Join us as we talk to John Luetkemeyer about how a youth sports organization went from a local disaster to national recognition based on volunteers changing how we trained players! It is an incredible conversation filled with nuggets of wisdom.
John has spent 25 years as a youth hockey coach working with players from mini-mite to high school. The last 15 years he has been a coach with the Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association, including 7 years as its Coaching Director. John researched, designed, and implemented a Mite Development Program for U6 & U8 in 2006; a format that Missouri Hockey mandated other clubs adopt in 2009.
Since 2011, John has spearheaded full adoption of the USA Hockey’s American Development Model, leading to the club’s designation as a USA Hockey Model Association in 2013 (currently only 23 in the entire country). In 2015 John turned the Coaching Director role over to his protege but remains on both the Board & Coaches Committee of the club.