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Little Flyers Coach Bios 2014-15

Brian Rhoads Mite Major '06

Coach Brian Rhoads has been involved in Hockey for near 30 years. His love for 
the sport started as a player at a very young age. Brian’s current involvement 
within the game of hockey has posted him as head Coach for the last three 
seasons at the Delco  Phantoms Mite A program. He continues to give back to the 
game that has given him so much over the years. His intention is to grow their 
hockey knowledge and abilities along with their love for the game. He exercises 
patience and professionalism as recognized by his players , parents, associate 
                                            coaches and management. 

                                             Brian is excited to begin his first season with the                                                                                                     His primary focus is on player 

                                             development. Brian's philosophy is for the kids
                                              to learn the fundamentals of hockey while having
                                              fun. Brian is currently certified as a USA Hockey
                                             Level 3 Coach.

484-645-6277
Brhoads104@aol.com

Tom Bunting - Squirt Minor '04-'05

Tom comes to Little Flyers staff for his second season.Prior to coaching the Little Flyers he was with the Hollydell Hurricanes for 3 seasons.He has also been the Assistant coach for the Gloucester Catholic High School Varsity team since 2010.

Led the Little Flyers Squirt Minor team to a 49-12-10 record in 2013-14.Captured the AYHL South Division Title and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.

Tom currently holds a USA Hockey Level 3 Coaching Certification.

Tom Bunting

Phone: 856-503-9082


Dave Dorman - Squirt Major '04

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.

Dave Dorman

Phone: 484-574-6666

Dan Sambuco - Peewee Major '02-'03

Dan comes to the Little Flyers staff for his Fourth 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


Dave Dorman - Bantam Major '00-'01

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.

Dave Dorman

Phone: 484-574-6666


Jeff Borman - Midget 16 American '99

Jeff joins the Little Flyers for his Third season. Jeff is a USA Hockey Level 4 coach. Jeff's
philosophy focuses on prepartion, 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 played his collegiate hockey at College of Saint Scholastica (NCAA) and University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (NCAA). Jeff won a NCAA National Championship in 1989.

Jeff Borman

Phone: 609-613-2847


Rejean Boivin - Assistant Coach Midget 16 American '99

Rejean (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 coached at the Flyers Youth this past year his Peewee team won the NJYHL championship.


David Gooch Midget 16 National

David played for many local teams growing up including the Valley Forge Minutemen, Little Flyers, Junior Flyers and the North Jersey Avalanche. After graduating from Clearview High School, David went on to play three years in Canada for the Borderland Thunder and the Fort William North Stars of the SIJHL. During the 05-06 season David committed to Neumann College where he helped his team win their first NCAA Championship in 2009. He served as captain of Neumann during his senior year, after his senior year he followed his professional dreams and signed with the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL. David is a level 3 certified USA hockey coach; in 2010-2011 he served as an assistant coach to Dave Dorman’s Midget National team. From 2011-2014 he coached for the Jaguars out of Mt. Laurel, NJ and served as assistant coach of St. Augustine Prep.

David Gooch

Phone: 856-472-0510

Matt Tendler - Assistant Coach Midget 16 National '98-'99

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.
Matt also played for the Brookville Braves of the CHL and also played for the Hersey Bears of the AHL. Matt has been a coach at the Vladislav Tretiak goalie school. Matt is level 4 certified USA Hockey coach.


John Giacobbo Jr. - Midget 18 '97-'98

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 3 seasons. He has lead the team to the playoffs 2 of the 3 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


Rocco Russo Midget 18 GM

~~Rocky is entering his Second 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

Jim Walsh Assistant Coach Midget 18 '97-'98

Jim is back for his second season with the Little Flyers. Jim has coached at various levels. He is a Coach for the Atlantic District Player Developmental Program where he assists in scouting and picking the District and Festival teams. Jim has coached for Haverford High and West Chester Henderson High School. Jim is a level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach.


Rocky Russo EHL Head Coach/ Director of Hockey Operations

Rocky is entering his Second 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 Fourth season the Little Flyers MET Team for his first season as Head Coach. 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 fifteen years.

 

Jeff Barratt

Phone: 609-647-0007