2022/23 Head Coach Announcement for U14, U15 and U16, News (York-Simcoe Express)

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2022/23 Head Coach Announcement for U14, U15 and U16
Submitted By Kelly Jones on Saturday, January 15, 2022
York Simcoe Express is pleased to announce the Head Coaches for the U14, 15 and U16 for the 2022/23 season.

Doug Orr – U14 (formerly Minor Bantam)

Another YSE alumni as a player (1992-1997) that the association is proud to have within its coaching ranks, Doug went on to a successful professional playing career overseas after a five-year CIS career at McGill. Doug played a season in the Central Hockey League before four seasons in Germany and the Netherlands where he was consistently ranked among the respective leagues’ scoring leaders. Following his playing career, Doug earned coaching experience with the Hill Academy where he has served in both Head Coaching and General Manager duties as well as a Head Coach within the Markham Majors AAA association before joining YSE. Doug was also a volunteer coach in 2011 with the Stouffville Spirit (Jr. A).

Warren Cooper– U15 (formerly Bantam)


Warren is a York Simcoe Express alumnus who was later drafted 41st overall to the OHL in 2001. He went on to play five years of Junior Hockey, split between the Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL) and the Wellington Dukes (OJHL). After Junior he played professional hockey in the UHL with the Richmond RiverDogs. Warren earned League Rookie of the Year honours with the Uxbridge Bruins in the 1999-2000 season and was the leading scorer in the OJHL Royal Bank Cup playoffs with the Wellington Dukes. Warren is an HP1 Certified Coach with ten years of coaching experience and is entering his fifth season as a Head Coach with YSE. His YSE U16 team saw nine players drafted in the 2021 OHL Draft.

Rob Shilton – U16 (formerly Minor Midget)

Rob is currently YSE’s longest-tenured head coach entering his 10th season as a Head Coach in the association. In addition to his years of head coaching experience, Rob brings elite experience as a player at the OJHL, OHL and CIS levels. Rob coached YSE’s Minor Bantam team to an OMHA championship in 2012-13 and the Minor Midget team to Silverstick, OMHA and OHL Cup championships in 2015-16 as well as serving as a member of the bench staff for the OMHA championship winning teams in Minor Bantam, Bantam and Minor Midget from 2008-2010. Rob is known for creating a positive, high-paced, fun-environment that is suitable to the development of all players. He prides himself on a coaching philosophy that instils a strong work ethic with the team, establishes a challenging but safe environment and reinforces respect for the game, their teammates and their opponents. Outside of minor hockey, Rob is a marketing professional in the pharmaceutical industry.

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