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Program Director

Steve Macadams
smacadams@jrwarriors.com

Steve MacAdams is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of progressive coaching experience. He comes with a strong reputation in player and program development where he has worked with numerous players and organizations throughout the United States. He previously served as director of operations for Paul Vincent’s Dynamic Skating Ltd., one of the top hockey consulting and development camps in the United States. MacAdams, a two year captain at Salem State College, has coached from the youth level through the Junior and college ranks. In the past three out of four years, MacAdams' '97 Elites have won the Massachusetts Select Championship and advanced to the USA Hockey Nationals. He also serves as assistant coach at Austin Prep School.

General Manager/Head Coach Juniors

Andy Heinze
aheinze@jrwarriors.com

Andy Heinze is director of hockey operations for the Valley Jr. Warriors and is the head coach and general manager of the VJW Junior team. In his first year as coach of the Junior team, Heinze was honored as the EJHL Coach of the Year. He received that honor once again in 2001 and most recently in 2012. Heinze, a former captain of the 1989-90 Merrimack College team, began coaching at his alma mater in 1993 following a three-year professional career in Europe. He holds the Merrimack school record for most games played with 144 and currently ranks 10th on Merrimack's all-time scoring list with 77 goals and 89 assists for 166 points.

Assistant Coach - Junior A / Head Coach - Junior B

Jeremy Tabb
jtabb@jrwarriors.com

Since 2010, Jeremy has worked closely with Andy Heinze and the VJW Junior program. He has an extensive background in training young players and improving their overall skills. His work on stride and skating development for numerous teams and individuals has made him well known in the hockey community. He has also owned and operated the Owner Pride Hockey School since 2008. A 1990 graduate of Cathedral High School, Tabb went on to enjoy a successful playing career at UMass-Lowell and Elmira College and then as a professional player for four years in France.

Assistant Coach - Junior B

Eric Brown
jrb@jrwarriors.com

Eric Brown took over the helm of the Junior B team for the 2014-15 season and comes to the Warrior program with a wealth of high-level playing and coaching experience. A 1995 graduate of UMass-Lowell, Brown was a four-year scholarship player for the nationally-ranked program. He went on to enjoy a three-year professional playing career before taking over as vice president of the Greg Carter European Hockey School where he oversaw all on and off-ice activities. From 2009 through 2012, he served as head varsity hockey coach for Wayland High School.

 

U18 Tier 1

Andy Heinze
aheinze@jrwarriors.com

Andy Heinze is director of hockey operations for the Valley Jr. Warriors and is the head coach and general manager of the VJW Junior team. In his first year as coach of the Junior team, Heinze was honored as the EJHL Coach of the Year. He received that honor once again in 2001 and most recently in 2012. Heinze, a former captain of the 1989-90 Merrimack College team, began coaching at his alma mater in 1993 following a three-year professional career in Europe. He holds the Merrimack school record for most games played with 144 and currently ranks 10th on Merrimack's all-time scoring list with 77 goals and 89 assists for 166 points.

U16 Tier I

Scott Lachance
slachance@jrwarriors.com

Scott Lachance is a familiar face on the VJW bench as he currently serves as a head coach for U16 Tier II and '03 Elite teams. During his professional hockey career, Lachance suited up for the New York Islanders for eight seasons and then spent time with the Montreal Canadians, Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was selected 4th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 819 career NHL games, scoring 31 goals and 112 assists for 143 points. In addition to his VJW duties, he is currently a scout for the New Jersey Devils.

U16 Tier I

Nick Chingris
nchingris@jrwarriors.com

Beginning with the 2015-16 season Nick Chingris joins the Warrior program as the 2001 U14 Elite head coach. Nick, an all-scholastic goaltender at Austin Prep from 1983-1987, followed his high school career playing four years at Salem State College. A resident of Andover, Nick has been coaching elite hockey programs and has been a power skating and skills coach for the past 20 years.

U16 Tier I

Paul Sacco
psacco@jrwarriors.com

Paul Sacco is a veteran coach and player who brings local, national and international experience to the program. A Reading resident, Sacco is a former standout at Northeastern University. After serving as captain for the Huskies in 1992, Sacco traveled to Europe where he competed as a player for seven years with Fiemme Cavalese, Reims, Bourdeaux and Miesbach TEV, before taking on the role as a player/coach during his final two years abroad.


