Coach Black rejoins the Little Flyers Girls Coaching staff for the 2022-23 season. In 2019 Rich joined the Philadelphia Little Flyers to coach the girls 19U team who had a very successful season in both league and showcase play. During the 2020-21 season, Coach Black was an assistant Coach to Jordan Grant for the Little Flyers 16U team. Prior to joining the Little Flyers, Rich had a successful run at the Tier II level with the Delco Phantoms which resulted in a National appearance in 2014. Rich has Tier I coaching experience with the Valley Forge Minutemen 16AAA program. Rich is a level 4 USAH Coach.
Girls 19U Head Coach
Coach Grant, enters his fifth season with the Little Flyers Girls program, leading the 16U team to a great 2020-21 season, where they finished atop the MAWHA Standings and finished 2nd at USA Hockey Nationals. In 2021-22 Coach Grant's 16U girls team returned to USA Hockey Nationals for the second season in a row. 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, snowboarding and fishing in Ocean City, Nj. during the summer. Coach Grant is currently a level 3 USA Hockey Certified Coach
Enters his 3rd season with the Little Flyers organization, he was an assistant coach for the U12AA & U14AA teams and now moves into the role of head coach. A CEP level 4 coach, Brad has coached various levels throughout the years including being a Head Coach for the Delco Phantoms and the PeeWee & Bantam levels, Hollydell Hurricanes Bantam, Head Coach of Kingsway High School Varsity Hockey, and three year assistant with the Kingsway Girls Varsity team. A University of New Hampshire graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Coach Weil grew up playing for the Westtown Quakers, Valley Forge Colonials and Dowingtown High School. While in college he played in the UNH rec Campus Hockey League.
16U Girls (Orange) Head Coach
Coach Klienbach enters her second season with the Little Flyers Organization. Grace is the Little Flyers Girls Hockey Program Director and will coaching the Girls 14U team. A native of Eustis, FL, Grace played for the Boston Shamrocks in the JWHL prior to committing to play NCAA hockey with Neumann University, where she captained the team during her Junior and Senior years. During her time as an NCAA Student-Athlete, Grace earned Dean’s List Honors from 2013 through 2017, was a Presidential Scholarship recipient (2013-2017), a three-time ECAC West All-Academic Team Member, and was named Most Valuable Player in 2016-17.
After graduating in 2017, Grace was drafted to the Toronto Fury in the CWHL, but elected to sign her first pro contract with the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL. In just her second season with the Whale, she was named an NWHL All Star. Along with playing in the All Star Game, she participated in the fastest skater in the skills competition.
Coach Walsh joins the Little Flyers Coaching staff after a four-year career playing NCAA DIII hockey at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. IceWorks has always been Walsh’s home as he grew up playing hockey, starting out with the Delco Dragons before becoming a Delco Phantom for his PeeWee and Bantam years. Walsh then became a Little Flyer, playing 16U and 18U Tier I AAA for the Orange and Black to finish his youth career before juniors. A two-year player for the Little Flyers EHL team, Walsh earned an NCAA College Commitment during the 2017-18 season to fulfill his dream of playing Collegiate hockey.
In college, Walsh majored in Business and Information Technologies. Coaching has always been something Coach Walsh knew he would do once his playing days were over, he started volunteering for practices, camps and clinics during his youth hockey days before becoming an on ice instructor for various camps and clinics in the area.
