Jets Coaching Staff 2012-2013 Season
Head Coach, Midget U-18 Team
Tyler is coming to the Jets program with 25 years of hockey experience and 10+ years of coaching experience. He started out playing youth hockey in Johnstown until 1995, where he then started playing AAA hockey with the Pittsburgh Pythons select team. Then moving on to play for the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins AAA team, which was selected to play in the Kamloops, B.C. International Tournament which is considered to be the best tournament in the world for the ages of 14 and 15, choosing only 4 teams respectively from Canada, Europe, and the United States to attend.
After a great career at the AAA level, Tyler then moved on to the Junior hockey ranks to play for the Somerset Chill junior hockey club of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. After two years with the Chill, Tyler played for the Indiana Thunder of the CHL. As their captain, he led the team in points, which earned him the opportunity to play in the CHL All Star Game.
Tyler also played for the local high school of Richland. Playing 4 seasons and tallying more than 220 points for the Rams in the WPIHL, and making it to the Penguin Cup Finals in 1999/2000 season.
Instead of playing college hockey, Tyler chose to join our military, which had always been a dream of his. After basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Tyler became a crew chief for AH-64 Apache helicopters. After just one year, Tyler became a battalion physical training instructor which was tasked with directing physical training for roughly 170 soldiers.
Tyler brings a disciplined coaching style to hockey and plans on bringing state and national championships back to his home town.
Head Coach – Bantam Team
Mickey has been playing hockey since he was 5 years old. He comes from a long line of hockey brothers and nephews. He played hockey at Westmont from 1981-1985 for Charlie Haigins and was part of the State semifinal team in 1982. Mickey played at Penn State University in 1986 and 1987 as part of Penn State’s Division 1 club team, and coincidentally, at the same university that Head Coach Matt Cavrak played at. Mickey has coached in several organizations, including Mite B and Mite A Major with the CCSHL, Pee Wee AA for two successive years with the Pittsburgh Huskies with Adam and Nicholas winning a championship at the Pee Wee AA level in 2010 with my son Nicholas. “It was the greatest experience of my life beating the Predator’s in the championship game. “Mickey continues to be involved in scholastic hockey within the Westmont Hilltop School District where he coached from 1992 to 1995. He also coached the Westmont Laurel Mountain team this past year as well as assisting the freshman and varsity team for the 2011-2012 season. He also ran the fun Friday program for Westmont Hilltop, an elementary programfor teaching skills and drills and interesting kids in the sport. His brother Art has been the head coach at Westmont since 1988,bringing stability and a unique dynamic to the school districtMickey has a more famous side. He was the little child in the 1977 film Slapshot that was filmed in his house with Emmett Walsh and Paul Newman as he played Dickie Dunn’s son, the sportswriter that was responsible for stirring up the rumor of the sale of the team to Florida. Remember Dickie Dunn and Reg Dunlop?
Mickey also continues to play hockey at age 45 in the adult league at planet ice as he thoroughly enjoys playing and teaching kids.
Head Coach – PeeWee Blue Team
Craig grew up playing youth hockey in Johnstown. Mostly notably He played for Johnstown High school where he served as the assistant captain for three years. In his senior season he was named team captain and lead the team not only in points but to the LMHL championship during the 2011-2012 season. He also won the best new defensemen award in 05-06, the Lori Bearjar award in 10-11, the pride and tradition award in 11-12 and the Brad Wess memorial Scholarship in 2012. He also played for the Indiana Chiefs and won a PAHL championship. For the past 2 years Craig has played for the Jets U18 team and for the past 3 years he has played for the Jets tournament team. Craig is no stranger to what it means and takes to be a Jet.
Head Coach – PeeWee White Team
Nick Mish was born and raised in Johnstown, Pa.He played travel hockey out of Pittsburgh until leaving when he was 15 to move to British Columbia. While in Canada he played Junior hockey before moving back to Pa. He was drafted into the Ontario hockey league and played one season for the Erie Otters and won the division championship. Nick has coached high school hockey while attending IUP and helped with many goaltender school throughout Pennsylvania and Canada.