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Meet our Coaches

Announcing the Coaching Lineup for 2017-2018 for the Tribe and Braves

Mite House and Travel Skills Director: Joe Heaton
Goaltending Director: Grant Paulsen

Travel Mite 1: Joe Heaton, Andy Flakus
Travel Mite 2: Grant Paulsen
Travel Mite 3: Joe Heaton

The Tribe will be supported by other Wilmette Hockey Association coaches, Rafe Aybar, and Precision Hockey AAA.

Head Coaches by Team for the WHA:

BT 1       John Walin, Mike Kennedy
BT 2       Sean Keane
BT 3       Kyle Sennott
PW 1      Brad McMahon
PW 2      Andy Bauer
PW 3     Nicholas Ponce De Leon 
PW 4      Mike Loverde
SQ 1       Adam Cheris
SQ 2       Ben Piskor
SQ 3       Peter Kennedy
SQ 4       Nate Gibson

Director of Team Services:  Frank Pustek
WHA Travel Skills Director:  Brian Keane
Director of Coaching: Tom Finks
Coaching Mentor: John Walin

Our House league is also supported by many Parent Coach volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please lets us know during the registration process or by emailing us.


About Your Coaching Lineup

Coaching Director Tom Finks
6th Year with Program; Dartmouth College, ECAC, 4-year varsity, team captain, 9 years in Chicago Blackhawks business /front office, Member of Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (Player).   Member of 1981 New Trier East and 1983 New Trier State Championship Teams.
Skills Director, Wilmette Tribe Joe Heaton
4th Year with Program, among to top coaches and program leaders in USA; effective program builder has effectively grown participation and skill base for Evanston and Wilmette.  Commits to high tempo, multiple touch, small space hockey for long term athlete development.   Also serves as Mite 1 and Mite 3 Head Coach. 

Skills Director, Wilmette Braves Brian Keane (Prodigy Hockey)
5th Year with Program, among the top team coaches and skill development coaches in USA, trains top world athletes like Patrick Kane, AAA players and Tier 2 players.  Deep commitment to the science of player development and video education.  Play D1 College Hockey for U Mass Lowell.

Goaltending Director, Grant Paulsen
6th Year with Program, Starting goaltender, four year Academic All American at Villanova, Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Scholarship Winner; Served as Goaltending Specialist for Christian Athlete Hockey Camps of Chicago; Commits to skating base, efficiency of movements and positive mental resilience in most challenging position in sports.   Also serves as Mite 2 Head Coach.

Coaching Mentor, John Wallin
Former Division I Hockey Head Coach at Chicago State and Kent State; competed against and shared player development strategies with like of Bob Johnson and Herb Brooks; Part of team that founded and grew Can-Am Hockey Schools to world’s number 1 summer camp operator; Former Head Coach of New Trier East Indians, 1981 State Champions.   Also serves as Bantam 1 co-Head Coach.  

About Our Coaches

“Hockey is so much fun, but it’s also has its share of adversity.  When our coaches lead kids through the adversity to positive results, that’s what it is all about.   From top to bottom, I believe we have one of the best staffs around.   We have a number of truly big league coaches, real leaders that could coach at any level.  Every other coach is on the road to hit a truly high standard.  It’s a great mix.  No matter the team, I am confident Wilmette Hockey players will have a great experience this year.”

--Tom Finks, Coaching Director