When the Metro Hockey Club (MHC) - part of the Metro Jets organization - takes on the Columbus Mavericks on Friday and Saturday, Jets’ coach Tina Ciraulo will make history when she steps behind the bench as the first female head coach in the league’s eight-season history.
“I don’t think of it as being any different. You prepare the same way and make sure the guys are focused and ready to go,” said Ciraulo, who played four years with St. Cloud State University, three of those seasons with either an “A” or “C” on her jersey. “This [Metro Jets] program is great.
“I’ve known General Manager/Head Coach Justin Quenneville for a long time now. We all want to help these guys get to the next level,” Ciraulo added. “That is my passion: developing players to achieve their goals and helping them get to the highest level they can play. I’ve coached males and females my whole life. Being in this program, it’s just about developing players.”
Quenneville, who is GM of the Jets’ junior program and Head Coach of the Metro Jets entry in the USPHL Premier, was honored to bring Ciraulo onto the staff and excited that she gets a chance to be Head Coach for one of the Jets organization squads.
“Tina comes from a strong hockey background and we are excited about her being added full time to the Jets,” said Quenneville. “She brings energy, passion, and experience working with players at every level. Being a former NCAA D1 hockey player as well, she fits right in with our model in helping produce opportunities for our players. I’ve personally known Tina for several years and not only is she dedicated, but she’s committed to continuing our program’s focus on player development and advancement.”
Ciraulo is going out to the OhioHealth Chiller North with the plan to get a couple W’s for her team, which is in its first USPHL Premier season.
“I hope the boys show up and take it to them early. It’ll be a good game both nights,” said Ciraulo. “We can’t take them lightly.”