Read on for exciting information about our 2019 - 2020 Wild Rep (PCAHA) Coaches!
WWFHA is excited to announce the Head Coach lineup for our teams that play exclusively in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association 's (PCAHA) Female League. We are ready for another successful year of developing extraordinary female hockey skills and play.
16U Rep Tier 2/AA: Jeff Hoff
A Puget Sound native, Coach Hoff grew up in Bellingham and now resides in Snohomish. He played Junior B and Junior A Tier II hockey in British Columbia before moving to Alaska, where he played four years of Division 2 hockey for the University of Alaska, Anchorage Seawolves.
With over 20 years of coaching experience, Coach Hoff has coached at the AA or AAA level from mite through midget. In addition, he has served as an evaluator at State & District camps and has helped many players move on to play Juniors, Club, D3 and D1 hockey. Coach Hoff currently holds both USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification and Hockey Canada Development 1 Certification, and he has a number of years of experience coaching teams that played in the PCAHA. This includes the 2018 - 2019 Wild 14U AA team.
Coach Hoff calls himself a player’s coach, favoring an attacking style where all players bear equal responsibility in all zones of the ice. While he focuses on individual skills, team play and hockey IQ development, Jeff works hard to help players remember that they are playing a game, and they need to enjoy the ride.
Coach Hoff says, "This is an exciting time for the development and growth of female hockey. I am really excited to have the opportunity to coach the 16U AA team and work with the Washington Wild program this coming season".
14U Rep Tier 2/AA: Anne-Marie Dion
Coach Anne-Marie Dion moves up to the 14U Rep Tier 2/AA team after an extremely successful season coaching the 12U Rep Tier 2/AA team during the 2018 - 2019 season. Under her supervision, the 12U AA team finished with a 41-7-4 record, and as PCAHA PeeWee Black Flight Regular Season and Playoff Champions. They were also crowned Champions at the Burnaby Remembrance Day Tournament, and the San Jose MLK Tournament.
"I am so excited to get the opportunity to coach the 14U AA Rep team. The potential of this team is incredible, and I'm looking forward to working with the girls to achieve our team goals."
Coach Anne-Marie Dion grew up in LaGrange, NY, where she started playing hockey at the age of 10. During her career, she played for both house and travel teams in New England, before attending the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, where she participated as a member of the varsity hockey team.
Coach Dion attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she played for the non-varsity team (American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Women's D1). The starting goaltender for her final three years, she earned a spot on the ECWHL First-Team for her play over the course of her senior season. A two-sport athlete, she also played for the club lacrosse team while at Northeastern.
Coach Dion’s coaching experience includes many camps and clinics over the years, including the Pro Ambitions camps, Boston Bruins FUNdamentals, and the NY Rangers Learn to Skate program. She also worked an internship with the Boston Bruins as a Youth Hockey Development Intern over the course of five months. Recent coaching activity includes coaching girls’ lacrosse, including the Queen Anne Quick Styx here in Seattle and Learn to Row for Lake Union Crew.
Coach Dion coached the inaugural Washington Wild 8U travel team travel team during the 2016 - 2017 season, and served as 19UAA assistant coach in the 2017-2018 season. She holds a USA Hockey Level 3 coaching certification, a Hockey Canada Development 1 certification, and is certified as a Coach 1 in US Lacrosse.
12U Rep Tier 2/AA: Mike McCormick
WWFHA is pleased to announce that USA Hockey Level 4 Coach Mike McCormick will be joining the Wild coaching staff this season! Coach McCormick has previously coached Bantam AAA and Midget 16U AAA. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Coach McCormick played youth hockey in the Langley Minor Association in BC and at Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association, where he participated in three National championship teams. While a member of the 1987 Canadian Jr A Tier 2 National Champion, Centennial Cup winning Richmond Sockeyes, he accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of North Dakota. Later, he was a member of the East Coast Hockey League Champion Greensboro Monarchs, followed by the Central Hockey League Champion Wichita Thunder. All in all, he spent no less than 16 seasons playing in BCJHL, WCHA, ECHL, CHL and WPHL.
He coached bantam and midget rep teams for the Dallas Junior Stars and the High School Jesuit Program in the early 2000s. He went on to serve as assistant coach for the Seattle Jr Totems from 2006 -2008, and coached the 2010 Flight 1 banner winning boys 16U Team Seattle.
"I am excited to be given this opportunity to coach the 12U AA Wild team. I look forward to growing as a coach and an individual."
Coach McCormick is also the proud father of three amazing kids, and he is a Project Manager at ServiceMaster of Seattle.
19U Rep Tier 3/A: Lisa McNeill
Coach McNeill previously coached WWFHA’s 14U A team and currently coaches with the Seattle Women’s Hockey Club (SWHC). She holds Level 4 USA Hockey and Hockey Canada Coach 2 coaching credentials, and has served as WWFHA's Coaching Director since spring of 2018. In June, 2019, she will be part of the coaching staff at the USA Hockey Multi-District Camp for the Pacific, Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Districts on Colorado Springs, CO.
Born in Evesham, England, Coach McNeill has played nationally competitive inline hockey and adult recreational ice hockey out of California and Washington for more than 25 years. Coaching for 15+ years, she returns to the 19U A team for her sixth year as this team's head coach. Many of her former players have moved on in hockey to NCAA D3 and ACHA teams, or employment in the NHL.
When not on the ice, Coach McNeill is the Director of Quality Control at IDRI in Seattle. IDRI’s mission is to apply innovative science to develop products to eliminate infectious diseases of global importance. McNeill’s group provides analytical development and quality control services to support drug product formulation development, manufacturing, product release and stability studies. Development and analytical thinking are also key elements for player and team growth.
Coach McNeill strongly believes that critical attributes for the developing female hockey player include more than the traditional on-ice skills involving skates, sticks and pucks. Self-confidence, responsibility, work ethic, communication and sportsmanship are vital qualities for a player to be successful. She is proud to have coached the only two teams in WWFHA's 16 year history to have won the PCAHA midget league Achievement Banner for sportsmanship and fair play.
“If we, as coaching staff, perform our jobs correctly, players will emerge from WWFHA’s program not only as creative and competitive hockey players, but as strong, pro-active young women with unlimited potential.”
12U Rep Tier 3/A: Rich Demoors
USA Hockey Level 4 Coach Rich Demoors returns to take the helm of the 12U Rep Tier 3/A Wild this season. He was born in Nanaimo, B.C. where he started playing ice hockey at the age of 4. After playing on multiple teams growing up, he made the practice squad for the BCJHL Nanaimo Clippers at a very early age.
Even though his hockey career came to an abrupt end due to an injury, Coach Demoors continued to be part of the game as a referee. He also played inline hockey and men's league ice hockey in Delta, B.C.
When Coach Demoors moved to the United States, he continued playing men's league. He started refereeing again, until his daughter started playing; that's when he became a coach. Now a USA Hockey Level 4 coach with 40 years of hockey knowledge, he is still a student of the game. He has coached house and rep level hockey, and helped steer a team to an MHL championship making them one of the top 5 teams in Washington state.
When Coach Demoors found WWFHA with his daughter, he realized he wanted his daughter to play with the Wild, because WWFHA's philosophy matches his own coaching philosophy. Now entering his 4th year with WWFHA, Coach Demoors has coached the 10U travel team, 14/17U house WWFHL/Travel teams, and most recently, 12U house WWFHL/Travel teams. 10 of the players from the team he coached his first season advanced to Rep level hockey the following season.
He believes in the motto "Work Hard, Play Hard!", and that teamwork, leadership, and player growth / development are more important then winning every game. He feels that if his players exceed their personal goals and the goals set by him at the beginning of the season, then the season was a success.
"I expect my girls to show up ready to work hard, follow rules, push themselves to their limits and beyond and most of all have FUN doing it!"