In memory of former captain, #26, Greg Shupe '11. May he rest in peace.
Warriors Add Two New Coaches
May 12, 2016 Off Season Hockey News
The Walsh Jesuit Warriors Hockey program is pleased to announce the hiring of two assistant coaches, Zack Nowack and Mason Koonce. Both coaches will begin work immediately as the summer is approaching quickly.
“Both Mason and Zack bring great enthusiasm and dedication towards coaching. I am happy that they chose to join our staff, and I cannot wait to get on the ice with them,” remarked Head Coach Pat McKendry.
Zack Nowack comes to the Warriors after 4 successful seasons as a goalie at Kent State, backstopping the Golden Flashes through their rebuilding process back into a top tier team in the country. Zack also is both the current graduate Assistant at the Ice Arena and Assistant Coach at Kent State with former WJ assistant Jim Underwood who is now the Head Coach for the Golden Flashes. He also works as a goalie instructor at the Ohio Hockey Academy. Zack is a 2010 graduate for fellow GLHL school Lake Catholic.
Mason Koonce arrives to the Warriors staff after starting his coaching career at Kent Hockey Schools and the Kent Cyclones youth program. Mason is also a current coaching staff member at the Kent State Ice Arena for the Learn to Play Hockey program and Learn to Skate program. Mason is a 2010 graduate of Hoover North Canton High School where he was a standout defenseman for the Vikings.
Coach Nowack and Koonce will primarily serve as the JV Coaches while also helping out with the Varsity team as time permits.
DiPietro Signs Division I Deal at Western Michigan
Walsh Jesuit alum and all time leading scorer, Dawson DiPietro, has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
After a highly successful career at Walsh Jesuit and two very successful seasons playing in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Dawson DiPietro chose to continue his career at Western Michigan University. WMU is a current member of the NCHC one of the top Division I conferences in the country. The NCHC is home to current NCAA Division I National Champion, the University of North Dakota.
“As a program we cannot be any more proud of Dawson DiPietro. He has earned this and worked so hard to become the player he is today,” said Head Coach Pat McKendry. “Dawson is a rare talent, period. He did it all for us as a Warrior and I cannot be more grateful of his efforts and contributions to the Warrior Hockey Family.”
DiPietro will head to Kalamazoo in the next few weeks to enroll in school early for summer classes.
Warriors Promote George Wright ’10
April 27, 2016
The 2016-‐2017-‐hockey season is officially underway for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors Men’s Hockey teams. As the players engage in their off season workouts, the program is pleased to announce the promotion of JV Coach George Wright ‘10 to the position of Associate Head Coach.
“As a program, we are pleased to announce that George Wright ’10 has been elevated to the role of Associate Head Hockey Coach, said Head Coach Pat McKendry. George is Warrior through and through and I am so excited to see him develop as a hockey coach. George has been ready for this role for some time now and I am pleased that he has accepted this position.”
Wright ‘10 ranks 5th on the All Time Scoring list for Walsh Jesuit, as a player he helped lead the Warriors, establishing the program as one of the best in the area. After a successful college lacrosse career at Otterbein University in Columbus, George returned home for graduate school at Kent State University. Currently he is studying Mental Health Counseling and will graduate in 2017. George is also the Head Coach of the lacrosse program at Walsh Jesuit.
Wright will assume the role that Paul Wasnick held for the previous 2 seasons, serving as the top assistant and the varsity level and the bridge between the varsity and JV programs.
Warriors Assistant Coaching Changes
April 26, 2016
As the Walsh Jesuit Warriors Men’s Hockey Team gets ready to officially drop the puck on the 2016-‐2017 season, it must say good bye to a few of the pillars of the program over the past few years.
After a highly successful 4 years in the role of Head Coach Pat McKendry’s top assistant, Paul Wasnick is moving on as he relocates out of the Walsh Jesuit immediate area. Paul was responsible for many facets of the program including serving as the “bridge” between the varsity and JV programs. Paul was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the start of the 2015-‐2016 season. “We all owe Paul Wasnick a debt of gratitude for the dedication he had to the WJ hockey program. Paul is a bright hockey mind, highly organized, and passionate for the game, he will be greatly missed,” said Head Coach Pat McKendry.
Also moving on is defensive coach John Lambert. John was behind the Warrior bench for 2 seasons and worked with both the forwards and defensemen during his tenure. John came on board for the 2014-‐2015 season as the forward’s coach and transitioned to the defenseman coach this past 2015-‐2016 season. “John is such a steady presence as a coach, he does not get rattled and always reads the opponent very well. He had a great knack of knowing how to talk to the young players that we have developed over the past two seasons, always getting the most out of every player – simply put players loved to play for Coach Lambert,” remarked Head Coach Pat McKendry.
With the departures of two assistant coaches, Head Coach Pat McKendry will immediately begin the process of replacing both Coach Wasnick and Coach Lambert.
To Coach Wasnick and Coach Lambert --
“Thank you from everyone in the Warrior Hockey Family for all that you gave to the program.”
Varsity Hockey 2016 - 2017
Final roster will be posted once the teams are selected.
Head Coach: Pat McKendry
Assoc. Head Coach: George Wright ‘10
Goalie Coach: Evan Phenney
JV Coach: Mason Koonce
JV Coach: Zack Nowack
Video Coordinator: Gavin Gronowski
Director of Hockey: Dr. Craig Cook ‘76
Announcer: Tim Maher ‘84
Faculty Rep: Walter Dodds
Program Founder: Jim Coe 2004
Student Managers: Kristen Marsinek