USA HOCKEY LEVEL: 3
CURRENT TEAM: MIDGET U16 AA1
Contact Head Coach: ANGELO DIBATTISTA
Angelo started playing hockey at the age of 6 out of the Coliseum. By the time he got to Pee-Wee he was playing at the Double A level for the Jaguars Ice Hockey club. Angelo played AA for the Jaguars all the way up to 18U AA. Angelo attended Cherokee High School and was a 4 year Varsity player. After Youth and High School hockey Angelo had several D-III schools in the SUNYAC, ECAC West, and the NCHA divisions recruit him but opted to play Junior Hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers in the EJHL. Angelo was offered a tryout for the Cumberland County Jr. Blues in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League but decided it was too much of a commitment at his age and focused on school instead. Angelo started his coaching career in 2012 as a part time assistant coach for the 18UAA Jaguars. After getting certified he then started with Cherokee HS at the JVB level for 2 years while also coaching the Flyers Youth 16 UA in 2014, he served as the Head Coach for both programs. Currently he is the assistant coach for the Varsity Team at Cherokee HS, where in the ’15-’16 season Cherokee won the SJHSHL Championship and also the NJ/DE Flyers Cup. He is the Flyers Youth 16UAA1 Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Coaching Philosophy: “I believe when you are a coach you are also a role model, so you need to set a good example and expectations for the players on your team. You have to be able to adjust to different personalities of each player because you can communicate one way with a certain player and then completely different with another. As most coaches would tell you at the levels we are coaching it’s important to develop, teach, and have fun in the game of hockey. Also to realize that hockey not only teaches you about the game but that there are life lessons to be learned. Lastly, a good coach knows how to make adjustments based on the level of gameplay. Skill level from B to AAA or Junior is different, I feel a good coach knows at what level to work more on basics as opposed to team concepts along with what is working for his team and what changes can be made.”
Coaching Objectives: “As a coach for the upcoming season I have many objectives for the 16 UAA team, for me personally I intend on developing the players individually and as a team. At this age players are getting ready to start the next chapter of their playing careers whether it be playing College or moving on to Juniors. Through my experience of being recruited by schools and playing junior hockey, I’d like to show the players the path to College or Junior Hockey, if that’s the route a player wants to go. I also know winning is important to the players at this level and competing for Nationals is the primary objective to them. So I also fully intend to compete at a high level this season, for practices my team will PLAY HARD, and be very up tempo with a lot of repetition. That PLAY HARD mentality will carry over into games. I’m a believer in how you practice results in how you play in games.”