Keep an eye on this page to get acquainted with head coach Julie Sochacki and assistant coach Amanda Di Nella
Julie Sochacki’s hockey career started at the Barrington Hockey organization playing boys hockey. Julie made the transition to girls hockey her Midget season playing for the Chicago Chill AAA team. She attended Utica College of Syracuse earning ECAC MYP honors in 2002.
Julie began coaching in the summers through high school and college at various camps in Illinois. Julie coached the CYA U14 girls team from 2004 to 2008 and won two consecutive state championships. After CYA she spent a season at the Chicago Fury and Chicago Mission before turning her attention to the younger players including her own children.
Julie is currently the squirt coach at the Orland Park Vikings where she has been coaching for the past 8 years. Julie was also former CCM selects girls director. She resides in Indiana with her 4 children and husband Vinnie.
Nurse was born outside of London, England and moved to America when she was about 4 years old. She started her hockey journey at 6 playing both ice and roller hockey with boys in Northern Virginia. At the age of 10, Alex decided she would rather play hockey with girls and as a result, had to travel to Maryland and Pennsylvania to continue to play. At the age of 12, her family moved just outside of Seattle where girls-only hockey was very sparse. At the time, there was only one all-girls team within 500 miles of the state, forcing them up in the Canadian league every weekend.
At the end of her senior year, Nurse was invited to play for a NCAA Division 3 rookie team. All through high school, she participated in Rush Hockey tournaments such as Beantown and the College Prep series in Mississauga, Ontario.
Nurse received a scholarship at Robert Morris University-Illinois for their ACHA Division 1 program. During her senior year, Nurse was awarded All-Conference Defenseman, a vote appointed by the league’s coaches. She ended her college hockey career with 16 goals, 20 assists and 109 games played.
Nurse had plans of moving back to England to continue her career with the WNIHL and Team Great Britain, but COVID put a hiatus on those plans. She has coached in the state of Washington, as well as in Illinois with the Chicago Fury, Chicago Jets and Delaney Hockey.