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Mt Lebanon Blue Devils Coaches

 

Varsity Coaches

  • Head Coach - Jeremy Church -  Coach Church was named Mt. Lebanon High School Varsity Head Coach on May 25, 2021.

    Church took over on an interim basis March 8, 2021.  He coached the team to a 6-2-1 record and its first appearance in the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup championship game since 2006.

    Church began his coaching career in 2002 at national prep school power Culver (Ind.) Military Academy, which has produced more than 120 NCAA Division I college players and 26 NHL draft picks.  During six seasons in various head and assistant coaching roles with the Eagles, his teams went 168-54-26 overall.  He was the head coach for eight eventual NCAA Division I players, including Hobey Baker Award finalist and current Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd.

    Church was head coach of Shady Side Academy’s varsity team during the 2009-10 season and served five years as an assistant varsity coach at Mt. Lebanon High School from 2010-15.  He then spent six years as both a head and assistant coach at multiple age groups at the A, AA and AAA levels in the Mt. Lebanon Hornets youth program.
  • Assistant Coach - David Hornack -  Coach Hornack has more than 30 years of experience at the high school varsity, AAA and collegiate levels.  He served two stints as Mt. Lebanon High School varsity head coach from 1989-97 and 2008-13.  In his 13 seasons, the Blue Devils reached the playoffs 10 times and recorded nearly 140 victories - all at the AAA classification.  Hornack also served as head coach for Washington and Jefferson College at the ACHA Division I level, leading the team to a pair of national tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005. 

    He started his coaching career in impressive fashion at Upper St. Clair High School, where his teams won Penguins Cup championships in 1986 and 1987.  In 1987, the Panthers would go on to win the state championship.  Coach Hornack has also been an assistant for Mt. Lebanon High School (2006-08), Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15 AAA (2013-18) and the Mt. Lebanon Hornets U15 AAA team (2019-20). 

    At the all-star level,  he has coached both Team Pittsburgh in the national high school showcase (1995) and at the Keystone State Games (1989-94).  He was the coach of the year in Western Pennsylvania in 1987.  Coach Hornack played collegiately at Penn State and has taught hockey clinics at Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center for nearly 40 years. 
     
  • Assistant Coach - Daniel Bigley - Coach Bigs is a 2020 graduate of Duquesne, Daniel Bigley has been a proven winner and leader throughout his hockey career.  Bigley played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite from U15 though U18.  His teams qualified for the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament all four seasons and defeated Culver Military Academy to win the 2016 U18 National Championship.  He was also selected to attend the U17 USA Hockey camp in Amherst, NY, as one of the top 20 players in the Mid-Am District.  Bigley competed on the varsity team at Char Valley as a freshman.  He played three seasons of Division I ACHA hockey at Duquesne, serving as assistant captain his sophomore year and captain both his junior and senior seasons.  He has assisted Dave Hornack coaching summer ice hockey clinics at Mt. Lebanon for the past seven years and has experience teaching skating and power skating to individuals and teams.

Junior varsity 1 Coaches

  • Head Coach - Bill Hanberry - Coach Hanberry is in his second stint working with the Mt. Lebanon program.   A Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach, Hanberry has 16 years of experience at all levels, including U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 for the Mt. Lebanon Hornets, along with middle school at Mt. Lebanon, Baldwin and Montour and JV at Mt. Lebanon.  He served as an assistant coach on the Montour team that won the 2019 PIHL single A championship.  Hanberry grew up playing youth and travel hockey in his native Massachusetts.  His son Evan was a varsity letter winner for Mt. Lebanon.
     
  • Assistant Coah - Nick Kuqali - Coach Kuqali brings extensive experience as a player and coach to the organization.  He served as a head coach for the JV1 team and assistant coach at the varsity level during the 2020-21 season and assisted with the JV 1 team in 2019-20.  He also coaches 14U and 12U teams with the Pittsburgh Predators and has been a hockey skills, conditioning, and nutrition trainer for more than a decade.

    Kuqali played more than 400 games of professional hockey during the course of nine seasons, primarily in Europe and in America for multiple teams in the SPHL, ECHL and CHL.  He earned four varsity letters at NCAA Division III Wisconsin Eau Claire from 2006-2010.  Kuqali graduated with a 3.91 GPA and was voted the most dedicated player by his teammates.  Prior to college, he played three seasons of Junior A in the OPJHL following his graduation from Mt. Lebanon High School, where he was a member of the varsity hockey team.  Kuqali was also selected to compete for the Mid-Am District at both the Select 16 and Select 17 camps in St. Cloud, MN.

  • Assistant Coach - Evan Baehr - Coach Baehr is a former varsity hockey player for Mt. Lebanon, Evan Baehr returns as a coach to the JV 1 program and will also serve as a goaltending instructor for the association.  Evan has been a skills coach for the past seven seasons and is currently a coach at the U8, U10 and U12 levels for the Pittsburgh Predators.  He also helped with the Mt. Lebanon varsity team during the second half of the 2020-21 season.

Junior varsity 2 coaches

  • HC - JHacob Wogan - Coah Wogan is a 2021 graduate of Ohio State who recently relocated to Mt. Lebanon.  He served as an assistant coach for two years at Westerville South High School during college.  Wogan was a four-year letter winner for Dublin Scioto High School outside Columbus and also played varsity football and varsity baseball.  Relocating to Pittsburgh to serve as Area Manager for Young Life.
     
  • Assistant Coach - Evan Baehr - see bio under JV1

Middle school 1 head coach 

  • Daniel Bigley - see Coach Big's bio under Varsity

Middle school 2 head coach

  • ​P. J. Breslow - Coach Breslow is a 2021 graduate of Duquesne University who played four seasons for the school’s ACHA Division I hockey team.  He is currently pursuing his MBA at Duquesne after earning his degree in sports marketing.  Breslow played for LaSalle College High School outside Philadelphia and the U18AAA Philadelphia Revolution.

Middle school 1 and 2 assistant coaches

  •  Jason Koblick - Coach Koblick recently completed his transfer to Chatham University, where he will continue to compete collegiately as a sophomore after playing NCAA Division III at Stevenson University.  As an amateur, he played AAA hockey for the Philadelphia Revolution, the Long Island Gulls, and the Indiana Jr. Ice.  The son of a coach, Koblick also won a Pennsylvania state championship with Central Bucks South in 2016.
     
  • Shai Maaravi - Coach Maaravi is a native of Israel who is attending Duquesne and competing as a member of the ACHA Division I hockey team.  He has competed for Israel’s national team since 2013. Shai is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and has coached for several years at different age groups.  He has been fortunate to have been coached by former NHL player Bobby Holik on the Israel national team and Jean Perron, who previously coached the Montreal Canadians.  Maaravi also served a required military commitment for the Israeli army and is interning with Deloitte. 
  •  CJ Simione - Coach Simione is entering his sophomore year at Duquesne University, where he will compete for the school’s ACHA Division I hockey team.  Simione earned three varsity letters at Pittsburgh Central Catholic and played amateur hockey for the Mt. Lebanon Hornets, Steel City Renegades and Pittsburgh Predators. 

Goalie Coach 

  • Evan Baehr - see bio in JV1