Lexi Bohlinger is a Level 4 Certified Coach through USA Hockey and has worked with female hockey players of all ages and skills levels, including 10U, 12U, 14U, and High School Hockey. Lexi is currently the Head Coach of the Cranbrook Kingswood Girls Varsity Hockey team. She has experience coaching with Michigan Girl’s Select Tryout Camp and at the Girl’s National Development Camp in St. Cloud, MN.
I began playing hockey at eight years old at the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena. With very few opportunities at the time for young ladies to find a competitive, age appropriate girls team close to home, I played one year with the girls 12U Saints. Being one of the youngest players on the team, I felt a little out of place and decided as a second year mite to join a boy’s hockey team.
I quickly found my home under the direction of Coach Doug Deleeuw. While a lot of coaches wouldn’t even look at a girl’s name on the draft list, Deleeuw was one of those coaches who defied the odds. He was well known among the St. Clair Shores organization as a hockey coach that drafted and developed female players and he did it very well! I felt comfortable playing on a boy’s team and always felt like I was equally respected and relied upon as a fellow teammate. I played six seasons for Deleeuw before moving to girls AAA hockey with Little Caesars at the age of 14.
After high school, I moved to the chilly state of Minnesota to embark on my Division 3 college hockey career at Saint Mary’s University. I played four years of Varsity Hockey at St Mary’s as a defenseman.
Following college, I found my passion for coaching when I began as an Assistant coach at my former high school, University Liggett. I thoroughly enjoyed working with female players of all skill levels and decided to take on a larger role as a hockey coach.
In 2013, I moved to Troy Sports Center to fill the Head Coaching position for the 10U Troy Lady Sting. In the Spring of 2014, my staff and I started the Troy Sting’s first 12U Tier 3 team and simultaneously coached the 12U Tier 2 team. I have had the opportunity to coach at both the Michigan Girls player Development Camp and the National Development Camp in St. Cloud, MN.
Being given the chance to coach girls of all levels, I recognize the depth of talent arising in girls hockey in the state of Michigan. There are also a number of opportunities coming to the forefront for girls to play at the Division 1, Division 3 or ACHA college level.
Young women need a female role model and teacher that can relate to them both on and off the ice, and thus I created Lessons with Lex.
Lessons with Lex gives aspiring female hockey players of all ages and expertise a chance to try hockey and hone their skills with a well qualified and passionate female coach.
I still play competitive hockey almost every day with my good friends and my brothers on two adult men’s league teams. I also get the opposite end of the spectrum playing for the Women’s Victory Honda Sr. B team, State Champions (2013, 2014, 2015) and National Runner up (2014).