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.
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.