The Granite State Games’ Team
The Granite State Games team has exceptional depth of experience in coaching, curriculum development, entrepreneurship, business development, marketing and special events. Our diversity allows us to think outside the box … our attention to detail allows us to fulfill our mission: promote personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship to New Hampshire citizens of all ages and abilities.
We go the extra mile with one goal in mind – helping NH’s student athletes achieve their full potential both on the field and off.
Patrick Mulcahy, Chief Executive Director
Born in New York and former Empire State Games participant, Patrick was a full scholarship soccer player at the University of Rhode Island graduating in 4 years with a degree in Communications and English, then moved on to take his game to the professional ranks. As current President and CEO of In The Net Sports Academy and Futsal New York, Patrick brings the rare combination of experience to the Granite State Games on what it takes to be successful both on the field and off.
Patrick currently resides in Merrimack, NH.
Tom Labonville, President
Born in New Hampshire, Tom exemplifies a true entrepreneur as he currently owns and runs 2 successful businesses, both involving youth athletics. A former stand-out soccer player and graduate at Saint Anselm College, Tom brings an un-parallel amount of experience to the Granite State Games both on the field and off.
Tom currently resides in Windham, NH with his wife and 2 kids.
Heather Petro, Fundraising
Heather is the Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development for Family Services of the Merrimack Valley. Heather has extensive experience working with website development and maintenance, donors, fundraising, grant writing, and special events with a keen interest in using social media to raise money.
Heather is a life-long runner, certified yoga teacher and loves encouraging a healthy mind-body connection. She resides in Windham NH with her husband and three children.
Rich Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator
Rich brings over 20 years of experience working with non profits and giving back to the community. Former stand-out multi-sport athlete, Rich has a passion for helping young adults achieve their full potential both on the field and in the classroom.Former President of the Habitat for Humanity (Greater Manchester Chapter) where he built five homes over a 10 year period and provided affordable housing for well over seven New Hampshire families in need as well as raising over $700,000 in property acquisition and construction projects.
Current Board Member and Fundraising Chair for the Greater Manchester Black Scholarship Foundation; Former Queen City Rotary Board Member (NH); Co Founder Tomorrows Youth Today.
Rich currently lives in Manchester with his wife.
Amy Dichard, Business
Amy is a former southern NH softball standout that is now currently heavily involved with the local youth sports community – in particular soccer, basketball and softball.
Amy resides in Merrimack, NH with her 3 daughters.
Michelle Demirjian, Treasurer
Born and raised in Illinois, Michelle has extensive business experience in the finance and property management fields. She is the co-owner of Innovision Realty Group, a Property Management Company in Manchester as well as the Chief Financial Advisor of New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors. She has been active with the Auburn Baseball and Softball League as both a member of their Board of Directors and Director of Softball Development. Over the past eight years, she has coached several youth softball and basketball teams.
Michelle lives in Auburn, NH with her husband, Jerry and daughter, Allison.
Wendy Sage-Matsis, Marketing
A native of Illinois, Wendy has been involved in sports as a player and now as a parent, volunteer, coach and fan. As a marketing and fundraising director, she has over 13 years of experience in leading campaigns and events for both for-profit and non-profit businesses.
She currently resides in Milford, NH with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 step-daughters.
Kerry Finnigan, Secretary
Kerry is a graduate of UNH and is an avid sports fan. Coach Finnigan is the former assistant softball coach at St. Anselm College and current NHTI head softball coach. He has an extensive background working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including his full time position working as a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center. With over 20 years of softball and basketball coaching experience at all grade levels, Kerry adds to the tradition of excellence that GSG stands for.
Rob Grabill, Soccer
Rob Grabill has been involved in soccer coaching in New Hampshire for 40 years. He began a four-year stint at The Derryfield School in 1975, and then moved up the street to New Hampshire College (now known as Southern NH University) as Head Coach of Soccer and Hockey for nine years. He built a program that earned the Penmen their first two NCAA tournament bids. Moving to the Upper Valley In 1989, he began a 13-year association with Dartmouth College as an assistant coach, also joining the Lightning Soccer Club as a staff coach. Most recently, Rob has been Head Coach of boys’ soccer at Hanover High School for the last 10 years, and in that time has won 6 NHIAA Championships and 8 NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards. Rob works as a minister for the UCC at Dartmouth College.
Rob resides in Hanover, NH with his beautiful wife Debra for 36 years and has two adult children.
Justin Gorham, Basketball
Justin Gorham was born in Riverside, California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Sociology, and an MA in Education from Chapman University. After his playing career in college, he played professionally in the NBA Pro-Am League for 5 years, as well as several tryouts as a free agent in the NBA Summer Pro League. Justin’s coaching career began as an assistant for the women’s team at Riverside Community College. The following year, Justin became the boys junior varsity coach at his alma mater, Riverside Ramona High School. After a one year stint, he became the co-head coach for the varsity team which reached the playoffs in each of his eight years with the program. After relocating to New Hampshire in 2013, Justin became the assistant coach to Paul Hogan at New Hampshire Technical Institute. During that one year, NHTI won the National Championship. It is still the only national championship in New Hampshire. Following his year at NHTI, Justin became the head boy’s coach at Goffstown High School. In his second season, Goffstown led all of New England in scoring with 85 points per game. They scored over 100 points 4 times, and went to the playoffs all four years. Currently, Justin is the head boy’s coach at Manchester West High School.
Justin has been married to his wife Karen for 22 years. They have two children: Jack, a senior music/pre-med major at UNH, and Kathleen, an actress/model/student in Los Angeles, California.
