club contacts


16U Girls Tournament Team


Craig Albert & Frank Lopresti


Head Coach

Nick Piscatelli


Head Coach

Joseph Roadman


Head Coach

Jason Boone

Boone began his hockey journey with the Fayette Firebirds before playing at Saint Vincent College. With 20 years of coaching experience, he started at Burrell High School and Greater Latrobe, later becoming deeply involved with the Fayette Area Youth Hockey Association (FAYHA) as a coach from 8U to 14U levels. Additionally, he contributed to Greensburg Salem's youth program and served as Head Coach for Connellsville Falcons Middle School and Junior Varsity Teams. Jason's leadership extends beyond coaching, as he has served on FAYHA's Executive Board in various roles, including ADM Coordinator, VP, and President. In addition to his involvement with school teams, Jason has also led various spring and summer hockey teams, as well as tournament teams, showcasing his commitment to developing players across different seasons and competitive settings. His dedication has left a lasting impact on players and the community, embodying the values of commitment and passion for hockey.


Hockey Director and Powerskating & Skill Development

Craig Albert

Craig started his minor hockey career with the Mon Valley Thunder in the club’s inaugural 1986-87 season.  After several years as one of the area’s top players, he went on to play in the Michigan National League as a member of the Pittsburgh Hornets. After his playing career, Albert coached his former high school team for three seasons starting in 2014 when he led the Baldwin Highlanders to an Open Cup Championship in his first season and a Penguin Cup AA semifinal appearance 2 years later before coming over to Mon Valley. Craig has been our organization’s power skating coach and director of coaching/player development since 2020.  In 2022, Black Bear Sports Group and cfsbank Event Center hired Coach Albert as hockey director at their facility where he now coaches and instructs some of the area’s top players.


Head Coach

Michael Hilf


Head Coach

Ryan Noone


ADM Coordinator

Jeremy Burncheck

Jeremy will serve as the 2024-25 Mon Valley Thunder ADM (American Development Model) mite director & the 8u white mite head coach.  Jeremy grew-up playing his youth & high school hockey for Connellsville and the Fayette Firebirds. Jeremy was a head & assistant coach for the Fayette Ice Miners for the last 5 seasons, coaching both at the mite and squirt levels.  Jeremy has previously been the Ice Miners mite ADM director and white mite head coach, he also previously served as the Ice Miners organizational Registrar.  Jeremy is also very active with the local Little Penguins developmental program.


Hockey Administrator & 14u_2 - Head Coach & 8u Assistant Coach

Frank Lopresti

Frank played his youth hockey for the Mon Valley Thunder in the 1990's.

He went on to play 4 years of Division II football at Mercyhurst University. Frank has severed as the organizations Vice President as well as head & assistant coaches for multiple teams within the Thunder's coed & girls programs.  Frank is a level 4 certified USA hockey coach. Frank is also a head coach for the Monessen Youth Baseball Association.

Goaltending Coach


Kenny is a Plum Borough native who grew up playing his youth hockey in the Pittsburgh area. He played junior hockey in both the USHL and NAHL enroute to beginning his Division I NCAA career at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his time as a Bulldog, Reiter earned the starting role and led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA National Championship victory in 2011. After college, Kenny moved on to play professionally in the New York Islanders organization with stints between both the AHL and ECHL, where he was named “Goaltender of the month” in January 2013. Goaltending Coach since 2020, Reiter brings a wealth of experience and passion for developing goalies.