skip navigation
Jd 185

Coaching Staff

Jeff Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Head Coach

Phone: 720-436-3298

Jeff Mielnicki.....Coach Mel.  

6th Season CHSAA Varsity Head Coach

2015 Head Coach CHSAA State Champion 

2015 Head Coach USA Hockey High School National Champion

CHSAA Varsity Head Coach 2014-2015-2017 Frozen Four Appearances 

CHSAA Director of Hockey Program.                                                                         

President/Director of Operations Cherry Creek Hockey Association.

Head Coach Fall Varsity Prep / Midget Major AA.  

USA Hockey Level 4 CEP.

Cherry Creek Baseball Diamond Club President (12 Years)

President PinchHitters For Youth Foundation.

2018 National Federation of High School Regional Coach of the Year.

2018 Cherry Creek Baseball Hall of Fame Team Induction ( Head Coach 2012 Don Mattingly World Series National Champion.)

2018 President Colorado High School Ice Hockey Coaches Association

2017 President Colorado High School Ice Hockey Coaches Association

2017 Head Coach Team Colorado Pittsburgh Showcase 

2015 Colorado Male Coach of the Year Xfinity Sports Award                            

2015 Coach Inductee Cherry Creek High School Baseball Hall of Fame  

Head Coach at Arapahoe Hockey Association for 14 Years.

Ralph Bammert

Varsity Prep Major AA Assistant Coach. CHSSA Team Manager

Ralph Bammert is a Cherry Creek Hockey Association Vice President and Assistant Coach on the Varsity Prep. Ralph is also our Team Manager for our CHSSA Teams. Ralph has been a Director for USA Hockey for many years and is also the High Plains League President and serves as the Vice President of High School Hockey for CAHA and the Colorado Prep Hockey League.

Ralph is also USA Hockey National Risk Manager and is a member of the USA Hockey Disabled Section.

Ralph is also a part of the Team Colorado Coaching Staff that participates in the America's Showcase in St. Louis.

2018 Head Coach Team Colorado White St. Louis Showcase

2017 Head Coach Team Colorado White Pittsburgh Showcase

Brent Tollar

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach. Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Brent Tollar returns for his 5th season and will assist on our CHSAA Varsity and Fall Prep Team. Coach Benny will also work with our special teams. Benny who comes to Cherry Creek from Steamboat Springs where he was the Hockey Director and Steamboat Springs High School Head Coach is also one of our off ice strength and conditioning coaches.

With almost 20 years of caching experience running Youth and High School Hockey Programs, Coach Benny will work with out Defensemen and Special Teams. Coach Benny is a USA Hockey Coaching Instructor, Level 4 Coach an coaching hockey at all levels from mites thru Juniors and College.

Benny started and manages his own training company, Minn-Co Health Fitness where he concentrates on training all levels of conditioning and rehabilitation.

Benny lives in the Denver area with his 3 year old son Anson.

Ryan Bammert

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

Ryan Bammert returns for his 6th season year as a Varsity Prep and CHSAA Assistant Coach and 7th overall where he began with Coach Mel at Arapahoe and brings a competitive spirit to every game. Ryan was part of our State and National Championship Coaching Staff.

 Ryan is a Paramedic with the city of Aurora and was recently nominated for Paramedic of the Year for his lifesaving efforts. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Ryan spends his free time with his beautiful girlfriend Julia and their black lab Brady. 

Joe Sadozai

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

Cherry Creek Hockey welcomes Coach Joe Sadozai to our Hockey Program.
Coach Sadozai brings 18 Years of Coaching experience with Littleton  Hockey Association, Arapahoe Hockey Association and Denver University Hockey Association.
Coach Sadozai will be a Assistant Coach on both the Varsity Prep Major AA Team and the CHSAA Varsity Team.


Justin Waldron

Varsity Prep Major AA/CHSAA Varsity Assistant Coach

Cherry Creek Hockey welcomes Coach Justin Waldron to our Hockey Program.
Coach Waldron brings 15 years of Coaching experience with the Colorado Thunderbirds at all age levels and also gained Coaching experience at the Tier level with the Arapahoe Hockey Association. Coach Waldron will assist on the Varsity Prep and CHSAA Varsity Teams. Justin has spent the last 17 years working at Campus Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District.

Mark Sample

Goaltending Coach

Mark will be entering his 6th season as the Goaltending Coach for the Association. Throughout his 20+ years of goaltender development, Mark has collaborated with some of today's leading goaltending instructors, including Ian Clark, Vladislav Tretiak and Ron Grahame. Mark is also the Goaltending director of the West Coast Renegades AAA Hockey Club. His success as an instructor and developer have made him one of the most popular coaches in the Rocky Mountain area.

Mark holds a Master Level 5 coaching CEP through USA Hockey.

Ryan Woods

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ryan returns to our Hockey Program  for his 3rd Season. Ryan was a Intern Sports Performance Coach previously at the University of Denver working with athletes from all Division-1 teams including the Frozen Four Hockey team and reining National Champion Men's Lacrosse team. 

Ryan and Coach Benny Tollar are the Summer Sports Performance Coaches for our Summer Camps and have created outstanding training programs for our High School and Middle School CCSD athletes.

Ryan is also the owner of CrossFit Cherry Creek and is a CrossFit Level 2 Certified Coach. 


