USA HOCKEY LEVEL: 4
CURRENT TEAM: BANTAM AA
Contact Head Coach: MITCH LARNERD
Growing up Mitch played Tier I Hockey for the Little Flyers (Squirt-Jrs). He played HS Varsity for four years and went on to play Juniors. He played at Nichols College and went to Pro camp for the Detroit Vipers of the old IHL as a goalie and had several ECHL tryout offers as a player. Mitch has been coaching for the past 16 years, from Midget Minor-Squirts at both the AA (Flyers Youth) and AAA (Co
mcast) levels. Mitch was also an assistant Coach for FY National bound Midget Major AA Team.
Mitch works for LEGACY Global Sports (Selects Hockey), developing hockey players through Training Programs, Camps, Tournament Teams and being an Adviser. Selects Hockey has helped develop over 240 NHL Draft picks, over 300 NCAA commitments, and 65 World Jr. Championship players in the past 9 years. Mitch also coaches the 02 & 06 East Coast Selects Teams for LEGACY Global Sports.
Coaching Philosophy: “My philosophy is simple, players must be committed to the following… I will respect the game! I will always give my best, 110% at all times! I will always respect my teammates, coaches and myself! I will put the team ahead of myself! I will play for name on the front of the jersey not the name on the back! I will be committed to the team systems and style, which I am being taught! I will play hard, clean, fair, and disciplined hockey! Hockey is the game, but there are also great life lessons that are learned through playing, ie.. competing hard and consistently, how to win, how to lose, being a good teammate, integrity, discipline, how to handle adversity, work ethic, etc… I want everyone to be a better player and person at the end of the year, have fun doing it and have a great experience.”
Coaching Objectives for the upcoming season:” My primary objectives are: players development, teaching the right way to play the game through tactics, techniques, concepts and strategies. Our team goal will be to make at least the district playoffs. I want each player on my team to want to get better every time they touch the ice. Our practices will be up-tempo and team concepts based. The most important part is that the players have to want it and have FUN to get better and facing the challenges and accomplishing the goals that are set. The coaches will consistently challenge the players to work outside their comfort zones to become better. I am a strong believer in the way you practice is the way you play in the game. There are no shortcuts to being a better player. It starts with a high compete level, hard work and great work ethic. ”