Joe Bucchino

General Manager Joe Bucchino came to Protec at the beginning of 2016 as General Manager. He brings with him 25 years of experience in professional hockey, and 15 years of experience in facility management. In order to make Protec as successful as possible for the community and staff, Joe’s mission is to create and promote programs for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, and much more. His goal is to make Protec a facility for families to always feel welcome, and to enjoy a fun, positive experience on the ice and off.

Patrick Alvin

Hockey Director Patrick Alvin has been the head coach of Bridgewater-Raritan High School for fourteen plus years and recently Ice Hockey website called B-R Ice Hockey “The class of the Skyland Conference for the past several years.”  He was a 2015 inductee into the New Jersey High School Coaches Hall of Fame for his success at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  Coach Alvin was named the New Jersey Ice Hockey Coach of the Year in 2008 by the NJSCA, 2015 inaugural Skyland Ice Hockey Coach of the Year, and 5 more years by either The Courier or The Star Ledger newspapers.  Over that span his teams have won four conference championships (2005, 2006, 2014, 2015), three Skyland Cup championships (2006, 2013, 2015), and one Somerset County championship (2004).  Coach Alvin‘s B-R Panthers have played in the NJSIAA State Tournament Finals in 2007, 2013, and 2014 and has been the Skyland Conference representative on the NJSIAA Ice Hockey Committee for ten years.  His players have been named The Courier  Player of the Year 6 times in twelve years (2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and has had numerous All State players as named by The Star Ledger.   Coach Alvin has a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from UW- Stevens Point with an emphasis in coaching, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Scranton, and is finishing up a second Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  Coach Alvin serves the community as a Social Studies Teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

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Whitney Trif

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASkating Director Whitney Trif brings 29 years of personal skating experience and over 15 years of professional figure skating coaching to Protec’s Skating Academy. She grew up skating competitively in the central New Jersey area and has been an active member of the United States Figure Skating association (USFS) for the past 24 years. Whitney is a double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field.  She graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with a B.S. in Business Management in 2006 and a M.B.A in Corporate Communications in 2008. Whitney has over 10 years of experience establishing and directing Learn to Skate and Figure Skating programs in New Jersey.

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Michael Loughlin

mike pic w backgroundSales and Marketing Director Mike grew up in Bridgewater, NJ and played Ice Hockey for the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers.  He then gained his Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Delaware.  After graduating, Mike took a position at Protec as a Building Manager in 2009 and since has held various titles including Food and Beverage Manager, and his current role as Director of Sales and Marketing/ Web Admin.

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Rob Cacioppo

Manager of Hockey Administration Rob Cacioppo has been with Protec since 2010 after earning his B.S. in sport management from Rutgers University with a minor in organizational leadership.  At Rutgers, Rob was a member of the Exercise Science and Sport Management Club and was the vice president and an alternate captain of the intercollegiate roller hockey team.  For over a decade, he has organized an annual roller hockey event that has raised funds for charities such as Hockey Fights Cancer, the Marfan Foundation, and the Lustgarten Foundation, and he has utilized his event planning skills to make the Protec Adult Hockey League the best adult hockey league in the area.  With a focus on unique league features such as game recaps and power rankings, Rob has set the PTAHL apart from its competitors, expanding the league from five teams to over twenty.  In addition, Rob uses his experience as an ice resurfacer driver and a building manager to oversee the ice department and ensure that the ice quality is as high as possible for all of Protec’s customers.

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