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Little Flyers Coach Bios 2017-18

Mark Catron Squirt Minor 2009

Mark Catron enters his fourth season with the Little Flyers Organization.  Coach Catron brings a world of knowledge and experience from many different levels of hockey he has been involved in throughout his career.  He is the Head Coach of the Little Flyers EHL Premier Junior hockey team as well as an assistant to the EHL Team.  Prior to joining the Little Flyers, Coach Catron was the New Jersey Rockets 16&18U AAA head coach and scout for many different junior teams.  He has also coached for the Philadelphia Revolution, Indiana Jr Ice, Seguin Bruins & Indianapolis Racers 93’s.  While with the Racer 93’s he coached the team to a 2nd place finish at Nationals for 12U & 14U.  Coach Catron is big on player skill development as he has owned and operated Players Edge Hockey School all throughout the United States since 1990.  As a player, Catron was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL Midget draft and was a 1st round pick for the Plattsburgh Pioneers of the QMJHL.  After juniors, Coach Catron was invited to New Jersey Devils NHL Rookie and Main Camp.  He also played professionally overseas from 1984-1988. 

Mark Catron

Squirt Minor 2009 Head Coach


Jordan Grant Squirt Major 2008

Jordan Grant enters his second season as the Little Flyers 2008 Head Coach.  He played his entire minor hockey in Alberta, Canada.  He played for two years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and subsequently played his collegiate hockey at Clarkson University in Division One of the NCAA.  He retired from playing hockey in 1998 and has coached hockey ever since.  Following his playing career he went on to the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his Dental degree.  In his spare time he spends time with his wife Jennifer and their three children. His hobbies include fitness training, golf, snow boarding and fishing in Ocean City, Nj. during the summer.

Jordan Grant

Squirt Major 2008 Head Coach


Jerry DiStefano PeeWee Minor 2007

Jerry DiStefano will return to the Philadelphia Little Flyers organization this year to be the Head Coach of the 2007 PeeWee Minor team.  Jerry grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and played for the Little Flyers AAA for most of his youth hockey career.  He also played for the Washington Little Capitals AAA and the Philadelphia Junior Flyers AAA.  Jerry played his high school hockey at Monsignor Bonner where he was a four-time Varsity All-Star and Captain of the school's only 2 Flyers Cup AAA Championship teams.  He received the Bobby Clarke Award as MVP of both championship tournaments and was selected to the Bauer All-Tournament Teams.  During his Senior year of high school, Jerry was selected for and participated in USA Hockey's Select 17 Camp in Lake Placid, NY, and was named the State of PA's Player of the Year.  He then attended and played at Merrimack College (NCAA Division I - Hockey East) until his hockey career was ended by injury early in his Freshman year.  Jerry has coached youth hockey for Archbishop Carroll High School, the Delco Dragons, and Delco Phantoms.  Jerry also coaches youth baseball and youth soccer in DE.  

Jerry DiStefano

PeeWee Minor 2007 Head Coach


Robert Lewis PeeWee Major 2006

Rob Lewis is entering his 2nd season with the Little Flyers Organization.  Last season Rob coached the 16U Midget American team.  Coach Lewis has a USA Hockey Master level Coaching Certification.  He has coached hockey for over 30 years from the youth level through Juniors.  In 2014-15 Coach Lewis led his 16U American team to an undefeated AYHL season while capturing League, Playoff & District Championships.  In addition to winning two AYHL League Championships, Coach Lewis has all been selected to coach in multiple AYHL All-Star Games. As a player, Lewis played his youth hockey for Little Caesars and Detroit Compuware,  after juniors Lewis moved to the professional ranks, playing in the ECHL & CHL

Rob Lewis

PeeWee Major 2006 Head Coach

Phone: 610-291-5588


Tom Gibson Bantam Minor 2005

Tom Gibson played Division 1 hockey at Merrimack College after playing for the Little Flyers Midget Nationals team in 1982 that finished 6th in the United States and the Junior B Little Flyers team in 1983.  Tom has been a hockey coach for the past 20 years at many different levels including, Varsity (Rancocas Valley), JV (St. Augustine Prep), U18 A/AA (Jaguars), U10 AA (Jaguars) & U12AA (Jaguars).  Coach Gibson is the VP of Sales and Marketing for National Mail Graphics, a Commercial Printing Company.    


Tom Gibson

2005 Bantam Minor Head Coach


Tom Sullivan Midget American

Tom Sullivan enters his third season coaching with the Little Flyers.  Coach Sullivan was a four year player at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts.  He has been an instructor at many camps throughout the years including Paul Vincent Elite Camp and Brooks School Elite Camp.  Coach Sullivan is also a Laura Stamm Skating Instructor.  Locally Coach Sullivan has coached Delco Phantoms to DVHL Championships at four different levels ( Squirt Patriot, Squirt AA, PeeWee A & PeeWee AA).   Coach Sullivan's Little Flyers Little Flyers 2003 team made it to league playoffs at the Bantam Minor level. 