U16 Tier II
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Scott Brown
sbrown@jrwarriors.com

A resident of Georgetown, Scott is enjoying his fourth year as head coach with the Warriors. He has been coaching in the program for eight seasons and coached in the North Andover Youth Hockey program prior to that. Brown played high school hockey at Worcester Academy and Minnechaug HS, and continued playing while at UMass Amherst. He has stayed involved in the sport currently serving as Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Boston Bruins. Scott has three children actively involved in youth hockey with the Warriors and North Andover Youth Hockey.

U16 Tier II

Bruce Major
bmajor@jrwarriors.com

Bruce Major, a resident of Topsfield, is a British Columbia native who has been coaching in the VJW organization for three years.  He played collegiately at the University of Maine then played three years professionally, including a stint with the Quebec Nordiques with whom he was drafted by in the 1985 Entry Draft. As an Assistant Coach at the University of Maine, he won a National Championship and later continued to coach in youth hockey organizations before joining the Warriors.

U14 Full Season
Mike Addesa
maddesa@jrwarriors.com

Mike Addesa will be entering his 2nd season with the Valley Junior Warriors.  Addesa played his junior hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL.  He then played four years at Amherst College and was a member of the the 1991-92 ECAC North-South Championship team.  After college he spent two years coaching junior hockey for the Boston Bulldogs and the Matt O'Neil Lightning in the EJHL. Addesa has spent the last 10 years coaching youth hockey at all levels from Learn to Skate through Bantams for both boys and girls.

U14 Full Season

Ray Robinson
rrobinson@jrwarriors.com

Ray Robinson is entering his sixth season with the Valley Jr. Warriors and produced one NEHL Championship along the way. A father of four and a life-long resident of Haverhill, Robinson has been involved with youth hockey for the past 10 years and also grew up playing the game. As a level 4 USA Hockey certified coach Robinson has enjoyed the last few years working the bench with some great coaches in an effort to develop skilled and hard working players all while keeping it fun, positive, and professional.

U14 Half Season

Steve Macadams
smacadams@jrwarriors.com

Steve MacAdams is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of progressive coaching experience. He comes with a strong reputation in player and program development where he has worked with numerous players and organizations throughout the United States. He previously served as director of operations for Paul Vincent’s Dynamic Skating Ltd., one of the top hockey consulting and development camps in the United States. MacAdams, a two year captain at Salem State College, has coached from the youth level through the Junior and college ranks. In the past three out of four years, MacAdams' '97 Elites have won the Massachusetts Select Championship and advanced to the USA Hockey Nationals. He also serves as assistant coach at Austin Prep School.

2003 Elite

Dave Sacco
dsacco@jrwarriors.com

For the second straight season, David Sacco will serve as head coach of two VJW teams. Dave stands as the second all-time leading scorer at Boston University and was a First Team NCAA All-American. He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1988 NHL Draft. Dave spent two years with the Maple Leafs before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. Sacco also represented the United States at the 1993 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.

2003 Select

Jack Blaeser
jblaeser@jrwarriors.com

Jack Blaeser joined the Valley Jr Warriors during the 2010-11 season. Jack, a Boxford native, played at St. John's Prep (Danvers) from 1980-84. Blaeser went on to play at Brown University. His philosophy builds on strong foundations, hard work, and making the most of every opportunity. In his first year of coaching for the Warriors, Blaeser led his Mite Minor squad to a New England Hockey League Championship.

2004 Elite

Will Winship
wwinship@jrwarriors.com

Will Winship is enjoying his second season as head coach after serving as an assistant in the Warriors program for more than five years. An Andover resident, Winship has been an assistant coach for the 2000 Elites since 2006 and was one of the assistant coaches for the 2004 Elites for the past two seasons. Originally from Connecticut, Will was a three-sport standout (football, hockey, lacrosse) at Darien High School before playing on the hockey and lacrosse teams at Union College in 1992.

2004 Select

Shaun Toohey
stoohey@jrwarriors.com

Shaun Toohey is enjoying his third season coaching for the Valley Jr Warriors program. A longtime North Shore resident who currently lives in Haverhill, Toohey - in addition to his hockey duties - is also active with the Riverside Bradford Baseball Little League.

