|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.|
|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.|
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Figure Skating Director – At Protec Ponds, Eleanor Reiss looks to expand her teaching skills and experience while taking beginner skaters into more advanced and competitive programs. All this being done in a team setting with coaches of every level, to ensure dynamic growth in step with USFSA standards. Coach Reiss has worked with rinks in the past, most recently as Figure Skating Director, managing 12 skating coaches with responsibility for private and learn to skate activities. Her professional accolades include a double gold medal in figure and freestyle in 1982, and she was also a Canadian gold medalist. Eleanor is a USFSA and PSA member, category “A”.
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Sales, Marketing, and Digital Media Director – Chrissy has been with Protec for over a year in the capacity of Sales & Marketing Coordinator before assuming the role of Director. Her role was to create revenue for the rink by selling ads, hiring vendors for tournaments, and creating/coordinating events for the rink throughout the year. She comes to Protec with a B.S. in Communications from The College of Staten Island with a focus on Broadcast Journalism, Corporate Comm. and Marketing. Previously, she has worked for Cablevision, Vitamin Shoppe and Lancome as a Subcontracting Planer. Chrissy recently acquired her Level 1 USA Hockey coaching certification and enjoys assistant coaching her youngest sons team, the Ducks Future Development team; which she also had a hand in creating. Chrissy enjoys playing hockey as well, and is a Zumba instructor in her spare time. She loves being with her family at Protec, and hopes to bring new and innovative ideas to the area of digital marketing, social media and generating new business opportunities for the rink across all aspects of Marketing.
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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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Building and Ice Operations Manager, Edge 2 Edge Pro-Shop 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. New for 2019, Chris is the proud manager of Protec’s brand new Pro-Shop Edge2Edge! Stop in and get your skates worked on or sharpened, or pick up those game-day essentials. Best cut in town!
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Asst. Hockey Director, Protec Predators & CJSL Director, Hockey Camp Director, Tournament Director, Protec U Director –Coach Watt, originally from Toronto, Canada has over 29 years of hockey experience around the world. He played Juniors Tier I in Canada and USA, also NCAA hockey at Buffalo State College. Terry played hockey professionally for 8 years on 14 different teams on 4 continents, while being a member of 4 professional Championships teams.
Coach Watt has over 14 years of experience teaching power skating & hockey skills for top hockey schools in both Canada and USA. After only two years of being a NJ resident, Coach Watt has quickly grown a reputation for being one of the area’s best skills & development coaches around. Because of Coach Watt’s growing popularity in the area, he was recently hired to join the Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL) Coaching Staff. Coach Watt also served as the GM and head recruiter for an Elite showcase team based out of Boston that saw over 30+ kids get recruited by NCAA colleges along with 5 NHL draft picks. The Ducks and Predators programs are very lucky to have Coach Terry working with us! When asked what his approach to the season would be, Coach had this to say, “My goal is to help build a stable and solid organization by focusing on player development first, also I want us to focus on character by teaching our players the importance of hard work, and a team-first attitude. This way, everyone involved can achieve their goals during and after hockey.” Coach Watt will be doing Skills sessions with each Ducks team throughout the season! He will be working directly with Ducks coaches about practice planning as well.
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