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2019-2020 Tryouts Reminder-NYH Elite Coaches Announced!

By Navy Youth Hockey Association, 04/15/19, 8:35AM EDT



Over the past decade, NYH has grown exponentially, and we are happy to announce that next season we will be offering a full spectrum of age and playing level options. Following Navy Youth Hockey’s ladder of development, the Program focuses on long-term player growth and will include combined skills sessions and dedicated team practices. Each team will build off the skills learned from the prior cohort, eventually preparing players for the Navy Elite Program. The Navy Elite Program (new this year) offers our U14/U16 skaters enhanced on and off-ice training, preparing them for the highest level of competition. Please click the link above for further detail.

Additionally, for the first time in our history, NYH will offer teams who will compete across any one of three leagues either locally or regionally. NYH is now a member of the CCHL (Capital Corridor Hockey League), the CBHL (Chesapeake Bay Hockey League), and the EJEPL (Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League).

Introducing our NYH Elite Coaching Staff for the 2019-2020 Season!

U16 Elite 
Birth Years – 2004-2003
Coach – Paul Fritz (NYH Hockey Director)

Most recently, Fritz held the position as Hockey Director for Chevy Chase and was a coach and head of Strength and Conditioning at Team Maryland and Montgomery Youth Hockey.  At the Tier I level, Fritz lead several teams to first place finishes in the AAA AYHL and USA Hockey Southeast District Championships. 

Paul has been working with youth athletes (ages 8-18) for the past 10 years and has helped many amateur athletes transform into elite professionals, with several trainees who advanced to play college hockey and lacrosse – including players at the NCAA Division I and NHL level. 

Coach Fritz played his youth hockey for the Tier I AAA Washington Little Caps, before moving onto play prep hockey at the famed Canterbury School in New England. He moved into junior hockey and professional inline hockey before suffering a career-ending back injury. 

Paul’s injury was the catalyst to developing his personal and professional focus on coaching. It also stimulated his belief in helping athletes understand the importance of proper conditioning, strength training and injury prevention as part of the whole athlete development process. 

Coach Fritz holds the following certifications: CSAC, ISSA-SN, FMS Level 1 and is a USA Hockey Level 4 Coach. He has also worked extensively with Dr. Jonas Rudzki of Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. 

U14 Elite 
Birth Years – 2006-2005
Coach – Ben Hammock, Mike Pirrone
Ben is a longtime junior hockey scout and coach, who also has coached at the Tier 1 and ACHA levels. He began his coaching career in 2004 with the Washington Little Caps, where he was an assistant coach, before taking the head coaching position with Salisbury State University's ACHA Division III program. After coaching at Salisbury, Ben spent two years coaching the Washington Jr. Nationals junior teams. He also served for two years as an assistant coach in the semi-pro Professional Development Hockey League. Ben coached at the Tier 1 level in the Philadelphia Little Flyers organization and has scouted for several junior hockey organizations, including Chicoutimi of the QMJHL. In addition, he was head coach for the Capital District Hockey Night in Boston team, coached for the AAA Washington All-Stars program and was a coach and counselor at the Czech International Hockey Camp in Prague.

U16 Girls Elite 
Birth Years – 2003-2006
Coach – Kim Lippincott, Monica Pozuc
Girls Hockey Director - Ashley Harper
Assistant Girls Hockey Director- Monica Pozuc

Ashley Harper - Coach Ashley is entering her 3rd year coaching with Navy Youth Hockey. During the past two seasons at the helm of the U16 bench, Ashley has led the growth of the Girls' program encouraging student-athlete development, both on- and off-ice. Prior to joining the Navy Youth Hockey organization, Ashley helped establish the Stevenson University Women's Ice Hockey team, an NCAA Division III program. 

Kim Lippincott - Coach Kim is entering his 2nd year coaching Navy Youth Hockey. He has over 28 years of coaching experience that started in his home state of Colorado and has taken him to Little Rock, AR and Harrington, DE. Prior to coaching Navy Youth Hockey, Kim helped run a rink in Harrington, DE for the past 13 years. In Harrington, DE, he also coached hockey at all levels from Mites to Adults, taught Learn to Play and Learn to Skate. 

Monica Pozuc - Coach Monica is joining Navy Youth Hockey for her second year this season. Prior to joining the Navy Youth Hockey organization, Monica played for Stevenson University Women's Ice Hockey team, an NCAA Division III program. While at Stevenson, Coach Monica led the team in assists, becoming the team's record holder during her senior season. Coach Monica brings her playing experience to Navy Youth Hockey, focusing on developing on-ice skills, such as skating, passing, and shooting. 

Check the website for details about our Ladder of Development and NYH Elite Teams.

Mark your calendars for our tryout schedule.  Tryout Registration is open!

We look forward to seeing you all at the rink.