Butch Kowalka has been General Manager and assistant coach of the Glacier Nationals since 2009, Head Coach 2015.
He has served as a founding member of the Flathead Valley Hockey Association in Kalispell, MT helping to build and develop minor hockey throughout the Flathead Valley. He served the association as a founding board member, programs committee member and chairman of all coaches for its first three years. Over the years he has coached multiple teams for FVHA and the Glacier Hockey Association, specializing in player development.
As a player, Butch was a Midget AA national champion with Team Toledo in 1987. He then played Tier II Jr A in Detroit for Compuware, leading them to the national finals. His career then rose to Division I college hockey with Ohio State University. These playing experiences and continued coaching development have led Butch to head coach the NORPAC Jr A Showcase team and assisted with the Puget Sound Tomahawks.
Butch also continues to head coach an internationally competing state team and is an on-ice coach with the Montana Selects program. From this he was selected to represent Montana at the Northern Plains District camp for USA Hockey’s Player Development program as an on-ice coach and player evaluator by Al Bloomer [ USA HOCKEY DIRECTOR EMERITUS / FORMER USA HOCKEY NATIONAL COACH IN CHIEF / NORTHERN PLAINS DISTRICT DIRECTOR PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ]
This is what Al Bloomer had to say about Kowalka. “Butch is an excellent teacher of the game. He models patience yet holds players to a high standard. I was so impressed with his on-ice presence and the way he communicated with the players, I invited him to join the staff of the Northern Plains Player Development Camp. I expect great things from him.”
It is this passion and commitment to player development, along with the intimate knowledge of what it takes to succeed to the next level, that Butch and the entire staff will bring to your future.