The Washington Little Capitals are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the 2013-14 hockey season.
returns to the Washington Little Capitals 2013-14 after coaching two years with the DC Capitals U16 and U18 teams and one year with the WLC U18 team in the 2012-13 season. Plocki is a Pittsburgh native who grew up playing goalie for the North Hills Amateur Hockey Association (now the Pittsburgh Vipers) and for the Pine Richland High School varsity team. He began coaching in 1991 as the State College Youth Ice Hockey Association Pee Wee Head Coach in State College, PA. He moved on to coach at his high school alma mater junior varsity team, and worked with the PIttsburgh Stars Tier 1 youth hockey program as a goaltending instructor. Plocki began coaching in the DC area in 2006 with the Kettler Capitals Iceplex youth program. He helped coach Kettler's Tier-1 Development Camps beginning in 2008, and started with the Washington LIttle Capitals Tier-1 program as the U16 assistant coach in 2009. This past season, Plocki was the Asst. Coach for the DC Capitals U18 team, and helped lead that team to the Atlantic Division Title in the team's first year playing in the Tier-1 Elite Hockey League. This team also won the USA Hockey Southeast District Title to advance to the USA Hockey National Tier 1 Tournament. Plocki is a USA Hockey Level-4 certified coach.
Sean is a local hockey player who has played throughout the area starting with NOVA and the Washington Little Capitals. Sean played for the Washington Little Capitals before attending and playing at Gilmour Academy. From Gilmour Sean was recruited to play at NCAA Buffalo State College. After Sean played two seasons with the Buffalo State Bengals he attended Niagara University and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Sean coached last season as the Head Coach of the Bantam Major team that won PVAHA and went on to the SE District Championships. Previously he coached at the Midget U16 level in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League as an assistant coach. He now lives in Arlington and works in Washington DC and is excited to contribute to the future of his youth hockey club.
is going into his second year with the Washington Little Capitals Organization. Andrew played his youth hockey in the Norther Virginia area, starting with the Ashburn Xtreme and working his way up through the Junior Capitals to the Junior Nationals. After he finished high school he moved to Canada to play Junior hockey for the Fort Erie Metors. Andrew played for three seasons with the Metors wearing the C on his sweater for the last two years. Andrew is very excited to bring his energy and enthusiasm to the Little Caps. last season Andrew and coach Carmack guided the Bantam majors to a PVAHA Championship and advancing to the SE District Championship game.
Nick Carso will serve as the Bantam Major head coach for the Washington Little Capitals. Nick served as the Bantam Minor head coach in the 2012-13 season and for the previous 2 seasons Carso was an assistant coach with both the Bantam Minor and Major teams. Prior to that he was the head coach of the Washington Junior Nationals. In 2004 he coached the Jr Nationals to the AJHL Championship. Carso is a former Little Caps player from squirt through midget. As a player he participated in USA Hockey Nationals as a midget and a junior player, and won the MJHL Junior B Championship in 1996 with the Jr Capitals. After Little Caps, Carso went to Westminster Prep School and NCAA Division I UMASS-Lowell in Hockey East. He also participated as a player in the USA Hockey Select camps in Lake Placid. Carso is A USA Hockey LeveL 4 certified coach and resides in Arlington, VA.
Michael Parks returns to the Little Capitals for his eigth year as an assistant coach. Parks grew up playing AAA and Junior hockey in Cleveland, OH and brings more than 30 years of hockey playing, coaching, and officiating experience to the organization. After playing Division III college hockey at SUNY Geneseo he finished his on-ice career as an official at the Junior and COllegiate levels. Parks is proud to follow several players that he has coached that are now playing at the Junior, Collegiate, and NHL levels. Parks is a USA Hockey Level 4 CEP-certified coach and resides in Arlington, VA.
