The Winnetka Hockey Club has named Charlie Widmar its new Director of Player Development.
Widmar coached two Winnetka travel teams and served as a lead skills instructor this past season. In his new role, Widmar will continue to coach two teams. He will also oversee the skills program and work closely with our Hockey Director on player and coach development within the club.
Widmar grew up in Eagan, MN and Northbrook, IL. He played youth hockey for the Northbrook Bluehawks after his family relocated to the area. Widmar went on to be a three-time varsity letter winner at Loyola Academy where he was also an Illinois State Scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist, and a Chick Evans scholar. Widmar played three years of junior hockey before matriculating to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he played four years of Division III hockey for the Oles.
After his playing career, Widmar quickly joined the coaching ranks. He has coached for the Wilmette Braves and New Trier High School programs. This past year, in addition to his coaching duties with Winnetka, Widmar was the head coach of the Loyola Academy junior varsity team. He is also a lead instructor with Impact Hockey.
Widmar has demonstrated a unique passion for the game of hockey and has proven himself to be an exceptional leader and instructor for young players. The Winnetka Hockey Club is thrilled for Widmar to take on this new role within the club. We look forward to his continued work with our Winnetka Warrior players, families, and coaches.