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Hockey Staff

Brian Mueller – Executive Director, Hockey Development and Programming

Prior to joining the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Brian was the Vice President of Hockey Operations for 200x85, a program that trained and developed over 15,000 student athletes in the Chicago area. His extensive coaching resume includes two National Championship teams in 2012 and 2016 and two runners-upin 2013 and 2015.

Brian played college hockey at Clarkson University where he was a two time All-American and Hobey Baker Finalist. He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers and played five and a half seasons of professional hockey.

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Danny MacKinnon - Elite Hockey Director

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite as Hockey Director, Danny was the Hockey Director at Maritime Varsity Academy in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He also served as the Head Coach for the Cole Harbour Major Midgets out of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Danny has coaching experience at all levels as he was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Bemidji State University and has helped develop numerous players into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during his time at Maritime Varsity Academy. Furthermore, Danny has spent time working within Hockey Nova Scotia’s program of excellence and most recently with Hockey Canada’s U17 Developmental program.

Danny finished his playing career at Acadia University and earned an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology. After Acadia, he moved to Bemidji, to complete a Master’s of Science degree at Bemidji State University.

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Dan Mayes - 18U Prep Head Coach/Skill Development Professional

Dan has spent the past two seasons at Trine University in Indiana where he has served as the Head Coach for the ACHA DII team and as the Assistant Coach for the NCAA team. In his two seasons as coach of the ACHA team, the Thunder has compiled a record of 54-9-2. They have also qualified for the ACHA DII national tournament in each of the last 2 seasons.

Dan has served in many coaching roles in his career. Since 2015, he has served as a NCAA Volunteer Coach at Bowling Green University, Head Coach of the Little Caesars 14U team, Associate Coach for the Honeybaked Midget 16/18U and St. Mary’s Catholic Central High School in Michigan.

Trevor Edwards - Skill Development Professional

Trevor has been coaching in the Honeybaked Hockey Club in Detroit, Michigan for the past 9 years covering 10U - 18U teams. His passion and commitment to long term athlete development has led to success in building the confidence and the skill sets of the players that he works with. His coaching highlights currently include 17 former players with D1 NCAA commitments, a 2015 USA Hockey 14U Tier 1 National Championship, 4 Michigan State Titles, and an International Silver Stick Title.  

Trevor was born in Toronto, Ontario and went on to play NCAA Hockey at Clarkson University (00-04').  He was honored with Clarkson's Fran Neragin Award in 2004 presented to a player who excels in sportsmanship and academics while contributing significantly to the hockey program.   He was also a Collegiate Hockey Humanitarian award nominee in 2003-2004. After college Trevor spent 3 seasons in the United Hockey League (UHL) before retiring in 2007 after scoring 40 Goals, 49 assists, 89 points in 182 professional games.

Kevin Muller – Power Skating and Skill Development Professional

Kevin has made a name for himself by blending his passion for hockey and technology into a unique training experience.  His use of visual feedback and technical detail have made him a highly sought after skills coach across North America. Kevin has been working in private hockey training facilities and running numerous camps and clinics since 2002. In 2006 he formed online training and coaching website HockeyShare. In 2014 Kevin co-founded hockey training center LM Precision Training in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  He currently works with a number of professional, collegiate, junior, and AAA athletes.  Kevin also brings 15 years of team coaching at the bantam and midget levels as well as 3 years of hockey director experience. 

Jeff Hannan - Skill Development Professional

Jeff is a Pittsburgh native who grew up playing for the Pittsburgh Hornets and then moving on to play NCAA Division I Hockey at Niagara University. During his senior year, Niagara won the Atlantic Hockey regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. His senior year he was awarded with the Gallagher Sportsmanship Award for his contributions to the hockey program on and off the ice. Jeff is entering his fifth season coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and last season was the Assistant Coach in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Coulee Region Chill, helping develop numerous Division I college hockey players.

Ashley Vesci - Skill Development Professional

Ashley is a Pittsburgh native who grew up playing in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite organization. She left home to attend Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts for three years but returned to Pittsburgh to play NCAA Division I hockey at Robert Morris University. Ashley played for RMU for four seasons and served as an assistant captain during her junior year and captain her senior year. After graduation, she began coaching in the Pens Elite organization and also played the 2016-17 NWHL season for the Buffalo Beauts and helped the team win the Isobel Cup. Since retiring from playing, Ashley has focused on her passion of coaching and has spent the last three seasons working with the 10U, 16U and 19U teams.

Mike Chiasson – Goalie Development Professional

Mike is a former goalie from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He is the current Manager of Youth Hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Goalie Development Professional at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Mike is also the goalie development coach for the Pens Elite organization. Mike is a former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goaltender with the Rimouski Oceanic and finished his playing career with four years at Acadia University. Prior to joining the staff, Mike spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Acadia Axemen and the technical director for the Acadia Minor Hockey Association. 

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Abby Greenbaum – Programming Coordinator/Coach

Abby is a former player from Kittanning, Pennsylvania. She attended high school at  National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, New York. She continued on to play hockey and tennis at Castleton State and Buffalo State. Abby finished her playing career at California University of Pennsylvania. 

Her coaching career started six years ago with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program, here she has coached from the U10 to U16 age group of girls. The past two seasons she has been head coach of the U12 Pens Elite team. Abby has also coached at two USA Hockey National Camps in St.Cloud, Minnesota. For five seasons Abby has been a coach with Selects Hockey, her spring and summer teams will participate in an international tournament as well as playing in the US and Canada. Abby looks forward to building the youth program with the learn to skate and hockey deployment programs. 

When Abby is not in the rink she enjoys white water rafting, DIY up-cycling projects and roasting coffee for her coffee roasting company.

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Jason Jerome - Director, Sports Performance

Originally from Aurora, IL, Jason earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami in 2006. Since 2010, Jason has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Athletic Development for IMPACT PERFORMANCE, founded in Boca Raton, FL.  That opportunity provided Jason access to train 1000’s of athletes, be an Athletic Trainer for multiple professional sports organizations, and run the NHL Combine for four years. 

Early in Jason’s career, he was employed by the University of Miami and responsible for rehabilitating Olympic, professional, and collegiate athletes from various sports including football, track and field, and volleyball.  A major highlight of Jason’s time at the “U” was serving as a Core Training specialist for the track and field program as well as working with numerous alumni from the NFL and MLB.  Jason is a proud supporting member of the National Athletic Training Association (NATA).

Jimmy Law - Coach, Sports Performance & On-Ice Skill Development

Originally from West Chester, PA, Jimmy developed a passion for sports at a young age. Growing up he played on multiple national contending and state-bound youth hockey teams. Jimmy’s undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He was also a 4-year student athlete on their D1 ACHA Hockey Team. Jimmy furthered his education and earned a Master’s Degree in Health and Fitness from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. His experiences during school include Pitt Football Strength and Conditioning Intern, Pittsburgh Riverhounds Speed and Strength Coach, Pure Hockey Sales Associate, and OSPTA Physical Therapy Aide.