MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Dave Maksymiu- Master Instructor

Dave has spent a lifetime developing his craft. Here in Rochester, Dave has been coaching, teaching and doing skill and skating development for 25 years. Personally he has taught more than 40,000 private lessons and has worked with hundreds of thousands of hockey players of all ages.

Dave is a USA Hockey Level 5 Master certified coach. He is a USA Hockey Select Festival Head Coach and Goaltending Coach. Also, he has had the opportunity to be a speaker at several USA Hockey Coaching Certification seminars from Level 1 to Level 4. In his 25 years in Rochester, Dave has coached well over 40 teams from Mite to Junior A and college. Throughout his playing and coaching life, Dave has won 6 State Championships and 3 National Championships. Dave played youth hockey in Michigan culminating with a National Championship with the Little Caesats hockey program as a midget. He went on to play D1, D3, and 2 seasons of professional hockey in the minor pro leagues.

 

Jared Blank- Senior Goalie Instructor

Tom McDonald- Senior Instructor

Tom played youth hockey growing up in Schenectady, NY and went on to play hockey at SUNY Canton from 1990-92. In 1992, he was honored to be a member of Canton's 14th National Championship team. From there, Tom played at SUNY Brockport in 1993. His coaching career started in 1998 at Penfield High School and he coached 7 seasons for them. Next, Tom coached juniors for 11 years and while coaching he also taught private and group lessons for 10 years. Hockey is and always be a big part of Tom's life.

Brian Bailey- Instructor

Brian played high school hockey both JV and Varsity for Fairport High School. After graduating in 2010 he moved to Boston to play Jr's for the South Shore Kings. Brian then started coaching JV hockey for Fairport in 2012 and won a championship with that team in 2015. After that, he moved up to work with the Varsity program at Fairport in 2015 helping them reach the sectional finals the same season. Currently he is the assistant coach for the Rochester Jr Monarchs NCDC and Premier teams.

Nick Unger- Instructor

Nick has over 15 years of coaching experience, 7 in the NCAA at Nichols College and The College at Brockport. After his career as a player at Nichols College, Nick joined the coaching staff at Nichols during the 2007-2008 season. Many of Nicks’ former players have moved on to play professional hockey.  Also, Nick, was the GM of Puckmasters Hockey Training in Marlborough, MA where he developed and executed lessons, clinics, and camps for players and goaltenders of all ages and ability levels.  Nick has performed over 1,000 private lessons in his coaching career.Currently, Nick is the Head Coach of the Rochester Junior Monarchs NCDC USPHL team.

John Mosca-Instructor

Mosca grew up in Rochester and started playing at 5 years old. His travel career was at the AAA level for the Red Wings, Americans, and Eagles. From there, he played varsity for Gates-Chili. John has always played forward, whether it is center or wing. He attended St. John Fisher for college and played 2 seasons there and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Finance.