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Ryan McGrath Announced as new GM and Head Coach of VJW EHL Program

By Sabrina Lapointe, 03/22/19, 1:30PM EDT

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Ryan McGrath announced as new Head Coach and General Manager of the Valley Jr. Warriors EHL Program

The Valley Jr. Warriors are proud to announce that Ryan McGrath has been hired as new General Manager for the Junior Hockey Program.  Ryan’s predecessor Andy Heinze announced his retirement earlier this month after logging 20 seasons and 330 wins behind the Jr. Warrior bench from 1999-2019.

McGrath joins the Warriors after five successful seasons as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wentworth Institute and four seasons in a similar position at UMass Boston.  McGrath has also been a member of the Mass Hockey Player Development coaching staff and has quickly built a reputation as one of the top NCAA coaches and recruiters in the country.  Ryan’s coaching experience also extends to the high school and junior level including 7 years in the EJHL and 3 seasons with Reading High under the tutelage of the legendary Coach Doherty.  McGrath also played four seasons as a Reading Rocket, where his team captured four consecutive Middlesex titles and went on to play 2 seasons in the EJHL. 

McGrath shared his excitement in his new position with the Valley Jr. Warriors. “I’ve always been very impressed with Valley. Their brand always represented excellence to me both at the youth level and at the junior level.” McGrath shared his personal relationship to former head coach Andy Heinze and how he respects his coaching style and how honest he was.

McGrath has developed an expertise for helping lead young hockey players to college hockey, as that is the industry he has been in for some time now. “What I add to the program is the fact that 9 out of the last 10 years I was a college assistant so I can truly help out players with the college selections process athletically, academically, and financially.” 

McGrath also shared his plans to add a rigorous strength and conditioning program to really work on players athletic and academic resume as well as their nutritional regiment and flexibility. “We’re really going to work with the total athlete and put them in the best position to be recruited by NCAA schools,” McGrath said.

“We’re going to develop what I call ‘a true development model’ in our EHLP team up through our EHL team. Our EHLP team is going to be a little bit younger moving forward. I’m looking forward to getting those kids that come through and buy into our system then when we start adding tools to their belt, and then having them go off and be successful in college that’s the most rewarding thing.”

McGrath plans to bring a focus on speed and skating ability to the Valley Jr. Warrior program. “College hockey is the fastest it’s ever been at the moment so in order to prepare players to play college hockey they need to be excellent skaters so we’re really going to work on that. In terms of systems, we’re very simple but we’re going to execute near close to perfect.

McGrath described his coaching philosophy, “I’m very open with my players, I want them to have opinions I want them to have constructive criticism, hold each other accountable, but I also want to have some fun. Every day we want to come to the rink with a high level of enthusiasm, work hard and have fun, and the success will follow.”

McGrath will become the third ever head coach for the Valley Jr. Warriors junior program following Brian Daccord and Andy Heinze.

For more info contact Ryan at: rmcgrath@jrwarriors.com 

(781) 354-3918