Florida lawyer leads the Miami-Dade Scholastic Hockey Alliance to a high school championship
IN LATE FEBRUARY, Coral Gables lawyer Andrew Yagoda coached the Miami-Dade Scholastic Hockey Alliance — the Southernmost U.S. high school hockey program — to a Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida High School Tier II Championship. In a very competitive game against East Manatee, the Miami-Dade team scored with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the victory. The win earned the team a spot in the USA Hockey National Championships in Dallas, which were unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The team is a county-wide ice hockey program comprised of scholar/athletes from various public and private Miami-Dade high schools,” Yagoda said. “Our program competes in the Florida Panthers Scholastic Hockey League against various teams from Broward and Palm Beach high schools. Until we were able to organize this program in 2010, high school-level ice hockey was unavailable to Miami-Dade County student athletes.” In addition to being “excellent ice hockey players, a cohesive team, and high-quality individuals,” Yagoda said the team’s average weighted GPA is 4.1. “These young men embody what it means to be a team and scholar/athletes,” Yagoda said.