O’Had enters his fourth season with the Everblades and first as Associate Head Coach. Tad was named Assistant Coach in August of 2013.
Previously, O’Had served as head coach and general manager of the Florida Jr. Blades for three seasons. Under O’Had, the Jr. Blades made two appearances at USA Hockey Nationals and captured a pair of regular season league titles. His total record behind the bench for the Jr. Blades was 112-19-8.
To call the Yakima, Washington native seasoned is very much an understatement. O’Had involved himself in hockey by playing in youth leagues with the Tri-Cities where he found himself drawn to the defensive side of the sport. He went on to play hockey for Millbrook Prep School in Upstate New York for three years. After graduating from Millbrook, O’Had went on to play junior hockey in the North American Hockey League and Ontario Provincial Hockey League with the Capital Centre Pride and the Port Huron Clippers.
While pursuing a higher education, O’Had attended Connecticut College in New London, CT where he was named captain for three out of his four years at the school. He became one of the founders of BlueStreak Sports Training, deemed to be one of most prestigious sports training facilities in the U.S. Also, O’Had continued on to be the co-founder for Hybrid Hockey, a recruitment and exposure service that prepares players who are looking to expose themselves at the collegiate level. In 2009 Tad was granted the opportunity to work in Russia with their Olympic development program where he co-founded several training programs.
For the past five years, O’Had has served as the Vice President of Hockey for Athletic Republic. He is also a certified level III trainer for Athletic Republic, along with being a Sports Potential, Sport-Quest and SPARQ trainer. Tad was awarded with the Dick Vraa Award for his contribution to the Athletic Republic Network. He has achieved decades of awards and achievements in just a few years and his hard work and dedication has led him to direct teams and hockey schools in Ontario, Alberta, Minnesota, Michigan, New York and Connecticut. In the past eight years, 26 players he has trained have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft, with 5 Florida born players being selected in 2016. During the off-season Tad oversees the Athletic Republic Pro Skates where he and his staff train on and off the ice 25 elite level AHL, KHL, DEL, ECHL and European pro players. Tad resides year around in Estero, FL.