Kay Mulcahy, Tennis
Kay has been involved in participating, coaching and organizing sports in NH for over 30 years. She played high school sports at Nashua High School, was the student coach for Providence College’s swim team from 1990-1993. She then began coaching JV soccer and varsity tennis at Bishop Guertin. She coached the Bishop Guertin tennis team for ten years, the last four years, the team was division 1 state champs and undefeated. She also coached soccer and basketball at Londonderry Middle School, the Nashua Prospectors Swim Team and many local recreation teams in the Manchester area.
Kay resides in Manchester NH with her husband Mark and children, Jack, Mary, Brendan and Katie.
Ryne Varney, Golf
Ryne is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club. He began playing golf at the age of 13, leading to a career that has seen him compete on his championship high school team, serve as team captain for Syracuse University, and contend in tournaments conducted by the Professional Golfers Association. Ryne trains athletes of all ages and ability levels, including those who have found success at the NCAA level. After coaching the Lakes Region team in the 2016 Granite State Games, he is excited to be taking over the position of Director of Golf.
Ryne currently resides in Franklin, NH with his wife Kit.
Melissa Miner, Volleyball
Melissa has been coaching volleyball since 1999. She has coached a variety of age groups and ability levels: High School-JV (Hollis/Brookline 5yrs), High School-Varsity (Hillsboro/Deering 7yrs, Belmont 3yrs), USA Volleyball junior olympic girls club (15yrs)(ages: 14, 15, 16) Unified Volleyball (Pembroke Academy-3 years). She is also a Gold Medal Squared certified coach.
Melissa currently resides in Epsom, NH.
Catrina Lougee, Track and Field
Catrina Lougee brings a ton of experience and knowledge to our team working with kids in both the classroom and on the track. Currently a Paraeducator II at Nottingham West Elementary School and Head Girls Track and Field, and Cross Country Coach at Nashua South High School. Catrina has a B.A. in Kinesiology, minor in Psychology and Wellness; and is a USATF Level 1 Track and Field Coach.
Catrina currently resides in Hooksett, NH.
Melissa Grant, Field Hockey
Melissa Grant, a New Hampshire native, is a former assistant coach at Division 2 – Southern New Hampshire University. She is going into her 5th year as the Goalkeeping Director at Seacoast United Field Hockey Club for the U10-U19 age levels and is an assistant coach on the U19 Recruiting Showcase Teams for Seacoast United which has traveled to the National Field Hockey Festival, ESPN Wide World of Sports: Disney Field Hockey Showcase, and the Shooting Stars tournament in Virginia. In the spring, she also is a member of the coaching staff for the Regional Club Championship U14-U19 teams that Seacoast United competes. Melissa is no stranger to New Hampshire field hockey as she graduated first team all state from Winnacunnet High School in 2010. From here she was selected to the Twin State Field Hockey games representing the state of New Hampshire in net. Melissa participated in the 2010 field hockey season as a starter for Divison 3 – Manhattanville College. She appeared and started in 18 games for the Valiants and posted a 2.53 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and a 7-10-0 record with one shutout. She was named Freedom Conference Goalie of the Week and Manhattanville Athlete of the Week twice. From this, Melissa was Nationally ranked 37th in the country (Division III) for saves per game. Melissa has committed her educational career to furthering her athletic administration and advanced coaching skills. She graduated in December of 2014 from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology concentrating in Sport Studies. She currently works full time as an Athletic Recruiting Coordinator for Next College Student Athlete.
Melissa lives in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Fred Ellis, Girls and Boys Lacrosse
Fred Ellis, originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts and then transplanted to Southeastern NH. Fred is a US Lacrosse Certified Boys’ Coach and the Boys’ Coordinator on the Executive Board of Hampton Lacrosse. He is a CEP Level 3 USA Hockey coach and Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 177. Fred is a Global Category Sourcing Manager for a large International life sciences consulting firm in Billerica, MA.
He lives by North Beach in Hampton, NH with his wife Ali, son Jack and rescue lab-mix Georgia.
David Hedge, Softball
Coach Hedge is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Windham High School softball team, where he has led the team to four second-round appearances in the Division II NHIAA tournament. Prior to Windham, he was the head coach of the Manchester Memorial Varsity Softball team and led the team to its only Class L State final, and led the Crusaders to six consecutive NHIAA playoff appearances; including 2004 Final Four and 2006 State Finals. Coach Hedge was also named the 2006 Union Leader “Softball Coach of the Year”.
Coach Hedge founded the Junior Olympic Manchester Mystics in 2004 and renamed the program to the NH Mystics in 2010, which includes players from throughout Southern NH, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Steve Holland, Baseball
Steve Holland is the Managing Director and Owner of The Summit Athletic Center in Marlborough, NH. The Summit Athletic Center opened in January 2015 and is home to the Granite State’s only Parisi Speed School. Steve grew up in Lansing, Michigan where he was a three-sport standout, leading his High School to its first Baseball State Championship ever and setting a single season record with 125 strikeouts as a pitcher, a record that still stands over 30 years later. Steve was also a four-year baseball letter winner and standout at Princeton University and played football during his Freshman year. He was on the University’s first Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League conference champion in 32 years and twice received the Edward J. Donovan Baseball Award given annually to the team’s top pitcher statistically in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts.
Steve is heavily involved in the Cal Ripken League and with the Junior Swamp Bats, their local program that competes in the New England Elite Baseball League. The highlight of his involvement with youth baseball was working with the pitchers and his son on their way to winning the 2014 Cal Ripken 11U NH State Championship.
Tom Raffio, CEO – Northeast Delta Dental
Jason Novak, CEO – Nashua Sports Academy