UGA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
General Manager | Head Coach
John, a native of Aston, PA joined the Ice Dawgs coaching staff in 2017. Over the past 30 plus years, John has been associated with multiple organizations at the High School, Middle School, Tier III Junior, Junior B, and University Club levels in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. John is certified as a USA Hockey Level 4 coach. John was recognized by his peers and received the 2022 College Hockey South Coach of the Year Award.
Todd is a native of the Town of Tonawanda, NY where he played youth and High School Hockey.He has coached teams at all levels, and age groups of youth hockey along with High School teams in NY and GA for over 30 years.
He has been a member of coaching staffs that have had teams qualify for USA Hockey's National Championships and won a Bronze medal at the 2015 18U Championship.
Todd is a level 4 USA Hockey certified coach.
Steve "BENE" Beneke
Equipment Manager | Assistant Coach
Beneke returned to the Ice Dawgs in 2003 and is now in his 24th season with the Ice Dawgs. In addition to his booming voice on the bench and practice ice, “Bene” brings a variety of experiences to the team. Beneke played Junior semi-pro hockey in the Midwest, and then attended the University of Massachusetts. Steve began his coaching with the Jr. Capitals in Washington, D.C. in 1990-93. Steve then moved west to work for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL franchise for three seasons before moving to Georgia. Although Steve’s hockey playing experience lies between the pipes as a goaltender, he assists with all facets of the game and boasts a 5-2-2 record as the head skipper behind the bench. For many years Steve has been an emotional leader with a big heart on the Dogs coaching staff, on and off the ice.
General Manager | Assistant Coach
Aaron, a native of Lexington, KY, is also an ICE DAWG Alumn. Aaron returned to UGA as an assistant coach in 2022. Aaron was a member of two SECHC championship teams during his tenur with the ICE DAWGS.
Once and Ice Dawg, always an Ice Dawg!