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Little Flyers Coach Bios 2014-15

Dave Dorman Squirt Minor 2006


Coach Dorman grew up in the Greater Philadelphia area and played his youth hockey for both the Valley Forge Minutemen and the now defunct Flyers Alumni at the Tier I level. It was during this time his passion for the game grew and he decided to leave the area and continued his education and career playing at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. While at Berkshire School, Dave showed his athletic talents went beyond hockey by starring as a three sport Varsity athlete in soccer and baseball as well. He received All League accolades in baseball before arriving at Berkshire and All New England honors in soccer while at prep school.

After Berkshire, Dave decided to take a post-graduate year at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in Kingston, PA where he captained the hockey team and was the named the team's most valuable player.
Coach Dorman continued his hockey career with a year of Junior A on the East Coast before he finished his playing days with NCAA Division III Neumann College of the ECAC West.

A USA Hockey Advanced (Level 4) Certified Coach, Dave began his coaching career leading the Tier II West Chester Quakers to an Atlantic District Championship. In his second year of coaching the Quakers, he led his team to another Atlantic District Championship and a Bronze Medal at the USA Hockey National Tournament. The following season, Coach Dorman took over a young Jr. Flyer Junior Program. In his first season, he led the team to a 31-11 record which was good for 3rd place in the MJHL. In his second season he coached the team to a 33-5-0-5 record which led to Dorman's second appearance at a USA Hockey National Tournament in just four years of his young career.

Dorman's passion for the game is credited to the many great coaches he has played under throughout his career and it is this passion and pride he wishes to pass along to his players. Dorman's coaching philosophy rests on his belief that character development through sports is the greatest opportunity an athlete can have.

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Dave Dorman

Phone: 484-574-6666

Tom Bunting - Squirt Major 2005

Tom is entering his third season with the Little Flyers. He previously coached the Hollydell Hurricanes at the Atom/Mite levels and is the Head Coach of the Gloucester Catholic JV team along with assisting on the Varsity and Middle School teams.

  2013-14 season he led the Little Flyers Squirt Minor 2004 team to a 49-12-10 overall record 15-1-5 in league play and captured the   AYHL South Division title along with a #16 ranking in the country.
2014-15 season the Little Flyers Squirt Minor 2005 team finished 65-3-2 overall and 25-1-1 in league play and won the AYHL Regular Season and Playoff Championship.Finished the season ranked #1 in the US.

Tom Bunting

Phone: 856-503-9082

Bryan O'Toole - Peewee Minor '04

Bryan O’Toole
Cell: 484-955-8796

Coaching Summary

Dedicated Hockey Coach with experience coaching at the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget, Elementary and High school levels from A-AAA. Adept at counseling younger players on sportsmanship, developing a winning attitude and assisting players to get in shape before a season and during.


Core Qualifications

·         Coached multiple championship teams in multiple sports (Football, Baseball Hockey)

·         Experienced in coaching young players (6-18)

·         Exceptional communication and presentation skills

·         Dedicated to creating a strong atmosphere of sportsmanship among players

·         Excellent at developing strong bonds among teammates


2010 to 2014 Coach of both Valley Forge Minutemen (AAA) & Valley Forge Colonials (Both teams each year)

·         Assistant Coach Minutemen 16U Midget National and 18U Midget

·         Head Coach Valley Forge Colonials Squirt level

·         Co-Squirt level coordinator for all squirt teams helping develop player skills

2006 to 2010 Coach of Hershey Jr Bears (AAA)

·         Assistant coach on Pee Wee Major, Bantam Minor and Bantam Major

·         3 Trips to AYHL Playoffs and 2 trips to Districts

·         1 Trip to Nationals

2006 to 2012 Started Daniel Boone High School Hockey Program

·         Varsity Head Coach

·         Elementary team Assistant Coach

1997 to 2005 coached multiple levels at Reading Jr. Royals

2005 Assistant Coach of Lancaster Firebirds 16U AA


Coaching Staff Philosophy

We will push our players to their maximum every day in practice and in games. We will maximize skill development in a high tempo competitive atmosphere. Age appropriate training and proven coaching methodologies. Emphasis on TEAM work, tight active defensive systems, creative offensive systems, attitude, work ethic, commitment, respect!  Our expectations to win will be very high but at the same time we expect all players to "Honor the Game", and respect their coaches, teammates, themselves and their opponents.


Russ Welsh - Peewee Major '03







Russell W. Welsh
609-313-1334 (Cell)


Head Coach of Bantam A Hollydell Hurricanes Ice Hockey- 2012-2013

Responsible for developing teenagers on and off the ice, making sure they perform not only on the ice, but also in the classroom by checking their grades quarterly. 

  • 3 championships on the season
  • Clinched playoffs 4 weeks before the season ended
  • Record of 19-3-1 during league play

Assistant Coach of Gloucester Catholic Varsity Ice Hockey- 2011-2012

Responsible for assisting the Head Coach in decision making and running the organization

  • Quick decision making during the games and practices to better the players
  • Ran many practice when head coach was unable to attend
  • Assisted in taking the team to the semifinals in the state playoffs


Head Coach of Bantam AA Hollydell Hurricanes Ice Hockey- 2013-2014

Responsible for developing teenagers on and off the ice, making sure they perform not only on the ice, but also in the classroom by checking their grades quarterly. 

