We officially welcome Hockey Director, Tim Benz, to his first Fall Season with the Northwest Chargers. Tim comes to the organization with an impressive hockey background spanning more than twenty years as an athlete, coach and director. Tim has held various director, coaching and player development roles at Wilmette Hockey Association, Loyola Academy, Glenview Stars, Glenbrook South, Glenbrook Girls, Delaney Hockey, and Ultimate Athlete. In addition to his role with the Chargers, Tim also serves as Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach with the Saint Viator Lions. Tim is a recognized leader within the hockey community and we are excited to have him leading the Northwest Chargers organization for the 2022/23 season and many more seasons to come.
A native of Abbotsford, BC, Canada, I started on skates at 3 years old, and grew up on street hockey and rinks north of the border. I received an early foundation for skating with instructors Marv Waller (2x BC Hockey Development Award in Coaching), Dwayne Lowdermilk(NHL Alum) and Power Skating Pioneer Laura Stamm. After playing minor Hockey for the AAA Abbotsford Hawks and 3 years in BC Junior Hockey League, I came to the USA to play for the NCAA Division III, St. Norbert College Green Knights. I graduated in 2002 from SNC with a degree in Business Administration.
I started coaching and assistant coaching various Bantam AA and Squirt AA hockey teams. This led me down the path to spending 4 years skills training and mentoring over 2600 private and semi-private lessons at Diamond Hockey. The last 3 years I have been the lead skating and skills coach for the Winnetka Warriors, Jr. Warriors, and WarHawks hockey clubs. In this role, I have provided over 1000 small group and large group skills training sessions for players aged 6 -14. When I'm not at the rink, you can find me devoted to spending time with my family: wife Tiffany, daughter Callie and son Joey. I'm very grateful and excited to be working with the Chargers Program.
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Born and raised in Chicago, I started skating at 8 years old. I grew up playing all sports, hockey and football in the winter and baseball and swimming in the summer. I started playing at McFetridge Sports Center throughout my youth and went on to play High School Hockey at Niles West.
I have been coaching for many years and turned my focus to hockey 8 years ago. I’ve coached Mites thru Bantam and am currently coaching the Northwest Chargers. I was also the Hockey coordinator for the Mount Prospect Bolts, Little Blackhawks Program, and Hockey Tots (learn to skate).
My goal as a coach is to see skill development, personal growth and fun throughout my practices. With that goal in mind I have done private skates and small group trainings to be able to teach kids of all ages and skill levels. As a coach, I’ve found that there is no greater reward than to see my players develop and love the game even more.
Outside of the rink, I have spent that last 10 years as a Youth Minister. This has given me the opportunity to show my love for God and to show people what loving others truly looks like. I’ve even been able to combine my passions for God and hockey by coaching for Hockey Ministries International (HMI), Youth Bible camps, and more.
God, my family, and hockey are my passions in my life.