Coaching Bios for 2022-23 Season
Jackson Brassieur- Hockey Director / Assistant GM / 18U
Born and raised in central New Jersey, Jackson has 15 years youth hockey coaching experience. Due to a game ending spinal cord injury in his teens, Jackson has focused his effort on coaching and total player development. His training style not only incorporates skills and technical mechanics, but also works with players to maximize their academic and personal development. Jackson teaches goal attainment by developing a strong work ethic and commitment. Physical and mental development are instrumental in developing a total player.
Through many positions held at various ice rinks in New Jersey, Jackson’s experience includes Director of youth hockey development, skills training and clinics, scheduling, recruiting and program development.
Noah Antonoff - 8U Black
Noah Antonoff has played for various youth programs throughout NJ and collegiately at William Paterson University (ACHA). Upon the completion of Noah's playing career, he began coaching at the high School level as Bernards HS Varsity coach and at the youth travel level with Bridgewater, Princeton and Protec. He has coached various age groups including Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams and Midgets for over 20 seasons.
Paul Tilch - 8U Gold
- Coordinator of Special Olympics Speed Skating Championships D.C. 2001-2005
- Coach of MSHL Private School Championship Team (Gonzaga) 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07
- 2004-05 Gonzaga’s First Hockey Championship in Team History
- Gonzaga -Coaching Totals (2002-08) W100-L17-T8 Winning %: .832
- Washington Post All-Met Ice Hockey Coach of the Year 2005
- Head Coach for the 2005 Chicago Showcase High School All-Star Team
- Assistant Coach of Atlantic Junior Hockey League 2003-04 Champions (Junior Nationals)
- Head Coach for the Washington Junior Capitals 2006-07
- USA HOCKEY COACHING LEVEL 4 #159805 2003-2004
Brandon Weiner - 8U Gold
Bio coming soon!
Stephen Miller - 10U Gold
Coach Miller is a resident of Hunterdon County, living in Stockton. He served as a Varsity Coach and Athletic Director after earning his college degree in Mathematics, and currently owns and operates a Wealth Management Business in Princeton, NJ.
This past season Coach Miller assisted The Flemington Fury coaching staff and has been an active parent and coach in the NJ youth hockey community for the past 11 years. He has completed the USA Hockey age-specific Module and is enrolled in USA Hockey Level 1 Certification program.
Coach Miller is excited to be a part of the development of our Bears Hockey players and looks forward to sharing his passion and philosophy for the game. He believes what matters most is having a ton of fun, learning to be an accountable teammate, and always giving your best in everything you do!
Outside of Hockey, Coach Miller enjoys playing golf, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife Tiffany and his children Payton and Preston.
Pat Pellegrino - 10U Black
Bio coming soon!
Ray Vallejo-12U AA
Bio coming soon!
Troy Gorski - 12U Black
Coach Gorski is entering into his fourth season with the Hunterdon Bears. He has coached at the 8U and 10U levels with the Bears. He has coached numerous levels of youth from Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey programs, In-House at the Mite, Squirt, and PeeWee divisions as well as travel hockey in NJ.
Coach Gorski is a Level 3 certified coach with USA Hockey and has played hockey nearly all of his life. He began playing youth hockey in the early '80s at Warinanco Arena, in Roselle Park. Gorski played throughout his entire youth and eventually went on to play at Rider University (1992-1997), an ACHA Division 2 program. He led Rider in points during the team's 1994-1995 season.
Dedicated to teamwork, hard work, and optimism, he inspires the players to give 100% and make sure they are loving the game. He makes playing hockey fun for all his skaters!
Chris Melrose - 12U Gold
Coach Melrose is a Level 4 Certified USA Hockey Coach. For the past four years he served as assistant coach for the Bears 14U and 12U teams. He returns to the Bears in Flemington after coaching 16U with the Bridgewater Bears. He also served as Head Coach of the Rutgers University Women's Ice Hockey team. Prior to coaching, Chris played for the Rutgers University Ice Hockey Team, earning consecutive trips to the ACHA Championships in 1996 and 1997.
