Head Women’s Coach CHE
Coach Kaminski, a native of Pittsburgh, PA is in his fourth season as the California University of PA women’s head coach and originally joined the coaching staff as the second women’s head coach in the programs history. Gregg is also a graduate of Cal U with a Masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Currently Gregg is an Academic Advisor at the University of Pittsburgh in their Undergraduate School of Business. Coach Kaminski plans to utilize his educational accomplishments and working background as well as his abundance of coaching experience at all different levels and apply them at Cal U.
Dating back to his playing days, Kaminski played high school hockey for North Allegheny and at the collegiate level at Geneva College. Kaminski began his coaching career by returning to North Allegheny and coaching all three levels from freshmen to varsity from 2001-2006. Coach Kaminski moved on to coach Robert Morris University’s ACHA Division III team from 2006-2008. Kaminski is a level four USA Hockey certified coach.
In the 2010-11 season, Gregg’s first year as Head Coach, he led the women’s team to their first ever DVCHC Division I Championship. Since then he has led the team to three straight ACHA Division II National Tournaments and it’s highest ACHA ranking ever as well as the inaugural College Hockey East Championship in 2014. During his first four seasons Gregg has had the women’s team consistently ranked among the top programs in the ACHA Division II. He has also been voted a finalist for the ACHA Division II National Coach of the Year in three of his four seasons at Cal. He hopes to continue the standard of excellence with the women’s program at Cal U by building off this past season’s success on the ice while also using his background as an academic advisor to help the women succeed off the ice. He is looking forward to leading the women back to the ACHA Division II National Tournament and the CHE playoffs. Feel free to contact him with any questions or comments.
Assistant Women’s Coach CHE
Coach Cooper, a native from the Chicago, IL area, is entering his third season as the California University of PA women’s Assistant Coach. A graduate of Marshall University, Bob earned a degree in criminal justice and political science. Bob is currently employed by the state of West Virginia. Growing up in Chicago, Cooper played travel hockey throughout the Chicago, IL area and at Brother Rice High School. Cooper began his coaching career in Cumberland, MD in 1997 and then began coaching women there in 2004. In 2006, he was named a Co-Coach of the Frostburg State University Men’s DIII team. Adding to his women’s coaching experience; Cooper started coaching the Altoona Lady Trackers U-19 team in 2006 through the 2009/10 season. He has also served as a coach for the Women’s Tier I level Team Pittsburgh from 2006-2008 and the Gilmour Lancers in 2009. During Coach Coopers career he has had the opportunity to coach at all levels. Coach Cooper is currently a level four USA Hockey certified coach. He is looking forward towards the opportunity to help the women’s team build upon their current success.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Coach Tonini resides in Charleroi, PA and begins his second season with the Vulcans and first as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. Last season Tonini served as an Assistant Coach for the Cal-I team. Coach Tonini spent five years playing for the Vulcans from 2006-11. During that time Dan won five consecutive CHE Championships and was a member of the 2008 ACHA Division III National Championship team. Dan is currently ranked fourth all time in points, goals and assists. He also holds the record for most game winning goals with 22. Currently Coach Tonini is enrolled as a graduate student at Cal U and working towards becoming a USA Hockey Certified Coach. Dan is looking forward to helping the club build upon its current success.
Women’s Team Equipment Manager
Nicole, a native of Monogahela, PA, begins her second season as the Equipment Manager for the women’s team. Currently Nicole is a senior majoring in Sport Management Wellness and Fitness. Previously Nicole has spent time playing hockey throughout the region. She also spends time volunteering for the Americorps.