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Program Director

Steve Macadams
smacadams@jrwarriors.com

Steve MacAdams is entering his 8th season as Player / Program Director with the Warriors. He is an accomplished professional with more than 30 years of progressive coaching experience. He comes with a strong reputation in player and program development where he has worked with numerous players and organizations throughout the United States.

He previously served as director of operations for Paul Vincent’s Dynamic Skating Ltd., one of the top hockey consulting and development camps in the United States. MacAdams, a two year captain at Salem State College, has coached from the youth level through the Junior and college ranks. Recently, MacAdams' has coached our '97 and ’02 Elite team, who have won the Massachusetts Select Championship and advanced to the USA Hockey Nationals. He has also coached U16 and U18 teams in the program. He also serves as assistant coach at Austin Prep School.

General Manager/Head Coach Juniors

Andy Heinze
aheinze@jrwarriors.com

Andy Heinze is director of hockey operations for the Valley Jr. Warriors and is the head coach and general manager of the VJW Junior team. In his first year as coach of the Junior team, Heinze was honored as the EJHL Coach of the Year. He received that honor once again in 2001 and most recently in 2012. Heinze, a former captain of the 1989-90 Merrimack College team, began coaching at his alma mater in 1993 following a three-year professional career in Europe. He holds the Merrimack school record for most games played with 144 and currently ranks 10th on Merrimack's all-time scoring list with 77 goals and 89 assists for 166 points.

Assistant Coach - Junior A / Head Coach - Junior B

Jeremy Tabb
jtabb@jrwarriors.com

Since 2010, Jeremy has worked closely with Andy Heinze and the VJW Junior program. He has an extensive background in training young players and improving their overall skills. His work on stride and skating development for numerous teams and individuals has made him well known in the hockey community. He has also owned and operated the Owner Pride Hockey School since 2008. A 1990 graduate of Cathedral High School, Tabb went on to enjoy a successful playing career at UMass-Lowell and Elmira College and then as a professional player for four years in France.

U18 Tier 1 Half Season

Andrew Andricopoulos
aandricopoulos@jrwarriors.com

Andrew grew up in Groveland, MA before attending Tabor Academy. At 16, he moved to Quebec City to play for the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he lived with, and played for, NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. Andrew was a member of the 2006 Memorial Cup Championship team and played alongside current NHL stars Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Alexandre Radulov. Andrew holds several defensemen scoring records in Quebec Remparts history. After his QMJHL career, Andrew attended several NHL and AHL camps before playing 60 games in the ECHL in the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks systems. Upon completion of his professional career, he returned to play Division 1 hockey in Fredericton, NB for St. Thomas University under the coaching of former NHL player Mike Eagles. Andrew had acted as the U.S. scout for the U.S. Scout for the QMJHL for the past four seasons. Andrew is also entering his 2nd season as Assistant Coach of Men's Varsity Hockey at Brooks School. He resides in Groveland, MA.

U16 Tier I Half Season

Bill Blackwell
bblackwell@jrwarriors.com

Bill takes over as head coach of the U16 Tier I half season team for the 2018-19 season. Bill has been coaching in the Warrior program for the last 11 years as a head and assistant coach with our 99 and 03 Elite teams. He has a strong background in skating and skills development and is one of our top skills coaches for the program. Bill is currently the boys Varsity Head coach at Methuen High School Hockey. Spent 7 years as Masco High School Head Coach (Cape Ann Coach of the Year + Salem Evening News coach of the year)

U16 Tier I Half Season

Bill Pappas
bpappas@jrwarriors.com

Bill Pappas is one of the most highly regarded hockey coaches in Massachusetts over the past decade and has been involved in the development of a plethora of NCAA Division 1 and NHL players over that 10 year period. Bill was instrumental in the success of the ’97 VJW team that advanced to the USA Hockey Nationals 3 times (2009-2014) and boasts 3 NHL 1st & 2nd Round Draft Picks. Bill has also been key to the revitalization of the Austin Prep Hockey Program. Over the past 5 seasons Austin Prep has captured multiple CCL Titles and appeared in multiple Super 8 Tournaments. Bill is currently the Head Coach for Austin Prep as well as the Assistant coach for Valley Jr Warrior U-18 and 02 Elite squads. Bill has been with the VJW program as a defensive coach since 2006. As a player Bill is a former standout at Malden Catholic, New Prep and Westfield State..

