IHS announces ice hockey head coach

DANBURY—Immaculate High School Athletic Director, Nelson Mingachos, announced that their D-1 Immaculate Ice Hockey team will have a new team of coaches for the 2022-23 season.

Patrick McLoughlin has been selected as the Head Coach and is stepping down as the Assistant Varsity Coach at Newtown High School.  He has also been Newtown High School’s JV Head Coach and has been a 14u Youth Travel Head Coach since 2017.

McLoughlin has attained many of his own athletic accomplishments as a player for Newtown.  He won the CT state title in 2014, was recognized as the team’s MVP, played a season for Brewster and three seasons for WCSU in ACHA. As a coach, McLoughlin earned many championships including the 16-17 championship for Newtown and the 14u youth team championships 2017-20.  McCloughlin shares, “I’m honored and humbled to join Immaculate as the new Ice Hockey coach. I look forward to working with the student athletes, administration and parents in building a program we can all be proud of. My long term goal is to help each student develop as a player and more so as a person, as they elevate through Immaculate High School.”

Ready for pre-season fitness training, McLoughlin’s coaching staff will include Will Schlichtig and Bill Garvey with Matt Grogan as a goalie coach. Schlichtig began his hockey career with the Western Junior Colonials and played for Fairfield Prep as their captain and state champion. He currently coaches at Bantams and in the U16 midget program.  Garvey is a Level 4 USA Certified hockey instructor, who spent the last 14 years coaching for the WCYHA and is a Bantam Dean of Discipline Director, Safe Sport Director. Grogan, a 2014 graduate of UCONN where he was a NCAA D-1 goaltending champion and was named 2012-2013 third team all-league. Most recently Grogan was the goaltending coach for the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Grogan also serves as an Assistant Coach, Goalie Coach and Video Coach for Applecore EHL.

“While getting to know Coach McLoughlin through the interview process, I’ve come to find that he is a leader of young student athletes and a dedicated coach that is ready to get to work. We are looking forward to a successful season with his experience, leadership, and strong faith. Everyone at Immaculate is very excited that he accepted the position and will carry on the Mustang Hockey Tradition,” offered Immaculate Athletic Director Nelson Mingachos.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others, and personal goals.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is a Diocesan-sponsored independent school.