Orlando joins the Mustangs from the Austin Bruins of the NAHL where he served as Assistant Coach last season. Orlando's offensive prowess helped lead the forward group as well as the power-play units. This past season the Bruins power-play unit converted at a 23.1% clip and tied for best in the Central Division. His ability to break down film and access team strengths and weaknesses was crucial for the Bruins. Before heading to Austin, Orlando has also previously served as Head Coach of Villanova University (ACHA) from 2017-19. Orlando saw great success with the IceCats in his two-year stint with the program and appearing in the ECHA playoffs in both seasons. In his first season, the Villanova University IceCats went all of the way to the ECHA Championship. The Cinderella story fell just short in overtime to Drexel University. His first year eventually paved the way for a record of 33-29-3 combined as Head Coach. Before making his collegiate head coaching debut, he also served as Assistant Coach at Temple University (ACHA). While he was a player, Orlando's career covered a vast majority of the United States and parts of Canada. He was a member of the New Mexico Renegades of the WSHL in 2011-13, where he was the leading scorer and Captain. He attended and played hockey for SUNY-Canton (Division III) before his career was cut short due to injury. However, this helped pave the way for him to jump straight into a career in coaching that has been nothing short of astounding. Orlando hails from Chalfont, PA, where he and his family are the proud owners of Hatfield Ice Arena in Colmar, PA. During the off-season, Orlando returns home to organize camps and training for young aspiring hockey players. His work ethic, integrity, and desire to grow the game of hockey help re-affirm his quick ascension in the hockey ranks. It will be a quick transition for Orlando as the beginning of the season looms near; however, he is ready, and we should be as well.
From Long Island, New York, Jimmy grew up playing in the Suffolk PAL organization before heading down to south Florida, where he would play two years in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL). It was there he would earn a roster spot on the inaugural Florida Jr. Blades team, coached by Jake Laime. The team would appear in the national tournament that season. Jimmy stayed local, attending Florida Gulf Coast University where he double majored in sports management and English. He’d go on to play three seasons at FGCU, never missing a national tournament appearance, also appearing in a national title game. While he was there, he earned individual awards such as first team All-Conference, and also was selected to the ACHA select team twice, the second time serving as captain.
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Jaroslav has been coaching hockey in Slovakia for decades, following a playing career for HC Kosice in the the top Czech league, now the Tipsport Extraliga. He has worked with top-tier players to help them advance and develop the necessary skills to move up in their hockey careers.
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Ron has been coaching hockey for the past 30 years, starting at the youth hockey level, working his way up to his most recent tenure in the United States Hockey League. Over the years, Ron has coached and managed youth programs and rinks. He has a long-standing history of working with elite players to help them advance and develop the necessary skills to move up in their hockey careers. Ron is well known for his work in skill and skating development. After a stint with the TPH Thunder in Nashville, TN, Ron is currently with Meijier AAA in Michigan.