Hockey coaches earn section awards

North Branch Area High School hockey head coach Matt Cottingham (left) and assistant coach Aaron Bistram were named Section 5A Coaches of the Year based on voting by other section coaches.

North Branch Area High School head hockey coach Matt Cottingham was chosen as Section 5A head coach of the year by fellow section coaches. 

Cottingham has been the head coach for six years, and in that time the program has gone from the bottom of the standings to the top of the standings. 

“Matt continues to work to provide the needed leadership and guidance to produce not only great hockey players, but also respectable young men,” said Activities Director Matt Lattimore. “The program is so fortunate to have a coach like him.”

Assistant coach Aaron Bistram was chosen as Section 5A assistant coach of the year by section coaches as well. 

Bistram was hired when Cottingham became the head coach six years ago. Bistram works with the defense primarily.  

“Aaron has been a great addition to the staff,” said Lattimore. “He continues to motivate and push the boys to be the best athletes that they can be.”

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