Executive Staff

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Executive Staff 2018-05-07T19:24:17+00:00

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 nj.com 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.


E-mail Patrick at palvin@protecponds.com

Kristen Mingoia

Skating Director With over 21 years of skating experience and over 8 years of coaching experience, Protec’s Skating Director, Kristen Mingoia, now heads all figure skating programs and a highly successful learn to skate program out of Protec Ponds Ice Center.  Kristen has been a member of United Skates Figure Skating (USFS), Ice Skating Institute (ISI), and Professional Skaters Association (PSA) for many years now.  During her skating career, Kristen earned gold in USFS Freestyle Test, USFS Moves in the Field test, and USGS Ice Dance test, amongst other accomplishments.  In 2001-2002, she was named Skater of the Year, and in 2002-2003 Kristen earned the Gladys Everitt Ice Dance Trophy.

E-mail Kristen at skate@protecponds.com

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.

E-mail Mike at mike@protecponds.com

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.

E-mail Rob at robc@protecponds.com

Chris Morales

Building and Ice Operations Manager Chris has been with Protec since the summer of 2016 to which he brought over 20 years of Facility Management experience. He is a member of NEISMA (North East Ice Skating Managers Association), U.S. Ice Rink Association (formerly STAR) where he was certified as an Ice Technician in 2008, and ISI (Ice Skating Institute) where he was certified as an Arena Operator, also in 2008. Chris Morales gained a Bachelors of Construction Management at SUNY Oswego in 2004 where he also played D3 hockey as a defenseman. After graduating Chris worked for various rinks and rink management companies as an Operations Manager, Facility Manager and Zamboni Driver, and ran roller skating, hockey and figure skating programs for the boys and girls clubs in NYC. He has now taken over the building and ice operations at Protec Ponds, and takes much pride in the high standard of ice quality he has quickly achieved.

E-mail Chris at cmorales@protecponds.com