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.
Jennifer Boniecki: Amateur Hockey and Fan Development Coordinator
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 girls GOAL!, Little Preds and PREDecessor programs at the Ford Ice Center Bellevue.
Born in New Haven, CT, Carter was skating by the age of 3. At the age of 5, Carter moved to Nashville, where he played roller hockey until he was old enough to get on an ice hockey team. He grew up playing for the Total Package Hockey (TPH) program, where he then went on to play a few years in the NAHL for the Amarillo Bulls and managed to claim a National Championship. After his Junior hockey days, Carter moved on to play for University of Georgia's Hockey Team (ACHA), where he helped lead the team to 2 SECHC Championships and 3 National Championship Tournament appearances. Carter was selected for the ACHA Select Team that went to play in the 2019 Universiade Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The same year he also claimed the honors of 2019 First Team All ACHA, First Team South Region, and South Region MVP. Carter is our Adult Hockey Coordinator at Ford Ice Center and is now accepting lessons!
Cassie was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and is currently a senior at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. She grew up attending UAH hockey games and Huntsville Havoc hockey games which is where her love of the sport began. When she was in 7th grade, she began volunteering with the Huntsville Havoc assisting with in-game promotions. While finishing her degree, she recently began working part-time for the Havoc with the Game Operations and Promotions department. Along with her operations and promotions duties, Cassie was the director of the Chaos Kid's Club for the Havoc this past season. She recently completed a summer internship with the Amateur Hockey & Fan Development department at the Nashville Predators and is currently interning for the Youth Hockey Department. After she graduates in December, she wants to continue working for a professional hockey team in the Amateur Hockey & Fan Development department.
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.
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.
Alex has been playing hockey for over 19 years. He grew up playing Peewee A for the Butler County Blackhawks, Bantam AA/AAA for the Cincinnati Cyclones, followed by playing Varsity Prep hockey in Chicago for four years, where he served as Captain his Senior Year. Alex was also selected to play for the Great Lakes Hockey Team in the 2010 Hockey Night in Boston Tournament. Alex was also a hockey coach and camp counselor at the Miami University Hockey School from 2004-2010. Alex has been with the Ford Ice center for the past four years where he has helped with all forms of youth hockey. Most recently, Alex served as the Head Coach to the Predators Select Peewee Hockey Team.
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
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!
Andy moved to Nashville from California in the winter of 2018 and has been with the Nashville Predators since August of 2019. Before joining the Nashville Predators, Andy was stationed in California as a United States Marine. Now as a Marine Corps veteran, he's spent the past two and a half years rapidly picking up the sport and he even began playing in the 7element hockey league. Andy's passion for hockey emerged at a young age back in his hometown in western North Carolina, and he's continued to love it for over two decades. Now as a hockey coach, he hopes to help aspiring hockey players of all ages because it's never too late to try something new. His overall goal is to apply the skills he learned in the Marines to help the next generation hockey players understand what it means to be a hockey player by teaching the values of strong discipline, leadership, determination, endurance, and teamwork.
Andy is USA Hockey CEP Level 1 Certified.
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 an aspiring USA Hockey CEP Level 1.
Rich Demaris: Hockey Coach
Rich grew up an Army brat and played house & travel hockey all over the country including Minnesota, D.C., Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, and Alaska. Rich played two seasons of Junior B with the Phoenix Polar Bears in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) from 2000-2002. Rich has been in the Army since 2005 and is currently a USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach and started coaching the 6U & 8U last year.
Rich is USA Hockey CEP Level 1 Certified.
Kane Eastwood: Hockey Coach
Coach Kane has been playing hockey for over 25 years including Elite Travel Roller, High School Roller, as well as College Club Ice and Roller. He currently plays in the FIC Adult League and coaches the Travel Roller Music City Mayhem 14u and is on the board of the Blast Youth League in Bellevue. Coach Kane is Level 1 CEP certified and is excited to get on the rink to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Kane is USA Hockey Level 1 CEP Certified.
Mike Ellenbogen: Hockey Coach
Born and raised in NYC, Mike grew up playing travel hockey from the age of 7 (Mite) to 17 (Junior) in the Long Island Amateur Hockey League, and attended both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan with walk-on stints playing at both schools, followed by a year of playing minor pro at the 'A' level for the Battle Creek Revolution and Hudson Valley Bears. Mike has been coaching for close to a decade, beginning his career in 2011 in NYC at Lasker/Wollman Rinks and Chelsea Piers' Sky Rink - at the clinic, house and travel levels.
Mike is USA Hockey Level 2 Certified
Chris Hare: Hockey Coach
Chris Hare is currently a Senior at Cumberland University studying sport management and psychology. He is a Nashville native and started playing ice hockey in Middle Tennessee at 5 years old. Chris played AA travel hockey as well as played for Centennial High School and won a state championship his senior year there. He did his school Internship for the Nashville Predators in youth hockey fall of 2019 and has been a coach with us since then. He also spends time coaching high school lacrosse for Centennial High School, where he played once before. "Some of the greatest lessons I have ever learned about discipline, competitiveness, and hard work, all come from my coaches in the different sports I played when I was young. Every day when I coach, I look forward to positively impacting a child's life much like mine was impacted by the coaches before me."
Chris is USA Hockey CEP Level 1 Certified.
