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Little Flyers Coach Bios 2014-15


Tom Bunting - Peewee 2005

Tom is entering his Fourth 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.
 
2015-16 season the Little Flyers Squirt Major 2005 team finished 68-2-1 overall and 26-0-1 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


Jeff Crain and Mike Perner - Peewee Minor '04

 

Jeff Crain is a level 4 coach who is entering his second season with the Little Flyers. Jeff started playing organized ice hockey at a young age. He played youth hockey straight up through high school where he played for the Saint James Bulldogs. Afterward he continued his playing in the Delaware Amateur Men’s League out of the University of Delaware. In 2012-13 his team, the Springfield Elementary School Cougars, won the League DSHL Championship. During his tenure with Springfield, his teams have amassed a 43-8-3 record. While with the Delco Phantoms (2013-15), he helped coach the Phantoms to back-to-back DVHL regular season championships as well as back-to-back DVHL playoff championships along with winning 7 tournament championships. Jeff’s belief is, as a coach, his job is to teach the players the purpose of why they should be working hard during practice. At the same time, instill in the players the mantra “…the way you work in practice, is the way you will play during games.” Finally, Jeff wants to integrate the types of systems that compliment his player’s strengths while at the same time place a strong emphasis on skating and defense from all positional players.

Michael Perner is entering his second season with the Little Flyers.
Mike played his youth hockey in Chicago at the AAA level.  During
this time he played on 3 AAA Illinois State Championship teams and 2 AAA National Championship teams. He then went on to play Jr. A for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and later went on to play Division 1 collegiate hockey at Brown University. Michael has been coaching for 5 years and was the Head Coach for the Delco Phantoms Squirt AA team that won the DVHL league championship in 2014-15 and was the Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia Little Flyers Pee Wee Minor team in 2015-16.   Michael is a Level 3 USA Hockey Coach.  

 


Jeff Crain

Mike Perner

Tom Sullivan Bantam Minor '03

Tom Sullivan joins the Little Flyers this season. Tom was has coached with the Delco Phantoms the past 5 seasons during that time Tom's teams have won 2 League Championships and 1 District Championship. Tom played four years at Holy Cross was an Academic All American and was inducted into Holy Cross's Hall of Fame in 2012. Tom has been an instructor for Laura Stamm power skating and Paul Vincent Skating Elite Camp.                                

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Sullivan

Mark Catron - Bantam Major 2002

This will be Mark's second season with the Little Flyers. While in Indianapolis, Mark worked for seven years in the USHL with the Indiana Ice both on and off the ice. As a Skills Coach, he worked with several NHL, Minor League, and Division I college players. Mark was also the U-18AAA coach for four years and coached the National Runner-up teams at both Peewee and Bantam.

He was named Head Coach of the Seguin Bruins Jr A Tier II Team in the Ontario Provincial Jr Hockey League, leading that team to their first playoff appearance. Mark moved back to the East Coast and coached the Philadelphia Revolution Empire Jr team to a 40-7-3 record. For two seasons, he was a Scout for the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.

As a player, Mark was a draft pick of the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Played in the QMJHL, which lead him to both the Rookie and Main camps of the New Jersey Devils. Played Professionally in the ACHL and Europe for 4 years.

Mark is the Owner/Head Instructor of Players Edge Hockey Schools with camps and clinics throughout the US for the past 25 years.

Mark Catron

Phone: 317-496-6162

Ben Hammock - Midget 16 National AYHL/NAPHL 2000-01

 Ben is currently the US scout for Chicoutimi of QMJHL. Ben is familiar with the AYHL he was a coach for the Washington Little Caps from 2004 to 2008. He was also the Head Coach for the Capital District Hockey Night in Boston team. In the summer Ben is a Coach and Counselor for Czech International Hockey Camp in Prague.

 

Ben Hammock

Phone: 410-808-0803


Stephane Charbonneau - Midget 15 AYHL '01

Stephane rejoins the Little Flyers staff this year to Coach a pure 15 (2001) team in the AYHL. Stephane is the GM of the Iceworks skating complex. He is also the Hockey Director for Iceworks.  

Stephane Charbonneau


John Giacobbo Jr. - Midget 18 AYHL/NAPHL

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 20 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 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 Fourth 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 tenth year with the Little Flyers.