The Kern County Hockey Club (KCHC) proudly recognizes our coaching staff as having some of the most talented and competent individuals in the business. For this reason, the KCHC takes pride in introducing the Head Coaches of our teams. Please take the time to read their impressive biographies by clicking on the icon on the left.
Coach Cooke is a High School teacher. He teaches science, health, and physical education at Valley Oaks Charter School. James has been coaching with the KCHC for 6 years. He played professional hockey for 11 years, 5.5 years with the Bakersfield Condors. If you ask James why he enjoys coaching, he will say with a smile; “I’m a coach because I cannot sing or dance.” While this may be disputed in certain circles, what remains a fact is the Toronto Maple Leafs is his favorite team – we’re starting to see a coach pattern here. James is married to his lovely wife Lyndsay. They have 5 wonderful children: Aaron, and daughters Lyndsay, Chelby, Emma and Taylor. Coach Cooke was born and raised in Toronto and went to Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He moved around the country playing ice and roller hockey and moved to Bakersfield in 1998. He is a man of strong faith and attends the Bridge Bible Church . He also teaches 1st grade on Sundays with his wife.
Coach Hay is the Director of the Ice Sports Center. This is his 10th year with the KCHC, serving as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Goalie coach and Director of Coaches. Scott has been playing or coaching since 1981. If you ask Scott why he coaches, he will say; “I coach because it’s the greatest game in the world!” He boasts his favorite NHL team is the Toronto Maple Leafs – we won’t hold it against him. Scott moved to Bakersfield in 2001, as he was playing for the Bakersfield Condors. After his playing days, Scott decided to return to Bakersfield where he and his wife settled. Coach Hay is a loving husband and a proud father of four. He remarks; “I’m lucky to have married Stephanie.” They have four fantastic children all with first names beginning with the letter E: Elsie, Emma, Eden and Evan.
Coach Mike Hofstrand has been with the KCHC for four years. He has played 7 years pro hockey. He loves coaching youth players. When asked why he enjoys coaching so much, he says; “I became a coach to give back to the game that I played for a long time.” Mike’s favorite team is the Edmonton Oilers. He is married to the lovely Ashley Hofstrand. They have two wonderful sons named Hudson and Harrison, who are hard playing Junior Condors. Mike is proud to say he was born and raised in Fort St John British Columbia Canada and started growing roots here in Bakersfield in 2004.
Coach Ianiero was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He started playing hockey at the young age of 5. The sweat and blood he donated to the game allowed him to be drafted by the Ottawa Senators during the 1999 NHL season. During a span of 9 years playing professional hockey, Andrew spent 7 of them right here in Bakersfield playing for our Condors. This is his third season coaching for the KCHC. If you ask Andrew why he coaches, he will say; ” I look forward to giving back to the game that gave me so much. Especially, the opportunity to coach my own little hockey players.” Andrew and his lovely wife Jennifer have three wonderful children: Asher, Easton and Ella. Together, they have resided in Bakersfield for the last 10 years.
Coach Kolthoff discovered his passion for ice hockey at the early age of 5-years old while growing-up in the beautiful state of Alaska where the state’s motto is “North to the future.” Cliff was from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. However, North did not turn out to be in Cliff’s future because his family moved to the “Golden State” in 1985. As a result of the family move, he achieved a greater portion of his education locally in Kern County. Cliff attended Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College, and Cal State University. Cliff is employed as an engineer with the Kern County Fire Department, proudly serving the public for the last 18 years and plays for his department’s team in the Golden Empire Hockey Club. Cliff is married and a proud father of three fantastic kids named Courtney, Kyle, and Casey. He has been married to his lovely wife, Kim, since 1999. Like their father, his boys Kyle and Casey have hockey blood in them and they are hard working Junior Condors with a competitive passion for the game. Coach Kolthoff finds great passion in passing along his hockey skills to them and to other youth players. Cliff says; “I enjoy coaching hockey because I have enjoyed a lifetime of playing the greatest game ever and I want to pass it on to future generations. I love watching the kids grow and develop their skills as they get older.” This will be Cliff’s 9th year coaching with the KCHC. He has coached Mite thru 16 AA. The KCHC is proud to have one of Kern County’s finest as part of our head coaching staff serving Kern County’s youth.
Coach Mears has been involved with the KCHC for 8 years. He has proudly coached the Bantams. Glen’s hockey experience consists of USHL Junior A – Rochester Mustangs, USA National Team 15, 16, 17, 18, Junior and Olympic Festival, 3rd round draft pick Calgary Flames – 12 years pro hockey various minor league teams. If you ask Glen why he coaches, he will say; “I really enjoy the kids and want to be a good influence on them.” Coach Mears explains when he was growing-up his role models were his hockey coaches, and he hopes to pass along what those coaches taught him. Glen’s boasts his favorite NHL hockey team is the Anaheim Ducks – someone might hold that against him, but who cares. He also boasts the Labada Pama , Pro Roller Hockey Team, as his his other favorite. Glen has two fantastic sons named Logan and Gavin, who are both go hard and fast Junior Condors! He is originally from Anchorage Alaska and settled in Bakersfield in 1999 to play for the Bakersfield Condors.
A product of his hometown Wellington, Ontario, Canada minor hockey system, Rosebush played successfully for the Wellington Dukes from 1994-96 where he was named MVP of the Metro Toronto Tier II Junior A Hockey League in 1996. Rosebush went on to attend the University of Guelph where he helped the Gryphons win a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championship in 1997. In 1998, Rosebush was selected as part the Canadian University All-Stars to compete against the NCAA All-Stars while also winning a bronze medal at the World University Games that same year in Poprad, Slovakia. From 1999-2005, Rosebush played with the Bakersfield Condors of the minor professional East Coast Hockey League where his jersey was retired in 2007. At that time, Rosebush was the all-time franchise leader in games played, game-winning goals and penalty minutes. In addition to his hockey achievements, Rosebush won a gold medal in fast-pitch softball at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1999 and gold at the International Softball Congress (ISC) world championship in 2007 with Madison, Wisconsin. Two years earlier, he had been selected to the ISC World Fast-pitch All-Star Team. Rosebush was recently inducted into his hometown Prince Edward County Sports Hall of Fame and now resides in Bakersfield, California with his lovely wife Amy and their three wonderful children Rylie, Nolan and Jaelyn.