COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chris Kawano is returning to the Colorado College hockey program as its first director of hockey operations and video coordinator, Head Coach Mike Haviland announced today.
“Coach Haviland is a guy you want to work for and learn from,” Kawano said. “He’s seen it all and won a Stanley Cup. I’m looking forward to being with someone who has won at every level."
Kawano played goaltender for the Tigers from 2003 through 2007, recording a 2-2 record in eight career appearances. As a sophomore, he was a part of the team that advanced to the national semifinals in 2005.
“CC should be a top-10 team every year and I believe a national championship is not too far away,” Kawano said.
During his junior season, Kawano earned a spot on the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s all-Academic team and received Colorado College’s annual Dave Peterson Award as Most Improved Player.
After graduating in 2007 with a degree in sociology, Kawano spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team, working with the goaltenders and coordinating the XOs/Vega video analysis system.
“I like the video analysis side of hockey, and I’ll be doing a lot of that for Mike,” Kawano said.
Kawano spent the last three years with Planet Hockey, developing youth hockey players while running hockey camps across the country. His final stop was this week at Sertich Ice Arena in Colorado Springs.
“Working at Colorado College is the perfect job for me at this point in my life,” Kawano said. “It really combines the interests that I have as well as the goals I want to achieve.”