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2014-15 Coaching Lineup

The RHC is pleased to announce the commitments of the following coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. We have, without question, one of the finest coaching staffs in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region including three level 5 coaches.

Hockey Coordinator and Varsity Head Coach:  Tim Mattila - Tim returns as Hockey Coordinator for the RHC and Varsity Head Coach for the Rockford Iceman and is a level 5 coach. Tim will continue to run Focus Skills and Drills and mentor and develop our coaching staff and their players.  Tim's hockey coaching accomplishments include 16 out of 17 Illinois Combined State Titles and over 900 wins at the high school/midget level.
Bantam AA:   Frank Casalena - Frank has coached the RHC's Bantam AA team for the past 11 years and is a level 5 coach. Prior to coaching for RHC, Frank coached 8 years for the Kenosha Komets youth hockey club. Frank's Bantam teams compete favorably in NIHL Elite and Dane County A leagues. Frank does a great job developing our Bantams into Icemen for Coach Mattila. Frank played his high school hockey at Fon du Lac St. Mary Springs Academy and Junior hockey in the USHL for the Junior A National Champions Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Bantam A:  Andrew Zack
Pee Wee Major CSDHL:  Scott Burfoot - This will be Scott's 13th year coaching. For the past 3 years he has coached at the Squirt AA level. Prior to that he coached at the Mite AA level for 2 seasons and the Peewee AA level for 7 seasons before that. Scott holds a Level 5 coaching card from USA Hockey. Scott's teams have won tournaments across the midwest and perennially compete favorably in CSDHL, NIHL Elite and Dane county.
Pee Wee Minor CSDHL:  Scott Burfoot
Pee Wee NIHL:  Matt Kieffer
Squirt CSDHL:  Don Walker 
Squirt NIHL 1- Pat Putnam
Squirt NIHL 2- Reno Murphy / Jon Pirrie
Mite AA: Drew Nagel
Mite A: Oak Hewer
Mite B1: Jon Larson / Mike Naugle
Goaltending Director (all levels): Ryan Honick - 

President, GDI Southeast and Director, GDI EAST

Ryan is a professional Goaltending Consultant, President of GDI Southeast, and Director of GDI EAST. He is an understudy of GDI Founder and Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltending Coach Ian Clark, formerly with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, and Team Canada. Ryan has been coaching for well over a decade, including a 6th season in the ECHL, the premier AA Pro Hockey League in North America. He is a USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach, enjoyed a brief professional playing career, and is a Guest Author for InGoal Magazine. He currently coaches and scouts for the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays (Boston Bruins Affiliate), USPHL Jersey Hitmen, Bauer Selects and directs programming for many other organizations in the Mid Atlantic and Southeast regions. Additionally, Ryan has consulted with Mid West Goalie School (MWGS) in Chicago and Premier Goaltender Development (PGD) in Minneapolis.

Ryan’s affiliated students play in the AHL, ECHL, USHL, NAHL, USPHL, Tier 1 Youth, all amateur levels of the game, and include the 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2009 Reebok ECHL Goaltender of the Year award winners, the 2011 EJHL Goaltender of the Year award winner, and the 2014 USPHL Elite Goaltender of the Year award winner.

Ryan hopes to develop goaltenders throughout the US in an effort to strengthen its goaltending prowess and seek out the talented and ambitious athletes ready to compete at the next level. Ryan is 35, from Pittsburgh, PA, resides in the Washington DC area, and is relocating to Chicago, IL for the 2014-2015 season.gdisoutheast.com

Anyone with questions regarding coaching for RHC should contact Sol Schmidt.


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