22-23 NJC 12U MINOR AA

Manager:  TBD

League:  MAWHA (12AA), NJYHL (12 B National)

Tournaments/Showcases:

MAWHA 12U AA Showcase – Morristown, NJ (September 10-11, 2022)

Rhode Island Sting Columbus Day Invitational – RI (October 7-10, 2022)

PIP Roc City Girls Fest – Rochester, NY (November 4-6, 2022)

Lady Patriots President’s Day Classic – Colmar, PA (February 17-20, 2023)

MEET THE COACH

Experienced staff with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for athlete growth and development.

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MELISSA STYS

HEAD COACH

CEP Level 1

Coaching experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials

Playing experience:

  • Manhattanville College
  • Kent School
  • Pequannock HS
  • New Jersey Colonials

Melissa Stys is a fourth grade teacher in Totowa, NJ and enters her fourth season coaching with the Colonials.  She moves to 12U after a successful head coach debut with 10U Minor last season.

Coach Stys played for NJC through her entire travel hockey career.  A tri-varsity captain for ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse, she received the Class of '31 bowl as the best female athlete in her class at Kent School.  Coach Stys continued her athletic career playing ice hockey and field hockey at Manhattanville College.

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JEFF DUGAN

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 4

Coaching experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials
  • William Tennent High School (PA)
  • Warwick Wildcats (PA)

Playing experience:

  • West Chester University (ACHA D1)
  • Philadelphia Jr Flyers (Jr A)
  • William Tennent High School

Jeff Dugan has been coaching since 2013 at high school and various youth levels.  He enters his fourth season with the Colonials Girls program.   He promotes skill development, hard work and having fun while doing it.

Coach Dugan played defense for most of his playing career. He was acknowledged by West Chester University as best defenseman his sophomore year and most valuable player his senior year.

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JENNIFER DOCHERTY

ASSISTANT COACH

CEP Level 3

Coaching experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials
  • MKA Middle School
  • Union Thunder
  • South Orange Maplewood Baseball

Playing experience:

  • Played ice hockey for 35+ years
  • Lehigh University softball (D1)
  • Former USA nationally ranked triathlete

Jenn Docherty has been coaching youth athletics for 30 years as a head coach and assistant coach.  She currently coaches both boys and girls ice hockey and baseball.  Some coaching highlights include winning the 2021-22 MAWHA League and Playoff championship and teaching the most reluctant young athletes to play the game with passion.

"Coaching Philosophy – my goal is to keep kids coming back year after year. That means, teaching the skills to progress and instilling the desire to play. I believe that hockey is a great way for kids to learn that having fun is synonymous with always working hard to improve and contribute to the team. I love this game and try to make that energy contagious!”

OUR MISSION

The New Jersey Colonials Youth Hockey Association's mission is to provide a quality environment for learning, playing and enjoying the game of ice hockey.