Woody Corson - 14U
Woody is a native of South Jersey and grew up playing youth level hockey for the Gladiator and Jr. Flyers organizations. This will be his 31st season coaching travel hockey. Woody is also a USA Hockey Referee for the past 30 years. Aside from coaching all travel levels, Mite to U18, Woody has successfully coached numerous High School teams. He is also the founding member of 2 High School programs in the South Jersey area. Woody has officiated at all levels; Mite to U18, Juniors and NCAA. He was selected as an off-ice official for 1997/1998 USA Hockey Nationals.
Coach Woody has had great success at every level including trips to state finals, many tournament championships, including Silver Sticks, and mentored many past players to assist them with getting into college.
Woody is a no-nonsense coach who expects his players to work hard and be responsible on and off the ice. Woody is determined to create a well-rounded player both inside and outside the rink. He is proud of the dedication his former players have shown and their successes. He maintains contact many of his past players with many of them becoming coaches themselves. He enjoys mentoring them and watching them grow as coaches.
Coach Turkynak has been coaching hockey in Flemington since 2010. He began his coaching career as a Peewee coach with the Flemington Hawks. He went on to coach teams with the New Jersey Freeze, Hunterdon Central Junior Red Devils, Flemington Fury Selects, and of course the Hunterdon Bears.
Most recently, he was head coach of the Hunterdon Bears Bantam B team. In the season prior to that, he led this team to 3rd place in the NJYHL division and 1st place in the Protec Ponds Shamrock Showdown tournament. In 2017-2018, Coach Turkynak was on the coaching staff of the Hunterdon Bears Bantam A team when they captured the AAHA District title.
As a coach he expects a lot out his players, he's tough but fair. He demands that his players are respectful to one another and that they embrace the 'team-first' mentality.
Coach Turkynak is a part of a dedicated and enthusiastic hockey family and makes his home just minutes from Flemington Ice Arena. His sons, Nick and Johnny, have been regulars on the ice at Flemington Ice Arena for 10+ years. He and his family are HUGE NJ Devils fans.
Coach Fair played 18 years of youth, Junior A, college, and pro hockey. He played youth in his hometown of Campbell River, British Columbia, and three years of Junior A hockey in B.C. and Alberta. After his third season of Juniors he was awarded a full four-year hockey scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the offer to play for the Division I Chargers. The hockey program was transitioned to Division II for his senior season where he led the nation in DII scoring and where he and his Chargers came runner-up for the Division II National Championship. Coach Fair then played a year of Minor League Pro Hockey for the Huntsville Channel Cats of the Southern Professional Hockey League and won a league championship with the team.
Fair has now been the head and assistant coach for many levels of youth hockey in Flemington including In-House, Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam. The most recent years included being the head coach of the Squirt AA Hunterdon Bears in the 2016-17 season, associate Head Coach with the Pee Wee A Bears in 2017-18, Head Coach of the Pee Wee AA Bears in 2018-19, Head Coach of Bantam A Minor with the team winning the NJYHL State Championship, and Head Coach of the Bantam AA team this past season.
Coach Fair is anticipating another fun, exciting, and successful upcoming season of Hunterdon Bears hockey and looking forward to being involved and growing the Bears program for many years to come.
John Zdunkiewicz-Goaltending Coach
The Hunterdon Bears are excited to continue to have their goalies train and develop with John. "Coach Z" has 30+ years of playing and coaching experience, having started playing at the age of 3! Growing up, he excelled both as a goaltender and skater and his passion for the sport led him to begin coaching while in HS. After playing at the collegiate level, Coach Z founded Ztending to create a community of goaltenders that Live. Love. Learn Hockey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Ztending has grown tremendously and with the opening of Ztending Headquarters, Coach Z is now able to provide skill coaching to both goaltenders (Ztenders) and skaters (SniperZ) not only in our area, but throughout the US as well!