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Coaching staff

RC Lyke

R.C. Lyke, a native of Poughkeepsie, NY grew up playing AAA hockey for the Ramapo Saints. R.C. played for Suffern High School for two years where he was a standout defenseman leading his team,the county, and district in points for defenseman. For his efforts R.C. was selected to the All County and All District teams ,while helping lead the perennial NYS powerhouse to two Final Four appearances two years in a row. After a successful youth and high school campaign, R.C. was selected to play for New Jersey Devils Junior B team where he was an All Star defenseman in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey league (MJHL). Thereafter, RC was drafted in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and played for the Springfield Jr. Blues where he helped his team win a NAHL regular season and playoff league championship. As RC continued to improve and climb within the junior ranks, R.C. took his talents to the Bismarck Bobcats of the American Frontier Hockey League (AFHL) where he was named captain and led his team in points for defenseman and penalty minutes. For his efforts R.C. was selected as an AFHL All Star and played in the prestigious King of the Hill tournament with the NAHL and USHL. In his final year of junior hockey, RC played for the Syracuse Crunch of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) selected as a captain of the team while leading his conference and team in points for defenseman and penalty minutes he was selected as an OPJHL All Star. R.C. had a very successful Junior A career earning himself a full athletic scholarship to play NCAA D1 hockey at Mercyhurst University. While at Mercyhurst, R.C. quickly gained the respect of his teammates as he was a vital part of their defensive core that backboned their MAAC Championship and trip to the NCAA Division 1 National Tournament. R.C. was selected for the "Hardest Hitter Award" all three years by his teammates while also leading his team in hits and plus minus two out of his three seasons at Mercyhurst. Years after graduating, R.C. was inducted into the Mercyhurst University Hall of Fame for his accomplishments while on the hockey team. Once RC's NCAA Division 1 career concluded, R.C. would go on to play 7 years of professional hockey ending his playing career in the SPHL for the Richmond Renegades as a player coach for his final two seasons. After R.C. finished his professional playing career he quickly transitioned into his coaching career. R.C. coached and evaluated at various age levels in USA hockey select festivals and was the Associate Head Coach of the Hudson Valley Empire State Games Hockey team for 4 years. In mid 2009, RC started the Richmond Generals AA/AAA Youth and Junior A hockey organizations. Over the last 12 years, RC has built the Richmond Generals Youth and Junior organization into a nationally recognized developmental program. R.C. has been the only Head Coach and GM in the Richmond Generals Junior A programs 12 year history. RC has earned the right to have been named coach and program of the year multiple times while holding a record of 702 wins, 331 losses, and 35 overtime losses in 1,068 games. RC has built an incredible reputation as a true development coach while being one of the winningest coaches behind the bench in the last 12 years anywhere, at any level. The thing that R.C. is most proud of is his ability as a Coach to help his players move onto the next level and develop them as successful young men in life.To date,RC has helped over 600 players achieve their dreams of playing in the CHL,USHL,NAHL,CJHL, NCAA and CIS College hockey programs, and the professional hockey ranks including the NHL. Today, RC serves as the Director of the Ice Mavericks Tier 1 AAA program and the Associate Head Coach of the U16 & U18 teams. Coach Lyke also scouts for the following teams and programs: Aberdeen Wings (NAHL), Old Grizzlys (AJHL), Twin City Thunder (NCDC).

Paul Flache

Paul Flache, a Peterborough, Ontario native has coaching and player development experience gained through over a decade of operating elite training facilities and coaching at various levels of the game. Paul grew up playing junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion from 99-02 during which he was drafted to the NHL by the Edmonton Oilers (2002). Paul signed his first NHL contract with the Atlanta Thrashers and began his professional career in 2002. Over a 10 year span , Paul spent seasons in the AHL, ECHL and Germany. Upon retirement, Pauls coaching career began in 2012 with the TPH Thunder Program where he worked with the U16 and U18 teams developing and advancing student athletes to the next level as well as making multiple national championship appearances. Paul then served as the associate head coach of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League before returning back to Atlanta to take over a local junior program. Today, Paul serves as the U18 head coach and program skills/video coach of the Ice Mavericks program.

Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard, a Chatham, NJ native grew up playing for the New Jersey Penguins and Bridgewater Bears as well as for his local high school where he won two state championships before moving onto play junior hockey. Brian played for the Richmond Generals for three seasons under Coach Lyke before committing to play NCAA D3 at Castleton University. While at Castleton, Brian played a vital part on the team and was named to the New England Hockey Conference All-Academic team each year he was there. In addition, Brian received the Krampade/AHCA All-American Scholar award for his work on the ice and in the classroom. After graduating from Castleton University in 2020, Brian returned to the Richmond Generals program where he was named the Head Coach of their U18 AAA and the Assistant Coach on both the Richmond Generals Junior A Elite and Premier teams in the USPHL. In the last three seasons with the Richmond Generals organization, Brian played a critical role in their championship run. Additionally, Brian excelled in player recruitment, player development, and player advancement for the entirety of the junior organization which was a key factor to their success. Today, Brian serves as the 16U Head Coach as well as an Assistant Coach for the 18U team and the Assistant Strength Coach for the program. In addition Coach Leonard serves as a scout for the Twin City Thunder in the NCDC.

Sean Bearnhardt

Sean Bearnhard, a native of Webster, NY played locally in the Rochester, NY area before taking his talents to the NCAA D3 level at Suny Morrisville. After one season at Suny Morrisville, Sean elected to move to the greater Atlanta area and attend Kennesaw State University where he played hockey for their ACHA D1 club team. After Sean concluded his playing career, Sean then took over as the head coach of Kennesaw State’s hockey team where he was the head coach for five seasons. Thereafter, Sean then moved on to coaching at the Atlanta Madhatters Junior Program where he was the elite head coach and assistant premier coach. Today, Sean is a Level 5 USA Hockey coach with over 14 years total coaching and development experience in Atlanta Youth and Junior Hockey and serves as an assistant coach and team coordinator for the Ice Mavericks program.

Tyler Casillo

  • Program assistant development & skills coach
Tyler Casillo, a Buffalo, NY native grew up playing hockey for Cheektowaga Warriors before moving on to play for the Buffalo Regals and Niagara Whalers of the GOJHL. After a successful junior career, Tyler went on to play at Erie College before getting into coaching in his early twenties. In Tyler's first year of coaching, Tyler guided his u18 team to a sectional final and was able to help a number of his players advance into the junior ranks. Due to the work Tyler did in his first year coaching, Tyler was offered the opportunity to take the head coaching job of his former junior team, the Buffalo Jr. Regals of the GOJHL. In Tyler's first year as the coach the Buffalo Jr. Regals, Tyler guided his team the best record in franchise history, and was named a finalist for coach of the year. In addition to having a successful record, Tyler is most proud of the 14 NCAA commitments that he was able to help his player reciceve while playing for him that season. After a successful campaign with Jr. Regals organization, Tyler elected to take his coaching talents to the sunny state of California where he took the bench for San Diego Sabres of the USPHL. Once again, Tyler was able to set a franchise record for wins by taking a team that had only 15 wins in the previous year to a 33-11-2 record, as well as a franchise first ever playoff experience. Today, Tyler is the performance coach the Ice Mavericks program, and a scout for multiple Tier 2 junior organizations.

Neil Breen

  • Program assistant development and skills coach
  • MMA & Boxing Coach
Neil Breen, a Spokane, WA native grew up playing AAA hockey for Notre Dame Hounds organization before leaving home at the age 16 to play for the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. After a season in the BCHL, Neil moved on to play in the USHL for Omaha Lancers for two seasons where he was named team captain, league all star, and won a Clak Cup Championship. After his junior career ended, Neil moved on to play for Quinnipiac University for four seasons where he was once again named team captain, and helped his team make their first Frozen Four appearance in program history. Neil was later inducted into the Quinnipiac Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishment. Once Neil's college career came to a close, Neil went on to play professional hockey before opting to take his athletic abilities into another professional sport, MMA. After Neil's playing career concluded, and while he was training to become a professional MMA fighter, Neil took the bench at the USHL, NAHL, and EHL levels where he helped hundreds of players reach their goal of playing at the NCAA D1, D3 and professional levels including the NHL. Today, with 20 years of coaching experience under his belt, Neil is a skills and off ice coach for the program where he helps players develop their on ice skills, while teaching MMA & boxing to our athletes as it has proven to be a great training method for overall athleticism and self discipline.