2005 Elite

Brian Cronin
bcronin@jrwarriors.com

A resident of Andover, Brian has been coaching in the Warrior organization for the last 2 years. Prior to coaching youth hockey, Brian served as the assistant varsity coach at Central Catholic for 10 years from 2001-2011. Cronin played his college hockey at Colby from 1992-1996 and captained the team his senior season. In addition to earning All-American honors for his senior campaign at Colby, Brian was named the ECAC Player of the Year.

2005 Select

Craig Kneeland
ckneeland@jrwarriors.com

Craig resides in Methuen with his wife and 3 sons. He served as an Assistant Coach for the VJW 2005 Select team that won the 2016 BHL Championship. He is a level 4 USA Hockey Coach that coached in the Somerville Youth Hockey and Methuen Youth Hockey programs. He grew up playing for Somerville High School, St. Michael's College, and is a NIHOA ice hockey Referee.

2006 Elite

Marc Griffin
mgriffin@jrwarriors.com

Marc Griffin returns to the Warriors for a fourth straight season. Griffin is a North Shore native and a former VJW player. A resident of North Reading, Griffin grew up playing for both Triton Youth Hockey and the VJW Selects. Upon graduating from Austin Prep High School, Griffin went on to play at Bentley University and became captain of the 1998 team. After college Griffin was an assistant coach on the VJW Junior team and has coached with the North Reading Youth Hockey program.

2006 Select

Jason Carlson
jcarlson@jrwarriors.com

A resident of North Andover, Jason returns to the Warriors for the third straight season as the 2006 Squirt Minor Select Team head coach. Jason grew up playing for Beverly High School and went on to play for Saint Michael’s College where he received the Ice Knight Award in 1996. Throughout college and for several years after graduating, Carlson worked as a coach for Dynamic Skating.

2007 Elite

Vic Fidler
vfidler@jrwarriors.com

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, Vic Fidler joined the Warrior program as the '07 Elite head coach. For the past two seasons, Vic has assisted with the Pride Hockey Camps. He played four years for Elmira College and prior to that he was a standout for Governor Dummer Academy from 1987-1992. Vic is a Tewksbury native, who has spent the past 20 years working as a special education teacher at the Landmark School in Beverly.

2007 Select

Glenn Sheehan
gsheehan@jrwarriors.com

Glenn Sheehan, a resident of Bradford, joins the Warriors for the 2015-16 season as the 2007 Select head coach. This will be his third year coaching at the Mite level and has worked with multiple learn to skate/play programs. He was a standout at North Andover High School (co-captain of the 1991 team) and went on to play his college hockey at Bentley.

2008 Elite

Glen Thornborough
gthornborough@jrwarriors.com

A resident of Boxford MA Glen Thornborough joined the Warrior program last year as the ’08 Elite assistant coach. He brings extensive knowledge and experience in the sport. He played Junior Hockey in MJHL for the Winkler Flyers (1990-92), before moving on to College Hockey at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the WCHA (1992-96), where he was captain for the Seawolves. Glen gained professional coaching experience at the minor league level and is now Sr. VP of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden.

2008 Select

Chris Logue
clogue@jrwarriors.com

Chris Logue grew up in North Andover, MA playing in the North Andover Youth hockey program. He played his High School/Prep School hockey at Cushing Academy (1988) serving as Team Captain before moving on to the University of Notre Dame (1992). Chris has spent the last few seasons coaching in the Masco youth hockey program. Chris's coaching philosophy emphasizes individual skill progression to ensure the long term development of each player. Chris, is a current resident of Boxford and father of four.

2009 Elite

Phil Mericantante
pmericantante@jrwarriors.com

Phil Mericantante is new to the Warrior program for the 2016-2017 season. Phil is a resident of North Reading. He grew up playing youth hockey in Woburn and select hockey for the North Shore Raiders and Boston Jr. Braves. He played his high school hockey at Matignon winning a state championship in 1993 before going to college at Stonehill. Prior to joining the Warrior program, he coached in the North Reading Youth Hockey program.

2009 Elite

Ken Madill
kmadill@jrwarriors.com

​​Ken Madill grew up in Medford MA where he played youth hockey and continued playing as an adult in various men's leagues. He now resides in Georgetown MA with his wife and 2 children. Ken holds a USA Hockey Level Three Certification in coaching. In the past, Ken served on the Danvers Youth Hockey Board of Directors, and has coached Mites through PeeWees for over seven years. His philosophy promotes individual skill development, team work, and helping each player achieve their personal goals.