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COACHES/STAFF

Nick Unger
Head Coach-NCDC

This will be Coach Nick Unger's fourth season with the Rochester Junior Monarchs organization and second at the helm of the NCDC team. Before coaching the NCDC team, Unger coaches the Monarchs 18U ('16-'17) and Premier junior team ('17-'18).

Prior to joining the Jr Monarchs, Coach Unger has had an extensive coaching career at the NCAA & Prep levels. Once graduated from Nichols College with a degree in Sports Management, Coach Unger began coaching at Nichols College. After 4 seasons with the team Nick came away with 2 ECAC Northeast Championship games, 1 ECAC Northeast Championship, 1 NCAA tournament appearance, and the recruitment of All-American and All-Conference talent.  Coach Unger moved to his hometown of Brockport, NY where he continued his coaching career with SUNY Brockport. In 3 seasons he was able to recruit 2 All-Americans, 6 All-SUNYAC, revive the alumni golf tournament, re-engage the community in the program, and return the team to playoff contention.

In 2014, Nick made the move to Lake Placid, NY where he became the Head Coach of the Boy's Varsity hockey team at the National Sports Academy prep school.

Coach Unger was a team member of the NCAA Division III, ECAC Northeast Nichols College Bisions from 2005-2008 and played his junior hockey for the Buffalo Junior Lightning of the OPJHL (Buffalo Jr. Sabres, OJHL).

Nick and his wife Sarah welcomed their first child Ava in January of 2019.

 

 

Brad Wheeler
Head Coach-Premier
 
Brad Wheeler is a Rochester native, who grew up playing youth and high school hockey in the area. He moved on to play Collegiate hockey at SUNY Canton and Fredonia. Once completed college, Brad played professionally in the UHL (United Hockey League).
 
After his playing career, Brad moved back to the Rochester area to pursue coaching youth and high school hockey. Over the years, Wheeler's coaching career has taken him all over the country with his involvement in many youth, junior organizations, and the USA Hockey Development Program. In addition to Wheeler's coaching experience, he has a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Brockport in Physical Education and has many different connections throughout the hockey world. Coach Wheeler will be entering his second season with the Rochester Jr. Monarchs Premier team.
 
 
 
Brian Bailey
Assistant Coach: NCDC & Premier
 
Brian Bailey started his coaching career in 2012 assisting with the Fairport High School JV team, developing players to move on to play at the Varsity level. After two seasons, Brian worked his way into a co-head coaching roll with the JV team and helped take that team onto win a league chamionship in the 2014-15 season.
 
Coach Bailey moved up to assist the Varsity program at Fairport High School. In his first year as an assistant, he helped lead the team to the Sectional Final. 
 
The Rochester Jr. Monarchs brought Brian on board in their inaugural season in 2016 as an assistant coach. He helped the Jr. Monarchs make the playoffs their first sesaon in the USPHL, while still helping lead the Fairport H.S. Varsity team to back to back Sectional Finals. Coach Bailey got promoted from the Elite team to be the Assistant coach at the Premier level. Brian assisted in coaching an inexperienced Premier team that came out with a winning season and playoff birth.
 
In 2018, Brian took the opportunity to be the Assistant Coach with both the NCDC and Premier teams in our organization. Coach Bailey's role on both teams is to recruit Premier and NCDC players, almong with being the team's skills coordinator. Brian will be entering his fourth season with the Rochester Jr. Monarchs organization.
 
 
 
 
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA CFSC USAW
Next Level Head Strength Coach
 
-Founder/Owner of Next Level Strength & Conditioning
-Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning)
-USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
-National High School Strength Coaches Association-Original Member
-Master's Degree in Health Studies- University of Alabama
-Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education- SUNY Brockport
-Strength & Conditioning Coach- RIT Men's Hockey (NCAA DI)
-Head Strength Coach- Victor Central Schools
-Physical Education/ Health Teacher- Victor Central Schools
-Played 4 Years of NCAA Hockey at SUNY Brockport
 
James Muscatello
Scout
 
 
Jamie Hefferon, ATC LMT CSC
Athletic Trainer
516-567-1635
 
Billet Coordinator