PK O’Handley

PK O'Handley headshot

Head Coach & General Manager

The 2015/2016 season is PK O’Handley’s 14th as Head Coach and General Manager of the Waterloo Black Hawks. Including seven years with the North Iowa Huskies, O’Handley has coached and won more USHL regular season games than anyone else in league history. He is a three-time USHL Coach of the Year Award winner (2003, 2007, 2014) and two-time General Manager of the Year (2003, 2012). O’Handley has led the Hawks to their only junior era Clark Cup (2004) and Anderson Cup (2006/07, 2013/14) championships.

On January 18, 2014 – facing the Team USA National Team Development Program- O’Handley recorded his USHL record 530th USHL regular season victory as the Hawks prevailed 2-1.

Many of O’Handley’s most successful seasons have come during his years leading the Black Hawks. On top of the Clark Cup and Anderson Cup championships, the Hawks have reached the Clark Cup Finals on four occasions during O’Handley’s tenure. Last season’s 93 standings points set a new franchise record.

O’Handley’s junior hockey coaching career began on October 5, 1991 with the franchise which would later become the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, the North Iowa Huskies. Directing the Huskies through seven seasons and 348 regular season contests, he put himself well on the way to becoming the only USHL head coach to guide his team into 1,000 games. In between his time in Mason City and Waterloo, O’Handley spent four years working as an assistant coach for the professional Florida Everblades of the ECHL, minor league affiliates of the Carolina Hurricanes.

In his most recent international expedition, O’Handley led the Black Hawks to the silver medal during the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. He has also been called to work with USA Hockey’s National Junior and Junior Select teams during tournaments in Canada and Europe.

After completing his playing career as a goaltender at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, O’Handley began coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, while also working with local high school and midget players. He is also a member of the Superior High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

O’Handley lives in the Cedar Valley with his wife, Maria, and yellow lab, Arnie. Their adult son, Zane (Angela) lives in Mason City. The O’Handley’s enjoy spending time with their grandson, Kellen, and granddaughter, Elena.