Coaches

Tyler Douthitt

Gold Head Coach

Tyler Douthitt

Gold Head Coach

Coach Tyler “Taz” Douthitt is entering his ninth year with the Carmel Icehounds organization and this season marks his first year as the head coach of the Carmel Gold team after serving three years as the Carmel Blue head coach. Taz has been a critical part of the coaching staff and contributed to 4 State titles in his four seasons with Carmel – Blue 1A (2014), Gold 5A (2015), Blue 2A (2016) and Gold 4A (2016). Coach Douthitt transitioned to head coaching positions for the 2019-20 season & continues to serve as the Goaltending Coach for both teams. Coach Taz grew up playing for Coach Desmond playing at both the AA and AAA levels as a part of the 92 Checkers/Racers, winning the CSDHL league tournament in 2007. He played high school 3 years for Lawrence, as the starting goaltender for all three years while attending Scecina Memorial High School.

Brad Minnick

Gold Assistant Coach

Brad Minnick

Gold Assistant Coach

Brad Minnick is entering his ninth season with the Gold team coaching staff. As a member of the Gold team staff, Brad has been a critical part of eight Hoosier League titles and two Indiana State Championship teams. During his time as a player in the Carmel program, Brad won three consecutive state championships. In addition to his success with the Carmel Icehounds, Brad was a part of two teams that made a deep run in the National Championship tournament for the Indianapolis Checkers and Racers. Following his high school career, Brad played three seasons at Indiana University. Brad currently lives in Whitestown with his wife, Alyssa, and their daughter, Riley. Brad is a middle school teacher at Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis.

Tyler Rhodes

Gold Assistant Coach

Tyler Rhodes

Gold Assistant Coach

Coach Rhodes was born and raised in Fishers, IN where he grew up playing in the Racers & Checkers youth programs. Coach Desmond was one of his very first ravel coaches. Coach Rhodes was the captain of the ’93 Central State Indy Racers team that was Runner-Up in the National Championship in back to back years. In High School, Coach Rhodes played for HSE “A” for 3 years where he won 2 5A Championships. After HS he went to college at John Carrol University in Cleveland, OH where he played hockey and studied Kinesiology and Entrepreneurship. He served as a captain of the JCU team as a senior. Coach Rhodes is still playing men’s league hockey and will hopefully never stop playing! This is his third year coaching and he is very excited to give back to the hockey community what he has learned from previous coaches and also continue to learn from the men and women he is now coaching on Carmel Gold.

Connor Minnick

Goalie Coach

Connor Minnick

Goalie Coach

Coach Minnick is starting his third year as goalie coach for the Carmel program. He has assisted in the development of two goalies from Blue to Gold and has been a consistent presence for the goaltenders the last three years.
Coach Minnick played for the Carmel program for three years from 2012-2015. Through those years he was the starting goalie for teams that won three Hoosier League titles and a 5A state championship over Culver in 2015. Before high school he played both for the CSDHL Racers teams and the AAA Jr. Ice. He also, played for Team Indiana his junior and senior seasons and went on to play five years of ACHA DIII hockey at IU.

Adam Giroux

Blue Head Coach

Adam Giroux

Blue Head Coach

Adam grew up and played travel, high school and college hockey in Upstate New York. He moved to the Indianapolis area in 2011 and has been involved in the hockey community in both playing and coaching ever since. Adam has coached for IYHA Racers at both A and AA levels to multiple Buckeye League Championships. Adam and his Wife reside in Westfield. Adam works as a Real Estate Agent in Central Indiana for the F.C Tucker Company.

Spencer Cowand

Blue Assistant Coach

Spencer Cowand

Blue Assistant Coach

After finishing his playing career last year, Coach Cowand is excited to get behind the bench and start his coaching career this season with Carmel. Spence grew up in Maine and played Hockey at many different levels. In High School, Spence was a 2-year captain and lead the state in scoring his Junior and Senior year as well as being nominated for the Travis Roy award which is awarded to the State of Maine’s most outstanding player. Spence then went on to play a post grad year at Bridgton Academy followed by two years of Juniors where he served as Captain again for the Vancouver Rangers. Spence spent a year of College at Framingham State (NCAA D3) before heading
to Dallas Baptist University (ACHA) to finish out his college career. Spence again served as a Captain for 2 years and in just 85 games scored 116 goals (School record) and added 96 assists. Spence led the nation in scoring his final 2 seasons and finished his career as a first team All-American as well as being named the American Collegiate Hockey Associations National Player of the Year. Spence is incredibly excited to get into coaching and help keep the winning tradition alive in Carmel.

Danny Popowics

Blue Assistant Coach

Danny Popowics

Blue Assistant Coach

Coach Popowics was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana and grew up playing for the Racers/Ice programs. Played for the Carmel program for 4 seasons from 2013-2017. Through these years he was a part of 3 state championships: 2014 1A, 2015 5A, and 2016 4A. He was also selected captain for the Carmel Gold team his senior season. Following high school, he played 3 seasons of ACHA D3 hockey at IU and continues to play mens league on the weekends. This is his first year of coaching experience and is excited to give back to the program.

Michael Schmitz

Blue Assistant Coach

Michael Schmitz

Blue Assistant Coach

Coach Schmitz was born in Toronto Ontario but moved to Buffalo New York at a young age where he started playing hockey. He has had the opportunity to play hockey all over the US and Canada through travel programs and as a participant in the Okanagan Hockey Academy international program. As a high school student he played 3 years for the Carmel Icehounds program as a Gold player with one year culminating in a state championship. Previously he was an assistant coach under Coach Christie on the Carmel Blue coaching staff but took several years off to spend time with his young children. He looks forward to working with the excellent coaching staff that Coach G has put together for this season and has high expectations for our Carmel Blue players.