Owen Clark

  • Program Goalie Coach

Brett Lester

  • Program Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brett Lester, a Rochester, NY native grew up playing for the Rochester Americans AAA organization and was a USA Hockey Select 17 development player before going on to play for Boston Jr. Bruins, Lowell Lock Monsters and New England Huskies of the EJHL. Once Brett's junior career concluded, Brett moved to greater Atlanta where he attended Kennesaw State University where he won an ACHA National Championship. After graduating Kennesaw State University with a degree in exercise science, Brett went on to work as physical therapy tech and became a certified sports performance coach as well as certified vertimax trainer. In addition to becoming a top sports performance trainer in the greater Atlanta area, Brett has served as the associate head coach Kennesaw State University ACHA team for four seasons as well as the director of junior hockey for the Atlanta Madhatters during their inaugural season. Today, Brett works for Prosper Athlete where he serves as the strength and conditioning for the Ice Mavericks Program.

Gordon MacFarlane

  • Program Consultant - Mental Performance Coach 
Coach MacFarlane is a certified human behavior specialist, NHL mental performance coach, international best-selling author, and former professional hockey player. Learn more about Coach MacFarlane at www.performancemindsetcoach.com

Scouting staff

Dale Sumner

  • Midwest Scout
Dale Sumner, a Fargo, ND native grew up playing hockey locally in the area before going to college and eventually joining the United State Air Force. After serving his country, Dale has gone to spend the last 30 years in the commercial banking industry. While working in the banking industry, Dale found himself being pulled back into the game of hockey in the mid 2000s where he served as a liaison to the California Wave Youth Hockey Program as well as the SafeSport Coordinator for the Southern California Amature Hockey Assocation. After spending time with the California Wave organization, Dale became the assistant GM and head scout for a Tier 2 Junior A team in the SIJHL, the Thief River Falls Norskies. Today, Dale remains in the banking industry as well as the assistant GM of the Norskies, and is proud to be scouting for the Ice Mavericks Program in the Midwest United States.

Greg Gatto

  • Southeast & Canadian Scout
Greg Gatto, a Calgary, AB native grew up playing AAA hockey locally in Calgary before being signed to the Olds Grizzlys of the AJHL when he was 16 years old. After one season with Olds Grizzlys, Greg signed with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he played two seasons with four different teams in the WHL before attending the University of Lethbridge where he played four seasons. Once Greg graduated from college, Greg went on to play 8 years of professional hockey before hanging up the skates. Greg then began his coaching career where he has coached at the professional level, collegiate level, and most recently the NAHL level. Today, Greg owns high performance hockey,  a player agency/advisory that provides players and their families with guidance and representation so that players have the best opportunity to succeed on and off the ice. Greg is excited to be a part of the Ice Mavericks scouting staff as he believes the Ice Mavericks program is a game changer for youth hockey players in North America.

Dan Hodge

  • Northeast Scout

Dan Hodge, a native of Melrose, MA grew up playing AAA hockey in the greater Boston area. After a successful youth career, Dan moved on to play junior hockey in the USHL for the Omaha Lancer where he was a standout defenseman. After a successful junior hockey campaign, Dan went on to play college hockey at Merrimack College where he was once again a vital part of their defensive core. For Dan's efforts, he was drafted by the Boston Bruins following in his father's footsteps. Dan went on to play nine seasons of professional hockey between AHL, ECHL, IHL and CHL levels. At the conclusion of Dan's playing career, Dan stepped directly into coaching at the professional level before moving into the junior ranks. Today, Dan is the head coach & general manager of the Twin City Thunder of the NCDC and the Northeast player scout for the Ice Mavericks program.

Administrative Staff

Karen Diffee

Jake Catalico

AJ Ricciardi

  • President

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