Originally from Jamestown, NY (small town south of Buffalo). Began playing hockey at age 5 for the Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association (CCYHA) which competed in the youth hockey leagues in Buffalo, Rochester, and Erie PA. Played through high school and at Brockport College. Continue to play adult league hockey and in the Reston Coaches’ League. Previously coached High School, Bantam and Midget teams in Buffalo shortly after college. Moved to the Washington area in 1995 and began coaching again 5 years ago when my daughters started playing. The 2017-18 season will be my 3rd season coaching the 14U Girls Travel team. In both previous seasons we have reached the CBHL Championship game. Our goals are simple: Have fun while building the players individual and team skills. I am currently a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. My wife Cathy and I, along with our daughters Aislinn and Keira live in Centreville, VA.
Andrew Kucinich – Girls 19U
Andrew grew up in the Herndon and started hockey with the Raiders is 2002. He played for Herndon high school in the fledgling NVSHL. After high school, he went to Western Michigan University. He tried out but ultimately did not make the college teams. Andrew then moved on to adult leagues. He was part of a team that reached the finals of the state tournament of Michigan for adult hockey (non-check). After moving back to Virginia, Andrew has been playing in adult leagues in Reston and Ashburn. The coaching bug started during summers home from college. Andrew helped coach at the summer fun camp teaching kids how to play hockey. The experience was rewarding and fun but stopped when full time jobs started. Eventually after a few years, the urge to coach grew again. Coaching certification was obtained and in 2014 Andrew joined the U19 Girls blue coaching staff. So far during Andrew's coaching tenure the team has achieved: 2 undefeated regular seasons, 2015 CBHL Champions, and 2016 Southeast district finalist. Andrew will have a level 4 certification this year. This will also be his first year as a head coach. Hard work, hustle and attention to small details are what helped Andrew along his path and he plans on sharing that with his players. The joy of playing the game is vital. Growing players on and off the ice is important as with a student-player balance. Players will be expected to work hard on and off the ice. Andrew wants to push the team to compete at a high level while maintaining an enjoyable atmosphere.