WHA Hockey Staff
Bobby Acri was named Hockey Director of Wilmette Hockey Association in early 2022. He also acts as health coach for teams as the Squirt and Bantam levels. He started with the organization as Director of Player Development in 2021, also leading the club's skills program for our house and travel teams.
Bobby grew up in Winnetka and played hockey for the Winnetka Warriors until middle school when he left to play for the Chicago Young Americans. He played at CYA for 5 years before eventually coming back to play 3 years on New Trier Green. Bobby attended the University of Iowa where he played 4 years of club hockey.
After college, Bobby spent his first 5 years coaching at New Trier High School and at the Winnetka Hockey Club. This past season, Bobby helped coach the U15 CYA team and assisted in building the Jr. Storm organization. Bobby is also the Co-Director at Impact Hockey during the summer.
Wilmette Hockey is excited to have Giselle Medina as our Girls Hockey Director. Giselle grew up playing boys hockey for the Barrington Redwings, girls hockey for the Crystal Lake Yellow Jackets, and later went on to play for her Varsity boys team at Lake Zurich High School.
Giselle graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2020, where she spent all four years playing for their Women’s Club Ice Hockey team. Her senior year at Loyola was her first year coaching with the Wilmette U12 girls team and has been involved in coaching ever since, working with Girls United and the Chicago Blackhawks to create and foster a love for the game.
Giselle is a strong advocate for girls in hockey and wants them to develop a passion for the sport as well as a drive to continually improve their skills to be competitive. Her philosophy as a player and a coach has always been to have fun and work hard. Giselle is looking forward to this season and creating a team that will be strong contenders in their league.
Mite Hockey Director
D.J. LaVarre joined Wilmette Jr. Trevians Hockey as Mite Hockey Director in 2021. He continues to coach the Mite 1 team as well as lead all mite house and travel skills.