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VARSITY COACHING STAFF


Head Coach: Anthony Raco

Anthony Raco

Anthony Raco

Coach Raco is entering his 17th season with the Seneca Valley Hockey Association.  He began his hockey career playing for the Mt. Lebanon Hornets beginning at the age of 8.  Upon graduation from South Fayette High School, he began his post secondary education at Edinboro University playing for their hockey team from 1997-2001, earning his degree in Health/Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching.  He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Shadyside Academy’s girls Prep team.   Coach Raco coached at Shadyside for only one season before finding his way into Seneca Valley’s Hockey Association.  There he became the head coach for the Freshman team for 2 years and then head coach for the Junior Varsity team for 2 years.  Coach Raco became the Varsity coach in the 2012-2013 season.    During his time, Coach Raco has won 2 Varsity St. Margaret’s tournaments in 2012 and 2015.  In 2018, Coach Raco led the Seneca Valley Raiders to their school's first PIHL Penguins Cup Championship and was named PIHL Class AAA Coach of the Year.  In the 2021-22 season, Coach Raco won his 100th PIHL regular season game vs Upper St. Clair.  Outside of coaching hockey, Coach Raco is employed at Ergon Oil Purchasing as a Crude Oil Buyer/Field Operations Representative.  He resides in McCandless with his wife Amy and their three children (Mia, Khloe, and Easton).


Assistant Coach: Tyler Mesisca

Tyler Mesisca

Tyler Mesisca

Coach Mesisca comes to the Raiders after having a decorated career for Seneca Valley as a student-athlete.  As an SV graduate, Mesisca lettered four years for the Raiders.  During those four years, he helped lead the Raiders to the 2009 & 2010 Penguins Cup Finals, the 2008 & 2009 St. Margaret Tournament Champions, and was the 2009 St. Margaret Tournament MVP.  He was also the Raider Team Captain and MVP in 2009.  After his decorated high school career, Mesisca attended Slippery Rock University where he continued to play hockey and study K-12 Health and Physical Education.  He helped lead SRU to a Conference Championship (2011), was Conference Rookie of the Year (2011), 2nd Team All Conference (2013), Assistant Captain (2014), and ended his playing career as the 3rd All-Time Leading Scorer.

Mesisca's passion for hockey continued as he has been coaching youth hockey around the area for 10 years now, all of which has been with SVHA including head coach for JV1 for 3 seasons and entering year 7 as an assistant with the Varsity team. In addition to coaching at Seneca Valley, he is in his second season as head coach for the NP Wildcats 2010 AA team.  He’s also coached previously at the Pens Elite and PHA Icemen.  Coach Mesisca was also an assistant coach of the 2018 Pens Cup championship team. 

Outside the rink, Coach Mesisca is a Physical Education Teacher in the Seneca Valley School District. 


Assistant Coach: Parker Faix

Parker Faix

Parker Faix

A former Seneca Valley Varsity player in 2014 and 2015, Coach Parker joins the Varsity coaching staff with 16 years of playing experience and 5 years of coaching experience.  Coach Parker previously spent time coaching with SV's Middle School White team and Junior Varsity Blue team.  Outside of Seneca Valley, he also has coached 15/16u AA travel hockey for the PHA Icemen and is currently head coaching their 2012 AA team this season.  Parker is excited for this coming varsity season, and the opportunity to help develop the defensive core in hopes of a Pens Cup Championship.


JUNIOR VARSITY BLUE COACHING STAFF


Head Coach: Chad Parise

Chad Parise

Chad Parise

Coach Parise started his coaching career with SVHA as an assistant coach with middle school back in 2016 and currently sits as the head coach of the JV Blue team. Coach Parise has over 20+ years of hockey experience as a player and coach. He began his hockey career at Seneca Valley at the age of 8 and continued playing up until his time at Kent State University, where he served as assistant captain for the team from 2013-2016. Upon graduating with a degree in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Photo-Illustration, Parise returned home to start his professional & coaching careers. Currently he sits as the Creative Services Manager for a marketing firm based in Pittsburgh, and after 7 years as an assistant coach with SVHA, is stepping into the head coach role with the JV team.


Assistant Coach: Jake Salak

Jake Salak

Jake Salak

Coach Salak is entering his 7th year with Seneca Valley Hockey Association.  He’s been an Assistant Coach on the JV Blue team for the last few seasons and previously coached the JV White team.  Coach Salak graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2014.  Throughout high school, he played for the Varsity team and AAA Ice Hockey.  Coach Salak played one year of Junior Ice Hockey after high school. He then attended Slippery Rock University, and once finished, moved to the City of Pittsburgh.  Outside of hockey, he is currently pursuing a career change to Law Enforcement, and he enjoys spending time with his 1yo Shetland Sheepdog.


Assistant Coach: Austin Herrmann

Austin Herrmann

Austin Herrmann

This is Coach Austin's first year coaching with Seneca Valley.  He played ice hockey for 14 years, playing Varsity hockey for Coach Raco in 2014 and 2015.  He then played college volleyball at the University of Kentucky, while also coaching some volleyball while in Lexington.  After a brief break from the sport, Coach Raco and Coach Parise convinced him to hop on board and get back into the game.  Being back in Pittsburgh has made him glad to be a part of the organization once again.


