Coaches and Staff

Bob Smith123

Head Coach

Bob has devoted more than 50 years to hockey as a player, coach and official. He started playing ice hockey at the age of six in the Brick Recreation Program as well as for the Ocean Hockey Club under Jack LaClair (a former member of the Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadians), the Shore Points Hockey Club, The Philadelphia Junior Blazers Hockey Club, and the Brick Hockey Club. He played defense for Brick Township High School’s 1975-76 Gordon Cup and the 1975-76 and 1976-77 state championship teams. Bob finished his competitive playing career with the semi-pro Coastal Privateers in Brick.

Bob started his coaching career in 1980 as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA). The next season, at the age of 23, Bob was appointed head coach. In just two seasons, he took the team from a record of 3-13-2 (1981-82) to a 22-2-1 season, which culminated in the team winning the 1982-83 NJSIAA State Championship, the Star Ledger Trophy, and Bob being named the Star Ledger Coach of the Year. (These wins also made Bob the youngest coach to win a state championship, the first person to win a state championship as a player and a coach, and the only person to win the Gordon Cup and a state championship as a player and a coach!) During Bob’s tenure as head coach, the CBA hockey grew into a nationally ranked state power, winning a state championship, the Gordon Cup, and multiple New Jersey interscholastic league and Shore Conference titles. The winning tradition Bob established at CBA continues to this day.
Elsewhere in his very successful coaching career, Bob has helmed high school, youth hockey, and college teams to numerous league, division, and state championships. In addition, he has 16 years of experience officiating high school and college hockey. Bob actively pursues professional growth that affects not only the performance of his teams, but the well-being of his players. He holds an American Heart Association certification in First Aid/CPR/AED, and Concussion in Sports from NFHS.

Bob is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach, and a former hockey official with USA Hockey and NIHOA. He is a two-time inductee into the NJ High School Hockey Hall of Fame: In 2010, his Brick Township high school team was the first team inducted, and in 2014, Bob was inducted as a coach. He comes to Ramapo with extensive coaching experience, a history of winning, a deep knowledge of the game, a life-long connection to NJ hockey, and a clear commitment to his players.

Greg Jensen456

Assistant Coach

Greg started playing hockey in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 4. He went on to play for Pope John HS, and later for the Jersey Wildcats Junior Program, where he became the leading point scorer in Wildcats team history.  While continuing to play junior hockey, Greg played at Seton Hall University, where he led the team in points. After transferring to Liberty University, he played Division 1 Club Hockey for the remainder of his college career. At Liberty, Greg led the team in goals, was second in points, and in his senior year, was named MVP and Forward of the Year.  He was also selected to play in the Division 1 All-Star Game in Michigan, where he won the shootout competition. 

Now, Greg shares his knowledge and passion for ice hockey through coaching. He has worked as an Assistant Coach with the Jersey Wildcats, Monmouth University, and most recently, the Livingston High School Varsity Hockey team, helping them reach the league championship game in the 2014-15 season.

Greg brings to Ramapo not only his formidable skills, but also an ability to communicate and teach the intricacies of the game that will elevate both our individual players and our program as a whole.

Mark PuttenvinkMark Puttenvink

Coordinator of Player Development/Advisor

Mark has a lifelong bond with hockey—having started skating at the age of 2 on a lake where he grew up. He played for the Essex Chiefs youth travel team and the Sport-o-Rama Saints. After attending McGill University, Mark turned his focus to helping hockey players and other athletes reach their maximum potential through coaching and conditioning. He was the General Manager/Coach with the Metro Fighting Moose “Junior A” in the CEHL. As an Associate Coach with the Montclair State Red Hawks Men’s Ice Hockey team, Mark helped lead the team to the Division II Nationals in 2011.

Professionally, Mark has served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the New York Rangers, a Special Assignment Coach with the New Jersey Devils, a Strength Coach with the Albany River Rats in the AHL, and a Speed and Quickness Coach with the New England Patriots of the NFL. Mark also spent time in the KHL in St.Petersburg, Russia in player development.

Currently Mark trains professional boxers and works as a consultant with Team China as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Games.
Mark lives in Mahwah, New Jersey with his partner Beth and has two sons, Sean and Ty.

Mark is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a Specialist in Sports Conditioning.

Art ChillArt Chill

General Manager

As the first goalie for Ramapo College’s first ice hockey team, Art has been part the program from its inception in 1972. Upon graduation in 1974, Art continued his association with the team by becoming the Assistant Coach. Art and Head Coach Jim Barrow hold the honor of coaching the first Ramapo College athletic team to win a championship. In 1975, he was appointed Head Coach, and guided the 1975-76 season’s team to win Ramapo Ice Hockey’s second consecutive league championship. Art continued as Head Coach for another 8 seasons; finishing his tenure as Head Coach with a record of 102-93-11.

Art was inducted into the Ramapo College Athletic Hall of Fame both for his individual accomplishments and as part of the team induction for the 1975-76 “Super Team.” Although 32 years have passed since Ramapo has had an ice hockey program, Art has helped keep the spirit of Ramapo Ice Hockey alive. He is the author of The History of Ramapo College Ice Hockey, he is one of the organizers of the annual Alumni Game, and he drags out his antique equipment each year to take a turn in the nets. After 40 years of service to Ramapo College, 28 years as Bursar, Art is enjoying retired life.

Russ TricoliRuss Tricoli

Assistant General Manager

Russ is an alumnus of Ramapo College, where he set numerous Roadrunner Hockey records, including Most Career and Season Goals and Most Career and Season Hat Tricks. Russ was inducted into the Ramapo College Athletic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1975-76 “Super Team.” After college, Russ helped launch the hockey program at the Secaucus Ice Rink, working 3 years as Rink Manager and 5 years as the hockey instructor.

Married for 33 years, with 3 children and now 2 grandchildren, Russ has spent the past several years coaching youth sports. For more than 20 years, Russell has worked with young athletes in the county, most notably with the Waldwick and Wyckoff club soccer teams. Drawing on his hockey experience, he utilized the parallels between hockey and soccer to inform his coaching strategy, and elevated a D-flight team to an A-flight team with an undefeated season.

As Assistant Coach for the RCIHC in the first season, Russ served in many vital capacities beyond the scope of his official role. He was instrumental in the success of the program’s inaugural year.

Russ demonstrates dedication in all he does. He has a passion for working with children and young adults, helping them build skills, sportsmanship, and character through athletics. He is retired from a 32-year career with PSE&G, and he looks forward to many years ahead working with youth and sports.