“Some of my proudest coaching moments so far have been helping players achieve their goals of being NCAA student-athletes. I look forward to starting my corporate career and my coaching career with the organization I grew up playing for” – Coach Rick Walsh
Coach Patterson returns to the Philadelphia Little Flyers for her second season, bringing with her many years of playing and coaching experience. The Ridley, Pa native began playing hockey at a young age, playing on mostly all boys teams growing up. In high school, Lauren was a three time all-star, three time team MVP and was one of the first goalies and currently only female in the Ridley Hockey Hall of Fame. Lauren began coaching at the age of 16, with the Ridley elementary and middle school programs, helping to lead them to 6 championships over 8 seasons. In college, Lauren spent time on both the West Chester University women’s D2 team and men’s D1 club team. Her professional career began in 2012, being drafted by the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. After her professional days, Lauren transitioned into coaching girls hockey with the West Chester Quakers U16 team. After spending time with the Quakers, Lauren helped develop the Lehigh Valley girls hockey program which she expanded to three teams after two seasons. This led to Lauren becoming the Director of Hockey Operations for the Lady Patriots, expanding the organization from 3 teams to 11 teams in five seasons, with her U12 team being one of the top ranked teams in the country at the girls Tier 2 level. Lauren is looking forward to helping to develop players of all ages and skill levels to help advance them to the next level in a competitive but fun environment. Coach Patterson is thrilled to be returning “home” to IceWorks and the Little Flyers Organization.
Coach Schwarzman joins the Little Flyers Coaching Staff for the 2022-23 season, returning to the Organization where he played Tier I Midget & Junior hockey before attending West Chester University. Dan began playing ice hockey at the age of 8 with the Hawks in the DVHL before joining the Little Flyers at the age of 15. While with the Little Flyers, Dan and his teammates led by Head Coach Jim Watson won a league championship before moving onto Junior hockey. After a successful junior career, Schwartzman attended West Chester University where hw as a four year player which finished with the Rams winning a League Championship. "My favorite part about ice hockey is the creativity and the speed that the game should be played at. My philosophy is a balanced and well-disciplined game that also structurally encourages high levels of creativity and playmaking. I'm looking forward to coming back home with the Philadelphia Little Flyers Organization and contributing to the development of the young players in the organization"
Coach Fauver, a Little Flyers alumni in his playing days, enters his fourth season with the Little Flyers Girls program as a Head Coach. After spending his first two seasons coaching at the 8U level, Coach Fauver is in his second season at the 10U level. After playing for the Lehigh Valley Comets Junior team, Darrell played his college hockey at Drexel University where he was named League MVP in 2000. After his playing days, Darrell jumped right into coaching with the Atlantic District 87’s, Little Flyers Bantam, Drexel University, Jr. Flyers Midget 16U and also served as a scout for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL.
Coach Dougherty enters her second season behind the bench for the Little Flyers after a very successful first season with the program. Erin grew up primarily out of IceWorks Skating Complex, playing boys hockey with Delco Phantoms and Penncrest, and girls hockey with Strath Haven and the West Chester Quakers. Erin went to St. Joseph's University where she served as the VP, then President of the Women's Ice Hockey program. During her time at SJU, Erin led the team in points three out of four seasons, and in her senior year she led the league in points and her team to an undefeated season. Upon graduating in 2019, she began her coaching career with the Lady Patriots U12AA helping elevate the team to the highest rankings in club history the last two seasons. "Growing up, Ice Works was like a second home to me, so I am beyond excited to be joining the Little Flyers organization and developing players at the rink I know and love!"
Coach Porter returns to the Little Flyers Coaching Staff for his fourth season with the Girls 8U program. Shane has been instrumental in developing youth hockey players at the mite level coaching the Delco Dragons, Garnet Valley, and Little Flyers for the past seven seasons. As well as coaching elementary and middle school for Garnet Valley. In addition, Shane in an instructor for the Learn to Play Program as well as Spring League and Summer clinics. Shane is currently a CEP level 4 coach within USA hockey. A Delco native, Shane played his youth hockey for Interboro in middle school and high school where he was a four year varsity player and captain. Shane is also a proud graduate of Williamson College of the Trades. Shane’s three children all play ice hockey. His son for the Delco Phantoms and his two daughters for the Little Flyers.
Coach Rodriguez is returning for his second season with the Little Flyers coaching staff and the Girls 8U program. Joe has previous coaching experience at the 8U and 10U levels as well as coaching Spring league. He has two children, both of which play hockey. His daughter plays for the Little Flyers Girls, and his son plays for Delco Phantoms. Joe is a veteran of the Navy and has a Doctorate in cybersecurity from Capella University. He is currently a level 3 USA Hockey Certified Coach.