Hockey Coaches

Our USA Hockey certified hockey coaches are dedicated and committed to growing the game of ice hockey in Middle Tennessee. Below, you can learn more about - and even book a lesson - with the coaches active in our many programs, such as PREDecessor, Stick Spinning, Power Skating, Youth Leagues, G.O.A.L.! and more.

Andy Franklin: Director of Rink Programming, F&M Bank Arena

Andy is the Director of Rink Programming at F&M Bank arena, and previously ran all Grassroots Programs (G.O.A.L.!, PREDecessor, Try Hockey For Free, Little Preds Learn To Play and the Youth House League) at Ford Ice Center. Andy is also the head coach for the Preds Select 12UA1 Travel Hockey team. Andy is from Nashville and grew up playing hockey with the NYHL hockey league and also played for Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University.

Andy is USA Hockey Goaltending Silver Certified and is the USA Hockey Goaltending Development Coordinator for the Southeast

Jennifer Boniecki: Senior Manager, Diversity Hockey

Jennifer grew up playing girls hockey all over the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois at the AAA and high school levels. She went on to play college hockey for the The Ohio State University (ACHA Women's Division 1) where she served as a two-time assistant captain. Jennifer was selected for the United States National University Team that won a bronze medal at the 2013 Winter World University Games in Trentino, Italy. She has five years of coaching experience ranging from learn to skate to youth hockey programs with the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators. She also served as the power skating coach for the Franklin Park Panthers Girls program and as an assistant coach for the Loyola Academy Girls Varsity team in Chicago. Jennifer runs the Preds Girls Hockey Program, C.O.R.E. and all grassroots efforts. 

Jennifer is USA Hockey Level 4 Certified.

Nick Szymula: Manager, Youth Hockey Development

Nick currently oversees all grassroots programs (G.O.A.L.!, PREDecessor, Try Hockey For Free, Little Preds Learn To Play and the Youth House League) at Ford Ice Center Antioch. He has also previously coached with our Preds Select programs. Prior to moving to Nashville, he ran all of the youth hockey programs in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dominick Cuce: Youth Hockey Coordinator

Originally from New Jersey, Dom grew up playing within the youth and high school systems in the area. He later spent three seasons playing junior hockey for the New Jersey Renegades of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League before turning to coaching full time. He spent four years with the New Jersey Stars youth organization with a heavy involvement in their travel, youth league, and grassroots programs, as well as their skills clinics and summer camps/programs. Upon moving to Nashville, Dom joined the Ford Ice Center coaching staff before accepting the position as Youth Hockey Coordinator. He also coaches the Father Ryan High School Varsity squad. Dom also serves as Head Coach to our Preds Select Travel Program team 12UA2.

Caleb Toone: Youth Hockey Coordinator

Originally from Michigan, Caleb fostered his love of hockey by playing on the frozen lakes as a young child. He continued to progress through youth and high school levels before playing one season of junior hockey for the Daytona Racers. Following his season of juniors, he went on to play five years of college hockey for Liberty University where he served as an assistant captain for his final season. With 10+ years of coaching experience, Caleb currently oversees all grassroots programs (G.O.A.L.!, PREDecessor, Little Preds, and the Youth Hockey League) at Ford Ice Bellevue.

Bo Armstrong: Hockey Coach

Bo grew up playing competitive youth hockey in the South and has experienced first hand the rich influence the game can have on players and their families. He played AAA in Dallas, TX before leaving home at age 15 to take advantage of a scholarship opportunity at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, where he played Class A/Division I Prep school hockey. After Hotchkiss, he played at Hamilton College (NCAA/NESCAC) for three seasons before injury brought an early end to his career. After many summers training in Northern Ontario, Canada, Bo became NCCP certified through Hockey Canada and instructed for six years at Hockey Opportunity Camp, leading a staff of junior, collegiate, and professional players in his final year. Bo became involved with NPAHA shortly after moving to Nashville in the Spring of 2017, then spent the 2018-19 season with the Jr. Preds as the assistant coach to both the 16U and 18U AAA teams. He joined the Preds Select program in 2019 and is eager to help young players position themselves for success. Off the ice, Bo spent two years with Teach for America as an elementary school teacher in the Mississippi Delta and has been working in music and film since 2010. He is a power skating specialist and can't wait to see you on the ice!

