouragement, he’s given many young coaches in this country a great start in this field.

Tell us a bit about the program(s) you coach at Fortius:
 I coach in our HockeySTRONG off-season training program, geared toward providing developing and professional-level hockey players with the right support team for their development needs. Our HockeySTRONG program has great energy, I love being able to see these athletes come back each year excited and ready to work hard.

How would your athletes describe your coaching style?
I recognize that the athlete has the most important and valuable observations, feedback, and direction in regards to their own training and development. I try to create an environment where the athlete feels empowered to contribute to their training plan; is actively, encouraged and motivated to execute each day; and aware of the daily contribution to the long-term objectives.

Share one of your most memorable moments as a coach: 
Watching one of our professional athletes talk about his career and give advice to the next generation while recovering after a training session. That’s what it’s all about.

What is a phrase or quote your athletes always hear you say: 
It is a great thing to be able to do what we love.

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