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DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Announce 2021-22 Head Coaches

02/05/2021, 12:00pm EST
By admin

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite are proud to announce our coaching staff for the 2021-22 season. We have assembled a coaching staff comprised of the region's premier coaching talent to lead the program, many of whom played the game at the highest levels.

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Coaches 10U - 14U

2012 Edwards

Trevor was born in Toronto, Ontario and went on to play NCAA Hockey at Clarkson University (00-04').  He was honored with Clarkson's Fran Neragin Award in 2004 presented to a player who excels in sportsmanship and academics while contributing significantly to the hockey program.   He was also a Collegiate Hockey Humanitarian award nominee in 2003-2004. After college Trevor spent 3 seasons in the United Hockey League (UHL) before retiring in 2007 after scoring 40 Goals, 49 assists, 89 points in 182 professional games. Trevor coached in the Honeybaked Hockey Club in Detroit, Michigan before joining the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex as a skills development professional. Trevor also oversees the Lil’ 66ers Elite program.


2012 Elliot & Mueller

Kane was born in Mississauga, Ontario where he played in the GTHL for the Mississauga Rebels who captured their first OHL Cup in 2010. Following youth hockey, he captained the Milton Icehawks Jr. A program in the OJHL. Kane is currently the 9th all-time point getter for the organization. Following his junior tenure, he worked for Journey to excel focusing on player development. From 2014-2018 Kane attended Mercyhurst University to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey. After his playing career he became an Assistant Coach, Director of recruitment and hockey operation at Chatham University an NCAA Division 3 program that started 2017. Kane currently offers private lessons at UPMC Lemieux as well as assist with 2011’s PPE, 66’ERS, and Excel Academy. Kane also serves as a scout for the Madison Capitols of the USHL.


Hunter was born in Midland, Michigan and played for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals, Chicago Mission, and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. After playing amateur hockey, Hunter became a skating and skills coach at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex before coaching for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.


2011 Edwards

Trevor was born in Toronto, Ontario and went on to play NCAA Hockey at Clarkson University (00-04').  He was honored with Clarkson's Fran Neragin Award in 2004 presented to a player who excels in sportsmanship and academics while contributing significantly to the hockey program.   He was also a Collegiate Hockey Humanitarian award nominee in 2003-2004. After college Trevor spent 3 seasons in the United Hockey League (UHL) before retiring in 2007 after scoring 40 Goals, 49 assists, 89 points in 182 professional games. Trevor coached in the Honeybaked Hockey Club in Detroit, Michigan before joining the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex as a skills development professional. Trevor also oversees the Lil’ 66ers Elite program.


2011 Nelson

Trevor played youth hockey in and around Pittsburgh growing up and most recently served as Head Coach coach for our 2009 team. After playing hockey, Trevor began coaching the Mt. Lebanon High School varsity and freshman teams. He has also spent many years coaching hockey clinics focusing on player skills and has coaches all age groups of youth hockey. 


2010 Conway

Ray has coached AAA hockey in Pittsburgh Penguins for the last twelve years through his roles with the Pittsburgh Hornets and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organizations. Ray has experience coaching at the 2003’s, 2004’s, 2005’s and 2006’s. Most recently, Ray was the Head Coach for our 2009 Elite team.


2010 NEHNEVAJSA

Nate grew up playing youth hockey in Pittsburgh and played for the Pine Richland Rams of the PIHL. He has spent the last 6 years as a youth hockey coach including 5 within the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization where he has experience with the 2003 and 2005 teams. Most recently, Nate was Head Coach of our 2010's. Coach Nate also has experience coaching in the Lil’ 66ers Elite mite program.


2009 Hannan

Jeff is a Pittsburgh native who grew up playing for the Pittsburgh Hornets before moving on to play NCAA Division I hockey at Niagara University. During his senior year, Niagara won the Atlantic Hockey regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. His senior year he was awarded with the Gallagher Sportsmanship Award for his contributions to the hockey program on and off the ice. Jeff is entering his 9th season coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and was the Head Coach of the 2008’s this past season. Jeff also has experience serving as the Assistant Coach in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Coulee Region Chill, helping develop numerous Division I college hockey players. Jeff also serves as the Skill Development Professional at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and a scout for the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL.


2008 Freismuth & Boyd

Josh grew up in London, Ontario and played AAA hockey for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. He played junior hockey for four years with both the Petrolia Jets and Portage Terriers before a four year career at Bowling Green University. After college, Josh played 2 years of minor professional hockey in the United States and Finland. After his playing career, Josh began as an area scout for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. From there, his coaching career started as he held assistant coaching positions at Western Michigan University, with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and the St. Thomas Stars of the GOJHL. Josh currently resides with his wife in Mars, PA.

