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Varsity I Coaches

Bill Slater

Varsity I Head Coach


Coach Bill Slater has elite hockey credentials and long time ties to the Washington, DC, high school ice hockey community and Gonzaga.  He grew up playing ice hockey in New England and has coached youth hockey teams for more than  20 years, including five years at Georgetown Prep, as well as various levels in the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association and Team Maryland.  His teams have won the CBHL Maryland State Championship and three separate teams have reached the USA Hockey National Championship tournament.

Coach Slater has a firsthand understanding of the Gonzaga Hockey Community and the winning ways of Gonzaga hockey.  Coach Slater,  his wife Lisa and his sons Jack ('13) and Ridge ('15) are respected members of the Gonzaga High School Family. His sons together have won four MAPHL championships and two Purple Puck Championships. 


Reed Deckard ('04)

Varsity I Assistant Coach


A 2004 graduate of Gonzaga College High School, Coach Deckard played four years of hockey for the Eagles. He was the assistant captain for the 2003-04 team. Deckard also played four years of club hockey at Denison University (Ohio), captaining the squad in his senior season and earning a degree in Spanish.

Coach Deckard is in his seventh season as Assistant Coach for the Varsity I team. Prior to joining the Varsity I coaching staff, Deckard was an Assistant Coach to the Varsity 2 team. 

Bill Harris

Varsity I Assistant Coach


Coach Harris moved to the area after receiving an assignment to Andrews Air Force Base.  He played for Weymouth High School ('08) (South of Boston), captaining the team his senior year.  At Weymouth, he earned Bay State League Honors and Most Valuable Forward awards.  The Weymouth Wildcat Weight Room inducted Coach Harris into its Hall of Fame in 2008.  Coach Harris went on to play at Stonehill College ('12), earning Rookie of the Year, and numerous NE-10 honors.  Following his college career, Coach Harris won four Has-Been Hockey League Championships.  Coach Harris majored in Healthcare Administration and minored in Public Administration prior to receiving his commission in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps.

Ford Lands ('10)

Varsity I and II Assistant Coach


Coach Lands was born and raised in the Washington DC area and began playing hockey when he was 5 years old. A 2010 graduate of Gonzaga College High School, Lands played four years of hockey for the Eagles and was Captain of Gonzaga's WCAC Championship team his senior year. Lands also played for the Washington Jr. Capitals. He graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire with a degree in biology. Lands began coaching at Gonzaga in 2014.