Team Maryland is pleased to announce the addition of two new outstanding coaches to our PeeWee program. Mike Fransen will be the Head Coach of the incoming PeeWee Minor team and Ray McKenzie will be taking over for the PeeWee Majors.
“Here at TM we know the PeeWees are our future. We also know how important these years are to the young men in terms of development. Mike and Ray are going to make people excited to play for Team Maryland starting from the ground up. Both bring a winning pedigree to their new positions, but most importantly, they will help ensure our new culture is instilled into every player from day one in the organization.” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky
Mike Fransen returns to Team Maryland for his 4th Season as a Head Coach. He has been a been a Head Coach with the organization longer than any current coach. Coach Mike has spent the previous three season with our midget program where he had an abundance of success. During his time here Fransen has committed players to Division I hockey, won league championships, won a South East District Championship, and this year will be bringing the 1st Team Maryland midget team (U15) ever the the USA Hockey National Championships. We are very excited to have Coach Mike’s talent and knowledge with the PeeWee Minor team this year.
Prior to becoming a coach, Mike played hockey at various levels and locations throughout the country; including AAA, Prep-School, Jr. A, Collegiate (NCAA DIII), and minor-professional (FHL).
Coach Mike grew up playing in Maryland, starting with the Howard Huskies then Washington Little Capitals. Mike represented the Southeast District at the Chicago Showcase and Hockey Night in Boston Tournament’s, He also attended the SE District Select Festival Camp and USA Hockey National Tournament (2003-04, Little Caps U-16).
After his junior year in high school, Mike moved to Illinois to play for the Chicago Young American’s (MWEHL) MM AAA team, finishing as one of the top teams in the country. From there, he played a season at the National Sports Academy (MPHL/AJHL) and then the Valley Jr. Warriors (EJHL) to prepare for college.
Mike started his college hockey career at Lebanon Valley College (NCAA DIII), then transferred to New England College (NCAA DIII), where he graduated in 2012 (summa cum laude) with a double major (business and accounting). Mike played for both the varsity hockey and lacrosse teams.
After finishing college, he continued his hockey career and signed with the 1000 Island Privateers in the Federal Hockey League (minor-professional). Mike started the 2012-13 season with 1000 Island Privateers and finished it with the NY Bluefin’s.
Ray McKenzie will be making his return to Team Maryland this season as the Head coach of the PeeWee Majors. Coach Ray comes back to the organization as no stranger to training players at this level. He brings over a decade experience coaching both Squirts and Peewees at MYHA and right here at TM. McKenzie may be most well known in the area for being the bench boss of the powerhouse Winston Churchill High School. During his 15 years as the Head Coach at Churchill, Ray has won an astounding 7 MSHL State Championships. We are excited to have Coach McKenzie continue his winning ways here at Team Maryland. Below is a list of his recent experience:
Head Coach, Winston Churchill High School
Assistant Coach, MYHA Squirt AA
Head Coach, MYHA Bantam AA
Head Coach, Team Maryland Squirt Major
Head Coach, MYHA Squirt AA
Head Coach, Team Maryland PeeWee Major
Head Coach, MYHA PeeWee Minor
Head Coach, MYHA Squirt Major
Head Coach, MYHA PeeWee Minor
Prior to coaching at TM Ray grew up in from Fort Washington, PA, where he played high school hockey for the Germantown Academy and captained his team in his senior year. Ray also played youth hockey for the Wissahickon Skating Club in Chestnut Hill. He then went on to play four years of varsity college hockey at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY where he was captain his senior year.
Check back tomorrow when we announce or Bantam Head Coaches.