Jerry grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and played youth hockey for the Grosse Pointe Bulldogs and in the Detroit Little Caesars organization before leaving to play junior hockey for the Alexandria Bilzzard of the NAHL. From there, Jerry played college hockey for Bowling Green University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During his final two seasons at UW-Stevens Point, Jerry served as the team captain and graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. After graduation, Jerry moved to Pittsburgh where he currently works for DICK’S Sporting Goods.


2007 Mueller

Brian played college hockey at Clarkson University where he was a two time All-American and Hobey Baker finalist. He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers and played five and a half seasons of professional hockey. Brian has been coaching youth hockey for over 20 years including his time with in Chicago with the Chicago Mission Hockey Club. While in Chicago, he also served as the Vice President of 200x85, a program that trained and developed over 15,000 student athletes. Brian’s extensive coaching resume includes three National Championship teams. In 2019, he was the coach of the Boys 16U Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team that won the Tier 1 Elite championship and the USA Hockey National Championship. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Hockey Development and Programing at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and most recently was Head Coach of our 2006's.


MIDGET MAJOR & MIDGET MINOR COACHES

15U - Danny MacKinnon

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite as Director of Elite Hockey, Danny was the Hockey Director at Maritime Varsity Academy in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He also served as the head Coach for the Cole Harbour Major Midgets out of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Danny has experience at all levels as he was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Bemidji State University and has helped develop numerous players into the QMJHL during his time at Maritime Varsity Academy. Furthermore, Danny has spent time working within Hockey Nova Scotia's program of excellence and most recently with Hockey Canada's U17 Development program. Most recently, Danny served as our 15U Head Coach.

Danny finished his playing career at Acadia University and earned an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology. After Acadia, he moved to Bemidji, to complete a Master's of Science degree at Bemidji State University. 


16U - Kevin Muller

Kevin has made a name for himself by blending his passion for hockey and technology into a unique training experience.  His use of visual feedback and technical detail have made him a highly sought after skills coach across North America. Kevin has been working in private hockey training facilities and running numerous camps and clinics since 2002. In 2006 he formed online training and coaching website HockeyShare. In 2014 Kevin co-founded hockey training center LM Precision Training in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  He currently works with a number of professional, collegiate, junior, and AAA athletes.  Kevin also brings 16 years of team coaching at the bantam and midget levels as well as 3 years of hockey director experience. Most recently, Kevin served as our 16U Head Coach. 


18U Prep- Dan Mayes

Dan is entering his second season as Head Coach of our 18U Prep team. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Dan spent time at Trine University in Indiana where he has served as the head coach for the ACHA D2 team and as the assistant coach for the NCAA team. In his two seasons as coach of the ACHA team, the Thunder has compiled a record of 54-9-2. They have also qualified for the ACHA D2 national tournament in each of the last 2 seasons.

Dan has served in many coaching roles in his career. Since 2015, he has served as a NCAA volunteer coach at Bowling Green University. He brings a wealth of experience in coaching youth hockey from his previous positions as the head coach of the Little Caesars U14 team and as the associate coach for the Honeybaked Midget 16/18U program and at St. Mary’s Catholic Central High School in Michigan. Dan will also be an asset to DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Penguins Elite athletes because of his many relationships with college and USHL coaches.


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ELITE GIRLS COACHES 10U - 19U

10U SUISHAM

Shaun was raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario and played junior hockey before accepting a scholarship to Bowling Green State University to play football. That began a 16 year football journey that included 11 years in the NFL. Following his retirement in 2016, Shaun has immersed himself back into the game of hockey. As a father of two young hockey players, he is driven to create a positive team experience in the most competitive environment possible.


10U ATTANUCCI

A native of Pittsburgh, Eric played AAA and junior hockey for the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins and high school hockey for Mars, winning a State Championship. He went on to play ACHA Collegiate hockey for Robert Morris University, where he earned his Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration. Prior to coaching in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization, Eric was an instructor for Playmakers Hockey Corp where he instructed proper shooting technique as well as assisted with on ice skills and power skating lessons at the RMU Island Sports Center.  Eric is also an Elite Level graduate of Benedetti Power Skating, Inc.


12U Suisham

Shaun was raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario and played junior hockey before accepting a scholarship to Bowling Green State University to play football. That began a 16 year football journey that included 11 years in the NFL. Following his retirement in 2016, Shaun has immersed himself back into the game of hockey. As a father of two young hockey players, he is driven to create a positive team experience in the most competitive environment possible.


12U Attanucci

A native of Pittsburgh, Eric played AAA and junior hockey for the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins and high school hockey for Mars, winning a State Championship. He went on to play ACHA Collegiate hockey for Robert Morris University, where he earned his Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration. Prior to coaching in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization, Eric was an instructor for Playmakers Hockey Corp where he instructed proper shooting technique as well as assisted with on ice skills and power skating lessons at the RMU Island Sports Center.  Eric is also an Elite Level graduate of Benedetti Power Skating, Inc.


14U - TBD


16U - TBD


19U Prep - TBD


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