Coaching Bios for 2020/2021 Season

 

     

Jeff Gorman: Hunterdon Bears Coaching Director

Coach Gorman has been part of the New Jersey hockey community since the 1980s as a player, coach, hockey director, league administrator, and hockey dad. He began coaching shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College where he majored in Government Studies and played hockey for the NESCAC D3 Polar Bears.  He holds a USA Hockey Level 5 Master Coaching Certification and is currently the Hockey Director at Flemington Ice Arena, the home of the Hunterdon Bears.

Coach Gorman has coached and administered all levels of youth hockey from Mite Developmental through Midget AAA.  He brings a passion and perspective to the game that is focused on player and team development.

“I’m honored to be in a position to make a positive impact in the lives of our players.  It's something I take very seriously,” says Gorman.  “Our coaches are committed to pushing players to become the best they can be both on and off the ice.  I believe that if we emphasize the value of hard work, overcoming adversity, selflessness, respect for others and working together, success will naturally follow.  Everyone has a role to play, win or lose, and we will do it together and ultimately learn valuable lessons along the way.”

Coach Gorman lives in Clinton with his wife, Faith, and three children, Chance, 21; Flynn, 18; and Birch, 17.  They are all avid hockey fans.  Go Bears!

 

 

   

Pat Pelligrino: Mite Head Coach

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

     

Adam Brozek: Mite Staff 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. 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: Mite Staff Coach

Coach Eisenberg coached the Flemington Fury Mite team for the 2019-2020 season.  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.

 

 

Troy Gorski: Squirt A Head Coach

Coach Gorski is entering into his third season with the Hunterdon Bears.  Most recently, he was the head coach at the Squirt A level for the 2019-2020 season.  Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the Mite team during the Hunterdon Bears’ inaugural season.  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!

 

     

Patrick Mack: Squirt B Head Coach

The 2020-21 season will be Coach Mack’s first season with the Hunterdon Bears.  He brings over ten years of experience coaching youth hockey at all levels Mites-Midgets and is a Level 3 coach. He has led teams to numerous tournament championships as well as to the NJYHL Playoffs.  Coach Mack believes in developing players’ skills but most importantly, developing their love for the game.

Off the ice, Coach Mack is a chiropractor.  He is married and is the father of three hockey-playing children.

      

Colin Smith: Peewee A Head Coach

Coach Smith brings a strong hockey background to the Bears in his inaugural season with the club.  He played youth hockey for the NJ Devils organization and was captain of his youth Midget AA team.  He was a stand-out on his high school hockey team; Seton Hall Prep Varsity Ice Hockey (Captain).  He was inducted into the Seton Hall Prep Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and attended the USA Hockey Select 17 Camp in Lake Placid, NY.

Coach Smith’s coaching experience is extensive.  He has coached all age levels for the Essex Hunt Club in Peapack, NJ, and was a hockey instructor/counselor for the NJ Devils Youth program.  He has had experience as both a head and assistant coach for the Varsity hockey programs at Summit High School in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the Morristown Beard School in Morristown, NJ.

Coach Smith’s coaching philosophy includes improving one's skills, strong work ethic, and hockey IQ by way of humor, inventiveness, creativity, imagination, energy, and compassion.

     

Beuk Forrest: Peewee B Head Coach

Coach Forrest is entering his first season coaching with the Hunterdon Bears. He is currently a head coach with the Flemington Fury limited travel program. He recently 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 last May with a business degree in Sport Management and Marketing.  His brother, Brock, is currently a Junior 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!

 

     

Graham Fair: Bantam AA 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, and Head Coach this past season of Bantam A Minor with the team winning the NJYHL State Championship.

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.

 

 

     

Ron Pace: Bantam 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 three 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 36 years and has two adult children.

 

 

     

John Turkynak: Bantam 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 Peewee B team.  In the 2019-2020 campaign, 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.

 

 

     

Jim Donnelly: U16AA Head Coach

Coach Donnelly has been coaching youth hockey since 2010. He will be returning as a Hunterdon Bears’ coach for his second season and is a very proud member of the Bears Bantam A coaching staff that made the NJYHL Playoffs this past 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.

 

     

Robert S. Campi Jr. - U16A & Midget Extended Season Head Coach

Coach Campi is entering his second season coaching for the Hunterdon Bears.  He coached the 2019-2020 U16 Midget Extended Season team to a 3rd place finish in the EJEPL Futures Division.

He began his playing career as a mite for the Princeton Tigers.  He continued playing youth hockey with the Bridgewater Bears and was named captain/assistant on multiple teams.  Coach Campi also played for the New Jersey Renegades as a midget and four years with Hunterdon Central (captain Sr. year).  He played college hockey at the County College of Morris.

Coach Campi states, “My focus is on developing players physically and mentally. The team is a machine. Every part needs to function properly in order for the team to succeed. I hold everyone to the same standards regardless of talent.  I will work with each player individually to make them the best player they can be. It will be on each player to put the work in.  Hockey is my passion. I want players to feel the same way I do when I step on the ice. My everyday troubles dispel and I’m at peace.”

He comes from a family of hockey players.  Both his brother and sister have had successful hockey careers and his father was both a long-time player and coach.

 

 

     

U18A: Harald Oeckinghaus

Coach Oeckinghaus will be returning to the Hunterdon Bears again as the U18A head coach. He has been coaching youth hockey for over 15 years. He is a Level 5 USA Hockey coach who has coached at the Squirt through Midget divisions with numerous teams across the state where he has had multiple NJYHL playoff appearances. 

Coach Oeckinghaus thoroughly enjoys coaching at the U18 division and working with players to transition to high school and college hockey.

 

 

     

Mike Haggerty:  Director, Goaltender Development Program

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. 

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.”

 

 

     Bob Mitchell: On-Ice Skills Coach

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

     

Julie DiLiberto: Skating Technique Coach

Coach DiLiberto joins the Hunterdon Bears staff as our Skating Technique Coach for the 2020-2021 season.  Her list of accomplishments includes being a USFS Gold Medalist in Freestyle and a USA National Competitor.

Coach DiLiberto toured with Disney On Ice and skated with the Ice Theater of NY.  She is a member of U.S. Figure Skating and a PSA Member ~ CER Category A.  She is a Certified Learn To Skate USA Instructor and specializes in all disciplines and levels.