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 and Head of Coaches

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 24th year of coaching ice hockey and 31st 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 after her 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 15th 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 University, 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 uses her 20 years of coaching experience at all youth levels to help assist the coaches and managers with needed support in creating the culture of their team that fits within the Lady Ducks Culture.  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 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!

Ryan Skier

19AAA Head Coach

Lady Ducks are proud to bring in Ryan to the program!  Returning to Southern California from the Dallas area, Coach Skier is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and has spent 15 years coaching as both a head coach and assistant coach from mites through juniors coaching in his home state of Washington, California and Dallas. 

Ryan coached youth hockey for 11 years in southern California. After a work-related transfer, Ryan spent the last 4 years with the Dallas Stars Elite girls’ program where he co- coached Tier 1 14u, 16u, and 19u teams, playing a big role in helping transition the Dallas Stars Elite from a tier 2 program into a true tier 1 program.  Over those four years he played a role in moving 32 girls onto Div 1 or Div 3 programs. Ryan is very detail oriented and enjoys creating a solid culture within a team where the players can learn how to balance hockey sense development, fun, hard work, and being good teammates. He firmly believes in developing teams that have a winning culture with a strong work ethic.      

Ryan grew up in Spokane Washington and played his youth Tier 1 hockey locally. He also played Jr hockey in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL), and finished his playing career playing for the Spokane Braves (KIJHL). Ryan is an IT Project Manager  who enjoys travel although right now his young family, wife Victoria and and 2 year old son, Yorgo, keep life pretty busy.  

Gary Cox

16AAA Head Coach

In his 8th year with the Lady Ducks program, Coach Gary has been involved in hockey as an athlete and a coach for the better part of the last 40 years. Gary has played a role in developing more than 40 players toward NCAA hockey coaching both youth and Girls AAA teams since 2005.  Having made several trips to Nationals, Gary also is a great asset in the college recruiting process with his willingness to reach out to coaches and give player support.   From his hometown in winnipeg to Japan, Chicago and Los Angeles, Gary has helped to train young athletes from 8u - 19u at all levels.

 

Growing up playing hockey in Winnipeg, including major junior hockey and moved on to play at the University of British Columbia.  After pro hockey in Europe, Gary returned to Canada and an investment management career.  Gary's coaching experience is vast spending time using today's technology to give video feedback, game clip footage and hockey IQ challenges bringing greater depth of hockey knowledge to his players.    

Jen Friedman

14AAA Head Coach

Jen is on her 4th year coaching with the Lady Ducks.  Having coached successful 19AAA, 19AA 16AAA & 14AAA teams for the LD Program, Jen uses high performance training and her strong leadership skills to promote a strong team atmosphere and high expectations of every member of the team. She is known for her attention to detail and 

Jen has helped develop dozens of hardworking players to the college level and is still actively competing herself, winning Gold and Silver medals at USAH Women's Nationals as well as competing for medals at the World INLINE championships over the last few years.   As a homegrown California standout, coach Jen played Division I hockey for the Providence Friars and was team captain for her squad as a senior.  She enjoys the outdoors and travel in the off season.

Kathy McGarrigle

12AAA Head Coach

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 31st year Teaching Public school she focuses her efforts on the growth of the Lady Ducks program, from 6 & under thru 12u, which now boasts more than 100 girls!  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 its 2 teams in 1999 to the 14-15 teams expected for 2020! In addition to the girls’ program, Kathy has competed and earned 9 medals (3G, 2S, 4B) at the USA Hockey Women’s National Championships. 

Stephanie Yates

Female Goalie Coach - In - Chief of the Pacific District

Stephanie is in her fourth 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 focus solely on the development of our goalies. As our ADM Goalie Coordinator  Steph ensure fundamental growth with all our LD goalies.

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).

Tracy Frazer

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

Tracy has been with the Lady Ducks program for 13 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. 

Sarah Bier

16U AA Head Coach

Sarah begins her third 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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