Cougars officially announce DeMarinis as new head coach

The interim tag was removed in early April and David DeMarinis is officially the new head coach of the Cobourg Cougars.

DeMarinis joined the Cougars as an associate coach in November 2019 after previously serving as head coach and general manager of the Pickering Panthers for three seasons. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Stouffville Spirit.

David DeMarinis (Photo by Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

“I am honoured to be part of the storied Cobourg Cougars organization,” DeMarinis said in a release from the Ontario Junior Hockey League club. “Through the leadership of Marc Mercier, the Cougars have become one of the premier organizations in the OJHL and have a proven track record for success on the national stage. I am looking forward to working closely with our management team and reinforcing Cobourg as a development destination for elite hockey players.”

DeMarinis made a strong impression on Cougars’ management in a short period of time.

“After working with David this past season, it became very apparent he checked all of the boxes of what we were looking for in our head coach,” said Cougars General Manager Adam Yahn in the release. “In particular, we were drawn to his focus on the growth and development of our players, as well as the structure and preparation he brought to our game.”

Mercier, the Cougars’ governor, added that “David’s focus on player development and advancement is undeniable, using one of his former Pickering players, Dustyn McFaul (a 2018 NHL draft pick by the Boston Bruins and commitment to Clarkson University) as an example. “David’s commitment to development will ensure the Cougars remain a perennial contender and our players continue to move on in hockey while advancing their educations.”

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