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 who are active in our many programs, such as PREDecessor, Stick Spinning, Power Skating, Youth Leagues, G.O.A.L.! and more.
Zach Jackson: Senior Hockey Manager
In addition to being the Hockey Manager at Ford Ice Center, Zach has coached with Hockey Without Borders since 2013, where he also serves as the US ambassador. While with HWB, he coached within the Subotica, Serbia HK Spartak Hockey program, as well as, clinics/camps in Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia.He also began the Nashville Predators Select Travel Hockey Program and currently coaches the 10U team.
Zach served as the Hockey Director at Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine from 2011-13, and was the Assistant Men's Ice Hockey Coach at the Florida Institute of Technology Club Hockey Team. Additionally, he has played for the HK Spartak in Subotica, Serbia, in the Serbian Ice Hockey League, James Madison University Club Ice Hockey Team, Northern Virginia Ice Dogs U-18 AA (CBHL) and the Tri-City Eagles AA Youth Program (CBHL). Zach was the recipient of the Washington Capitals' Hobey Baker Character Award in 2007-08, MSHL Top 3 Player to Watch Honors in 2004-05 and participated in the Swedish Development Camp for the Tri-City Eagles Exchange Program in 2003.
Andy is the Youth Hockey Coordinator at Ford Ice Center. He runs all Grassroots Programs (G.O.A.L.!, PREDecessor, Try Hockey For Free, Little Preds Learn To Play and the Youth House League). Andy is also the Goalie Coach for the Preds Select Travel Hockey team, working with Squirts, Peewees & Bantams. Andy also works with the 16U & 18U AAA Nashville Jr. Predators goalies. 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
Andrew, the Amateur Hockey and Fan Development Coordinator for the Nashville Predators is originally from Marlboro, New Jersey. He has five years of coaching experience with Swan Hockey and Surge Hockey. He has coached private lessons for beginners up to Juniors as well as coached youth programs with the New York Rangers. Andrew played Junior hockey in Ottawa (CJHL), New Jersey (EJHL) and New Hampshire (AJHL) as well as DIII hockey for Manhattanville College and Nichols College.
Greg grew up playing hockey in Florida before going on to play AAA hockey in Georgia for TPH Thunder. After finishing youth hockey, he moved on to play junior hockey in Texas (WSHL), New Hampshire (AJHL) and Wyoming (NA3HL). He played three years of NCAA DIII hockey at Aurora University (Aurora, IL). In his senior year he played ACHA DII for Aurora University where he was named Player of the Year for the central region and was slected to the All-American 1st selection team at Nationals. During his final two years of collegiate hockey, Greg also served as an assistant coach for the Marmion Cadets and won a High School Varsity State Championship. Greg also coached for four years with the Jr. Cyclones house program and assisted with all levels from Mites-Bantams.
Born in Rochester, NY, Patrick spent 17 years playing in the Webster Cyclones AAA Hockey Association. He also played four years of high school hockey followed by one year of Junior A hockey in Syracuse, NY. Following his year in Syracuse, he attended the State University of New York at Canton where he played four more years of Division III club hockey and served as the program's president for his junior and senior seasons. After stints of working with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Nashville Predators, Patrick now focuses on using his knowledge and experience with previous hockey organizations to train and teach players of any age to help them improve and play at the next level. Patrick's coaching experience comes from serving as an assistant coach for his hometown high school team, various hockey camps in the Rochester, NY area, and programs within the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey department. Patrick is currently coaching for the Nashville Predators Select Travel Hockey Program here at Ford Ice Center.
Born in Saranac Lake, NY, Kyle played five years of high school hockey, one post-graduate year of hockey at National Sports Academy and four years of DIII hockey, where he served as Assistant Captain his senior year. Kyle has also coached two-week Can/Am Hockey Camps in Lake Placid, NY as a strength and conditioning coach and on-ice defensive drills coach.
Kyle is an aspiring USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach
Erik was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He played NCAA hockey at Amherst College, played professionally in Düsseldorf, Germany. He coached U18 AAA in Massachusetts and taught Planet Hockey Camps across the USA. He is also a former recruiter/scout for Amherst College Men's Hockey Team.
Bo grew up playing competitive youth hockey in the South and has experienced first hand the rich influence the game can have on both players and their families. He played Tier I/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 NCAA hockey at Hamilton College before injury ended his career. Bo instructed for six years at Hockey Opportunity Camp in northern Ontario, Canada, having led a staff of junior, university, and professional players in his final year. Off the ice, Bo spent two years with Teach for America as an elementary school teacher in the Mississippi Delta. He's a power skating specialist and can't wait to see you on the ice.
Alex has been playing hockey for 19 years. He grew up playing A for the Butler County Blackhawks and AA/AAA for the Cincinnati Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association in Cincinnati, followed by playing PREP hockey in Chicago for four years. Alex was also part of the Great Lakes Hockey team for the 2010 Hockey Night in Boston Tournament. He was a hockey coach/camp counselor at Miami University Hockey School in Oxford, OH from 2005-2010.
Demetrius was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where he began playing adult league hockey three years ago. When Ford Ice Center opened, Demetrius began volunteering with the G.O.A.L.! program and was also featured in an article published by USA Hockey. He even scored a double hat trick in a game in the Over 40 League!
Michelle is from Poughkeepsie, New York, where she began skating outdoors at the age of two. She started playing ice hockey at the age of nine, then went on to play for Penn State for three years. Michelle was the director and coach for the Little Howlers organization at Arcadia Ice Arena in Phoenix, AZ.
Alex Haver is from Athens, GA. He has six years of playing experience starting with middle school roller hockey. At Georgia Tech, he served as team captain from 2014-2016. Since graduating, Alex moved to Nashville, where he began his career as an electrical engineer and has also been proud to coach youth hockey at Ford Ice Center since 2017.
James played D1 hockey at Xaverian Brothers High School in Massachusetts, two years with the NECDL, four years of ACHA D1 & D2 hockey at Berklee College and two years in METRO Elite Prospect program. Additionally, James has been a USA Hockey certified hockey coach for seven years. He has been the Assistant Coach for South Shore Vocational Tech Junior Varsity Team in Massachusetts, Associate Coach for Berklee Club Hockey, and Assistant Coach for U16-A Admirals, U14 AA, U15 AA/AAA, & U16 Jr Predators AAA.
James is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and USA Hockey Level 3 referee certified
George grew up in San Jose, California, where he played AA and AAA hockey for most of his life. He then went on to scout for teams in the OHL and other firms before deciding to coach. George now lives in Nashville and is ready and excited to help all players reach their full potential.
Quinten grew up in Naples, Florida where he played for the Jr. Everblades organization and received mixed looks from people when they found out there was hockey in Florida. He then went on to play hockey for the University of Mississippi men's team while attaining a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After his competitive hockey career came to an end, he decided he wanted to give back to the sport. He is an avid Tampa Bay Lightning fan living in a Preds world.
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 2,000's. Jimmy has been coaching hockey for over 10 years and has two sons who also play hockey here in Nashville.