Scottsdale, Arizona - The Jr. Coyotes are extremely proud to announce that Marc Fritsche has officially joined the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association in the role of Elite Hockey Program Director.
In this role, Marc will provide direct oversight to the 11 Jr. Coyotes elite teams and coaching staffs, competing in the Mite to Midget age divisions both at the local AZYHL and the prestigious Tier 1 Elite League levels.
A familiar face in both the Jr. Coyotes community and the Tier 1 Elite League, Fritsche brings a wealth of hockey knowledge from coaching experience spanning two decades. This past season he led the 2006 AAA team to their 2nd consecutive state championship, and serves as assistant coach of the USA Hockey National Tournament bound 2002 Tier I team. This will be Fritsche's seventh trip to the national stage.
Prior to joining the Jr. Coyotes, Fritsche, was head midget coach and program director for the Cleveland Barons of the Tier 1 Elite League. During his 15 years with the program, Fritsche played a key role in developing the program, its players and coaches to consistently compete at the highest level. Under his leadership, Fritsche's teams captured two Tier I Elite league championships as well as a 3rd place finish at the USA Hockey National Tournament.
Fritsche assumes the role of Elite Hockey Program Director, after a season of unparalleled success for the program, in which the Jr. Coyotes swept the state championships at the Tier I 14U, 15 Only, 16U and 18U levels, and captured 9 additional state championships at the younger elite levels.
Fritsche accepts the challenge of building on this strong foundation of excellence and success. His goal is to create an all-inclusive and unified program focusing on skill development, teaching and the recruitment of quality coaches and players, with the goal of becoming a top regional and national elite hockey program.
Marc has already established several critical goals for the program, not the least of which includes setting the spring agenda, coaching assignments for the coming year and tryouts for the Jr. Coyotes.
We are confident that Marc's passion for, and knowledge of, hockey combined with his dedication to the players, coaches and families he works with will lead to continued success for our program on and off the ice.
Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio Marc started playing hockey at 2 years old. Marc's family business was Fritsche Sports, the only hockey store in Ohio for many years. He grew up playing for Parma Hockey Association which produced a few NHL players, most notably his cousin Dan Fritsche of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Marc continued his hockey career through juniors with the Cleveland Barons, NAHL and played Tier II junior in Salisbury de Valleyfield PQ. Marc played in Olten, Switzerland before returning to the states to play at Plattsburgh State University where he played in the Division III National Tournament. Following a short time at Plattsburgh, he returned to Switzerland to play in Ajoie, Switzerland for two seasons. Marc played three additional seasons in Switzerland, one in Lucerne and Ambri-Piotta and two in Lausanne. Marc started out his coaching career in the 2000 - 2001 season and has coached youth programs for the past 16 seasons.
After retiring as a player, Fritsche was the Head Coach for the Cleveland Barons at the Midget AAA level for thirteen seasons. Fritsche has been a Head Instructor with the Turcotte Hockey School since 2006 and was most recently the West Coast Regional Director for Legacy Global Sports, a sports company based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
2017 - Present: AHSHA President
2015 - Present: AAHA Jr. Coyotes Member Representative
2013 - 2017: Legacy Global Sports
2008 - Present: USA Hockey Mid-American District 14U Representative and Coach
2007 - 2013: Cleveland Barons Program Director
2003 - 2005: UBS Financial Advisor
Cowichan Valley Capitals, BCHL
Chicago Steel, USHL
Amarillo Bulls, NAHL