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.
Mike, the Senior Manager of Amateur Hockey and Fan Development for the Nashville Predators is originally from Long Island, New York. He has eight years of coaching experience between youth programs with the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators. Mike is in his 4th season working with the Predators and currently oversees all amateur hockey programs for the Ford Ice Center and Nashville Predators. Mike played prep high school hockey in New York (NEPSIHA II).
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.
Born in San Jose, CA, Carl Harter grew up playing youth and high school hockey in the Bay Area. After high school, Carl played five seasons at Liberty University (ACHA) located in Lynchburg, VA. In his final year of graduate school, Carl served as the video coach for the Division I Men's hockey team at Liberty University, which featured multiple ex-NHL players on the coaching staff. After completing degrees in Sports Administration at Liberty University, Carl accepted a role with the Florida Panthers as a coach in the Florida Jr. Panthers program (U16 A). In addition to coaching duties with the Florida Jr. Panthers and other in-house programming, Carl also served as the Coordinator of the Panthers Adult Hockey League at the Panthers IceDen. Now with the Nashville Predators, Carl is the Adult Hockey Coordinator at Ford Ice Center and is now accepting lessons.
Patrick grew up playing Youth Hockey in Hamilton, Ohio. He then played Midget AAA for the Indianapolis Checkers, Junior (CSHL) for the Queen City Steam, and College (ACHA) at the University of Central Oklahoma. After graduating from Central Oklahoma, Patrick spent 2 years at Miami University (OH) working with youth and collegiate players. From there, Patrick worked with Total Package Hockey as Director of Program Development (Cincinnati, OH/Lexington, KY). This led Patrick to a position as a Player Development Coach and Instructor for the Center of Excellence (Indianapolis, IN). During his time with TPH, Patrick Coached at the U10/U15/18U AAA levels. Before moving to Nashville, Patrick was the Programming Director for the Fuel Tank at Fishers in Indiana.
Patrick grew up playing hockey in his hometown, Rochester NY, where he spent 13 seasons playing in the Webster Cyclones Youth Hockey Program. Having gone to a high school that didn't offer hockey, his parents started a varsity program his senior year in which he played and earned first team all-state, finishing top 10 in scoring for New York State. He was then recruited to play Junior A hockey for the Syracuse Stampede of the NSHL (Northern States Hockey League) where he played one season. Following the Stampede, Patrick attending SUNY Canton where he played four seasons of club hockey. Patrick's passion for coaching emerged following his career at Canton after he was the final roster cut not once, but twice from their NCAA team. "My mission is to coach players and educate them on the dedication it takes to play beyond Youth Hockey. Knowing how hard I worked towards achieving my goal of playing at the NCAA level, and having come as close as I did after only playing 'House' for my first 12 years, I want to motivate other players though my experiences and failures. Most young hockey players have the dream of playing in the NHL or in college, or wherever, but many of them don't have that voice telling them what it takes and motivating them to do it." Patrick has been coaching hockey with the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey Organization for the past three years. Before joining the Predators full-time, he was a Head On-Ice Skills Coach for the Hockey Lab in Franklin, TN.
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 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
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.
Jillian grew up just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and has been playing hockey since she could walk. She played goalie for the Boston Junior Bruins for seven seasons and attended the National Player Development Camp in Lake Placid, New York. She went on to play four years of D-III Hockey in the ECAC West at Utica College where she was an All-American finalist. She has over ten years of coaching experience and is available for private goaltending and skating lessons.
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.
Originally born and raised in Detroit, MI, Chris grew up around the game of hockey. After moving to Middle Tennessee, he played hockey with MTSU Club ACHA DIII hockey for three years. He is a USA Hockey Level Three certified coach and has coached in various locations all over the country. He started coaching here with the NPAHA and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There he coached AA Peewee Travel hockey for the Arizona Hockey Union. Chris rejoins us with his mind set of high skill level and paying close attention to detail.
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.
Jen grew up playing competitive youth hockey just outside of Hartford, CT. While in high school, she moved to the Nashville area and became involved with the Nashville Women's Ice Hockey League and the Nashville Athenas. She now enjoys playing with various women's and men's ice hockey programs in the area.
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 grew up playing youth ice hockey and roller hockey in Hopewell Junction, NY. She then played Tier II hockey for the Connecticut Stars and Brewster Lady Bulldogs. Michelle attended Penn State University where she played Women's D1 Club in the ACHA her freshman, sophomore and junior year. She ended her hockey career as Assistant Captain before diving fully into student teaching her senior year. After college, Michelle moved to Phoenix, Arizona and coordinated the Little Howlers program for the Arizona Coyotes at Arcadia Ice Arena. After 4 years in Arizona, Michelle moved out to Nashville and now helps out with the youth programs at Ford Ice.
Michelle is USA Hockey Level 2 certified
James Gately: Hockey Coach
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
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.
Emilee is currently a senior at Page High School. She has been a Buffalo Sabres fan for her entire life, and she started playing hockey (and cheering for the Preds) at nine years old when she moved to Nashville. Emilee started coaching last year and currently plays in the NPAHA Youth House League at Ford Ice Center.
Emilee is USA Hockey Level 1 & a USA Hockey Certified Student Coach