Ron started playing ice hockey at the age of 5 for the Dallas Junior Hockey Association in 1972. From 1974-1984 he played travel hockey for DJHA. In 1983 he was invited to attend USA Hockey Select camp in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1984-1985 Ron played varsity hockey at Trinity-Pawling prep school in Pawling, New York. For the 1985-1986 season, he moved on to the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Dubuque Fighting Saints. In 1986-1987 he played for the Des Moines Buccaneers, where he was selected to play in the USHL All-Star game. From 1987 to 1991 Ron attended the University of Wisconsin – Superior, where he was voted the team’s most dedicated player each season, was selected to all conference teams, was a team captain as a senior, and was inducted into the University of Wisconsin – Superior Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1991 he played professionally for the Knoxville Cherokees of the East Coast Hockey League, before injury shortened his season. From 1992 to 1995 he played competitive and professional inline hockey.
Ron is a level 4 USA Hockey coach and has completed the Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget age specific modules. Ron has attended the USA Hockey Level 5 Coaching Symposium held in 2009 in St. Paul, MN, 2012 held in Washington, DC, and 2014 held in Las Vegas, NV. He has coached all levels of hockey from Mites to Midget and high school, from house to travel. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Prince William Hockey Club 2009-2011, leading the program through a season when the club’s home rink collapsed. Ron has been the Executive Director of the Piedmont Hockey Club from its inception in 2011. Under his direction, the club has grown to 14 travel teams in by 2013.
Hockey Advisor and Coach
Coach Borner played his youth hockey in Geneva, Switzerland before moving to Virginia in 1987. He began coaching in Prince William Hockey Club’s inaugural season, 1996. He has coached teams of all ages and skill levels from Mites to Juniors, from House to Tier I. From 2002 to 2004 Coach Borner served as the head coach of the Prince William Wildcats women’s team, leading them to a 2003 Play-off Championship title and a 2004 League Champion title in the ECWHL. Coach Borner coached the Virginia Statesmen Junior hockey team for four years where he took the Premier Team to the final of the 2005–2006 Junior National Championship in Philadelphia PA. In 2006 he was selected by the Continental Hockey Association (CHA) to head coach at the “USA Hockey Junior All Stars Festival” in Blaine, Minnesota. In 2007 he was voted by USA Hockey to be the recipient of the “Dave Tyler Coach of the Year Award”. In 2007 the Virginia Statesmen organization merged with the Washington Little Capitals and Coach Borner took over the U-16 Little Capitals Team for two seasons. During his time with the Washington Little Capitals U-16 Team, coach Borner moved many players to Junior A and Junior B level. He was instrumental in moving the team from the American Division to the National Division. In 2008 the U-16 Little Capitals National Team qualified for the Southeast Districts Tournament in Huntsville Alabama. For the 2009-2010 season Coach Borner served as the head coach with the Washington Junior Capitals in the MET League. Coach Borner has also served from 2002 to 2009 as the head coach of Hylton High School Varsity Team in Northern Virginia Scholastic League. He helped mentor many students to NCAA and ACHA schools. Coach Borner is a Master Level 5 coach, USA Hockey's highest rating.
Chris has been a part of the Northern Virginia hockey community for a long time, growing up playing hockey for the Bowie Bruins in the 1970’s. Chris served as a Washington Capital’s Off-Ice Official 1998-2006, only resigning his position in 2006 to focus more time and energy on family interests, especially those of his 2 son’s involvement in youth hockey. 2003 birth year son Aidan played for Piedmont 2011-2014 seasons before moving on to Tier I hockey with the Richmond Generals and Team Maryland. 2000 birth year son Mac spent seasons with the Richmond Generals and York Skipjacks. Mac will be attending Avon Old Farms prep school next season and was just chosen in the USHL draft in May 2016. Chris has served as scheduler for the Piedmont Hockey Club since 2011.