A life-long native Lancastrian, Wil Younger has been involved in hockey for almost 40 years as a player and coach. He started playing hockey at the age of 7, and played on the Can/Am Deck Circuit from the age of 10 through 22. Wil got a later start with Ice Hockey playing in leagues for many years in the area including Lancaster, Hershey, and York, the District Sanction Mens Tier I travel league, along with many Tournaments locally, regionally and internationally, and still plays today.
Younger took on his first coaching job at the age of 21, guiding a group of inner-city players for 3 seasons; a winless inaugural season culminating in a Championship third season.
In 2010, Wil along with good friends Ray Ferry and Josh McCoy, started the Regency Panthers Youth Ice Hockey Club (Now the Central Penn Panthers Youth Ice Hockey Club). The three felt that the USA Hockey model (ADM – Athletic Development Model) was the right model to develop their program under. The initial group of Panthers consisted of 5 teams (one 6u team, two 8u teams, and two 10u teams). Since that first season Coach Younger has served as VP/GM of the program.
In 2013 Coach Younger guided the Pee Wee A team to a 20-7-1 record and a play-off birth; both firsts in the club’s young history. In 2015 Younger Head Coached the Bantam A team to a Tournament win, and Tournament Runner-up and the clubs second Play-off appearance in its brief history.
In 2014 Wil official joined the Administration of the Juniors, accepting the post as the GM of the JR Panthers.
Coach Younger is a level 4 Coach and has been certified in all Age-Specific modules through 18u. He is the only coach in the Central Penn (youth) history to guide teams to the DVHL Play-offs; successfully doing so with teams at 12u, 14u, and 16u; winning both the 16u regular- and post-season Championships in 2016-17.