U16 Tier II Half Season

Kevin DeMichaelis
kdemichaelis@jrwarriors.com

Kevin is a resident of Andover and is entering his second year with the Warriors. He grew up in Woburn, MA playing in the Woburn youth hockey program. He played his high school hockey at Matignon winning a state championship in 1988 before attending Curry College. He coached in the Natick Youth Hockey program in 1996 and 1997 taking his Midget team to the state finals. He has coached in the Andover Youth Hockey program from mite development through bantams for the past seven seasons.

U15 Elite Tier I - Half Season

Dave Sacco
dsacco@jrwarriors.com

David Sacco will serve as head coach of the U15 team. Dave stands as the second all-time leading scorer at Boston University and was a First Team NCAA All-American. He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1988 NHL Draft. Dave spent two years with the Maple Leafs before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. Sacco also represented the United States at the 1993 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.

U14 Elite Half Season

Joe Harb
jharb@jrwarriors.com

Joe Harb returns to the Warriors for a fifth season after serving as both a skills instructor and assistant coach of the 2004 and 2007 teams. Joe grew up in North Andover Ma playing in the North Andover Youth Hockey program. A standout and team captain in both hockey and football at North Andover High School, Joe has over 15 years of coaching experience in both sports while coaching at Methuen High School, North Andover High School, and in the Methuen Youth Hockey, Timberlane Youth Football, and Atkinson Youth Baseball/Softball programs. Joe focuses on instilling confidence in his players while emphasizing the importance of success both academically and athletically. A level 3 certified USA Hockey Coach, Joe is the Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Methuen Public Schools and owner of Perennial Landscaping in North Andover Ma.

U14 Elite - Full Season

Jack Blaeser
jblaeser@jrwarriors.com

Jack Blaeser brings 11 years of head coach experience and level 4 certification with the Jr Warriors where he has led multiple teams to league championship and E9 qualification. More importantly he focuses on a philosophy of strong fundamentals, the value of hard work, and uses competitive sports as the ideal playground for cultivating important life long values and lessons with his players. Jack played throughout his youth where he was captain of St. John's Prep (Danvers) and went on to play at Brown University.

2005 Elite

Brian Cronin
bcronin@jrwarriors.com

A resident of Andover, Brian has been coaching in the Warrior organization for the last six years. Prior to coaching youth hockey, Brian served as the assistant varsity coach at Central Catholic for 10 years from 2001-2011. Cronin played his college hockey at Colby from 1992-1996 and captained the team his senior season. In addition to earning All-American honors for his senior campaign at Colby, Brian was named the ECAC Player of the Year.

2005 Select

Craig Kneeland
ckneeland@jrwarriors.com

Craig resides in Methuen with his wife and 3 sons. He is returning for his third season as the head coach of the 2005 select team. He is a level 4 USA Hockey Coach that coached in the Somerville Youth Hockey and Methuen Youth Hockey programs. He grew up playing for Somerville High School, St. Michael's College, and is a NIHOA Referee.

2006 Elite

Marc Griffin
mgriffin@jrwarriors.com

Marc Griffin returns to the Warriors for a sixth straight season. Griffin is a North Shore native and a former VJW player. A resident of North Reading, Griffin grew up playing for both Triton Youth Hockey and the Warriors. Upon graduating from Austin Prep High School, Griffin went on to play at Bentley University and became captain of the 1998 team. After college Griffin was an assistant coach on the VJW Junior team and has coached with the North Reading Youth Hockey program.

2006 Select

Jason Carlson
jcarlson@jrwarriors.com

A resident of North Andover, Jason returns to the Warriors for the fifth straight season as the 2006 Squirt Minor Select Team head coach. Jason grew up playing for Beverly High School and went on to play for Saint Michael’s College where he received the Ice Knight Award in 1996. Throughout college and for several years after graduating, Carlson worked as a coach for Dynamic Skating.

2007 Elite

Brian Ward
bward@jrwarriors.com

Brian Ward joins the Warriors for the 2018-2019 season as the head coach of the 2007 Elite team. Brian has a strong back ground in skating and skills development. He has coached at the Mite level for the past five seasons. Brian played at Plymouth High School and went on to play four years at Saint Anselm College. A practicing Attorney, Brian lives in Melrose with his wife and three children.

