Bob is a certified hockey lifer. In 1959 he entered St. John’s Prep in Danvers as a freshman netminder. After playing for two years at St. John’s, he finished his high school career at St. Mary’s in Lynn as a league All-Star. He then attended Providence College and played for the Friars.
In the early 1990s, he joined up with the Boston Junior Terriers of the old Metropolitan Boston Hockey League. That led to gigs with the Eastern Junior Hockey League, the New England College Development League, and the Tyngsboro/Nashua Huskies.
Rotondo started the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL). That was the beginning of women’s hockey in the Boston area. This was the only place that women came to play. It had players from junior high and high school coming to play. Rotondo and a few partners started to cobble together NEWHL All-Star teams and began playing in a number of regional tournaments.
While Rotondo immersed himself in the business of running leagues, club teams and hockey rinks, he also was making a name for himself as a goalie instructor. Rotondo established Puckstoppers Goaltending and opened his own synthetic ice training facility.
Rotondo was also one of the founders of the East Coast Wizards. He eventually went out on his own and became the driving force behind the Boston Shamrocks.
The Boston Shamrocks are clearly the apple of Rotondo’s eye. The elite all-female Shamrocks remain his pride and joy. The list of Shamrock alumnae who have gone on to play at over 50 Division 1 and Division 3 colleges is impressive, playing at programs such as Amherst, Boston University, Clarkson, Harvard, Maine, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Providence, St. Anselm, and Yale, to just name a few.
Asked what he’d like his legacy to be, once he finally walks away from the game, Rotondo thinks for a moment, and then says, “Just that I helped a bunch of kids go to school, and become great women.”
U19 Head Coach
Ali is returning to the Organization after playing her senior year of high school with the Boston Shamrocks during the 2015-2016 season. Ali went on to play four years of Division 1 hockey at The University of Vermont. During her four years there, she was the Assistant Captain her Junior year and Captain of the team her Senior year. She majored in Business with a minor in Sports Management.
Ali is looking forward to giving back to the program that helped her accomplish her dreams of playing college hockey through working with the girls to develop them as both players and people and helping them identify and accomplish their goals.
U16 Head Coach/ Program Director
At the age of thirteen, Coach Corl began training under Robert Rotondo. After six years of top on-ice instruction and player development, Molly received the opportunity to play for an elite junior women’s hockey team outside Toronto, then known as the Toronto Rattlers. After an extremely successful one-year stint with the Rattlers, Molly returned to New England to pursue her career at Saint Anselm College. Rotondo started the Boston Shamrocks in 2008, using Molly’s experience playing junior hockey in Toronto as a basis for the program’s design and implementation.
Corl had a very successful four-year career at St. Anselm College. While playing for the Hawks she was twice named the ECAC East Second All-Star for her outstanding defense. In her junior year she ranked second in the conference and seventh in the country in scoring for defenseman, with 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points. In her senior season, Corl once again made the ECAC East Second-Team and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team for the ECAC Tournament.
Prior to joining the Shamrocks coaching staff, Corl lived and played in Prague, Czech Republic. While there, she played for HC Slavia Praha under the Czech National team coach and alongside many of the Czech National Team players. During the 2012-13 season, Corl had the opportunity to play throughout the Czech Republic as well as in Vienna, Austria and Oulu, Finland. She was also named the top defenseman of the Champions League Tournament held in Vienna, Austria.
Corl joined the Shamrocks coaching staff in 2013, the inaugural season of the u16 team, and has enjoyed her role ever since. She has seen many players go on to college as well as move up to the u19 team and stay in the organization. Corl’s favorite part of the job is seeing the development of the players and team throughout the season and watching players reach their potentials.
U16 Assistant Coach, Co Program director
Mike is a native of Chicago, IL and has an extensive hockey background with over 35+ years of hockey experience as a player ranging from youth/junior and collegiate levels. Mike has continued to passionately contribute to the game of hockey coaching youth hockey (girls and boys) at assorted levels (U8-U19) for over 10+ years.
Mike has 3 children that play select hockey including his son William for the Predators and two girls Olivia and Isabella. Mike loves working with the younger age groups as its very rewarding to see the development and progress each player makes by the end of every season. Mike’s focus is on individual player development, team play, and winning with the players to drive success. Mike is committed to the Shamrocks and looks forward to growing each year with the organization.
U14 Head Coach
Lizzie started off her career in Southern California playing on various boys and girls teams. She went on to play in Prep School at New Hampton School where she made a great impact on helping the team adjust from D III to play D I prep league play. After graduating High School, Lizzie went on to play for Plattsburgh State and won a National Championship in 2014. For the last three years of her career, she attended UMass Boston. In 2016, the team won the first NEHC League Championship. After college, Lizzie played in the CWHL for the Boston Blades in 2017/2018 and played with Worcester Blades the next season. When the league folded, she made the move to play in Australia ( some games against U19 Assistant Coach Nora Maclaine) for the Adelaide Rush were she was a key player in helping the team win a silver medal this past season.
Lizzie graduated for UMass Boston with a Psychology degree and has since worked with clients to improve their daily life skills. She is excited to take this knowledge and use it towards helping young girls reach their dreams.
U14 Head Coach
Kaleigh grew up in Michigan and played for the Honeybaked organization out of the High Performance Hockey League. During her Honeybaked career, her team won 4 state tournament championships and 2 bronze medals in the USA Hockey National Tournament.
After graduating high school, Kaleigh went on to play Division 3 for UMass Boston (Class of 2019) where she currently holds the record for most games played (111) alongside 2 members of her graduating class. She was a part of the 2015-2016 Beacon team who won their first NEHC title in program history.
Kaleigh earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and health sciences and works as a personal trainer and strength coach while completing a premedical post-baccalaureate program at Northeastern University.
U12 Head Coach
Meghan has been playing hockey her entire life and has played through the college ranks. She grew up in Wakefield MA and excelled in her high school career. Through Meghan’s years playing at Wakefield High, she earned 158 points. She was a two time Boston Herald All Scholastic team member, Middlesex League All-Star, and Captain of her team.
After High school, Meghan took her hockey career to Norwich University. Over her four years at Norwich Meghan was able to see how much work it takes to compete at a high level of hockey. During her time on the team they won 3 ECAC titles and were the 2011 D3 National Champions. Meghan was also a 3 time ECAC all academic team member.
Since college, Meghan joined the MA Army National Guard and has worked in various coaching roles at the high school level. She is currently on the MA Army National Guard hockey team.
U12 Assistant Coach
Emily grew up in Marblehead, MA and has been playing hockey since she was six years old. In High School she played for Hebron Academy for three years and National Sports Academy for one. While playing for National Sports Academy she won a New York State Championship in 2009.
Emily went on to play college hockey at the Division 3 level for Utica College and Umass Boston. Where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Umass Boston and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University.
While in college Emily served in the New York and Massachusetts National Guard. She was also a member of the Charles River Battalion Army ROTC program at Boston University. Upon graduation Emily commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Virginia and Hawaii.
Emily has a passion for fitness and has been a CrossFit Level 1 Coach since 2015. She also continues to play at a competitive level with the Chesapeake Bay Lightning Women’s Hockey organization.