Kyle Langdon - returns to the Little Capital program after attending graduate school. A native of Rochester, NY, Langdon played his college hockey with SUNY Geneseo where he was a teammate of Mike Parks. Langdon went on to play professional hockey with the Adirondack and Grand Rapids in the UHL after college. Langdon has previously coached at the Pee-Wee, Bantam, and Midget age levels with the Little Capitals. Langdon resides in Arlington, VA.
Neil Giarratana will serve as the Bantam Minor head coach for the Washington Little Capitals. Giarratana began his coaching career in the DC area in 1990, coaching AA teams for NOVA and Reston Raiders before coming to the Washington Little Capitals in 1997. In 2000, he relocated to Keene, New Hampshire and was tapped as head coach for the Brattleboro Union High School Varsity Boys Hockey Team for two years. He served the next seven years as Coaching Director and/or President of Keene Youth Hockey Club. During that time, Giarratana rebuilt the foundation of the club by implementing a Skill Development Program, Goaltender Development Program, Coach Mentoring Program and multi-division, cross-ice house league.
Giarratana is Level 4 certified and has been a guest speaker at both Level 2 and Level 3 USA Hockey Coaching Clinics. He served on the NH Hockey "Grow the Game" committee and has coached three Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec teams. Over his 22 year coaching career, Giarratana has coached multiple prep, D1 college and professional players. He and his family reside in Leesburg, Virginia.
Mike Ansell served as the PeeWee Minor coach in the 2012-13 season taking his team to the AYHL Championship game. He played defense for four years at NCAA Division III Buffalo State where he finished with a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Wellness. Mike is a homegrown hockey player from Northern Virginia. He played his youth hockey locally for the Reston Raiders and Broad Run High School, earning All-Met honors his senior year. After one year at Liberty University, Mike left to follow his hockey dream to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. Mike played two seasons in the OPJAHL, for both the Couchaching Terriers and the Huntsville Wild Cats where he was selected captain. Mike finished his junior career with the Fort Erie Meteors and received top defenseman honors before he was recruited to play for Buffalo State College.
Mike has worked as a power skating and skills coach for ColdRush Hockey for the past ten years, and is currently the Director of ColdRush skills. As a skills coach, Mike works with multiple professional players and many NCAA athletes. Mike started his coaching career with the AA Ashburn Xtreme before moving on to the AAA DC Capitals organization where he served for two years as the head coach for the U16 DC Caps.
Mike has a great understanding of local youth hockey and a passion to develop and inspire players to reach their limits. Mike is looking forward to helping players move on and pursue their hockey dreams just as he has.
Kevin Daniel's is a native of western New York who is joining the 2001 coaching staff alongside of head coach Mike Ansell and assistant Tim Bodenhiemer. Kevin played at St. Francis prep school in western New York before moving to St. Bonaventure University. Kevin started coaching his coaching career with Mike when as they coached the 98 Xtereme to a CBHL title. The following year Kevin took over the 1997 Xtreme team and coached them for two seasons, creating a high energy and fast paced level of play. Kevin is very excited to bring more energy and wisdom to the 2001 team this fall.
Tom Morrissey -Tom began his hockey career playing youth hockey in Upstate New York for the Skaneateles Youth Hockey program. He played high school for Skaneateles helping lead the team to consecutive Sectional Championships and the New York State Division 1 Championship in 1983. After high school, he played for Elmira College. He was named team MVP for the 1986-87 season and as Captain during the 1987-88 season, helped lead the team to an ECAC Championship and NCAA Division III runner-up. Finished with college, Tom was asked to play in the Netherlands and spent the 1988-89 season playing and coaching two youth teams in the city of Leeuwarden.
In 1996, Tom started coaching roller hockey for many seasons before getting back in to coaching ice hockey in 2008. He spent one season as Assistant Coach for the 2001 Ashburn Xtreme followed by two seasons as Head Coach for the 2002 Xtreme team. His teams have been highly successful. Tom has now been given the opportunity to coach the Washington Little Caps 2002 team. His philosophy is simple: Play intelligent, disciplined, hardworking hockey as a team and you have an opportunity to be successful.