  • 4 championships on the season
  • League Season Record of 19-1-1 during league play
  • Overall Record in League and Non-League play 60-9-3
  • NJYHL Champions
  • Atlantic District Champions
  • Finished 4th at Nationals in 2013-2014

Head Coach Peewee AA Hollydell Hurricanes Ice Hockey 2014-2015

Responsible for player development for 10-12 year old boys.

  • Design practices that will allow for transitional development on and off the ice 3 times a week.
  • Work weekly with individual private lessons and off ice training
  • Current League record of 9-6 in NJYHL and 10-5 in EJEPL

Head Coach Washington TWP Middle School A 2014-2015

Working with 5th to 8th grade on hockey development and team play

  • Designing practice plans to fit different types of players and ages
  • Working closely with personal development on and off the ice
  • Keeping a fun atmosphere for a relaxed hockey league allowing them to enjoy some non stressful hockey, while working hard





  • Level 4 Coaching Certified- USA Hockey






Dan Sambuco - Bantam Minor 2002

Dan comes to the Little Flyers staff for his Fifth season. Dan has played for the Philadelphia Dynamos, Junior Islanders, Long Island Saints and the Pueblo Flames Jr A. Dan has coached for the Haverford Hawks for the past three seasons. Dan starting coaching in 1996 with Cardnial O'Hare, in 1997 to 1999 Dan coached with the Haverford Hawks mites and peewee teams, in 2000 to 2004 he coached for Springfield High School. Dan's coaching philosophy is one of hard work, leadership, teamwork and respect for others will also be reinforced on and off the ice. Dan holds USA Hockey Level 3 coaching certification.

Dan Sambuco

Phone: 484-571-6313

Jeff Borman - Midget 16 National NAPHL and AYHL '99-'00

 Head Coach & Defense (M: 609-613-2847;

Jeff joins the Little Flyers for his 4th season.  Jeff's philosophy focuses on preparation, discipline, teamwork, and commitment being the cornerstone to success. Jeff has coached at the Delaware Ducks from 2003 to 2011, his teams have been at the top of their league and have made numerous appearances at the USA Hockey National Tournaments. Jeff coached with Little Flyers during the past 3 seasons.  Jeff played his collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (NCAA) where he won the National Championship                                      in 1989.

Rejean Boivin - Coach Midget 16 National NAPHL and AYHL '99-'00

Coach, Forwards and Skills (M: 215-287-8720;

Réjean (Reggie) was a four-year varsity letterman at Division 1 Colgate University, where he was a finalist for the 1988 Hobey Baker Award, an All-American and a two-year team captain.  Reggie is member of the Colgate Hall of Fame. Reggie played professional hockey in the Finnish Elite League for Pori Assat. Reggie has been coaching for 8 years with Flyers Youth, Selects Hockey, and Little Flyers.

Anthony Starzi - Midget 16 American AYHL '00-'01

Steve Washkalavitch - Associate Coach Midget 16 American AYHL '00-'01

Steve Washkalavitch – Midget 16 American ‘00

Associate Head Coach

Phone:  215-873-1902


Steve will rejoin the Little Flyers coaching staff for the 2015/2016 season.  Previously, Steve spent 3 seasons as PLF Junior A Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations.  Washkalavitch played NCAA Div. III hockey at Neumann University and graduated in 2003.  A 2015 MBA Graduate of Drexel University, Steve currently holds his USA Hockey Master-Level 5 coaching certification completed in 2009 in St. Paul, MN. 

  • 2013-2015               Delco Phantoms Tier II Bantam AA (DVHL)                                          ASSOCIATE HC
    • 2015 USA Hockey Tier II National Championships Participant
    • Ranked 24th of 1064 Bantam Major Teams in the U.S.
    • 2015 Atlantic District Champions
    • 2015 Playoff Champions
    • 2015 Regular Season Champions (21-2-1, overall 63-5-2)
    • 2014 Silverstick Mid Atlantic Regional Champions
  • 2010-2013               Philadelphia Little Flyers Junior A (AJHL)                                                HEAD COACH
    • 2011 Semi Finalists
    • 30+ NCAA College Commitments & Tier II Junior Placements
  • 2005-2008               Neumann University (NCAA Div III, ECAC West)                               ASST. COACH
    • ECAC West Semifinalist 2008
    • 3 All-Americans
    • 10+ Pro Contracts (AHL, KHL, ECHL, IHL, SPHL)
    • 99% Academic Achievement
  • 2004-2005               Valley Forge Minutemen Tier I Midget Minor 16U AAA                HEAD COACH
  • 2003-2004               Haverford School Junior Varsity                                                               ASST. COACH
  • 1999-2003               Neumann University, NCAA Div III                                                         STUDENT ATHLETE
  • 1997-1998               Garnet Valley High School Varsity                                                           VOLUNTEER COACH

John Giacobbo Jr. - Midget 18 NAPHL and Asst Coach MET Team

John Giacobbo Jr. is a former Little Flyer player who started with the organization at the squirt age level and finished as part of the Junior Hockey Program.  As part of the Junior Program he was the first ever AJHL MVP and Scoring Champion. After the Little Flyers he went on to play at Neumann University where he was part of the 2009 ECAC West and NCAA National Championship Team. After college he joined the program that provided him an opportunity to play college hockey and became the Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Junior Hockey operations for the past 4 seasons. He has lead the team to the playoffs 3 of the 4 years and one final four appearance. In that time he has sent over 15 young gentlemen to college to achieve their dream of playing NCAA College hockey.