Bo Armstrong is USA Hockey Level 3 Certified

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David Chen: Hockey Coach

David started learning basics of skating and playing open hockey in 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. In January 2019, he competed in the US Pond Hockey Tournament in Minnesota. Over the years, he has participated in many hockey classes, through which he has learned how basic and advanced skills being taught to kids and adults. From January 2020, he started working at the Ford Ice Center (Antioch) as one of the youth hockey coaches.

David is a USA Hockey Level 3 Certified Coach

Jimmy Kitchens: Hockey Coach

Jimmy grew up playing goalie in Dearborn, Michigan for AAA Little Caesar's & Junior B in Canada. He then went on to play at the University of Alabama Huntsville for a year of Division 1 Collegiate Hockey. Jimmy then jumped into the Central Hockey League as a starting goalie. He then played over 15 years of minor professional hockey with over 11 teams in the Central Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional League. He later won Goalie of the Year in the SPHL with the Huntsville Havoc in the early 2000's. Jimmy has been coaching hockey for over 10 years and has two sons who also play hockey here in Nashville.

Jimmy is USA Hockey Level 4 certified

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Emilee Klier: Hockey Coach

Coach Emilee grew up in the Ford Ice Center hockey programs, and has now become a hockey coach. She currently assists with our 10U Preds Select team.

Emilee is a USA Hockey Level 2 Certified Coach.

Bruce MacIsaac: Hockey Coach

Grew up playing hockey in Nova Scotia, Canada . After finishing college, He moved to Virginia to help grow youth hockey in the southeastern USA with ARC ice sports (Canlan). He coached a the 1998 Tidewater Sharks Peewee AA team in their inaugural season to the southeast district championship. Bruce helped to initiate some of the first female programs from Washington DC to the NC region during his time is Virginia. In 2000, he moved to Long Island, NY where he spend the next 18 years coaching with the Long Island Gulls Tier 1 AAA hockey club, coaching some of the top AAA players to come out of Long Island over the past 20 years. 4 appearances in the USA Hockey National championships as well as several NY state championships.

Bruce is USA Hockey CEP Level 5 Certified.

Ben Mathewson: Hockey Coach

Ben is originally from the Binghamton, NY area where he played in various house leagues before joining the Maine-Endwell High School hockey team where he served as Assistant Captain during his senior season. After high school Ben played in college for the SUNY Broome Hornets hockey team in the, unfortunately now defunct, NJCAA. After 2 years at SUNY Broome Ben moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and has been coaching youth and high school hockey in the Nashville area since 2013."

Ben is USA Hockey CEP Level 4 Certified.

Brandon Pulici: Hockey Coach

Brandon grew up in Rochester, NY playing both AA and AAA hockey in the area. After High School Brandon began coaching the Webster Cyclones Midget U16 and U18 teams where he made the state tournament on multiple occasions. He also coached for Webster Schroeder High School where he won the 2014 NYSPHAA State Championship. Brandon moved to Nashville in 2018 and began coaching the GOAL, Little Preds, and PREDecessor in April of 2019. 

Brandon is USA Hockey CEP Level 4 Certified.

Chad Rush: Hockey Coach

Born and raised in upstate New York, Chad played minor hockey for Louisville Lightning from ages 4-18. He moved to Nashville in 2017 where he now owns and runs his own Sports Chiropractic Clinic. In 2019 he began coaching at Ford Ice Center in Antioch and Bellevue Tennessee to give back to his new community and begin building relationships within the hockey community that surrounds his newfound home. 

Chad is Level 1 USA Hockey CEP Certified.

Jonathan Tucker: Hockey Coach

Jonathan Tucker was born and raised in Auburn New York. He began skating at age 3 on a duckpond and soon enrolled in the Auburn Youth Hockey Program. He played travel hockey in the CNYHL throughout the Northeast, Canada and High School Hockey. His teams won several Regional, Divisional and State Championships. After finishing High School, Jonathan headed South to Atlanta Georgia to attend Emory University. Jonathan was the captain of the Emory Ice Hockey team which competed in the SCHA throughout the South east. During College Jonathan worked as an assistant high school coach, referee, and in player development for the IHL Atlanta Knights organization. Jonathan moved to Nashville in the early 1990's and became involved with coaching in the NYHL. Jonathan has over 26 years of experience coaching at various levels including mite, squirt, pee wee, Midget and Jr. Hockey. He has been coaching at ford Ice for three years and has a son that has currently plays at the 10u level. Jonathan has enjoyed contributing to the growth and development of youth hockey in Nashville. 

Jonathan is USA Hockey CEP Level 3 Certified.