Chris Langevin, Harwood Athletic Director, announced today there will be a new head coach for the Highlanders Boys Ice Hockey program this year. “I am pleased to announce that we have offered the position of Varsity Boys Ice Hockey Coach to Jacob Grout, and he has accepted. I am excited to have a Harwood Graduate that has been through the program coming back to coach the next generation of Highlanders,” Langevin said. “Jacob has coached many of our current student-athletes at the Bantam level of our youth hockey program, and will now be looking to coach them again as varsity athletes.”
Jacob Grout was a 2008 graduate of Harwood Union High School, where he played Varsity Ice Hockey for 3 years. After his playing days, Jacob was involved with the Harwood Youth program for 6 years as an assistant and then head coach.
“Anybody who says they don’t think about their high school sports days is lying. Becoming the head coach for a team you once played for is just like going back in time. Even though it is a different role for the Highlanders, all the preseason excitement feels the same,” Grout said, “This is a perfect transition year. The upper classmen, the leaders of the team, have all been coached by me in the past. That’s a huge benefit in helping the guys who don’t know me get accustom to my style. I’m hoping to light a fire under this team so they give it a good run for a title.”
Grout’s first game as the Harwood’s Boys Ice Hockey coach will be on December 13th, when the Highlanders travel to Leddy Park for the first round of Burlington High School’s Burchard Tournament, facing Mt. Mansfield Union at 8:00pm.