WHA Hockey Staff

Tim Benz

Hockey Director

(847) 502-4399

Tim Benz is a proven coach, program director and leader of young men and women. We are thrilled to have Tim as the WHA Hockey Director.  

Tim was a star hockey player at Glenbrook South High School, where he was Team Captain, MVP, All-Conference, All-Area and All-State both his junior and senior years. Tim was selected to the prestigious Chicago High School Showcase Team as both a junior and senior. He was also a three-year starter on the Glenbrook South Varsity baseball team and was Team Captain, MVP, All-Conference and All-Area. Tim played college hockey in the ACHA and played professional hockey for the Michigan Moose in the AAHL and the Pennsylvania Blues in the FHL. After his playing career, Tim focused on coaching and player development. He was hired as Head Coach for the Glenview Stars PW AA team and also joined Kevin Delaney as a Player Development Coach. Tim moved up the coaching ranks quickly and was hired as an Assistant Coach for the Glenbrook South Varsity team and also served as Head Coach for the Girls Varsity team.   

In 2014, Loyola Academy hired Tim as Assistant Coach for the Loyola Varsity Gold Team. After two seasons as Assistant Coach, Tim was promoted to Co-Head Coach of Loyola Gold. After three successful years at Loyola Academy, Tim was offered the positions of Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach at St. Viator High School. When Tim arrived at St. Viator, the team was ranked 40th in the state. In just two years, St. Viator is now ranked 3rd in state, behind only New Trier Green and Glenbrook North. In addition, St. Viator has also won two consecutive Catholic League Championships and has reached the Elite 8 and Final 4 in the Illinois High School State Championship the past two seasons.  As a result of his remarkable success rebuilding the program at St. Viator, Tim was named Illinois State High School Coach of the Year in 2018.  

In addition to his on-ice expertise, Tim is also an off-ice coach and program director. He served as Director for The Ultimate Athlete where he worked with hockey, football and baseball players in explosiveness, speed and strength training.

Giselle Medina

Girls Hockey Director

Wilmette Hockey is excited to have Giselle Medina as our new 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.

D.J. LaVarre

Mite Hockey Director

D.J. LaVarre joins Wilmette Jr. Trevians Hockey as Mite Hockey Director in 2021. D.J. will coach the Mite 1 team as well as lead all mite house and travel skills.

Bobby Acri

Director of Player Development

The Wilmette Jr. Trevians are excited to announce the addition of Bobby Acri to our hockey staff. Bobby has been named our new Director of Player Development as well as the head coach of the Squirt Minor (20112) Central States team and head coach of the Mite 2 team. Bobby will also be a skills coach for our house and travel programs.

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. 

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