About Dan

In his nearly 9 years with the San Diego Oilers, Coach Dan Arel has held the head coaching title at various levels, currently coaching the clubs 12U A (2011) team. His teams have won numerous tournament championships, competed in the International Silver Stick Finals, as well as taking home silver in SCAHA Finals and the State Championship Finals in the 10U A division.

Since 2020, Dan is the Director of Coaching Education & Development, ensuring coaches have the tools and resources needed to help their players and teams succeed. Prior to that, Dan was the Director of Youth Hockey Development, and the 8U coordinator.

In 2020, Coach Dan was named Coach of the Year by the San Diego Gulls Foundation and joined the NHL Coaches Association’s Mentorship Program. Dan is also a regular contributor to The Coaches Site, a site focused on the education and development of hockey players from youth hockey to the NHL.

Want to learn how I can help you develop as a player, or help your team or staff develop? Let’s chat!