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Pittsburgh Hockey Academy


Co-Founder: Mike Fritz

Coach Mike Fritz played AA and amateur hockey in New Jersey from mite through midget, as well as being named First Team All-State as an eleventh grader playing for Seton Hall Prepatory High School where he scored over 100 points in 25 games.  In 1988, Mike left NJ and headed to the New England Prep school ranks attending Trinity Pawling School for two years.  While there, Mike captained both Varsity hockey and baseball teams as a senior.  Mike was later recruited to play for the Ephmen of Williams College by coach Bill Kangas, where Mike eclipsed the 100 point milestone.  Mike finished his playing career after 4 seasons of NCAA hockey for the Ephs.

For the past 8 years, Mike has coached youth hockey teams from Mite through Bantam, and currently serves as Head Coach of the PITTSBURGH ICEMEN 2002 Birth year team.  Mike's team finished ranked #1 in the US MyHockeyRankings Tier II division for the 2015/2016 season.  Mike is also part of the ownership group of the newly renovated Frozen Pond Arena, and serves as President of Frozen Pond Management Inc.

"My passion for the game is immeasurable.  In a lot of ways, hockey has given me so much....this is a chance for me and Dean to give something back.  I enjoy the thrill and challenge of helping young hockey players become better players, but more importantly, better people."

Mike lives in Richland Township with his wife Tanya and their three children, Elli, Mikey and Isabella.​​

Co-Founder: Dean Whittingham

Coach Dean Whititinghams love for the game of hockey began growing up and playing amateur hockey from Mite to Junior in Toronto, Canada, including 5 years in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) at the AA/AAA levels.  

Dean has coached amateur hockey teams from Mite through U18 for the past 14 years, and currently serves as the Head Coach of the PITTSBURGH HOCKEY ACADEMY U15 AAA Birth Year team - The Pittsburgh Icemen.   The Icemen are playing an independant schedule against AAA U15 birth year teams.  Dean has also coached Freshman, JV & Varsity at the high school level for Pine Richland, and was a major contributor in forming the Pine Richland Development Hockey Program.  Dean served as the Director of Hockey Operations for over 7 years with a local organization.  During his tenure, several of Dean's initiatives included the formation and development of western PA's first ADM program, the re-design, implementation and oversight of the tryout process and in season player evaluations to name a few.

Dean is also part of the ownership group of the newly renovated Frozen Pond Arena.

Dean has held several industrial sales executive and sales management positions in Canada and the US.

Dean lives in Pine Township with his wife Ellen and their two kids, Kyle and Bethany.