Head Coach Pat Pellegrino
Coach Pat will be returning as the Bears Mite Head Coach for the 2017-18 season. Pat has been an integral part of the Mite program for years in Flemington and dozens of his former players have worked their way up to A and AA teams.
Jason Filep has been coaching hockey for the past 10 seasons as an assistant coach for various hockey clubs/teams. He started coaching in 2006 at Watchung Hills. He helped them win the Van Cott Cup and a state finals appearance in 2007-2008 season. The last five years he has been with Hunterdon Central. The team won the Skyland Tournament Cup in 2017 and have earned five straight state playoff appearances. He was also an assistant with the PeeWee B Hunterdon Bears team during the 2016-2017 season which reached the NJYHL State Playoffs.
Coach Weaver just completed his second season as Head Coach of the Squirt B team, leading the Bears to the NJYHL Playoffs and finishing as Runner Up in the State Playoffs in the Sochi Division. Coach Weaver brings a positive and enthusiastic style of coaching that promotes player development and a lot of fun for his players.
Coach Graham will be returning as a coach for the Bears for the 2017-18 season. Graham has been an integral part of the Mite, Squirt and Pee Wee program for the last 4 years in Flemington and most recently was the Head Coach for the Squirt AA team in 2016-17 which finished with 30 wins and a Tournament Championship. Coach Graham also played at a very high level as a Junior and College player with the University of Alabama Huntsville, where he led the country in scoring as a Senior at the DII level.
Mike Murphy has been an instrumental figure with hockey in Flemington for the past decade. Coach Mike has coached every age group from Mites through Midgets and is also the Assistant Coach at Hunterdon Central. The Red Devils won the school’s first ever Skyland Cup Conference Championship in 2017 while earning the #4 seed in the State Tournament.
Coach Mike is a Level 4 Certified Coach with USA Hockey and this past season was the Head Coach for the Hunterdon Bears Pee Wee B team. Coach Mike led them to an overall record of 38-12-4, 2nd place in the NJYHL Central Division with a record of 17-2-1, an NJYHL Playoff berth, and the Pittsburgh Steel City Pee Wee B Tournament Championship.
Tony Piscotta returned to coaching last summer, teaching in the Flemington Ice Arena summer camps and working with the FYHL and limited travel programs this past winter. He studied coaching and sports management at the Finnish Sports Institute in Vierumaki, Finland; coaching in the Heinola Peliitat and Kiekko Reippas (Lahti) clubs. He spent two seasons as the U16 A/AA Head Coach for the Lawrence Flames. Coach Tony has coached for over 25 years at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels as well as coaching high school hockey at Hamilton West, Princeton (boys and girls), Princeton Day School (girls and middle school) and Nottingham. He is also the game-day coordinator of the Liberty Bell Games prospect tournament. Coach Tony is excited to lead the Bantam B team in 2017 while also assuming a role as an Assistant Coach with one of our Midget teams.
Coach Paul will be moving up to coach Bantams for the 2017 season after leading the Pee Wee A Bears to a 48-5-8 record with Championships at the Hershey and Pittsburgh Holiday Tournaments. The team also finished with the regular season with the #1 overall seed for the NJYHL Playoffs, clinching the Central Division with a 22-0-2 record and finishing with Bronze at the State Playoff Tournament. The Bears Pee Wee A team became the first team ever from Flemington to advance to the Atlantic District Tournament, where they finished in 2nd place to cap an incredible season. Paul has been coaching youth hockey for the past six seasons and has been the Head Coach at Hunterdon Central for the past five years. He is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach.
Coach Ron has been coaching youth hockey since 2001. He is a current level 4 USA Hockey certified coach. Ron has coached at every level from Squirt to 18AA and has been fortunate to coach with and learn from some of the best hockey coaches, both youth and NHL, along the way. Ron has coached with the Phillipsburg Ice Hockey Club (middle school), The Somerset Hills Ice Hockey Club (middle school, current), the Bridgewater Bears, the Protec Ducks and most recently with the Hunterdon Bears. Ron understands the value of hard work, and focuses on player development with the goal of getting the players ready for the next level, in a fun and positive atmosphere. Last year, Ron was an Assistant Coach for the Bears Bantam A team that won the Central Division and was the #1 overall seed for the NJYHL Playoffs.
Coach Dave just completed his second season as Head Coach of the Bantam B team, leading the Bears to a .500 record. Dave has been coaching in Flemington for the last six years, including his time as the Power Skating coach for the travel program.
Peter graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2008 with a Major in Political Science and Minor in Economics. While attending Lebanon Valley he played 90 games for their NCAA Division 3 hockey team. Prior to attending Lebanon Valley he played locally for Princeton Day School, the Mercer Chief and Junior Titan Programs. During this time he also graduated from the Atlantic District USA Hockey Select Program. After graduating from Lebanon Valley Peter attended Florida Coastal School of Law, where he received his law degree in 2011 and that same year was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar. While In law school Peter started coaching, taking the reigns of the 2000 Florida Storm Selects and Jacksonville Barracudas. He also became a skill coach with Jr. Ice Dogs program working with players ranging in ages from 5 to 20. After returning from Florida Peter worked in the Mercer Chief program coaching the 2000 AAA, 1998 AAA, U16 A, and U18 A teams. Peter has been the Head Coach for the NJ Renegades Junior B team the past two seasons. He is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach.
Midget U18 A
Harald has been coaching youth hockey for over 10 years, coaching teams from Squirts to Midgets with several NJYHL playoff appearances. Most recently he has been coaching Midget teams developing players for a successful transition to high school hockey. He thoroughly enjoys the game of hockey and can still be found playing with several other coaches at various rinks. As a coach he brings that passion for the sport to practice working to ensure players develop, learn and continue to grow their enjoyment of the game. Harald is a USAH Level 5 coach.
Midget U18 AA
Coach Jackie is a welcome addition to the Bears coaching staff for the 2017-18 season as the Power Skating coach for the program. Jackie has a long history of working with hockey players and teams to produce better skating fundamentals and techniques for all age groups.
Coach Gary will be back in multiple roles for the Bears during the 2017-18 season. Gary will be working as the Skills coach for the program, introducing specific skill drills for fundamentals and more advanced players. Gary will also be an Assistant Coach for the U16AA and U18AA Midget teams. Gary has been the Head Coach for the Bantam A and U16 A teams the past two seasons.
Coach Paul officially takes over the role of Hockey Director for the Hunterdon Bears Hockey Club for the 2017-18 season. In the Bears 2016-17 Inaugural Season, the Bears had 9 Holiday Tournament Championships along with 1 Silver, 4 teams reach the NJYHL Playoffs with two of those teams earning the #1 seed and 2 NJYHL Playoff Finalists. Coach Paul’s Pee Wee A team reached the Atlantic District Championship game, taking home 2nd place to cap off a 48-5-8 season.
Coach Paul is also the Head Coach for the Hunterdon Central Red Devils Varsity hockey team, serving in that role for the past five seasons. Paul has accumulated a record of 64-47-22, including a 12-8 record in playoff games. Hunterdon Central just won their first ever Skyland Tournament Championship in 2017, defeating #1 seed Ridge 2-1 in overtime. The Red Devils also earned the #4 seed in the State Tournament, its highest seed in school history, while finishing in the top 20 rankings in all of New Jersey for the first time in school history.
Paul continues to dedicate himself to all of the hockey programs in Flemington and will ensure the Bears program fosters a safe and fun environment for players of all ages and skill levels to grow and develop. Paul will also continue to oversee and lead the goaltenders in the program, as he has done the previous two seasons.