USA HOCKEY LEVEL: 3
CURRENT TEAM: PEE-WEE AA
Contact Head Coach: PHIL PASSARELLI
Growing up Phil played for the Little Flyers and Gladiator Legion. He was a 4 year starter at Bishop Eustace Prep. He then went on to play Juniors. From there he went on to play NCAA DIII Lacrosse at Neumann University. After that he went back to play hockey for Rutgers University as a Defensemen and Center. After school he went on to play a little in the NEHL for the Utica Ice Cats. While always continuing his playing career he was also a level 3 USAH official. He officiated for 10 years which lead him to the opportunity to become an off ice official for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. He was with that off ice officiating crew for 5 years until the team moved to Adirondack, NY. Phil has been the 04 Head Coach and GM of the Selects Hockey Development team for the past 4 season. He has also coached for Jr Phantoms Midget AA, Igloo Jaguars (Sq-Bantam) and Team Comcast U16 American Team.
Phil works for LEGACY Global Sports and Selects Hockey where he is the Atlantic Portfolio Manager. Phil currently coaches the 04 Selects Hockey Development team.
Coaching Philosophy: My philosophy is to easy to follow. All the players must put the team first and their egos last. It’s about the crest on the front not the name on the back. They must give me everything they have at all times. When on the ice, their focus is on the tasks at hand. They must respect their teammates and all officials at all times. I look to run a tight nit team that looks to develop their personal and life skills, expand their knowledge of the great game of hockey and most of all have fun while still working hard on and off the ice. As the season progresses I ultimately want all of the players to grow their talents in the game of hockey but also become better people off the ice by using some of the coaching points taught on the ice to cope with off the ice life issues.
Coaching Objective: Player development, Skills development and teaching how to play the game the correct way (i.e discipline, hard working, tough hockey). I want them to learn the concepts and tactics of the game that will help them develop into better players. I would love to get the NJYHL playoffs. I really think that if you work hard in practice it truly translates into how they play in the games that weekend. The team’s work ethic will determine how far this team will go.