Our Team

Travis Nichol

Varsity Hockey Coach at Northview High School

Coach Nichol is currently the head coach at Northview High School. He played the majority of his hockey out of Walker Ice and Fitness until moving on to play varsity hockey at Kenowa Hills. While studying education at Grand Valley University, Travis started his coaching journey. As a level 4 USA hockey coach he has coached at all age levels over the past 11 years from mites to high school. He is currently a teacher at Northview High School and recently completed his masters in Educational Leadership. Coach Nichol is passionate in developing players on and off the ice and preparing them for life's next step. Coaching would not be possible without the amazing support of his wife Tricia and his 1 year-old son Trenton.

Mike Fountain

Hockey Director at HAWK

Coach Fountain brings professional hockey experience to those attending our summer camps. He has played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Ottawa Senators. Along with his outstanding reputation as the hockey director with HAWK he works with the Canadian Paralympic team. Coach Fountain's ability to teach players whether they are beginners or professional players is remarkable.

Cody Schievink

Assistant Varsity Hockey Coach at Northview

Cody has coached at all levels over the past 10 years. He played College Hockey at Western Michigan University and continues to give back to the game he has always loved.

Todd Johnston

Strength and Conditioning Coach at HAWK

Todd Johnston is excited to be the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Nichol Hockey Camp. Coach J is no stranger to HAWK players and families, having been our director of dryland training for many years. His PEAK Performance program has helped our HAWKS from Squirts, PeeWees, Bantams up through Midgets at both the House and Travel level.
He also works closely with high school varsity teams and continues his training with collegiate and even professional level hockey players. He is a featured speaker at clinics for the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program on the topic of Long-Term Athlete Development and holds the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Additionally, Coach J is also a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction from the NSCA. Coach Johnston is also teaches PEAK performance at Kenowa Hills High School.

Jim Hartlein

Calvin College Coach and GR Blades Coaching Director

Jim brings a stellar hockey resume. He is a USA Hockey level 5 coach and has coached at nearly every level of youth hockey with great success. He is a natural leader who will be a great asset in attracting and developing top-tier hockey players across West Michigan. Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey community as a strong advocate for playing the game the right way. Over the past 4 years Jim has been coaching the top tier teams with the Grand Rapids Blades. During 2018-19, he began to serve as the Head Coach for Calvin Colleges ACHA Division 3 team. Jim has a knowledge and passion for hockey that we are excited to share with all players joining our hockey camps.

Tim VanOeveren

Assistant Varsity Hockey Coach at Northview

Coach VanOeveren has been coaching in the West Michigan area for nearly 20 years. With his level 4 USA hockey certification he has coached a wide range of teams including house, travel and high school where he is currently on the bench at Northview with Coach Nichol. His knowledge of the game and his passion for making a difference in the lives of young men is unparalleled.

A special thanks to many other volunteers that make this camp possible!