UGA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
General Manager | Coach
John, a native of Aston, PA, brings over 35 years’ experience as a GM, head coach, assistant coach, and instructor/ education mentor to the Ice Dawgs. John has been associated with organizations at the High School, Middle School, and Club levels in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. John is certified as a USA Hockey Level 4 coach.
John is the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) Assistant Commissioner and is a member of the Collegiate Hockey Federation Board of Governors, representing the SECHC.
As General Manager, John oversees multiple facets of the UGA Hockey organization, including the team's marketing intern program. The UGA Hockey marketing intern program is a participant in the University of Georgia's Experiential Learning program.
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 experience to the team. Beneke played Junior semi-pro hockey in the Midwest, and then attended 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.