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2013 - 2014 Coach Bios

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Mike Williamson Coach Mike Williamson has been involved with Manchester Hockey since his youth, and the Williamson name is known for great contributions to our local area hockey.  Mike has played and coached at all levels of hockey with multiple Titles, but his passion is instructing the next generation of players by instilling all the skills they will need.  Mike works tirelessly developing plans that keep children excited and happy to come to hockey every week, and there is no doubt our growing program is evidence of his hard work.
  Bill Houghton Coach Houghton has been involved with the MRYHA Flames programs for 32 years. He has served on many positions on the MRYHA Board and has coached intro-mite through bantam teams in both the house and flame divisions. Bill has spent the last 12 years devoted to the Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs. His focus is on teaching basic hockey skills in a fun and friendly environment. From standing up to forward and backward skating and skating with a stick and puck. The development and skill progression of youth hockey players is Coach Houghtons goal for the program. 
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Mite                      Jeremy Baker Coach Baker came through the Manchester Flames organization as a player from 1978-1989. Played for Memorial High School from 1986-1989. Was elected Assistant Captain in 1987-1988 and 1988 -1989. Won a State Title in 1989 under Coach Wally Tafe scoring 3 goals and 3 assists in an 8-3 win over Nashua High School. Was elected all tournament team 1989. Moved on to Lawrence Academy from 1989-1991. Was elected Co-Captain for the 1991-1992 team. Was selected as an All-American in 1992 and selected as the Biggest Surprise at HNIB summer tournament scoring 33 pts in 12 games in 1991. Played 4 years of college hockey at Elmira College from 1992-1996. Was elected Co-Captain for the 1995-1996 season. Scored 68 goals and 71 assists during his four years at Elmira College which ranks 17th in all time scoring. Played minor league hockey in the ECHL and UHL from 1996-1999.
      CJ Ficek Coach Ficek was born in Manchester NH, and started out his hockey career with the MRYHA organization, playing all the way up through the ranks of the Manchester Flames Program. CJ has a vast background in hockey including playing for Memorial, St. Pauls School, and the University of New Hampshire. Some of CJs many accomplishments include:
  '95 Boston Globe 1st Team All Scholastic (NH Player of the Year)
  '95 State Champion (Memorial High School)
  '95-'97 St. Pauls School: named Captain, earned two consecutive ISL All League honors as well as two Form of 1903 awards (MVP).
  '97-'01 UNH: Hockey East Champion, and two-time NCAA Frozen Four finalist.
  '99 Most improved player award recipient
  '01 Elected Assistant Captain and received Warren R. Brown Memorial Award for Best Defensive Forward
  '01-'04 Played three years of professional hockey overseas in Europe, Germany.
CJ brings a passion to help develop players and use his past skills and experience to instill players with the utmost determination, skill set, and dedication combined with fun.
  Eric Sylvain Coach Sylvain has been invloved with MRYHA/Flames since age 5, and coaching since 2007. Eric grew up as a MRYHA and Flames player and went to Regionals as a Squirt A player, progressed through the Flames and later played for West High School. Eric has focused on the introductory and administrative level of hockey having spent every year at the Learn To Skate and Play Level as well as progressing through Mite, Squirts and Peewee hockey.  Eric is the Public Relations Director and Webmaster for the Manchester Flames and is also the Bedford Middle School 6/7 Team Coach and Manager, as well as, the Bedford Hockey webmaster.  Eric is very focused on player development and skill progression and brings a desire to help kids become the best they can be.
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Squirt Kyle McDonough Coach Kyle started his hockey career in the Flames organization in the 70's.  From that sound base he moved on to High School Hockey at Manchester Memorial and prep school hockey at Lawrence Academy.  Kyle played four years of college hockey at the University of Vermont were he earned 1st team All American Honors his senior year and still resides on the top ten all time in scoring list.  After graduation Kyle played professional Hockey in Europe for 13 years in four different countries.  While in Europe Kyle won five scoring titles and in his final season won a Championship in the Norwegian Elite Series with the Frisk Asker Tigers. After ending his playing career Kyle has been coachng ever since.  He was an Assistant coach at St Anselm College for two years, the head coach of Memorial High School for four years and has been with the Flames now for three years starting with the mites and at present coaching the squirt '03 team.  
  Keith Curran Coach Keith started his hockey career in the Chelmsford, MA organization during the 70's.  He then moved on to high school hockey at Chelmsford High School.  After high school, Keith then played four years of ECAC Division III college hockey at Villanova University, where he was captain senior year.  Keith began coaching several years ago.  He was an assistant coach for five years in Mites, Squirts, and Pee Wees for the Flames and  Nashua Pro Ambitions Programs.  Recently, Keith has been coaching with the Flames organization.  He has spent one year with the learn to play, two years as head coach with the mites and one year as head coach of the midgets. Presently he is coaching the mite major team.  Keith is a Level 3 USA Hockey Certified Coaching Instructor.
  John Griffin Coach Griffin played Junior Hockey with the Skate 3 Huskies in the New England Junior Hockey League (NEJHL) 1977-79. Played college hockey with Keene State College 1984-86. These were the last seasons that KSC had a Varsity Hockey program. Coached 4 years in the Gate City Wings organization (Nashua) 1988-92. 1 year of intro, 2 years head coach Mites, 1 year head coach Squirts. Coached 4 years with MRYHA. Assisted 1 year in intro-mites, 1 year Assistant Coach Mite 2, 1 year Assistant Coach Mite 1, 1 year co-head coach Mite 1. USA Hockey level 3 coach.
