Mid Fairfield Connecticut Stars Head Coaches for the 2018-19 Season (click below for bio)

Girls U19-1 – Mike Finoia
Girls U16-1 – Bill Maniscalco
​Girls U14 Major – Melissa Hawkins  
Girls U13/14 Minor – Vic Pucci
Girls U12 Major – Marie Pescatore                                                                                                                                                                                   Girls U12 Minor – Matt Forker, AG Guarino  


Girls U19-1 Mike Finoia

Mike Finoia comes to Mid Fairfield after coaching women's college hockey at Wesleyan University. Finoia is a USA Hockey Level 5 Master Instructor with over 25 years of coaching experience. Previous to Wesleyan,  he spent three seasons as Trinity College women's ice hockey assistant coach, where he won a NESCAC Championship with the team in the 2014-15 season. He holds a Connecticut Interscholastic Coaching Certification and has coached girls/womens' teams at the regional and national bound levels. The former coaching director of the Connecticut Polar Bears Organization, Finoia is currently the program director of Connecticut ICE, a summer hockey training program for girls and women. He lives in Wallingford with his wife, Cherie, and two daughters, Brittney, and Christina.


Girls U16-1 – Bill Maniscalco

Girls U14 Major – Melissa Hawkins

Melissa brings a wealth of hockey experience to our organization.  Melissa grew up playing for the Syracuse Stars organization and went on to play D-III hockey at Manhattanville College.  She earned her bachelors degree in Psychology and Elementary Education while at Manhattanville. Also while at Manhattanville the Valiants were three time ECAC East Conference champions. In her Sophomore, JR & SR year Melissa was chosen by her peers and coaches to be the Assistant Captain of the team.  Melissa has been coaching various levels of girls and boys ice hockey for the past 13 years. Currently Melissa is working with Autistic children in Westport and running her business Hawkins Hockey (Camps & Clinics).   She has coached at Manhattanville College, was the head coach for Wilton High School's girls Varsity team, the U19 CT Oilers Girls team, and the CT Barons Pee Wee A team. Melissa and assistant coach Marie Pescatore led the Stars U14 tier one team to a bronze medal finish at 2016 USA Hockey Nationals.


Girls U13/14 Minor – Vic Pucci


Girls U12 Major – Marie Pescatore

For the past two years Marie was the Mid Fairfield Stars U14 Assistant Coach. Prior to that she was the Assistant Coach for the Wilton Varsity Girls Hockey Team. Marie graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014 with her Masters in Elementary Education and Bachelors in Health Science. During her time at Quinnipiac University, Marie was a flanker for the NCAA DI Women’s Rugby Team. Outside of hockey, Marie currently teaches fifth grade at Fair Haven School.

Girls U12 Major 2 – Matt Forker, AG Guarino