Kirchner has a diverse hockey background. He started his hockey playing days with the Philadelphia Little Flyers organization, in which, was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. From there, he played high school hockey for Neshaminy High school, where he led his team to the Philadelphia Championship as an assistant captain. After high school, he traveled overseas to play for the city of Kaiserslautern and Zweibrucken in the Oberliga (German 3rd division). Soon after, he played 3 years for the Armed Forces National Team playing against smaller European Countries. After returning to the States, he was offered a contract with the Mohawk Valley Stars (Utica, New York) of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), but, had to turn the offer down because the Air Force would not allow him to play professionally. Lastly, he had to turn an offer down to play for the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario).
He started coaching youth hockey for the Fort Stanwix's Hockey Association (Rome, New York). Additionally, he coached the first two years Bantam A, the second year winning the League championship. In his third year, he moved up to coach the Bantam AAA team. He’s coached several players that went on to play NCAA division I, II and III and a few have gone on to play professionally. After moving to Dayton, Ohio in 1987, he became the assistant coach of Centerville High School, while also coaching youth hockey out of Kettering Recreational Center.
Kirchner is determined to help bring the Wright State University Hockey Team back to our former glory. Kirchner is always looking for talent to help bolster the lineup. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wright State University Hockey Team, Coach Kirchner will be running two prospect skates. These skates are at the NTPRD Chiller on 6/30/2018 and 7/1/2018 from 3:40 PM to 5:10 PM. The cost of each skate is $5. Come out, meet our new Head Coach, and see if you have what it takes to be a Raider.
Author: Christopher Tate Bowen