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VARSITY COACHING STAFF

ANTHONY RACO

Coach Raco is entering his 12th 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 with playing for their hockey team from 1997-2001 earning his degree in Health/Physical Education with minoring in Athletic Coaching.  He began his coaching career with as an assistant coach for Shadyside Academy’s girls Prep team.    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 year and then head coach for the Junior Varsity team for 2 years.  Raco became the Varsity coach in the 2012-2013 season.  Raco also facilitates Dry Land Conditioning in the summer months.  During his time Raco has won 2 Varsity St. Margaret’s tournaments in 2012 and 2015.

Coach Raco is entering his 12th 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 with playing for their hockey team from 1997-2001 earning his degree in Health/Physical Education with minoring in Athletic Coaching.  He began his coaching career with as an assistant coach for Shadyside Academy’s girls Prep team.    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 year and then head coach for the Junior Varsity team for 2 years.  Raco became the Varsity coach in the 2012-2013 season.  Raco also facilitates Dry Land Conditioning in the summer months.  During his time Raco has won 2 Varsity St. Margaret’s tournaments in 2012 and 2015.


Tyler Mesisca

Coach Mesisca comes to the Raiders, after having a decorated career, for Seneca Valley, as a student-athlete. As a SV graduate, Mesisca letter 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 the 2009 St. Margaret Tournament MVP. He was also the Raider Team Captain and MVP, in 2009. After his decorated playing 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 received a USA Hockey Level 3 Certification. Most recently, Mesisca was hired, as a Physical Education Teacher, at Haine Middle School, where he will be working with 5th and 6th graders. His philosophy, "My philosophy is to develop hockey players through the practice of a lot of skill repetition. I want my team to be highly skilled and progress over the season. It’s important to stress skill development in practice and to play at a high tempo pace. Aside from skill development, the next most important asset of coaching is to make sure your players have a good attitude and a good work ethic, on the ice and in the classroom. Being a teacher, I know the importance of academics along with being a student athlete."


Erik Galis

 

 


JUNIOR VARSITY COACHING STAFF

Bill Dimond

Although new to the Raiders coaching staff, Coach Dimond is not new to SV Hockey. Coach Dimond  previously maintained the role of V.P. Director of Hockey Operations for the Organization for the last two season.  During that period the Raiders Varsity team won their first Penguins Cup and played for their first state title.  Prior, Coach Dimond spent the better part of twelve years coaching at the amateur level, amassing well over 600 games as both an assistant and head coach, the culmination of which, ending with his AA bantam/midget teams winning both regular season and playoff banners.  His team was consistently ranked as one of the top 30 teams in the country. 

He maintains a level 4 USA hockey coaching certificate and believes that communication is the key to the success of any hockey team.  Although youth hockey was not a popular sport in Western PA when he was growing up, Coach Dimond’s love for the game began when Pierre Larouche was drafted by the Penguins and that love still remains today.  Coach Dimond is a graduate of Seneca Valley and Thiel College, resides in Cranberry Twp. and owns an insurance brokerage firm in Pittsburgh.  While not coaching (or watching) hockey, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea and his three kids - Will, Drew and Mara.


Dominic Sarachine

 

 

 

Coach Sarachine has been an assistant coach for Seneca Valley since 2014. Coach Sarachine grew up in Seneca Valley School District and played ice hockey at Seneca Valley throughout his high school years, including in the Penguins Cup Final in 2009 as a Senior. He attended Penn Behrend after high school where he continued his playing career for the club ice hockey team. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and he moved to Monroeville, where he currently lives and works. 

 

 

 

He continued his education and obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. Coach Sarachine loves to stay involved in ice hockey in every way possible, including attending Penguin games as a season ticket holder, coaching at Seneca Valley,  playing adult league, and officiating amateur ice hockey.


Chad Parise

 

Coach Parise joins the raiders coaching staff after graduating from Kent State University in the Spring of 2016. After lettering and serving as an assistant captain for the Seneca Valley Raiders varsity team in 2011, he took a year off of school to pursue his hockey career playing for the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins in the Tier 3 Junior A NA3HL. After playing juniors, Parise committed to Kent State University where he continued to play hockey and majored in Visual Communication Design with a minor in Photo-Illustration. Parise lead rookies in goals his Freshman year and was voted an assistant captain by

 

his teammates his Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. Before graduating in 2016 Parise accepted a job as the lead Graphic Designer for Sparq Designs, headquartered in Pittsburgh. While his passion for hockey remained, Parise got his USA Hockey Level 1 certification and joined the raider coaching squad. His philosophy, "My philosophy is to better a players all around development focusing on all aspects of the game. I want my players to always be focused on improving themselves and to know you can always be better. Work ethic and drive will ultimately full your passion on and off the ice."


Jake Salak

 

 

 

Coach Salak is entering his second year with Seneca Valley Hockey, both as the JV-White head coach. He’s lived in Pittsburgh his whole life and graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2014. Throughout high school he played for the Varsity team and AAA Ice Hockey.  He has also won a USA Hockey National Championship. Coach

 

 

 

Salak played one year of Junior Ice Hockey after high school. Along with SV, he also helps coach the Pittsburgh Penguins Learn To Play Hockey and youth development programs at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. He is currently a student at Slippery Rock University studying Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.


Jacob Sarachine

 

 

 

Coach Sarachine comes from a hockey family and is entering his third year with Seneca Valley Hockey.  Most recently he was an assistant coach with our successful MS teams. He has lived in Pittsburgh his whole life and graduated from Seneca Valley High School where he has a successful hockey career.

 

 

 

He continued his hockey career at Youngstown State University where he was the Captain as well as on the Deans/Presidents List,  graduating with a Bachelor's degree in  Mechanical Engineering in 2017.  He is a USA Hockey official with 12+ years experience.


MIDDLE SCHOOL COACHING STAFF

Jeff Mattys


Todd Raible

Coach Raible returns to the Seneca Valley Ice Hockey Program for the 2017-2018 season as the Middle School 2 Head Coach.  Coach Raible has been around the game of hockey since the 70s, when he began playing, both deck and ice hockey, in the greater Pittsburgh area. After attending and playing Ice Hockey, for the North Hills Indians, Raible continued his education and playing career, at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied Business/Computer Science and received a Master of Science in Telecommunications, while playing winger/center, for the Pitt Club Men's Ice Hockey Team. As a senior, in college, Raible took over the responsibilities, of the Club President and his passion for hockey only grew from there. Currently, Coach Raible is a Product Manager, for UPMC Enterprises and has worked similar roles at Carnegie Learning, Fore Systems, Macaroni, Ericsson, and Verizon. Raible has also coached and represented, Seneca Valley, North Pittsburgh Youth Hockey Association and Steel City Renegades. Along the way, Raible earned a Level 4 Coaching Certification through USA Hockey. His general philosophy is to help all players grow as people, players, and team mates. Teaching them as much as I can about the game, about life, about being a good team mate, and being a good person. To continue to respect themselves, their coaches, their team mates, their parents and the game of hockey. All the while, preparing them for the next steps, in hockey and in life, while continuing to have fun along the way.


Luke Maier


Parker Faix

Parker is no stranger to Seneca Valley Hockey. Parker is a 2015 graduate  and had a successful hockey career for SVHA which continued through college at Penn St.-Behrend.  Parker recently spent time as a skating volunteer at Gliding Stars where he partnered with a special needs child to help teach skating skills and learn a program for a end of the season show.


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