Lauren Spatenka

Mental Skills Performance Coach

Cherry Creek Hockey welcomes Lauren Spatenka to our program as our Mental Skills Performance Coach. Lauren is looking forward to helping our players achieve Committed Action Goals to improve peak performance. A native of Minnesota and Denver University, Lauren resides in Denver.

Nathan Henry

Sports Performance Coach Landow Performance

Cherry Creek Hockey welcomes Sports Performance Coach Nathan Henry of Landow Performance. Nathan will work with all of our teams to provide off-ice training and nutrition analysis. Nathan has been the primary Sports Performance Coach for the Thunderbirds Hockey Organization and we look forward to our Cherry Creek partnership with the Landow Performance Team.

Alec Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA / V-Prep T2 Assistant Coach

Alec returns for his 4th Season of Coaching at Cherry Creek. Alec will be assisting on both the Varsity Prep 1 and Varsity Prep 2 Teams.

A Cherry Creek 3 year Varsity Letterman for Cherry Creek Baseball continuing on to Texas Tech University and Regis University along with playing Tier II Hockey at Arapahoe and Littleton. 

Alec began his Coaching career at the Cherry Creek Bantam Level. He is married to his wonderful wife Lauren and works for the Edward R. Jones Financial Services Company. Alec and Lauren are expecting their 1st child in October.

Brady Mielnicki

Varsity Prep Major AA /V-Prep T2 Assistant Coach

Brady begins his 2nd Season as a Assistant Coach for our Prep Teams. Brady has  worked for several years as our Goaltending Instructor at our Summer Camps. Brady has also been a Goaltending Instructor for ITC Goaltending Camps.

A Cherry Creek Alumni, Brady was the 2015 CHSAA Goaltender of the Year leading the Bruins to a State and National Championship.

Jim Berman

CHSAA/JV Prep Head Coach

Jim Berman

Head Coach CHSAA Junior Varsity.                                                                

Head Coach Varsity Prep Tier 2 Fall/Winter. 

Jim is a USA Hockey Level 4 CEP.

Jim returns for his 4th Season as the Varsity Prep Tier 2 Head Coach and the CHSSA Junior Varsity Head Coach.

2016-2017 Head Coach State and League Champion 

Jim was also our Head Coach for our CPHL State Champion Junior Varsity in 2014. Jim brings a great resume of excellent coaching credentials. He has coached for several years with the Littleton Hockey Association along with our Cherry Creek Spring Varsity Tier 1 in the High Plains Hockey League.

Jim Lardner

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

Jim Lardner will return for a 6th season as our Junior Varsity Prep and CHSAA Assistant Coach.Jim will be working with our forwards and special teams. Jim will also assist with the Varsity Fall Prep and CHSAA Varsity team. 

Jim brings 17 years of coaching experience - Youth Club-High School CHSAA Varsity and JV, HPHL,Varsity and JV.

Coach Lardner is a USA Hockey CEP Level 4.

Jim grew up playing hockey in MA-travel and Prep School and played 4 years of College Club at  Colorado State University.

Family- Son Nicholas is a alumni of the Creek Hockey program and was a member of the first Frozen Four Team with teh return of the program. Daughter Megan was a 2 year team manager.


John Knese

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

John Knese 

John will return for his 5th season with Cherry Creek and is very excited in developing our future Varsity players.

Assistant Coach JV CPHL JV CHSAA

Head Coach HPHL Varsity II

16 Years of coaching at all levels including College Club.

Level 4 CEP

Native of St. Cloud Minnesota


James Angelicola

CHSAA/JV Prep Assistant Coach

Cherry Creek welcomes Coach James Angelicola to our Hockey Program. James is a native of Syracuse, NY and played NCAA Hockey for legendary Coach Tom Carroll at New England College.

James Junior Hockey playing career included two years with the Syracuse Stars of the EMJHL, two years playing for the Rochester Stars in the EJHL and one year served with the Rochester Jr. Americans of the USPHL.

Coach Angelicola will be a Assistant Coach on our Varsity Prep Tier 2 Team and our CHSAA Junior Varsity Team. 

 James is the Director of Operations for Face-Off-Factory.

 I am looking forward to another year of building our Hockey Program. 2017-2018 was a very successful season for our CHSAA Varsity Team as they integrated 10 Freshman and Sophomores into the lineup after CC graduated 18 players from our 2016-2017 Frozen Four Team. Our CHSAA Junior Varsity Team was full of youth as well and finished at the top in the CHSSA JV Division.

I look forward to both teams taking major steps in the 2018-2019 season.

This will be my 24th season of coaching hockey in Colorado at both the High School and Competitive Travel level, which would include the Arapahoe Warriors Youth Hockey Association, Littleton Hockey Association, and Valor Christian High School.

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan as a Goaltender and played Travel hockey at several age levels including the Detroit Junior Red Wings Junior A Team and was a Western Michigan University recruit. After moving to Colorado to begin my business career I continued playing in the Rocky Mountain Men’s A Competitive League and in 1997 went One on One with Joe Sakic to help the Colorado Youth At Risk Foundation in cooperation with Fox Sports.

I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and for the last 28 years have been President and owner of my own company. I am also President of the Pinch Hitters For Youth Foundation.

My family includes my wife of 37 years Jackie and 3 boys: Jeff, Alec and Brady. This year has been very special as we welcomed 2 beautiful grand babies Noah Jeffrey and Oliver Joseph to our family. 


Jeff Mielnicki
President- Director of Hockey Operations
CCHS Varsity Head Coach