Michelle Katz: Hockey Coach
Michelle was born and raised in Hopewell Junction, New York. She grew up playing roller and ice hockey in the local youth league at the age of 8. Once checking started, she started playing girls travel ice hockey for the Brewster Lady Bulldogs and the Connecticut Stars. (She played one season of varsity hockey as a senior.) At Penn State University, she walked on the team as a freshman and was Assistant Captain her junior year. She graduated her elementary education program early and moved to Arizona where she registered for their local adult league. After a year, she got involved in their Little Howler program and eventually became the coordinator on and off the ice. In 2016, she moved to Nashville, TN and started volunteering as a coach for the PREDecessor program. Now she is one of our youth coaches dedicated to growing kids' love for hockey and can be found coaching G.O.A.L, Little Preds, PREDecessor, the youth girl programs, and our Women's Hockey League at our Bellevue rink.
Michelle is USA Hockey CEP Level 3 Certified.
Emma Grace Knoll: Hockey Coach
Emma Grace grew up playing youth hockey in Nashville, Tennessee. She played for the (then) Nashville Girls' Hockey AA team (now Nashville Junior Predators AA Girls team), and she played for the Hendersonville High School Varsity Ice Hockey Team all four years of her high school career. She plays for the King's College NCAA D3 Women's Ice Hockey Team in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is a social media intern for the new 44 Vision Hockey video analysis platform.
Emma Grace is USA Hockey CEP Level 1 Certified.
Tommy Lewis: Hockey Coach
Growing up in Minnesota, Tommy was on skates at an early age and played for the Wayzata hockey program all the way through high school. He worked as a hockey development intern for the Predators where he helped coach at the grass roots and house levels. Tommy also served as a coach for his college's club hockey team (University of Oregon) for two years. He is passionate about working with players to help them become better talents on the ice. Additionally, he views coaching as a great platform to teach lessons that are applicable off the ice as well.
Tommy is a USA Hockey CEP Level 1.
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.
Jeff McMillan: Hockey Coach
Jeff grew up in Ohio, and started hockey at 10 years old. He played Varsity Hockey all 3 years at North Olmsted High School under Coach Ian Cushenan (who was a former NHL All-Star Defenseman, and Stanley Cup winner with the 1959 Montreal Canadiens). Ian told Jeff that he was born with his Slapshot. Jeff was one of three Tri-Captains his senior year, when they finished 2nd in the Ohio State Championships. Jeff was named to the All-Ohio All-Scholastic Hockey Team, and First Team All-Ohio All-Star Team. He was also named Most Valuable Defenseman in Ohio his senior year! Jeff was not allowed to pursue Hockey after High School. Out of Hockey for almost two years, Jeff attended Bowling Green State University (where his roommate, and former high school defense partner) suggested they tryout. Jeff "walked-on" the BGSU D1 Hockey Team, that went on to win the NCAA National Championship in 1984 (Coached then by now HOF Coach, Jerry York). Unfortunately, Jeff was still not allowed to play. He completed two years, left BGSU, took a year off, and then attended Ohio University, where he "walked-on" their team, and played one season. Jeff has coached Hockey, Soccer, and Baseball. In 2012, Jeff became Certified in Sport Psychology by a Dr. of Psychology (who is a former Stanford Psychology Professor, and Sport Psychology Expert during the broadcast of the U.S. Olympic Games). Jeff has helped Middle School, High School, and NCAA D1 Athletes perform their best in sport and life. Fun Fact: Jeff broke 1 puck with his Slapshot in High School. He broke two more pucks recently, when he also recorded a 91MPH Slapshot at age 53!
Brad Perling: Hockey Coach
Brad grew up in Nashville playing in the NYHL hockey program and on several travel programs. Brad started the Hillwood/Hillsboro high school hockey team serving as Captain his Junior and Senior years. Growing up in Nashville and watching hockey grow from a one rink town to the many rinks we have today is a testament to what the Preds have brought Nashville. Hockey has given me so much and I look forward to giving back to our hockey youth programs.
Brad is an aspiring USA Hockey CEP Level 1.
Brandon Pulici: Hockey Coach
Grew up in Rochester, NY playing both AA and AAA hockey in the area. After High School I began coaching the Webster Cyclones Midget U16 and U18 teams where we made the state tournament on multiple occasions. I also coached for Webster Schroeder High School where we won the 2014 NYSPHAA State Championship. I 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.
Demetrius Rodgers: Hockey Coach
A native of Nashville, Demetrius (Meechie) has work in childcare, social services and radio/television, but has always been a "late bloomer". In 1996, he learned to play the drums during his sophomore year in college and has played in fraternity houses at Vanderbilt University, wedding receptions at country clubs and even on Beale Street.
In August 2013, Demetrius took part in the Adult First Goal Program class at the Bridgestone Arena, but didn't start playing hockey until the following year at the age of 37. When Ford Ice opened its doors later in 2014, he was featured in a USA Hockey article.
Demetrius began volunteering with Get Out and Learn (G.O.A.L.) program before joining the Ford Ice Center coaching staff in 2015 and becoming more involved with the Grassroots Youth Hockey Programs and the NPAHA Youth House Leagues.
Demetrius is USA Hockey Level 3 Certified and USA Hockey Level 1 referee 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.