  Neil Nicholson Coach Nicholson is a Level 3 USA Hockey Certified Coaching Instructor.  His roots with the Manchester Flames extend back twenty-five years, when he played with the program as a youth player.  Neil went on to captain the Trinity High School Pioneers in 1994-1995 and then competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with the Liberty University Flames through 1999, where he was also captain as a Junior and Senior.  Neil has been coaching with the Flames for five years, two years with the intro-mites, two years as an assistant coach with the mites, and last year as head coach of the Squirt Selects. 
  Andrea Tarr Coach Andrea began as a goaltender in youth hockey, ultimately winning a midget National championship in Minnesota with Assabet Valley of Concord, Massachusetts. She went on to play prep school hockey at Lawrence Academy, where her team was a finalist in the Independent School League in 1994.  Andrea went on to play collegiate level hockey at Northeastern University. After college she worked as a NH State Trooper for 5 years, got married and had two kids. Andrea currently works as a strength and conditioning specialist and has her own business.  She began coaching hockey when her son started playing. In this role she worked as an assistant with the Mite 3 team and later Mite Minor teams at the NH Monarchs. This past season she was an assistant with the Mite Major team here at the Flames and helped with the Learn to Skate program. Recently, she began working as an assistant coach with the Women’s team at St. Anselms College, both on the ice and in the weight room.  Andrea focuses on developing good skating and stick handling technique, as well as establishing good habits for the long term player. 
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Peewee Mitch DeBonville  Coach Mitch is a Level 3 USA Hockey Certified Coaching Instructor. Mitch grew up and played most of his hockey in Montreal where he holds a Level 4 (Bantam double letters) coaches certificate with Hockey Quebec. Mitch has been involved in youth hockey for 18 years and has coached various levels from Learn to Skate to Bantam CC. 
Mitch will be the head coach for the 2013-2014 PeeWee Major team (2001 birth year), as well as the assistant coach for the Squirt Minor team(2003 birth year).
  Jim Cotter Coach Jim Cotter is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach,  he played his youth and high school hockey in Somerville, MA. Jim has been coaching with the Flames organization for 10 years at all levels.  He has been a head coach within the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam level  for the last 6 years. Jim will be the head coach of the 2013-2014 Pee Wee Minor team (2002 birth year).
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Bantam Hubie McDonough Coach Hubie McDonough played for Saint Anselm’s from 1982 to 1986, logging 124 career goals and 86 assists in 104 games. One of the most prolific goal scorers in small college ice hockey history, McDonough captured the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 1985. He hold Saint Anselm's most points in a season record at 71, and also holds the school's single game scoring record with five markers. McDonough's jersey was the first ever retired by the college in any sport. Signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent in 1988, McDonough enjoyed a 13-year pro career that spanned 955 games, including 195 NHL contests with the Kings, the New York Islanders and the San Jose Sharks. He was named to the All-IHL Second Team twice (1992-93 and 1994-95) and played in two IHL All-Star Games (1994 and 1995). McDonough was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the 1995 IHL All-Star Game. As a youth, Hubie played for the Manchester Flames and on moved on to play for his High School at Manchester Memorial, where McDonough played for his father, Hubie Jr., before moving on to play at New Hampton Prep. Hubie McDonough, a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, is the Director of Hockey Operations for the AHL Manchester Monarchs, and the Player Development Director for the Manchester Flames.
  Mike Bayer Coach Bayer was born in Manchester NH and has lived in Bedford for the past 36 years; he started his hockey career with the MRYHA organization in 1975 and has been involved in a coaching roll for the past 7 years.  His main goal as head coach was to bring discipline, develop each player and grow as a team.  He was able to achieve these goals by utilizing a great coaching staff.  Coach Bayer will continue this philosophy and put his coaching emphasis on hockey development and team building. Coach Bayer currently is a Level 3 coach and will be attending the Level 4 coaching course this spring. Outside of the Flames, Coach Bayer has coached the GSS 2000 team for the past 5 years with great success.  He was a HS All–American in Tennis and has been an instructor for 25 years.  He continues to be a multi-sport Athlete competing in Tennis, Hockey and Soccer events. Coach Bayer will be the Bantam Director for the 2013-2014 as well as the Golf outing Director.
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Lady Flames   Glen Fifield Coach Fifield and the Manchester Lady Flames program have enjoyed great success since it's inception in the 05-06 season as the Lady Hurricanes.  Team success comes from a coaching philosophy grounded in team development and accountablity. Coach Fifield promotes individual devlopment at highly structured practices giving the player the confidence she needs to succeed. The Lady Flames program since it's inception in 05-06 has had numerous State as well as Regional and National accomplishmets including: 5  U-12 state championships. 1  U-12 regional championship. 3  U-14 state championships. 1  U-14 trip to nationals.
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Midget David DeCosmo

  Scott Greenwood
Coach Scott Greenwood is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach.  Born and raised in Manchester, Scott played his youth hockey with MRYHA starting in 1978 as an Intro Mite and later moving into the Flames travel program.  He played High School Hockey at Manchester Central, graduating in 1991.  Scott has been coaching with the Flames organization for the past 6 years with Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels.  Scott will be the head coach of the 2013-2014 Midget Minor 1 team.
  Jeff Gagne Coach Jeff Gagne was born in Manchester and played youth hockey with MRYHA in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  A USA Hockey Level 4 coach, Jeff has spent the past 10 years coaching at various age groups and skill levels.  His passion for the game is infectious and he enjoys watching players improve throughout the season.  Coach Gagne’s teams are characterized by fun, hard work and a strong respect for the game.


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