Jason O'Leary

Jason O’Leary (born August 17, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach. He is currently serving as head coach of the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).


Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, O’Leary played ice hockey at St. Thomas University in his hometown of Fredericton. Upon graduation, he worked as a teacher in Alberta and later in British Columbia, while coaching the respective schools’ ice hockey teams.[1] He then also worked in Hockey Canada’s High Performance Program at the U16 and U17 level.[2]

In 2009, he accepted the position as head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in St. Pölten, Austria. During his time in Austria, O’Leary also served as head coach of the country’s U18[3] and U20[4] national teams.

He moved to Switzerland prior to the 2013-14 season, joining the coaching staff of SC Langenthal of the second-tier division National League B (NLB) as an assistant.[5] When Olivier Horak stepped down in December 2014, O’Leary took over the head coaching job at SCL.[6] In the 2016-17 season, he led the team to the NLB title, beating the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in the finals.[7] He parted ways with Langenthal after the conclusion of the season and was named assistant coach at National League A club Genève-Servette HC on May 19, 2017.[8]

On May 31, 2018, O'Leary was named head coach of the EVZ Academy, the farm team of EV Zug.[9] He took over the head coaching job of German DEL side Iserlohn Roosters in March 2019.[10]


  1. "St. Thomas University - Fredericton, NB Canada". w3.stu.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  2. "Swindon | Okanagan Hockey School/Academy". okanaganhockeyacademy.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. Artner, Sonja. "Eishockey U-18 WM - 3. Platz". www.borglsp-stpoelten.ac.at. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. "New coaches for Austria". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  5. "Actualité - Nouvel entraîneur-assistant à Langenthal | Planète Hockey". Planète Hockey. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  6. Langenthal, SC. "SC Langenthal's coach Olivier Horak steps down, Jason O'Leary takes over". swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  7. "Rappis Aufstiegsträume sind geplatzt" (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  8. HC, Genève-Servette. "Jason O'Leary joins Genève-Servette HC's coaching staff". Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  9. "Jason O'Leary neuer Head Coach beim EVZ-Farmteam | EVZ". www.evz.ch. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  10. "Wie erwartet: Kanadier Jason O'Leary wird neuer Cheftrainer der Iserlohn Roosters". www.eishockeynews.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-03-22.
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