Head Coach: Andrew Ducko
Cell Phone: 609-915-2899
Andrew Ducko will be entering his eighth season as Head Coach at The College of New Jersey in 2023-24, it will be the second year at the Division 1 level for the program. He led the Lions to a 19-6-1-1 record in his first season behind the bench which included a CSCHC regular season title, an appearance in the CSCHC finals, and an OT goal away from an appearance in the ACHA D2 Southeast Regional Tournament. The past four seasons the team went on to win the CSCHC “Colonial Cup” Championship, and appeared in the Southeast regional Tournament in each year. The appearance at Regionals during the 2016-17 was the first for the team in the 40 year history of the program, and in 2018-19 the Lions won their first Regional game. Under Coaches Ducko and Batcho the program has an overall CSCHC record of 82-19-4-3 and 119-59-4-7 overall. In 2018 he was awarded CSCHC Coach of the Year. He also has served as the President of the CSCHC since 2016. Ducko is the Rink Manager at Loucks Ice Center at The Lawrenceville School, TCNJ’s home rink. Ducko serves as the Hockey Director and Master Scheduler for the Princeton/Lawrence/Nassau Youth Hockey program and has coached at various levels for the organization including Midget 18AA. In 2019 Coach Ducko was the Head Coach for the Neponset Valley River Rats 18AAA team.
Ducko was also the Head Coach of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ from 2010-2018. Over those eight seasons with the Irish, Ducko’s teams had a record of 135-62-12, winning the Colonial Valley Conference (CVC) five straight years (2011-12 through 2015-16), two Mercer County Championships (2012 and 2013), four Mercer County Championship Runners-up (2011,2014, 2015, and 2016), Egan Cup Champions (2015), Egan Cup Runners-up (2016 and 2017), while qualifying for the NJSIAA Non-Public State Playoffs each season. Ducko was also the 2011 Trenton Times “Coach of the Year” and the 2012 New Jersey Power Rankings State “Coach of the Year.” Prior to working at The Lawrenceville School, Coach Ducko spent three years at Grundy Ice Arena in Bristol, PA serving as Hockey Director, and coaching the Grundy Senators Midget 18AA, was Grundy Grizzlies Director, coached Neshaminy Middle School, and was Head Coach of Abington High School during the 2009-10 season. Prior to his stint at Grundy Coach Ducko spent the 2007-08 season as the Head Coach of Lawrence Academy JV (Groton, MA), Pro Ambitions Bantam Major AAA (Nashua, NH), as an Instructor for Pro Ambitions (Nashua, NH), and the Assistant/ Skills Coach for Bishop Guertin Girls Varsity.
Coach Ducko resides in Doylestown, PA with his wife Meghan, son Max (10), and daughter Ava (5)
Assistant Coach: Paul Batcho
Cell Phone: 215-630-2498
Paul Batcho will start his eighth season as TCNJ’s assistant coach in 2023-24. He runs the defense on the bench and as a former goaltender himself, he works with the goaltenders on the ice at practice. His personable style connects with the players and was a key to the success of the team. From 2018 through 2022, Paul served as the CSCHC League Webmaster. In 2019 he was an assistant coach for the Neponset Valley River Rats 18AAA, along with Coach Ducko. Coach Batcho’s full-time position is the TSAI Ice Rink Operations Manager, at The Lawrenceville School.
He served as the Assistant Coach of The Lawrenceville School JV team for 5 years (2013-2018), and was the goaltending coach for the school’s entire hockey program (2012/2013 Season). Coach Batcho coached the Lawrence Flames Midgets for 4 season (2012-2015) at 18A, 16A, and 2 years at 16AA. Prior to working with the Flames, he coached with the Grundy Senators from 2006 until 2011 from PeeWee’s through Midget 16AA levels. Paul’s goal as a hockey coach is to improve kids as hockey players and as individuals, using the game to teach hockey skills and life lessons.
Coach Batcho grew up in Croydon, PA and attended Archbishop Ryan High School and Bryn Athyn College. While at Bryn Athyn, he was the starting goaltender for three seasons on their ACHA DII team and helped them reach the playoffs in his final two seasons before beginning his coaching career. Paul and his wife Katie reside in Levittown, PA.
Lead Recruiter: Mike Murphy
Cell Phone: 609-384-4513
D1 Assistant Coach: Rob Garmise
D2 Team Staff:
Head Coach: Travis Beni
Assistant Coaches: Steve Henderschott & Andrew Lem
Scorekeeper/Equipment Manager: Bruce Swain
Athletic Trainer: Susan Mazess
Home Game Day Operations: Eric Houwen & Brandon Hrymack
Team Student Managers: Jordan Cottone, Karina Yermachenkov, Olivia D’Iorio