Coaching Bios for 2021/2022 Season
Tim Halewicz-Coaching Director & 16UA Short and Extended Season Head Coach
While teaching and coaching at The Harvey School from 2000-2014, Tim ran his own hockey camps and clinics while coaching all levels of the Bedford Bears over the years. He also acted as hockey director and served on their board of directors. As the head coach at the Harvey School for over 10 years, the program solidified itself as a local private school contender as well as a competitive team among the small New England Prep teams. After moving to Brooklyn, Tim coached the GNY Stars U18 team which captured 2 LIAHL championships, 2 trips to the NY state finals, and a trip to Nationals.
Tim played for the Rockets as a mite and a midget, but spent the majority of his youth playing for the Devils Youth where his fondest memory is their trip to Quebec. After leading his 1996 Seton Hall Prep team as captain to the state final game, he played four years of DIII college hockey at Wesleyan University in the NESCAC. While playing in college, Tim started coaching seriously at summer hockey schools at Floyd Hall Arena.
Coach Tim is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach who spent years teaching and hosting the CEP classes at Harvey. He believes in the importance of practice and teaching all aspects of the game through a progression of high tempo drills. He prepares players for the next level, moving many players on to Prep, Junior and College hockey.
Tim has recently coached tier 1 at the NJ Rockets at the 16U and 14U levels. He also served as the head coach of the Rockets Sports Group Junior Premier team in the USPHL.
Adam Brozek-8u Head Coach
Coach Brozek began coaching in 2019 where he spent the 2019-2020 season coaching the Flemington Fury (Mite Level) Ice Hockey Team out of the Flemington Ice Arena. This will be Coach Brozek's second season coaching with the Hunterdon Bears. Prior to coaching, he played ice hockey at the University Of Scranton (Pennsylvania) and Saint Joseph's High School (Metuchen, New Jersey). He currently plays for the New Jersey State Police Ice Hockey team, a 501c(3) non-profit charity organization.
Coach Brozek grew up in New Jersey and began playing ice hockey at a young age. He quickly developed a love for the game and credits the culture surrounding the sport of ice hockey as having a positive impact on his life both on and off the ice. He enjoys teaching young hockey players the basics of the game and seeing them develop into better hockey players and teammates.
Coach Brozek is a devoted husband and father to three children. His oldest son, Matthew, currently plays ice hockey at the Flemington Ice Arena.
Justin Eisenberg-8U Head Coach
Coach Eisenberg enters his second season coaching for the Hunterdon Bears. Prior to that, he has coached various youth sports teams including hockey and soccer. He played at the Junior College Hockey level.
He believes in helping players learn the basics of the game and creating a team atmosphere. His coaching philosophy focuses on the importance of having fun!
Coach Eisenberg is a resident of Flemington, NJ, and is a frequent visitor of the Flemington Ice Arena whether for ice skating or hockey events.
Stephen Miller-8U Head Coach
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 Head Coach
Bio coming soon!
Beuk Forrest-12U & 18UAA Head Coach
Coach Forrest is entering his second season coaching with the Hunterdon Bears. Both of his 2020-2021 teams qualified for the NJYHL Playoffs. He is also currently a head coach with the Flemington Fury limited travel program as well as the Fury Selects. Prior to coming to the Hunterdon Bears, he coached at the New Jersey Stars organization and led his team to the NJYHL State Championship. Additionally, he was head coach of the NJ Renegades Junior Development Team (JDP) as well as an assistant coach on the Junior team. He has worked with Pro Ambitions Hockey Camps, VSK Spring Selects, and is the current assistant coach for the Hillsborough High School varsity ice hockey team.
Coach Forrest on his coaching philosophy- "First and foremost, I want to make sure the kids that I coach enjoy playing the game of hockey. Players should want to come back to the rink each night eager and ready to learn. I also feel that it is important to teach every player on the team no matter his/her skill level. I want every boy or girl that plays for me to be a better player in March than he/she was back in September. As long as the kids work hard, have fun, and improve, we are all good!"
Coach Forrest grew up playing hockey all around the state of New Jersey. He played four years of varsity hockey at Hillsborough High School where he was a captain his senior year. He then went on to play four years at Seton Hall University and graduated with a business degree in Sport Management and Marketing. His brother, Brock, is currently a Senior at Hillsborough High School and plays on the varsity team as well. Judging from his first name, you can tell he is the son of two hockey-loving parents!
Troy Gorski-12U Head Coach
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!
Ron Pace-14UAA/A Head Coach
Coach Pace has been coaching youth hockey since 2001. He is a current Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach. He has been a coach for the Hunterdon Bears for the past four years. He has coached at every level from Squirt to U18AA, and has been fortunate to coach with and learn from some of the best hockey coaches, both youth, NCAA, and NHL along the way.
Coach Pace 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 has been with the Hunterdon Bears since 2016. He led the 2017-2018 Bears Bantam A team to an AAHA District Championship and the 2019-2020 Bantam A team to an NJYHL playoff berth.
He 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.
Coach Pace lives in Gladstone with his wife of 37 years and has two adult children.
John Turkynak-14UA/B Head Coach
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.
Graham Fair-16UAA Full Season Head Coach
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.
Jim Donnelly-18UA Short Season Head Coach
Coach Donnelly has been coaching youth hockey since 2010. He will be returning as a Hunterdon Bears' coach for his third season.
He is a current Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and has coached at every level from Mite to U16 and from B hockey to AAA. He has coached with some of the top hockey coaches in New Jersey. Coach Donnelly spent four years in Flemington coaching the Hawks and New Jersey Freeze, three years in Bridgewater with the Bridgewater Bears and NJ Rockets, and one season with the NJ Colonials.
He also spent over five years as a Level 3 USA Hockey Official working youth hockey games in the NJYHL and AYHL.
Coach Donnelly focuses on cultivating an atmosphere of hardworking athletes with an emphasis on teamwork and perseverance. His love of hockey is demonstrated through his detailed and energetic practices.
He lives in Hunterdon County with his wife of over nineteen years and three children, two of which are current youth hockey players.
Jackie Kulik-Power Skating & Technique Coach
Coach Kulick has been a Skating Director for over 20 years, most recently at Mennen Sports Arena and Bridgewater Sports Arena. She joins the Hunterdon Bears staff as our Skating Technique Coach for the 2020-2021 season. She has trained many past and current NHL and NCAA players including John Carlson of the Washington Capitals. She also was a skating coach with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. Her vast experience and depth of teaching edgework from beginner to professional is a major asset to our program. Our players will have a clear development path for skating from our Learn to Play program through Midgets. Our higher level teams will benefit from her attention to details as they continue to fine tune their speed and agility skills.
Mike Haggerty-Goaltending Program Director
Coach Haggerty has spent the past several seasons honing his skills as a Goalie Trainer and Program Director and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the goaltending program for the Hunterdon Bears. This will be his second season with the Hunterdon Bears.
He brings with him a track record of success that includes 3 seasons as the Director of Hockey Operations and Goaltending Coach for Seton Hall University Men's hockey team. Additionally, he was Princeton University Women's Hockey NCAA Division 1 Head Goaltending coach from 2016-2018. Most recently, Coach Haggerty was the assistant coach for the New Jersey Rockets Tier 1 18U program. He runs a great program and challenges players to become the best they can be.
An outstanding player and a student of the game during his playing days, he works tirelessly to instill a work ethic focused on disciplined fundamentals and an aggressive 'battle-ready' mentality. "Without the proper fundamentals, athletic ability and competition level will only get you so far," said Haggerty. "Combine them all together, then you really have something special. I couldn't be more excited to be part of the Hunterdon Bears."