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2017-2018 Coaches & Bios


Midget U18AA - John Ritchie

  • Head Coach: Lawrence High School 2012-17. 4X Division Champs & 4X NJSIAA State Tournament Qualifier, CVC Coach of the Year, Colonial Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award.
  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames Peewee B 2014-15 (Qualified for NJYHL playoffs)
  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames Peewee A 2016-17
  • 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.


Midget U18A - Chris Miller

  • Head Coach: The Lawrenceville School Girls JV 2016-17
  • Assistant Coach: The Lawrenceville School Girls JV 2015-17
  • 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.


Midget U16AA -  Justin Levin

  • General Manager - Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  April 2012 to Current
  • Assistant Coach - Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  September 2003 – March 2012
  • Assistant Coach - Lower Merion Middle School, Lower Merion, PA September 2003 – March 2005
  • Associate Head Coach – Freshman Team LaSalle College High School, Wynnewood, PA September 2003 – March 2004
  • Drexel University – American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Goaltender September 1999 – March 2003
  • 2000, 2002 Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) Champion
  • 2001, 2004 ACHA National Tournament Appearance
  • LaSalle College High School Goaltender September 1997 – April 1999
  • 1998 Pennsylvania State Champion and Flyers Cup ‘AAA’ Champion

A dedicated, committed ice hockey coach with over 10 years of experience with a passion to teach the game in a positive atmosphere that focuses on hard work, discipline and accountability to achieve team objectives. Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach. Justin earned his B.S. Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA June 2004 


Midget U16A - Mike Rich 

  • Current Manager of the Lisa McGraw ’44 Ice Rink at Princeton Day School.
  • Former General Manager of the Grundy Arena - Bristol PA, Flyers Skate Zone - North East Phila PA, Iceland Skating Center - Hamilton NJ.
  • Founder and former President of the Grundy Senators youth hockey organization – (DVHL) Mites through Midgets. 
  • Commissioner of the Lower Bucks County Scholastic Hockey League (LBCSHL) - 2002-2008.
  • Hockey Director / Skill Development Instructor:  Youth through Adult.
  • Coaching:  Head Coach & Assistant Coach, Peewee “A” through Midget “A”, Middle School Prep.
  • Player:  Bensalem High School, Bristol Blazers - Travel.  
  • Goaltending Clinic Instructor: All ages and skill levels. 
  • Head Goaltending Coach:  Mercer Chiefs T1 & T2, BC Glaciers, NE Blazers, Grundy Senators, Bucks County Americans - Junior C.
  • Resides in Morrisville, PA with his wife Heather.   


Bantam A - Chris Schneider

  • Head Coach - Jaguars Midget 16A - 2015-2016
  • Head Coach - Jaguars Bantam B 2014-2015
  • Head Coach - Riverfront Raiders JV 2013-2015
  • Head Coach - Riverfront Raiders Middle School 2011-2013
  • Head Coach - Mercer Chiefs Pee Wees - Bantams 2009-2014
  • Head Coach - Grundy Senators Squirts - Pee Wees 2007-2009
  • Head Coach - Princeton Tigers Mini Mites - Squirts 2003-2007
  • Head Coach - Princeton Day School (PDS) Boys JV 1992-1999
  • Assistant Coach - New Jersey Junior Mustangs 1998-1999
  • Player: Youth Travel-Junior Hockey, Notre Dame High School '1983-1987 (All Mercer Team)

Coach Chris resides in Bulrington, NJ with wife Vicky and 3 kids. He grew up in Mercer County. Chris is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with over 25 years of ice hockey coaching experience.


Bantam B - Steve Kolber 

  • Head Coach - Lawrence Flames Bantam B 2016-2017
  • Head Coach - Lawrence Flames Pee Wee B 2015-2016
  • Head Coach - Mercer Chiefs Mites - 3 years
  • Instructor - Mercer Chiefs Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs - 3 years
  • Playing Experience - Lawrence Flames Youth Ice Hockey, West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School (CVC All Star)


Pee Wee AA - John Ritchie

(see Coach's bio at the U18AA listing)


Pee Wee A - Jamie Davis

  • Assistant Coach: Notre Dame High School Irish 2016-Present 
  • Assistant Coach: Lawrence Flames Bantam A 2016-17
  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames Peewee B 2016-17
  • Playing Experience: Lawrence Flames Youth Ice Hockey, Notre Dame High School (Team Assistant Captain and leading scorer senior year), West Chester University (Team Captain and leading point scorer senior year)


Pee Wee BAndrew Dudich

  • Coach Dudich resides in Hamilton, NJ.
  • Last Season he was the 16AA Assistant Coach for a team the qualified for league playoffs. We are very lucky to have Andrew teaching our young players.  
  • His senior year he held the position as Captain on both Steinert and Flames 18AA who made it to the NJYHL playoffs. 
  • Coach Dudich played his youth hockey for the Lawrence Flames, and his High School Hockey for Steinert High School.  
  • Coach Dudich is a 2016 Graduate of Johnson and Wales University, and is excited to get back on the ice teaching the next generation of hockey players.  


Squirt 1 - Jim Meissner 

  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames, over 10 years with both Midget 16AA and Midget 18AA teams.
  • Head Coach: Lawrence Flames Squirt A 2016-17. 
  • 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)


Squirt 2 - Steve Kolber

(see Coach's bio at the Bantam B listing)


Mite U8 - Coaches listed after player evaluations


Atom U6 - Coaches listed after player evaluations

Skills Development Coach - Scott Bertoli

​​Coach Bertoli is a former 4-year Varsity letterman at Princeton University, where he skated for the Tigers from 1995-1999, winning the ECAC Championship and securing the program's first NCAA appearance in 1998. His professional carrier included time with both the Trenton Titans of the ECHL and the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. Currently, he is the head coach of the Princeton Day School Varsity Hockey team and co-owner of Competitive Edge Hockey Camps.


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, (7 seasons 122-51-12), 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 and 2017 runner up), Colonial Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award, 2011 CVC Coach of the Year, 2012 NJ Power Rankings Coach of the Year 
  • Head Coach: The College of New Jersey 2015 to present, (2 seasons 42-15-2-1)
  • Head Coach Boys JV and Thirds: 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 6, and daughter Ava 2.