UGA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
General Manager | Head Coach
John, a native of Aston, PA joined the Ice Dawgs coaching staff in 2017. John has been associated with organizations at the High School, Middle School, Jr.Tier III, and University Club levels in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. John is certified as a USA Hockey Level 4 coach.
John serves as Assistant Commissioner, South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC), and is a member of the Collegiate Hockey Federation Board of Governors, representing the SECHC.
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 20th season with the Ice Dogs. 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.
Power skating coach - Intern
Hailey, a native of Park City, Utah, is a first-year University of Georgia student intending to major in Kinesiology (and/or Athletic Training). She is a Nationally Ranked Senior Level Competitive Figure Skater who began skating at the age of 7. Hailey has competed throughout the United States and trained under a variety of Internationally distinguished coaches, including former Olympians both in the United States and abroad. She is a US Figure Skating Triple Gold Medalist (Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Solo Ice Dance) and a Silver Medalist in Pattern Dance. Hailey was recently named the US Figure Skating’s 2020 Get-Up Champion and received the 2021 Gold Level Graduating Senior Award for her efforts of leadership, community service, and passion for the sport. Having spent the majority of the last eleven years on the ice, Hailey understands the importance of training proper skating techniques. She has experienced first-hand how reinforcing proper and efficient skating biomechanics leads to greater success on the ice. She is eager to bring her on-ice experience to the Ice Dawgs this year and is excited to combine her passion for skating with her collegiate studies
Goaltending Coach | Assistant Coach
CJ is a native of Schenectady, NY, and grew up playing as a goaltender in AAA programs in the Albany, NY area before going to Culver Military Academy for High Prep/Midget hockey. At the time they were ranked the #2 AAA/Prep program in the nation. He also played in several New York State Select Camps and USA National Select Festivals during those years. From there, CJ spent time playing juniors in Nova Scotia, Canada before devoting his commitment to behind the bench.
Coaching-wise, he brings experience from being a Head Coach and Director at Prep School AAA level in the Pittsburgh, PA area before coming south. He also brings great experience to our coaching staff coaching lacrosse, where he is also the Defensive Coordinator for the UGA Bulldogs Club team as well. He’s head coached several college lacrosse and high school teams, both men’s and women’s.
CJ serves as an assistant coach to the UGA Ice Dawgs and also specializes in working with our goaltenders. Coaching goalies, CJ has been an instructor at several goaltending schools during his college years in New York and Ontario, Canada. During games, he works with our forwards providing them feedback in shooting and offense.