Tier I Coaches 

  Kathy McGarrigle

   Program Director and Head of Coaches

Coach Kathy was recently announced as the 2020 recipient of the Joe Burke award, by the American Hockey Coaches Association for her work and dedication to Girls/Women’s hockey over the last 20 years. Director and Head Coach for the Anaheim Lady Ducks, Kathy's efforts to teach grassroots skills thru elite levels has been the backbone of the Lady Ducks' success.  More than 140 young women have moved on to play college hockey since 1999.  Kathy coached youth hockey early on and has been with the Lady Ducks program since its humble beginnings in 1999. Now in her 25th year of coaching ice hockey and 32nd year Teaching Public school she focuses her efforts on the growth of the Lady Ducks program, from 6 & under thru 12u. 

 

Kathy's tireless work with young female athletes has helped 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 teams expected for 2020! 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 experiencing 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 to 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!” In 2018, Kathy was named to head the Pacific District Female Hockey Section for USAHockey.  

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  Caroline Marchant

    General Manager, College Tour/Tournament Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, Coach,             16AAA & 19AAA Team 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.

  Stephanie Yates 

   Female Goalie Coach - In - Chief of the Pacific District, 12UAA Asst. Coach

Entering her 6th year working with the Lady Ducks program and goalies, Stephanie has recently been appointed Pacific District Female Goalie Coach-in-Chiefwith USAHockey.  Born and raised in Garden Grove, California, her hockey career started when her family would attend her sibling’s hockey games at Disney ICE (now Anaheim ICE). There was a sudden goalie opening and she jumped at the chance to fill the spot. Shortly after she joined The Anaheim Lady Ducks for their inaugural season in 1999, net-minded our very FIRST Pacific District Champion team and has been in net for the last 21 years. 

 

After her youth career she headed back east to play for Utica College, 2003 to 2007 where she set a single season save record and received ECACWest honors. She returned to her Alma Mater as the goalie coach and recruiting coordinator for 3 years before moving over to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2011 - 2012. 

 

Stephanie later put her Business Management degree to work and in the business operations side of hockey joining the NAHL Springfield Jr. Blues for 2012 - 2013 before deciding to head home and be closer to family again. This decision brought Coach Steph full circle and she has been with the Lady Ducks and Rinks programs ever since.  

  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.    

  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. 

  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.

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