Wisconsin Hockey Wall of Fame

P.K. O’Handley

 

PK. O’Handley grew up in Superior and played goal for his youth and high school teams. His playing career at UW-Eau Claire was cut short due to a number of concussions. But, his college coaches, Troy Ward and Mike Eaves, encouraged him to give coaching a try. After a one-year apprenticeship at his alma mater, O’Handley began his coaching career in the USHL at Mason City where he spent seven seasons. A four-year stint in the ECHL followed, before he returned to the USHL, where he became general manager and head coach for the Waterloo Black Hawks.

He has been named Coach of the Year three times and general manager of the year twice. With over 500 career wins in the USHL, he is the winningest coach in the league’s history. His 2004 Waterloo team won the Clark Cup, the league’s playoff champions, and in 2012 his team took the silver medal at the Junior Club World Cup championships in Russia. He has coached the USA Hockey national junior team. In 2013, he was inducted into his high school athletic Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements.