About the
Lady Ducks

Our History

The Lady Ducks Began in 1999 to fill the need for some 20 young females playing hockey in Southern California. From there it has grown to represent the West as the powerhouse program left of the Mississippi! From its humble beginnings with 2 teams in 1999 to 13 teams today, the Lady Ducks have developed female hockey players from age 4 to the NCAA. Lady Duck AAA players are 3 times more likely to attend a 4-year university as student-athlete than other programs in USA Hockey. Collegebound AA players too have the support through our college prep staff to get our hard-working, strong students into college programs that fit both their academic goals and athletic compete level.

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Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Lady Ducks Ice Hockey program is two fold. First, as a program committed to fundamentals and skill development, all LD coaches work to provide a positive but thorough learning environment for girls to acquire individual and team skills. This includes a commitment to intense skating skills (edges, transition skating, etc), puck control techniques and shooting skills. By combining a confident and skilled player with a team of her peers, she will excel to her potential.

Lady Ducks Coaching Staff

The Lady Ducks coaching staff is made up of Lady Ducks alumni, experiences coaches and former Division I and Division III players. Many of our coaches are well versed in the college recruiting process and act as great mentors to our athletes pursuing the same opportunities.

Kathy McGarrigle

Program Director, 12AAA/14AA Head Coach, 14AAA Assistant Coach, 12u ADM Coordinator

irector and Head Coach for the Anaheim Lady Ducks, Kathy coached youth hockey for a few years and has been with the Lady Ducks program since its humble beginnings in 1999. Now in her 23rd year of coaching ice hockey and 30th year Teaching Public school she focuses her efforts on the growth of the Lady Ducks program, from 6 & under thru 12u. These efforts have seen the Lady Ducks program win several medals at USA Hockey Nationals, including 12u GOLD, in 2007. Kathy has overseen the Lady Ducks grow from 4 teams in 2007 to 14-15 teams expected for 2019! In addition to the girls’ program, Kathy has competed and earned 8 medals (2G, 2S, 4B) at the USA Hockey Women’s National Championships. Kathy’s dedication to see female sports succeed comes from her early experiences with sports, chasing her after brother and included some exclusion from participation in the early 1970s. Following Title IX passage, opportunities for girls to play and high school sports grew rapidly. A 4-letter athlete, earning CIF honors as well as an academic National Merit Scholar, Kathy took on the opportunity play Division I Tennis and attend college at USC. She competed multiple years in the Pac-10 and NCAA Tennis championships as a student-athlete and earned a Sports Journalism degree from USC in 1989. She obtained her California Teaching Credential and later a Masters in Kinesiology & Sport History in 1998 from Cal Poly. Coaching young tennis players in the 1990s, Kathy took her experiences as an athlete, strong student, instructor and teacher to develop the Lady Ducks program into the Nationally-recognized Female Hockey Program that it is today. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys travel, especially to historically notable destinations and working on literacy with disadvantaged children. In 1997 she taped the ’98 Olympic NIKE commercial with Cammi Granato, “Just Do It!”

Caroline Marchant

General Manager, College Tour/Tournament Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, 16AAA & 19AAA manager

Caroline Marchant is in her 14th year with the Lady Ducks program, virtually making the “Behind the Scenes” work on fundraising, college planning and Team Support what it is today. After earning an Engineering Degree from Clarkson Caroline spent time in Edmonton and Columbus, OH along with her husband Todd, and young family. After moving to California, in 2005, Caroline immediately stepped up to help grow the Lady Ducks program. Caroline’s commitment to supporting the management of all Lady Ducks teams, fundraising for the greater program and her endless energy to make so many things possible for all Lady Ducks is unsurpassed. Aside from competing with the Women’s team and earning a few nationals medals as well, Caroline has and will step on the ice for practices or the bench for any team in need of help to make their game successful. Caroline is the go-to person for many Lady Ducks as they approach high school and pursue dreams of attending college as student-athletes in the future.

Vicky Wang

10A/B Head Coach, 10u ADM Coordinator

The Lady Ducks are so proud to welcome back one of our top development coaches and former Chinese Olympian, Coach Vicky, to the LD program. As our ADM 10u coordinator and 10A team head coach, Vicky will bring player development at this level to the highest level. Vicky came onto the scene as a key defenseman for Team China, battling Team USA’s Cammi Granato in front of the net on many occasions. Vicky began with the Lady Ducks in the early 2000s after retiring from Team China in 2001, after the World Championships and moving to California. Vicky was an integral part of our player development from 2002-2007, culminating as an assistant coach on the National Championship 12AAA Lady Ducks team. Vicky continued with the Lady Ducks through 16aaa level, after which she began a hiatus after marrying her husband, Juan and starting a family. Vicky will raise the bar at the 10u age level, to introduce training and development of fundamentals and create an environment where players learn to push themselves. We are very excited to have Coach Vicky back with the LD and look forward to growth and success at this level!

Danielle Ahumada

19AAA Head Coach, 16AA Assistant Coach

Coach Dani, who grew up playing for the Jr. Ducks and Lady Ducks program in the late 90s and 2000s, is in her 5th year coaching with the program. Dani was part of the first Lady Ducks Pacific District Championship team, also helping to lead her 15u group to Nationals in 2001. Dani went on to play locally and at the National level on both elite women’s roller and Ice hockey teams, winning 3 medals at the USA Hockey Women’s National Championships. Dani brings her experience having coached at 4 age groups and applies that knowledge of development and instruction to the high school and college prep level. Coach Dani has focused on getting the most out of her players by building a strong team bond and expecting the most out of the girls. Her focus on off-ice training supporting the on ice work, will make her teams tough to beat throughout the season. We look forward to continued progress with her teams this year. Coach Dani uses her perspective as an elite offensive-defenseman and highly competitive player to push her girls toward the goal of winning the Pacific district tournament this season.

Laura Veharanta

Volunteer Coach

We welcome Coach Laura to the Lady Ducks this year. In her 3rd year of coaching, Laura grew up playing roller and ice hockey in Southern California. She was a member of the Cal Selects from 2004 to 2008, earning a silver medal at the 2006 USA Hockey National Championships as well as a Bronze medal in 2008. Laura went on to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey at Providence College, where earned various Hockey East Awards, including the only Unanimous Selection to the 2008 All-Rookie team, as well as Honorable Mention League All-Star. Throughout a 4-year career she amassed 44 goals and 43 assists. Laura plans to bring the same intensity and attention to detail that she learned under coach Bob Deraney at Providence College. Laura also has been a member of the USA Inline Hockey Team competing at 6 World Championships across the world, winning Three Gold medals in the time. She was also named 2011 and 2015 USA Hockey Inline Player of the Year. Laura then went on to be the Head Coach of the Rhode Island Sting 16u team as she finished her Masters Degree in Rhode Island. She has worked as a camp counselor for numerous college hockey camps, including the Bob Deraney Hockey School where she was a lead instructor in 2014, running all on-ice practices and skills sessions.

Melanie Moore

16AA Head Coach

We welcome Coach Melanie who is joining the Lady Ducks for her third season. She brings 15 years of playing experience at both ice and roller hockey to the LD program. Her international roller hockey experiences brought her earn a Jr. World title in 2011 and the Women’s world Championships ins 2014. Melanie recently moved back to California from Australia and is looking forward to working with our program and focusing on being a positive influence on player development. Her idea of “giving back” is the opportunity to bring along today’s young players and helping them be their best. We look forward to some great things with Melanie!

Stephanie Yates

8u Head Coach, 10u Assistant Coach, 6-12u ADM Goalie Coordinator

Stephanie is in her second year working with the Lady Ducks but, her history with the club goes back to the beginning. Stephanie was part of the inaugural season 15u team in 1999. She net-minded for our very first Pacific District Championship team a year later, competing with the very first Lady Ducks team at USA Hockey Nationals. An NCAA Collegiate goaltender at Utica College from 2003-07, Stephanie went on to set a school record for the most saves in a single season and earned various spots on the ECAC West All-conference Team. She followed her college playing days and was an assistant coach at Utica and later Sacred Heart colleges at both Division I and III schools. After returning to California in 2014, Stephanie wanted to continue to instruct hockey and was immediately drawn back to the Lady Duck and our 8u program. She will continue with this key development area AND take on a new role as our ADM Goalie Coordinator to ensure fundamental growth with our younger goalies.

Tracy Frazer

8u Head Coach, 10u A/B Assistant Coach, 8u ADM Coordinator

Tracy has been with the Lady Ducks program for 12 years, working specifically with 8u and 10u players. She continues to work with young players in skill development and is known for her popularity among players as they make the game fun and be involved as a sport for a lifetime. A retired Kung-fu Master, Tracy’s multi-sport background brings her varied interests and positive influence to the ice. From roller hockey to ice; from Kung-fu to bowling championships, Coach Tracy loves working on the grassroots of the LD program, 6u, 8u, 10u age groups. Before it was cool, Tracy taught the ADM-style concepts used by USA Hockey today! Tracy focuses on the fundamentals to ensure that players get corrected, receive reinforcement for learning new things and have fun every time they step on the ice. Tracy passes her experiences at Narch and USAHockey National championships to the young player and makes this game fun in a challenging instructional environment. 

Molly Schaus

Guest Goalie Instructor

The Lady Ducks are thrilled to have Molly leading the goalie instruction for all goalies 14u to 19u for the second season. Molly played her collegiate hockey at Boston College and also was a member of the USA Hockey National Team for several years. 

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, silver medalist

USA HOCKEY: Two-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship (gold-2008-09) ... Member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the 2008 Four Nations Cup (1st) ... Two-time member of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team for the Under-22 Series with Canada (2007-08) ... Three-time USA Hockey Women's National Festival participant (2007-09) ... Five-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp attendee (2002-06).

Sarah Bier

14U AA Head Coach

Sarah begins her second season with the Anaheim Lady Ducks program.  Growing up in St. Louis, MO where she was an elite roller hockey player before moving to AAA ice hockey for the St. Louis Lady Blues. Sarah attended and played hockey for the Marian University in fond du Lac,Wisconsin, where she played 4 years and was Team Captain for two of those.  After earning all-conference recognition, Sarah graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. Sarah is still competing both Nationally (earning multiple National Championships) and  internationally for Team USA Inline. She will compete for Gold in Barcelona this summer with Team USA.  

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