Tom Sullivan

Midget 16 American Head Coach


George Lewis- EHL Head Coach/GM

The Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Eastern Hockey League are proud to announce the hiring of former Penn State University Assistant Coach George Lewis to be EHL Head Coach. Last Season Lewis was an Assistant Coach on the EHL Team that capture its third straight EHL Regular season Championship. Prior to joining the Little Flyers Lewis spent 3 years working with Penn State NCAA Division 1 team, focused on daily practice, working with the Goaltenders and video during his time there. While at Penn State the Nittany Lions picked up their 1st 20 win season and moved multiple players on to the Professional ranks, Including Casey Bailey (Toronto Maple Leafs) as well as Goaltenders Eamon McAdam (NY Islanders) and Matt Skoff (Reading Royals).

George Lewis

EHL Head Coach/GM

Phone: 610-716-5714

Mark Catron EHL Premier Head Coach/ GM

Coaching:

2015-2016

Assistant Coach Philadelphia Little Flyers EHL Premier Team

2014-2016

New Jersey Rockets U16-U18 AAA National Head Coach. Consultant to several Jr hockey programs

2011-2013

Scout/Assistant Coach – Trenton Titans ECHL

Scout and Assistant to CEO/GM Rich Lisk 2011-2013. Hired as Assistant Coach Trenton Titans for 2013-14 season.  Operations suspended prior to start of season.

2011- 2012

Head Coach – Philadelphia Revolution Empire Jr A

Coached team to a 39-7-4 overall record, 31-6-3 league record, 3-1-0 in playoffs losing in Semi’s.  Most points by a Revolution team in their history.

Finished season with leagues #1 PP and #1 PK. 

Named Western Conference All-Star Coach

Named Coach Liberty Bell Games by Ottawa Senators Scout Summer 2011 & 2012

2009 – 2011

Head Coach - Indiana Jr Ice U-18 AAA

In charge of all coaching, recruiting, school placement and billeting of players for the Midget team. Records of 36-19-6 and 38-15-7 over the two seasons. Duties also included running practices for USHL team with Head Coach Charlie Skjodt, working special teams and systems.

2008 - 2009

Head Coach - Seguin Bruins Jr. A  OPJHL

Promoted to the Seguin Bruins by the Indiana Ice. The Seguin Bruins were the Ice's affiliate team in the OPJHL. Replaced Head Coach with a 3-15-1 record in last place. In 31 games, finished 14-16-1 and made playoffs. 

2008

Head Coach - Indiana Jr. Ice U-18 AAA

Resurrected a program that had a 7-46-6 record in 2007, as of promotion to Seguin Bruins OPJHL, team record was 17-9-1

2006-2011

Skills Coach/Scout Indiana Ice USHL

I was in charge of running morning skill sessions for Head Coach, Charlie Skjodt. 17 of teams 23 players were pre/post age. Duties included all individual skill work, power skating, team oriented drill work. Became on ice coach for special teams and systems work.

2005 - 2008

Head Coach Indianapolis Racers 93's

Formed a team, made up from players from Indianapolis that won 150+ games in 3 years and was National Runner-Up at U-12 in 2006 and at U-14 in 2008

Scouting:

2011-2013
Trenton Titans, ECHL

Helped GM Rich Lisk with player analysis and contacts to Division I hockey players.

2006 - 2012

USA Scout for the Indiana Ice of the USHL

Go to various tournaments and prospect camps to evaluate player’s abilities to one day play in the USHL.  Write reports on player’s progress and present them to Jeff Blashill, Charlie Skjodt, Coaches and Jimmy Palifito, Director of Player Personnel

Hockey Camps:

1990 - Present

Owner of Players Edge Hockey Schools.  Conduct camps and clinics throughout the United States

Playing Background:

1986-88

EC Dorsten, Germany

Player/Assistant Coach, Division II

1985-86

Enschede Lions, Holland, Elite Division

1984-85

Virginia Lancers, ACHL

New Jersey Devils, NHL Rookie and Main Camp

1984

Plattsburgh Pioneers, QMJHL

1st round draft pick for expansion team, after team folded, was re-drafted by Three Rivers in the QMJHL. Signed with Virginia of the ACHL

1981-1983

Jr B Wilmington Wheels

7th round Midget Draft Kitchener Rangers OHL

 

 

Mark Catron

EHL Elite Head Coach

Phone: (317) 496-6162


Sal Capone - Strength and Conditioning

Salvatore Capone MS LAT, CSCS

Capone rejoins the Philadelphia Little Flyers Staff as the Strength Coach for the Youth Hockey Program. Capone is a graduate of West Chester University and California University of PA, where he earned a BS of Athletic Training and a Masters of Sports Management respectively. He is a NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Hockey Coach.  Capone has over 15 years of NCAA Hockey, Junior Hockey, and Youth Hockey athletic training and conditioning experience.   He has previously served as athletic trainer and strength coach for Neumann University Men’s Ice hockey, the 2009 NCAA Division III National Champions and trained 7 NCAA All Americans.  Over the last three seasons, Capone has been the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the NAHL Aston/Philadelphia Rebels, who have won three straight East Division Championships. During his time as athletic trainer and strength coach, he has trained players from Professional Leagues, USHL, NAHL, NCAA Division 1 and Division III, ACHA, and youth players of all ages .


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.