UGA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
Director of Hockey Operations Assistant Coach
John, a native of Aston, PA, brings over 35 years’ experience as a GM, head coach, assistant coach, and instructor/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.
As Director of Hockey Operations, 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.
John is also the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Assistant Commissioner representing the SECHC's East division.
Brian is originally from Michigan where he learned to play hockey with major youth programs in the Detroit area. He has played and coached hockey over four decades. In addition to his role with the UGA Ice Dawgs, he remains active in professional and community hockey programs in and around Atlanta. He has recognized success coaching U14, U16 and High School hockey in Detroit, Cincinnati, and Atlanta as well as video and analytics coach in hockey operations with professional teams in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Greenville. Brian is a lifelong student of the game, a USA Hockey L4 certified coach, and plays competitively in the AAHL.
Steve "BENE" Beneke
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.