Staff

TOM KOWAL, NAHL HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER

[email protected]

Coach Kowal is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. Kowal is entering his second season with the Knights and is bringing extensive knowledge to the blue liners. Tom grew up playing AAA hockey in Anchorage, Alaska. He went on to play junior hockey for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) and Division I college hockey at both the University of Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA).

After college Tom broke into coaching as an assistant coach in the USHL with Omaha Lancers and the Tri-City Storm. He then moved over to the NAHL where he spent time coaching as an assistant coach for the Youngstown Phantoms.

Coach Kowal helped lead the Knights U16 American team to a AYHL Championship and the Junioir A team to a AJHL President Cup Championship. .

Tom now resides full time in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

 

ANDREW WHITESIDE, NAHL ASSISTANT COACH-YOUTH HOCKEY DIRECTOR

[email protected]

Andrew Whiteside enters his second full season as the NAHL team’s assistant coach. Whiteside's responsibilities include recruiting coordinator, coaching the Knights defenseman, assisting in the planning & running of practices, penalty kill, and video analysis.

Before Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Whiteside spent time as an assistant coach with the Kenai River Brown Bears in the NAHL. He was also selected to serve as video coach for USA Hockey in the 2013 Boys Select U17 Five Nations Tournament that won gold in Trnava, Slovakia. In the summers, Whiteside serves on the coaching staff for USA Hockey’s Atlantic District Player Development Program – comprised of the best youth & junior hockey players in the New Jersey, Delaware and Greater-Philadelphia area.

A Native of Philadelphia, PA, Whiteside earned his bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Niagara University in Sports Management, where he was a 4-year letter winner serving on the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey coaching staff; breaking down game film, compiling game analysis & teaching tapes for player/coach review and assisting with practice.

Whiteside resides full time in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

JOSH FUSCO, NA3AHL HEAD COACH, NAHL ASSISTANT COACH

[email protected]

Josh is a certified level 4 coach with USA hockey and has spent the past two and a half years coaching and assisting at several different levels of hockey.  He is currently assisting with the University of Scranton Div. 2 Club hockey program.  Previous to this season Josh was the head coach for Southlake high school JV and assistant coach for the varsity team as well as an assistant coach for the Texas Brahmas 18U team. He has served as a head coach for Pro Ambitions Hockey schools on the west coast.

Josh had a playing career that consisted of five years of Junior Hockey,  NCAA Division 3 and played professionally in Europe and in the semi-pro leagues in the U. S. .

During the summers, Josh works with elite NCAA D1 and D3 players as well as younger players individually with skill development and off ice strength and conditioning programs.

MARTY MOUCHA, U16 NATIONAL HEAD COACH

[email protected]

Marty works with our U16 and U18 teams as well as consults with all teams in the Knights organization.

Martin re-located to the United States in 2000 from Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.  He was recruited to play Ice Hockey for Wyoming Seminary Prep School in Kingston, PA at sixteen years old.  While at Seminary, Martin played in the Met League, Junior B, for the Little Flyers, winning the Kegan Cup, 2003.  After graduating from Wyoming Seminary in 2003, he played Junior hockey in Albany, NY for the CD Selects (EJHL).  Martin then went on to play college hockey and graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont in 2008.  Since graduating from college Martin has played in the AHL for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the ECHL for the Wheeling Nailers and Elmira Jackals and also suited up in the Federal Hockey League for the Danbury Whalers and the Williamsport Outlaws.

Martin recently received his Level 5 Coaching Certification through USA Hockey.  He has coached Wyoming Seminary Prep (2009-11) with Head Coach Glenn Patrick for two years. Marty has also coached the Pocono Pirates U-16 A Midget Team (2008-09), winning both the DVHL and Atlantic District Championships, and the Wilkes-Barre Junior Pens, U-18A team (2012-13), DVHL Play Off Champions.

When Martin is not coaching or playing ice hockey, he is a Civil Engineer for Quad three Group in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He enjoys training young athletes at The Fitness Place in Mountain Top, PA.  Martin loves to ski, golf, and fish.

ALEX VASKO KNIGHTS SKILLS COACH / DIRECTOR OF KNIGHTS PEE WEE/ SQUIRT/LITTLE KNIGHTS

Alex Vasko is a native to Kiev, Ukraine and represents the former Soviet Union Hockey Training School.

Alex started his professional playing career in Eastern Europe Hockey League in 1995. In 1999 Alex moved to the United States to continue his playing career in Gold Rush AWHL, Sioux City Musketeers USHL and Mohawk Valley UHL. Alex also participated in NHL Rookie Camps of Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning and in ECHL, UHL Training Camps.

In 2007, Alex moved to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area to begin his coaching career as a Head Coach of WBS Jr. Knights Youth Hockey Club. For the past four years Alex has been selected as AYHL All Star Game Coach. From 2012 through 2014 hockey seasons, Alex led his teams to a National Championship and in 2012 won National Championship with his Bantam Major AAA Team. Alex is proud of his prospective students who are currently playing in the OHL, QMJHL, WHL and USHL and participated in 2015 World Junior Championship, 2015 CHL Top Prospects and USHL/NHL Top Prospects games. He also worked with professionals from the NHL and KHL.

JUSTIN SCHREIBER, KNIGHTS HEAD SCOUT

 

From Nebraska, Justin maintains a busy schedule traveling across the country, building scouting profiles on future Knights. He comes from an athletic background in the Midwest and has brings with him an impressive  resume. His scouting credentials include three years worth of experience working as both an NHL Draft and OHL Draft scout for HockeyProspect.com. Last season, prior to his hiring with the Knights, Justin worked as a scout for the NAHL's Kenai River Brown Bears.

PAUL CELONA, ATHLETIC TRAINER

Bio

Paul grew up in Berwick, Pennsylvania before attending Bloomsburg University.  There he earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's degree in athletic training.  Paul served as an intern athletic trainer for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL during the 2012-13 season.  He then worked at Bucknell University serving as the athletic trainer for their football, cross-country, and track and field teams.  Paul joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights staff in the 2015-16 season, where he serves as the head athletic trainer and the equipment manager.

 
Paul currently resides in Bloomsburg, PA with his wife, Dedra, and his son, Dylan.
 
 
Paul Celona, MS, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights