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Meet the Coaches

Paul Bardell - USA Hockey Level IV coach, has been the Head Coach of the Lady Patriots since 2002.  Under Paul's leadership the Lady Patriots have been the only all girls hockey organization to thrive in the Bucks and Montgomery county area of Pennsylvania.  Paul's philosophy for girls hockey is that the Lady Patriots is a place for any female player no matter what her ability.  "We will find a place that she feel comfortable and fits"

Mary Gibson-Merenich

Mary is originally from upstate Pennsylvania and upon graduation from nursing school moved to Philadelphia to further her career. Presently she lives in Horsham, PA with her husband, Bill. They have two sons, Matthew and Daniel. 

Mary holds a Level 4 USA Hockey coaching certification. She began her coaching career in 2010 for the Hatboro-Horsham Hatters Ice Hockey Club where she currently remains as Assistant Varsity Coach. Furthermore she was the Hatters Ice Hockey Junior Varsity Head Coach for the 2015-2016 hockey season. 

Mary is currently the Head Coach of the Lady Patriots U16A girls’ hockey team and head coach of the U10/UCan girls’ developmental hockey program. This is her 5th season with the Lady Patriots organization, having been Head Coach for the U14A team in 2015- 2016 and assistant coach for the Women’s Learn to Play Hockey Program, Assistant Coach for the 2014-2015 U14 Tier II team and the U19 Girls Rec Team in 2013-2014. 

She was Head Coach for the U14 Angels Tier II girls’ youth hockey team at Bucks County Ice in 2012-13. Additionally, Mary was actively involved in coaching the girls developmental hockey program from 2011-2014 at BCI.

Moreover, she was Assistant Coach for the Ice Hawks Gold Midget Light travel team out of Hatfield Ice in 2013-2014.
Approximately 10 years ago, a decision to take a Learn to Play Ice Hockey Clinic for Hockey Moms lead to becoming one of the “founding mothers” of the Hawks Women’s Ice Hockey Program. 

Mary remains an active player as a core team member in the Adult League at Hatfield Ice. In addition, she is a member of the Massachusetts Lady Lobsters Tournament Team. 

At first, coaching was a way to give back to a community which had given a lot to my sons during their hockey careers. Now it has evolved into teaching, preparing and fostering players for what qualities are important in life as teammates and what really matters beyond sports.

Lauren Patterson - 12U

Coach Lauren Patterson has developed an extensive hockey resume over her playing and coaching career. Despite only starting to skate at 12 years old, her love for the game pushed her to play at highly competitive boys and girls levels, including West Chester University for both the men's and women's program as well as professional women's hockey with the CWHL Boston Blades. Being fortunate enough to have such great support and memorable experiences, Lauren started running hockey teams, programs, and even rinks before joining the Lady Patriots staff in 2016. "My number one goal is for the kids to love what they are doing and give them every opportunity to be successful. I've been with a lot of organizations, and the support that the Patriots give to the growth of girls hockey is the best I have seen."

Mike Pietrangelo -12U

Playing career

  • Penn State 1994-1998
  • 1999 attended Pittsburgh Penguins training camp
  • 1998-2001 ECHL (Wheeling, Peoria, Toledo, Trenton)

Coaching 

  • 2002-2006 Head Coach William Tennent Varsity
  • 2017-2018 Icedogs U12

JoAnne Seifert - 12U

JoAnne's Coaching Philosophy: Teaching life lessons through sport.  Recognize potential of the athlete, then use high energy, motivating, positive environment to encourage the athlete to rise to that potential they never knew existed. Use the experience learned from years as a teacher and coach to teach the game in a variety of modalities to reinforce each players understanding.  Develop a “read and react’ mentality using high tempo, fun, organized, and challenging practices. Develop players who have motivation, drive, good sportsmanship, and a love of the game, who embrace adversity and are humble in victory.  Uses business communication experience to interact with players, parents, officials and administrators with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

Mike Postorino - 14U

Coach Mike began playing hockey in northern New Jersey, after watching the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” unfold on TV. He fell in love with hockey & goaltending ever since. Whether it was Ice, Roller or Street Hockey, Coach Mike has played goal at many different levels throughout his hockey career.  

Coaching gives him the opportunity to pass on his love of the game, teach teamwork, hard work & good sportsmanship. His philosophy in hockey & in life: Successful people find a way to adjust & adapt, when things do not go according to plan.

USA Hockey — Level 4 Coaching Certification
Hatfield Ice Dogs (U14 & U12) — Goalie & Defense Coach 2017-18
Lady Patriots Hockey (U14) — Assistant Coach 2016-17
Salisbury High School — Head Coach 1999 - 2000
Salisbury High School — Assistant & Goalie Coach 1997 - 1999

Stephanie Bardell

Player Development - Stephanie played her entire youth hockey career as a Lady Patriot.  She went on to play College Division III hockey at Castleton University where she was named rookie of the year her freshman season.  Although she was recruited to play ice hockey she was also a freshman walk on that she earned a four year starter in Field Hockey and helped Castleton to four straight league championship and 2 years in the NCAA  Finals.
Stephanie graduated college and has been working with our  players as a mentor and coach for the past 3 seasons.  She will continue to run camps clinics to help the girls develop their full potential in the sport that she loves.

Chuck Greenberg - 19U Coach

Chuck is from the Philadelphia area and began playing organized hockey while attending Bensalem High School.  In 1995, Chuck began his coaching career at Face of Circle and in 2001, was named the Girls U19 head coach.  In 2002, Chuck transitioned the girl’s team to The Rinks at Warwick and was their inaugural head coach.  Chuck currently holds a USA Hockey Level-3 officials certification and officiated for approximately (10) years, before returning to the Lady Patriots coaching staff eight years ago.  Chuck holds a USA Hockey Level-4 coaching certification. 

“I love the life-lessons that this great game teaches (hard-work, commitment, teamwork, trust, mental toughness, dealing with adversity, sportsmanship and more) and those lessons should serve us all well as an adult.”

Chuck resides in Jamison, PA with wife Mindi of (34) years and has (2) daughters Stephanie (SUNY Cortland - 07’) and Hannah (Ithaca College - 11’).       

Chris Horan - 16U

Chris Horan grew up playing hockey in New Jersey, capping his youth career at Princeton Day School. He is a USA Hockey Level 4 Coach, with eight year’s experience, which includes several tournament wins and a Garden State Hockey League Championship. He provides a positive environment where players can improve their skills and self-confidence, and believes that success is the result of commitment, effort, and team unity.

Coach Horan currently plays adult hockey, and lives in Warrington with his hockey playing family: his wife plays for the Hawks Women’s club, his son was a Wildcat for many years, and his daughter played for the Revolution and the Lady Patriots.

Frank Reago  16U / 19U

Chris Ciesielka - 19U

Fred Koelzer

Fred began playing organized hockey as a teen at William Tennent High School. His first coaching experience came at the mite and pee wee levels with the Glaciers Youth Hockey Club. He then moved on to become head coach of the Archbishop Wood Middle school team for four years. After a stint as Hockey Director at Hatfield Ice, Fred joined the Ice Dog girls program where he was head coach at the U14 level for two seasons. He has two nieces who are former Lady Patriot players and two sons that played for multiple clubs locally.

    “ I am thankful for the friendships & experiences the sport of hockey has provided my family and hope to instill my love of the game in the players I am fortunate enough to coach.”