Meet our coaches and advisors, a team of dedicated and passionate hockey coaches
We are looking for coaches to join our West Ranch Hockey family! We are a tight knit family with a common goal of creating an environment for our student athletes to grow and succeed. If this appeals to you and you are interested in joining the West Ranch Hockey family as a coach, then we want to hear from you! Please contact our Club President, Jason McNamara, at jason @westranchhockey.com for more information. Go Wildcats!
Dylan Matanzo - Head Varsity Coach
Mission Coach Dylan’s mission is to develop each player individually with both skill and hockey IQ while reinforcing positive team building. He emphasizes hard work, discipline and responsibility. His goal is to provide knowledge to players and allow them to reach full potential before advancing to the next level. Coaching is about guiding the player to accomplish goals, acting as a mentor and building relationships while keeping the game fun.
Background After playing hockey for 12 years, Coach Dylan moved into coaching at 18 years old. Teaching the game has always been a passion of his dating back to when he was still a player. He has spent time coaching at many levels including Tier 3 Junior A, Bantam club hockey, high school hockey and individual skill lessons. He loves to see the development of each individual player as the process is always different and no one player is the same. He never takes for granted a moment on the ice and enjoys every second he has being a part of this game.
Vision for West Ranch Hockey This is Coach Dylan's 4th season as a member of the West Ranch Hockey family, ranging from JV assistant coach, to now head coach of our Varsity program. He values the organization and believes in the growth of our family tremendously. "It has been quite the ride since I've joined the organization and what we've built in the past several years is nothing short of amazing. The kids that have come through our program have become young adults right before our eyes and everyone has put in blood, sweat, and tears to get where we are now."
Dylan brings his 12 years of coaching experience and USA hockey level 4 certification to the Varsity program with the intention of creating an environment built around teamwork, dedication, and grit. He also makes it a priority to develop relationships between the players on Varsity and JV to continue to strengthen the club as a whole.
On a Personal Note Coach Dylan, his wife Danielle, and his 1 year old son Carter are local to Santa Clarita and active in the community. They have organized fundraisers to benefit those in need including a golf tournament to support a close friend's battle with cancer. They care about the development of our youth and continue to support the community in any way they can.
Jack Titter - Goalie Coach
This is Coach Jack's first season as a goalie coach. He has been playing hockey for 12 years, 9 of those years playing between the pipes. Coach Jack started his hockey career at Ice Station Valencia in the in-house hockey league and then moved up to playing travel hockey for the Valencia Flyers for three years. He then moved up to high school hockey as a sophomore at West Ranch and was a member of the inaugural West Ranch team.
Coach Jack was a standout for the start up West Ranch Hockey team in the LA Kings High School Hockey League. He was featured as the LA Kings Player of the Week several times and helped lead the Wildcats to the playoffs each of the three years he was on the squad. He also played on the Wildcats Prep team during his time with West Ranch Hockey, facing off against the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Varsity Division 1 teams.
After graduating from West Ranch High School in 2018, Coach Jack made the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Hockey team as a freshman and is entering his third year playing for the CSUN Matadors, who last season became the first team in West Coast Hockey Conference history to not only win four championships, but to win them all in a row. In addition to Coach Jack's hockey playing career, he has experience teaching youth how to play various sports, including football, baseball and basketball.
Coach Jack understands how important the goalie position is and that the goalies need to be the best skaters on the ice and in tip top form. Coach Jack is excited to be giving back to his alma mater by sharing his net minding experience and expertise with our varsity and JV goaltenders in his role as the Wildcats Goalie Coach.
Bill Butters - Advisor
Bill has coached the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the University of Wisconsin Badgers. As a player, Bill excelled at academics as well as hockey, being appointed Captain of the 1972-73 Minnesota Gophers by Head Coach Herb Brooks. Bill had a very successful professional career in the WHA, CHL, and NHL playing for the Minnesota Fighting Saints, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Houston Aeros, New England Whalers and the Oklahoma City Stars.
Coach Butters now spends his time as one of the major contributors to Hockey Ministries International, which holds camps all over the world teaching kids that even tough hockey players can be good Christians.
Coach Butters is still very active in the Minnesota high school hockey scene and has a network of friends in the hockey world second to none. We are truly fortunate to have Bill be a part of our West Ranch Hockey Club.
JP Gale - Advisor
Coach Gale brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the West Ranch Hockey Club. JP played travel hockey for the West Valley Wolves for 12 years and won a World Championship in 1998 in Quebec with the Jr. Kings Pee Wee AAA. JP played on the Jr. Kings Midget AAA where JP participated in the MAC tournament in Calgary and was selected to the 2001 Chicago Showcase team and was Captain of the 2002 Showcase team.
JP played Junior hockey with the Bay City Bombers of the WSHL and was named Alternate Captain, Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All Star. JP played for the Wisconsin Knights in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MNJHL) and was named an Alternate Captain and All Star for the MNJHL and played in the 2003 NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota. JP graduated from Cal. State Northridge and served as the captain of CSUN Men’s hockey team all five seasons he played. JP was selected to the All Pacific Region Team three times and was an All American in 2009-10 and named to the All-Academic Team his junior and senior years. JP was one of three players from the West Coast to attend the World University Game tryouts in 2009.
Today JP is the Head Coach at Cal. State Northridge, in the past he has served as an assistant coach with the West Valley Wolves, LA Jr. Kings and AV Northerners. Professionally JP serves as a full time staff member at Cal. State Northridge as the Manager for Club Sports.