2007 Select

Joe Harb
jharb@jrwarriors.com

Joe Harb returns to the Warriors for a fifth season after serving as both a skills instructor and assistant coach of the 2004 and 2007 teams. Joe grew up in North Andover Ma playing in the North Andover Youth Hockey program. A standout and team captain in both hockey and football at North Andover High School, Joe has over 15 years of coaching experience in both sports while coaching at Methuen High School, North Andover High School, and in the Methuen Youth Hockey, Timberlane Youth Football, and Atkinson Youth Baseball/Softball programs. Joe focuses on instilling confidence in his players while emphasizing the importance of success both academically and athletically. A level 3 certified USA Hockey Coach, Joe is the Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Methuen Public Schools and owner of Perennial Landscaping in North Andover Ma.

2008 Elite

Mike Russo
mrusso@jrwarriors.com

Mike joins the Warriors program after coaching 7 seasons and capturing multiple championships at the Tier I level. Growing up Mike was a standout player for the Canton Bulldogs and he went on to play 4 years of College Hockey at Stonehill College. Mike is now a resident of Swampscott, MA and has an older son playing for the 04 VJW Elite team. Mike's philosophy with respect to developing the complete player mirrors the Jr. Warrior Player Development Model.

2008 Elite Assistant Coach

Scott Bradford
sbradford@jrwarriors.com

Scott Bradford joined the Jr. Warrior organization a year ago as an assistant coach for the 2009 Elite team. Scott grew up in Calgary, Alberta and played Junior Hockey for the Calgary Canucks from 1991-93. Scott was a highly touted Division 1 prospect coming out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and chose to play for the Brown University Bears from 1993-97. Bradford was awarded the Charles A. Robinson Memorial Trophy during his senior season at Brown University. Prior to joining the VJW program Bradford coached at the Tier I & Tier II in Massachusetts.

2008 Select

Chris Logue
clogue@jrwarriors.com

Chris Logue grew up in North Andover, MA playing in the North Andover Youth hockey program. He played his High School/Prep School hockey at Cushing Academy (1988) serving as Team Captain before moving on to the University of Notre Dame (1992). Chris will be entering his fourth season coaching for the Warriors program. He previously spent several seasons coaching for Masco Youth Hockey.Chris's coaching philosophy emphasizes individual skill progression to ensure the long term development of each player. Chris, is a former resident of Boxford, now resides in Boston, and is a father of four.

2009 Elite

Phil Mericantante
pmericantante@jrwarriors.com

Phil Mericantante, a resident of North Reading, returns to the Warriors for his third season as head coach of the 09 Elite team. He played high school hockey at Matignon, winning a state championship in 1993, before attending Stonehill College. Prior to joining the Warrior program, he coached North Reading Youth Hockey.

2009 Select

Ken Madill
kmadill@jrwarriors.com

​​Ken Madill grew up in Medford MA where he played youth hockey and continued playing as an adult in various men's leagues. He now resides in Georgetown MA with his wife and 2 children. Ken holds a USA Hockey Level Three Certification in coaching. In the past, Ken served on the Danvers Youth Hockey Board of Directors, and has coached Mites through PeeWees for over seven years. His philosophy promotes individual skill development, team work, and helping each player achieve their personal goals.

2010 Elite

Marc Griffin
mgriffin@jrwarriors.com

Marc Griffin returns to the Warriors for a fifth straight season. Griffin is a North Shore native and a former VJW player. A resident of North Reading, Griffin grew up playing for both Triton Youth Hockey and the Warriors. Upon graduating from Austin Prep High School, Griffin went on to play at Bentley University and became captain of the 1998 team. After college Griffin was an assistant coach on the VJW Junior team and has coached with the North Reading Youth Hockey program.

2010 Select

Craig Kneeland
ckneeland@jrwarriors.com

​​Craig resides in Methuen with his wife and 3 sons. He served two seasons as the head coach of the 2005 select team. He is a level 4 USA Hockey Coach that coached in the Somerville Youth Hockey and Methuen Youth Hockey programs. He grew up playing for Somerville High School, St. Michael's College, and is a NIHOA Referee..

U10 Girls

Jason Carlson
jcarlson@jrwarriors.com

A resident of North Andover, Jason returns to the Warriors for the fifth straight season. In addition to coaching the U10 girls, he is also the 2006 Squirt Minor Select Team head coach. Jason grew up playing for Beverly High School and went on to play for Saint Michael’s College where he received the Ice Knight Award in 1996. Throughout college and for several years after graduating, Carlson worked as a coach for Dynamic Skating.