The Washington Little Capitals are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the 2014-15 hockey season.
Doug Plocki returns to the Washington Little Capitals for the 2014-15 season. Plocki was the head coach of the WLC U16 National Team in the 2013-14 season. Prior to that Plocki was an assistant coach with the WLC and DC Capitals U16 and U18 teams. 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. In his six seasons with the WLC, Plocki has helped win the Tier-1 Elite Hockey League Atlantic Division Title, 2 consecutive S.E District Titles, and twice advanced to the USA Hockey National Championships. Plocki is a USA Hockey Level-5 certified coach.
Brad Surdam joins the Washington Little Capitals organization after his collegiate and professional hockey careers. Brad comes from Lorton, Virginia and has played at all levels of the Washington area hockey system. Including the NOVA Ice Dogs, Reston Raiders, Washington Little Capitals, Washington Jr. Capitals, and Washington Jr. Nationals. He attended Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Div. III) where he led the team in scoring each year and was appointed captain his senior year. Academic success of Deans List 7 consecutive semesters. After his collegiate career, Brad pursued a professional career with the Cape Cod Bluefins of the Federal Hockey League. Brad joined the Little Caps bantam Major team mid-way thru the 2013-2014 season. Coaching in the Surdam family blood line. Brad’s father has been a big part of the Little cap program and has coached several WLC teams over the years
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. 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.
Nick Carso will serve as the Bantam Major coach for the Washington Little Capitals. Nick served as the Bantam Major Head coach in 2013-14 and 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.
Kevin Daniels returns as Head Coach alongside of coach Mike Ansell and 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 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. Kevin is looking forward to helping players develop and pursue their hockey dreams
Mike Ansell 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. . 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. served as the PeeWee Minor coach last season in the 2012-13 season taking his team to the AYHL Championship game. 2014-15 season Mike returns with coaching partners Kevin Daniels and Tim Bedenhiemer. Mike has a great understanding of local youth hockey and a passion to develop and inspire players to reach their limits.
Tom Morrissey - returns to coach the Washington Little Caps 2002 team. 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 coached the 2002 little Cap team in the 2013-14 season. His philosophy is simple: Play intelligent, disciplined, hardworking hockey as a team and you have an opportunity to be successful.
is going into his third year with the Washington Little Capitals Organization. Andrew played his youth hockey in the Northern 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. 2012-13 season Andrew and coach Carmack guided the Bantam majors to a PVAHA Championship and advancing to the SE District Championship game. Last season Andrew assisted Coach Plocki and the U-16 Midget National bound team
Jim Carsten joins WLC as a coach for the 2003 Peewee Minor team.Jim who has played hockey his entire life. He played high school, for Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior High MN and was a team captain. Jim went on to play for the University of St. Thomas for 4 years, being named the team captain his senior year. His team advanced to the National Championship Tournament 3 times. Jim is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. He has coached several years of travel hockey teams in the DC area, including 5 years for the Reston Raiders Hockey Club. Jim Enthusiasm for the game and experience will play a pivotal role in developing players in the WLC program.