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2016-2017 Coaches & Bios

Midget U16AA & Squirt A Jim Meissner

  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames, over 10 years with both Midget 16AA and Midget 18AA teams.
  • Assistant Coach: The College of New Jersey 2006 to present.
  • Head Instructor: Robby Glantz International Power Skating School 1997 to 2001(instructed many minor league & college players)
  • Training Camp Coach: LA Kings (skating technique, speed, quickness, and strength)
  • Official: West Coast Hockey League 2000-01
  • Assistant Coach: St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (Buffalo, NY), his alma mater
  • Buffalo Sabres: Marketing Manager 
  • Rink Manager & Hockey Director: Albuquerque, NM
  • Head Coach: Pee-Wee AAA team that was the first team from New Mexico to ever win the Rocky Mountain District Championships.
  • Player: youth and junior hockey, Buffalo, NY.
  • Education: Temple University, BS-Sports Administration(attended on a rowing scholarship and on two national championship teams)

 

Pee Wee AA & Midget 18AA - John Ritchie

  • Head Coach: Lawrence High School 2012-16. 3X Division Champs & 3X NJSIAA State Tournament Qualifier.
  • High School Coach of the Year: The Trentonian
  • Colonial Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award.
  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames Pee Wee A 2014-15  (Qualified for NJYHL playoffs)
  • Head Coach: Princeton Tiger Lilies U14 Tier 1 Girls Hockey.
  • Education: Holy Ghost Prep & University of Rhode Island. He is currently a special education social studies teacher at Lawrence High School. 

 

18AChris Miller

  • Assistant Coach: The Lawrenceville School. Girls JV 
  • Instructor: Lawrence Flames, Learn to Skate 2013-14 
  • Assistant Ice Rink Manager: Loucks Ice Arena, The Lawrenceville School.  
  • Certifications: Ice Technician, Ice Rink Administrator, Ice Rink Manager.
  • Chris resides in Fairless Hills, PA with his wife Jen.

 

Squirt 2 - Andrew Watson

  • Certifications: USA Hockey CEP Level 3 
  • Coaching: Head and/or Assistant Coach Flames 2011 to present (Mite, Squirt & PeeWee)
  • Player: Started at age 5 in Edina, MN.  Youth Travel & High School, University of New Hampshire, club level, various men's leagues
  • Coach Watson resides in Crosswicks, NJ, with his wife, Ashley, and children: Liam, 14; Ty, 11; Jillian, 9; and Benjamin, 7.

 

Goalies - Dave Kocsis Ph.D.

  • Education: SUNY-Plattsburgh: B.S. in Psychology & Business Minor, University of Connecticut: Ph.D. in Social Psychology; specialization in teamwork and group dynamics
  • Head Coach: 5 years
  • Assistant Coach: 3 years
  • Lawrence Flames Bantam A Goalie Coach
  • Certification Level:  USA Hockey CEP Level 4
  • Player: Choate-Division I Prep School (starting goaltender and captain senior year)
  • Player: Madison Capitols and the Dubuque Fighting Saints-USHL Junior A Tier I
  • Player: SUNY-Plattsburgh Cardinals at Plattsburgh, NY. NCAA Division III college hockey
  • Player: University of Connecticut-Adult Hockey League (during graduate school – forward and defense)
  • Player: Toros and the Princeton Hockey Club adult hockey (defense and forward)

 

Hockey Director - Andrew Ducko:

  • Current Manager Loucks Ice Rink at The Lawrenceville School.
  • Level 5 certified USA Hockey Coach, Certified Ice Technician, Certified Ice Rink Administrator, Certified Ice Rink Manager, and Certified Hockey Director. 
  • Head Coach: Notre Dame High School Irish 2010 to present, current record 110-39-9, Mercer County Champs 2012 & 2013 (6 time finalists),  Colonial Valley Conference Champs 2012 to 2016, Division Champs 2012 to 2016, Egan Cup Champs 2015 (2016 runner up)
  • Head Coach: The College of New Jersey 2015 to present current record 19-7-1
  • Head Boys JV Coach: Lawrence Academy Groton, Mass 2007-08
  • Head Coach: 
  • Nashua Panthers Bantam AAA 2007-08, Neshaminy Middle School 2003-04 & 2008-09, Abington High School Varsity 2009-10, Grundy Senators 18AA 2009-10, Larwence Flames 18AA Red 2014-16, Lawrence Flames Peewee A 2015-16, to name a few.
  • Hockey Director: Grundy Ice Arena 2008-11 (Director for all Grizzlies teams and all skills development at Grundy). 
  • Coach Ducko resides in Langhorne, PA with his wife Meghan, son Max 5, and Ava 1.