John is joining our Midget program to help develop players to be able to play for Coach Russo and Coach Barratt in our Program.  John is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certification.

He plans on running this team just the way he did at the junior level and expects players to be dedicated not only during the season, but in the summer on the ice as well as working out with Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Capone who is the Men’s Ice Hockey trainer at Neumann University.

John Giacobbo

Rocky Russo EHL Head Coach/ Director of Hockey Ops- GM 18/16U

Rocky is entering his Third Season as the Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations for the Little Flyers Jr.A Team. Prior to joining the Little Flyers Rocky spent 3 years as the Assistant Coach/Assistant Director of Hockey Operations for the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League. Rocky was responsible for video breakdown, scouting and recruiting, practice preparation and execution and other day to day responsibilities. During games he was responsible for the defensemen and the penalty kill. During Rocky’s time with the Bulls the program amassed a record of 153-41-20, Winning 2 South Division Regular season titles, 3 division playoff titles and earned 3 consecutive trips to the Robertson Cup National Tournament. The Bulls also won back to back President’s cup championships as NAHL regular season championships, finishing with a 46-7-7 record in back to back season’s and setting the NAHL regular season record with 99 points. The Bulls Culminated the 3 year run by winning the 2013 Tier-II Jr.A National championship. During his time in Amarillo a total of 33 players committed to NCAA schools, including 23 at the NCAA Division I level. Rocky also coached former Little Flyers John Rey (Robert Morris University) and Michael Davis during his time in Amarillo, with Rey winning the 2012 NAHL Defensemen of the year award. The Bulls were named the 2012 NAHL organization of the year and also boasted 3 consecutive NAHL Humanitarian of the year award winners (Karl Beckman- Holy Cross, Brooks Behling- Providence College, and Ryan Cole- Trinity College). 2 of his former Amarillo Bulls Players (Beckman and Joe Kozlak-Army) were named to the 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey all-rookie team.
 Prior to joining the Bulls, Russo was the assistant coach/director of scouting for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL. During his time in St. Louis, the Bandits won the South Division Playoff championship and advanced to the Robertson Cup National Tournament.
Before heading to St. Louis, Russo was the assistant coach/video coordinator for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in his hometown of Youngstown, OH. While in Youngstown the Phantoms qualified for 4 consecutive Robertson Cups, including appearances in the National Championship game in 2007 and 2008. He also served as the Head Coach/General Manager of the Youngstown State University Men’s hockey team. During his time with the Penguins the team won the 2006 CHA league championship. In 2007 Russo guided the team to a 18-14-4 record and entered the national rankings for the first time in the program’s history. The Penguins reached as high as #16 in the country that season, still the highest ranking the YSU men’s hockey program has achieved.
In total Rocky has coached and recruited 83 NCAA student athletes, including 63 at the NCAA Division I level. Rocky also Coach Brandon Saad, former Mahoning Valley Phantom, that went on to be the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Brandon was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, and a finalist for the Calder Cup trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.
Rocky played his college hockey at Kent State University, where he graduated from in 2005 with a degree in Business Management. The Golden Flashes played in 3 National Tournaments during his time with the University.  Rocky is excited to join the Little Flyer program and looks forward to calling Philadelphia his home.


Rocky Russo

Phone: 267-788-3492

Glenn Tendler - Goaltending

Glenn is our Goaltending Coach. Glenn's Professional Experience includes being practice goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1977-1981. Glenn was a member of the Philadelphia Firebirds Hockey Club from 1978-1979. He is the Head Instructor at  the Tretiak Goaltending School in Toronto. Glenn is in his seventh year with the Little Flyers.

Matt Tendler

Matt is entering his sixth year with the Little Flyers Coaching Staff.  Matt is a product of the Little Flyers Junior Program, having lead the 2007-08 Junior A team to the AJHL League Finals. Matt is a member of the Neumann University 2008-09 NCAA Division III National Championship Team.


Jeff Barratt - Metropolitan Junior Hockey League

Jeff is entering his Fifth season for the Little Flyers MET Team. Jeff is a Montreal native who played his junior hockey for the Laval Voisins. Jeff had an eight year professional career in Europe. For twenty years Jeff was a coach and director of the Mercer Cheifs. Presently Jeff is a special advisor and scout for the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders and has been for the past seventeen years.


Jeff Barratt

Phone: 609-647-0007