JUNIOR VARSITY WHITE COACHING STAFF


Head Coach: Chris Chiusano

Chris Chiusano

Chris Chiusano

Coach Chiusano comes to SV with over 30 years of ice hockey coaching experience in three different states, including a previous SV coaching position for the JV White team from 2013-2016.  He is a Level IV USA Hockey certified coach with experience as an instructor, assistant coach, head coach, and administrator in amateur and high school hockey at the ADM, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget, Freshman/ Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels.  His most recent coaching positions included the head coach position for the 2022-23 North Pittsburgh Bantam A-Minor Gold team, as well as Head Coach of the Sewickley Academy Varsity team from 2016-2021.

Coach Chiusano is also the PIHL Vice President (West) and PIHL Girls Division Committee Chairman.

Coach Chiusano resides in Cranberry Township and is a Construction Administration Manager for an Architecture and Interior Design firm in Pittsburgh.  While not coaching or at work, Coach Chiusano enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.


Assistant Coach: Zac Miller

Zac Miller

Zac Miller

Coach Zac has been playing hockey since second grade, and his journey has taken him through high and low-level teams, providing a diverse understanding of the sport.  He's been coaching for two years now, sharing his extensive knowledge and fostering a love for the game. Whether on the ice or behind the bench, his dedication to hockey is unconditional. 


MIDDLE SCHOOL BLUE COACHING STAFF


Head Coach: Jeff Mattys

Jeff Mattys

Jeff Mattys


Assistant Coach: Anthony Fatta

Anthony Fatta

Anthony Fatta

Coach Fatta is entering his second season with the Seneca Valley Hockey Association.  He also assists in coaching for the North Pittsburgh Wildcats. He grew up in Pittsburgh and began playing hockey in Mt. Lebanon at the age of 8.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School.  Upon graduation he pursued a career in law enforcement and graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy.  He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant.  Coach Fatta places an emphasis on work ethic which will develop players on and off of the ice.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.


Assistant Coach: Bob Hoehn

Bob Hoehn

Bob Hoehn

Coach Bob is entering his first season of coaching with the Seneca Valley Hockey Association.  He is a USA Hockey certified Level 4 coach and comes to SVHA with over 25 years of hockey coaching experience.  Over the years, he has coached teams in PIHL, PAHL and other leagues, taking on head coaching positions for Butler's Varsity and JV teams, as well as coaching at Pens Elite, Arctic Foxes, and currently coaching at PHA Icemen. 

Coach Bob grew up in Butler and played for Butler's Varsity and JV teams where he won the "Defensemen of the Year" award multiple times.  He then moved on to play defense at the University of Pittsburgh.  After graduation, Coach Bob used his hockey experience to run the Butler Township Dek Hockey Rink for 5 years.  He currently is a USA Hockey certified Level 3 referee, and serves as SVHA's Vice President, PIHL & Operations. 

Coach Bob's coaching philosophy is to focus on player development, while instilling the importance of work ethic, team work, and accountability.  He resides in Zelienople with his wife Becky and their three kids.


MIDDLE SCHOOL WHITE COACHING STAFF


Head Coach: Dan Frazier

Dan Frazier

Dan Frazier

Coach Dan is in his first season coaching with Seneca Valley Hockey Association.  However, he has been a part of the Association since 2014 when his son Dylan joined the Middle School Team.  Coach Dan has been playing hockey since he was 6 years old.  He played  deck, inline and ice hockey in his youth and continued to play at Duquesne University and after in Adult Leagues (both Inline and Ice).  Coach Dan has coached the Seneca Valley Inline Elementary, Middle and High-School Teams from 2011 through 2017 and was on the Seneca Valley Inline Board from 2013 through 2020 including serving as the President for the last 5 years.  Additionally, he coached multiple AAA/AA inline hockey travel teams over that same timeframe.  Dan also coached for the North Pittsburgh Wildcats Pee Wee and Bantam AA teams for 3 years from 2014 through 2017.  He stepped away from coaching from 2017 to 2020 to watch his son play AAA hockey. 

In addition to teaching the game of hockey, Coach Dan enjoys promoting the core values of Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Respect and Having Fun with all of the players he coaches. He shares the message with all of his players to focus on the details and to always finish strong.  No matter if you are in a game (winning or losing) or in practice, finish strong in every drill, shift, warmup, exercise, rep, etc… It matters!

Coach Dan resides in Cranberry Township and is the CEO of a Pittsburgh privately held company that helps consumers in a financial hardship.  Coach Dan’s hobbies include physical fitness, volunteering his time on a handful of Boards in the consumer finance industry and coaching up and coming leaders in the business world.  While not coaching or at work, Coach Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and his children Dylan and Ava.


Assistant Coach: Zander Stark

Zander Stark

Zander Stark

This is Coach Zander's first year coaching for Seneca Valley.   He has played hockey for 15 years at both Seneca Valley and the North Pittsburgh Wildcats, where he always had a drive and passion to be a goalie.  Coach Zander cherishes the memories that were created from playing for SV, and couldn't be happier that his first year coaching will be with the team.

Coach Zander is currently partaking in a Steamfitters Local 449  Building Trades Apprenticeship.  He values and aspires to be not only a coach for the kids, but a role model for them on and off the ice.


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