Renegades Peewee 1 coach, Pete Koeppen, was recently recognized by the Palatine Park District as a recipient of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. A resident of Palatine, Pete has been a part of the Renegades family since his oldest son, Connor, started in our Hockey Tot program in 2009. In 2010 his younger son, Brendan, also started in the Hockey Tot program. Since then Pete has been a volunteer coach in the Renegades program, coaching his two sons from Mite through Bantam level.
Pete has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Renegades program over the past 8 years. In the spring hockey season, even while his sons are involved in travel baseball, he has continued to volunteer his time with the Renegades. Pete’s patience and love for the game of hockey comes across to both players and parents alike. His constant positive attitude does not go unnoticed. He is truly a benefit to the Renegades program and we are happy to have his continued contribution to our program recognized.
On February 23, Renegades coach, Zak Reed, will be honored by the Northwest Hockey League as Renegades Coach of the Year. Zak is currently coaching at our Mite Minor level and is also head coach of Renegades Squirt 2.
Zak and his family have been part of the Renegades for six years, since his oldest son started in the Hockey Tot program. He began as a coach when his son moved into the Mite Minor level. This is Zak's first year coaching at the Squirt level. Zak's teams have shown improvement throughout the year because of his hard work and dedication to coaching. This season his Squirt team took first place at our annual Renegades Holiday Tournament. He is not only committed to helping his teams improve, he is also a huge asset to our skills practices, showing the same dedication and intensity with the other players in our program. We are happy to have a coach like Zak at the Renegades.