Princeton Youth Hockey Association travel hockey program in Princeton, New Jersey

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2021-2022 Season Coaching Staff

Director of Hockey - Operations: Andrew Ducko

Andrew is currently the Ice Rink Manager at The Lawrenceville School, President of the Colonial College Hockey Conference, and Ice Hockey Coach at The College of New Jersey. He has coached across all age levels since 2003, and has been with LNHA since 2011 in various capacities. He lives in Doylestown, PA, with his wife Meghan, and his two children.

Director of Hockey - Development: Ian McNally

Ian hails from Guelph, Ontario where he played youth and Jr. hockey before arriving in New Jersey to play at Princeton University.  He has been involved with PYHA as a coach across all age groups since 2005.  He also coaches at The Hun School and lives in Pennington, NJ with his wife Megan and five children.


  • Head Coach - John Ritchie

Coach Ritchie's record includes success with both interscholastic and club teams as well as boys and girls ice hockey teams. He is a USA Hockey Level 5 coach who has been a head coach for the Lawrence Flames (PW-Midget), Princeton Tiger Lilies (u14) and Lawrence High School. Coach Ritchie’s teams since 2012 have gone to multiple league playoffs, four Atlantic District Championships and once to Nationals. He also is currently the Head Coach of the Princeton Day School Girls Varsity team. Coach Ritchie is a graduate of Holy Ghost Preparatory School and the University of Rhode Island. He is currently a special education teacher in the Lawrence School system and lives in Clinton, NJ with his wife and son.

  • Assistant Coach - Fred McQuade


  • Head Coach - Kirk Llewellyn
  • Head Coach: Lawrenceville Flames 18UA(Present), Lawrenceville Flames 16UA (2 years),Villanova University D2 women's (2015-2016 / 2016-2017),Grundy Senators 18u AA (2 years), Grundy Senators 18u A (1 year),Harry S. Truman - MS (2 years)   
  • Assistant Coach: Villanova University D2 women's (2014-2015),Grundy Senators 16u A (1 year), Harry S. Truman - Varsity (1 year)  
  • Certifications: USA Hockey CEP Level 4
  • Player: youth, high school and junior hockey, College - Penn State University (Brandywine)
  • Education: Penn State University (Brandywine) - BA in Information systems & technology
  • Kirk resides in Levittown, PA with wife and newborn baby.
  • Assistant Coach - Adam Rook


  • Head Coach - NG Welsh

Nathaniel graduated from St Joseph High School in 2013, finishing as the school's 2nd all-time leading scorer.  He was named the Home News Tribune player of the year in 2013. That same year he captained the PYHA 18UAA team to a USA Hockey Nationals tournament berth. Nathaniel played 3 years for Cornell University on their ACHA D1 team.  He has served as 16U Midget coach for PYHA over the past four seasons.

  • Assistant Coach - Kevin Welsh
  • Assisant Coach - Tom Fisher

16U-A (National)

  • Head Coach - Greg McDonald

Greg is a Level 5 USA Hockey Coach who has been coaching for over 12 years, mostly at the 16U Level.  Greg served on the Board of Directors for the Grundy Senators in the DVHL and was also the Senators’ ACE Coordinator from 2015 to 2019.  Through the years coaching, Greg was able to lead his 16UAA team with the Senators to their first appearance in the USA Hockey National Championships in 2013-14 (Reston, VA) then return the following year at the 18UAA level (Troy, MI).  Greg has spent the past 2 seasons coaching the Lawrence Flames 16UAA team.

  • Assistant Coach - Cory Zrinko

16U-A (American)

  • Head Coach - Ben Bugge

A former PYHA player, Ben coached the 14U-B Tigers team this past season.  He is also the head varsity boy’s hockey coach for Marlboro High School.  He played Junior hockey locally for the NJ Titans and is currently a level 3 referee.

  • Assistant Coach - To be announced


  • Head Coach - John Ritchie
  • Assistant Coach - Brian Niemirka


  • Head Coach - Joe Bensky

A former PYHA player, Joe coached the 14A Tigers team this past season.  He spent a year as head varsity boy’s hockey coach for Princeton High School winning the Mercer County Tournament, and is currently a school counselor at Ewing High School as well as a level 4 referee. 


  • Head Coach - Fred McQuade


  • Head Coach - Ryan Loxam

Ryan was born and raised in Canada where he played minor hockey in Vernon, British Columbia.  He played at the regional and provincial levels for the B.C. Best Ever program before playing 3 years in the BCJHL.  Ryan and his family moved to New Jersey in 2001.  He has coached various levels with both Nassau Hockey and the Lawrenceville Flames.

12U-A (National)

  • Head Coach - Ian McNally

12U-A (American)

  • Head Coach - Jamie Shuttner

Jamie Shuttner returned to the Lawrence Flames last season to coach the U16-A Red team. He played his youth hockey for the Flames from his pee-wee years until his last year of 18U. Jamie played high school hockey for Notre Dame and graduated in 2013 then moved on to play two years for the NJ Renegades in the MJHL. He then played 3 seasons at West Virginia University for the D-1 ACHA team. Jamie graduated with a degree in Communications and minors in both Business and Sports Psychology. After college Jamie was named assistant coach of Rowan University’s D-3 ACHA team where the team was ranked #2 in the region and went to the DVCHC playoffs.

12U-B (National)

  • Head Coach - Rob Musante

Rob graduated from St Joseph High School where he played 4 years of varsity hockey leading as alternate captain for 2 of those years. He also played 2 years with PYHA 18UAA where he contributed to a USA Hockey National Championship berth alongside coach Nathaniel Welsh. In 2013, he was an assistant coach for an NJ Stars peewee B team.


12U-B (American)

  • Head Coach - Libby Dupee


  • Head Coach - Cory Zrinko

A former PYHA and LNHA player, Cory coached the Squirt 2 and 16A Flames team this past season.  He graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a Master's degree, played 5 years on the ACHA D2 team, and served as a captain for 3 years.


  • Head Coach - Mike Makovec

A former PYHA goaltender, Mike coached the 10U-B Tigers team for the 2020/21 season. Mike was a four year starter at Steinert High School (’01), and again at Rider University, D2 ACHA (’05). Mike was the goalie coach at Rider for the 2013/4 season. Mike is a CPA who lives in Monroe, NJ with his wife, Luanne, and two kids, Joey and Brynn. Mike was the PYHA master scheduler for the 2020-2021 season.


  • Head Coach - Mykola Machnowsky
Mykola began coaching with the Mercer Chiefs when his oldest children first expressed an interest in playing.  He has coached Mite through Peewee levels ever since and has been lucky and unlucky enough to see all four of his children embark on youth hockey careers.  His wallet hurts but he has enjoyed the experience and continues to coach through the Chiefs and Tigers organizations and enjoys every minute!  Mykola coached 10U Orange for PYHA this past season.


  • Head Coach - Jon Ferguson


  • Mite Coordinator - Ian McNally
  • Mite Coaches - To be announced