The Pikes Peak Miners Hockey Association is proud to announce Nick Harper’s return to the Pikes Peak Miners program as head coach of the Pikes Peak Miners 20U Hockey Team in the newly formed Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL).
The Pikes Peak Miners Association recognized Nick as an experienced coach and asked him to join the program last year as the Assistant coach of the Pikes Peak Miners 18U AAA team. During this time Nick also served as a volunteer coach under Frank Serratore with the Air Force Academy’s NCAA Div. I hockey team.
Nick’s previous experience includes working as an assistant coach in the NAHL with the Wichita Falls Wildcats. During his time in Wichita Falls, under head coach Paul Baxter, he coached 15 players to NCAA Div. I commitments and 1 NHL draft pick.
Prior to his time in Wichita Falls he began his junior coaching career with the Springfield Jr. Blues in the NAHL. The 2011-12 Jr. Blues moved 7 players on to Div. 1 hockey. He also spent two seasons as head coach of the University of Northern Colorado’s ACHA division 2 club team, and two years as their assistant coach. During this time Nick worked extensively with the youth leagues in all the above-mentioned programs.
During the off season, Nick also works with several camps in the Colorado Springs area. This includes the Air Force Academy’s summer camp and midget showcase and the Pikes Peak Miner’s summer camp.
Bob Nolette President of the Pikes Peak Miners said, “We are excited to have a seasoned Junior A coach, and alumnus of our 18U AAA program return as our head coach.” Prior to following his older brother’s footsteps in joining the Miner’s Hockey Program, Nick spent six years playing at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota, three of those years under the tutelage of the late J.P. Parise. He also played for the Minnesota Blades AAA program and various AAA teams formed in the Northwest Hockey Leagues.
Nolette Also added “We are pleased and confident that Nick possesses the skills and knowledge needed to bring our team into the forefront of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. His enthusiasm and love of the game is evident in every aspect of his coaching.”