Lorna Gifis Cook is joining the Princeton Tiger Lilies for the 2020-21 season as head coach for the U12 team and will be leading efforts in grassroots and player development for the organization.
Lorna grew up playing hockey in New Jersey and went on to play for Assabet Valley while attending Middlesex School. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2005 as a two-time NCAA Champion and two-time All-American. She led the nation in power-play goals in her senior season and remains one of the all-time leading scorers in school history.
Gifis Cook has more than 15 years of coaching experience, including five seasons and three district championships previously with PTL (2006-2011) and eight seasons as head coach of the Princeton Day School girls' varsity program (2011-2019). As an assistant coach with the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League, she helped the franchise win its first Isobel Cup in 2018.
Lorna has attained Level 5 coaching certification from USA Hockey and is Safesport certified. She has worked at the Atlantic District girls' player development camp as a coach and evaluator and served as a skills coach at USA Hockey's National girls' player development camp in Minnesota. She also helps regularly with Learn to Play and other clinics with the New Jersey Devils and USA Hockey.
In her return to PTL, Lorna is excited about focusing on skill development and fun for the younger players, as well as helping to improve feedback and individualized instruction for every player across all age levels.
U10 / U12 AA Head Coach
Coach Bill has been on the bench as both Head Coach and Assistant Coach for 7 years and is a Level 4 Coach. He has coached Mites 8U through Bantam 14U for house, middle school, and travel leagues with the following organizations: PTL, Nassau, Jags, and Gladiators, both for co-ed and girls. Coach Bill's knowledge of the game and his love for coaching will be a great asset to the team.
U14 AA Black Head Coach
Coach John Diaz is a level 4 USA hockey instructor who has been coaching youth hockey in New Jersey for the last decade. After concluding his college career he immediately began coaching at Seton Hall University.
In addition to being trained and educated by some of the areas most respected coaches, Coach John brings with him a strength training background, believing that fitness is a crucial step to developing mastery on the ice.
14 AA Orange Head Coach
Bill has been coaching for twelve years. Starting with co-ed teams, Bill has dedicated himself to coaching girls’ teams exclusively for the past six years. He has his Level 4 Coaching Certificate and has completed all of the USA Hockey Youth Coaching Modules from mite to U19. Bill has been an assistant coach and head coach for several organizations including the Flemington Hawks, New Jersey Freeze, Lawrence Flames, Nassau Girls, Princeton Tiger Lilies, and NJYHL In-House teams. Coaching mites to U14AA Levels, Bill has had succeeded in league playoff berths. Bill also has a favorable player retention record.
Bill strives to develop individual player’s skills in a safe, fun, learning environment. Strengthening the skills of the individual player leads to building a cohesive, strong hockey team.
Karen is returning for her fourth season coaching the Princeton Tiger Lilies Hockey Club.
As a coach, Karen works hard to develop players while also striving to be a positive role model. Karen is passionate about hockey and sharing her wealth of hockey knowledge and technical skills with the team.
Karen is a Level 4 USA Hockey coach and is Safesport certified. In 2017-2018 she assistant coached the U14 Princeton Tiger Lilies, who were Challenger Series champions and Atlantic District finalists. The following season, as assistant coach of the U16 Princeton Tiger Lilies, the team was MAHWA Playoff champions and Atlantic District finalists.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Karen has been in and around hockey rinks for her entire life. Most recently, Karen played Division I NCAA hockey with the Princeton University Tigers from 2012 – 2016. In her senior year, the team was Ivy League champions and finished the season ranked 7th in the nation.
She's looking forward to this upcoming season and all the players she will get to work alongside.
U16 AA Head Coach
Coach Shawn is a Level 4 USA Hockey coach.
He is Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach certified, as well as being certified in Safesport and Girls’ Hockey.
Shawn is returning for his third year coaching with the Princeton Tiger Lilies. He has coached youth ice hockey for ten years, with over twenty years of coaching experience to include inline hockey and lacrosse. In those years, he has celebrated an In-line Junior Olympic Bronze and Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Championship. Shawn has a USARS national title and third place win for In-line hockey and still plays in his free time.
Coach Buzz is a Level 4 an experienced youth hockey coach and certified in Safesport. This is his first year as a Head Coach with Princeton Tiger Lilies but this is his 7th year as part of our coaching family where he has been instrumental in taking his teams to Nationals five times!
He has been an active youth hockey coach since 1982 when he started coaching for his son’s teams. Being at the rink is in his blood and when he retired from the police department he took a job at Protec Hockey Ponds Ice Arena in Somerset as an Ice Maintenance Technician where he also assisted in on-ice practices at the Bantam level. He also served as the Assistant Coach to his daughter, Brigid, on a spring mite team.
He enjoys all aspects of coaching, especially seeing a group of players come together and mesh as a team.
John ("Coach Z") has 30+ years of playing and coaching experience, having started playing at the age of 3! Growing up, he excelled both as a goaltender and skater and his passion for the sport lead him to begin coaching while in HS. After playing at the collegiate level, Coach Z founded Ztending to create a community of goaltenders that Live. Love. Learn Hockey.
Brie brings 20+ years of hockey experience to the Princeton Tigerlilies. She started shooting at goalie clinics and camps with Coach Z in 2004 and has been an integral part of the growth and success of Ztending.