Tier I Coaching Staff

Rob Broderick

GM of the Mercer Chiefs
NCDC Head Coach

Rob Broderick is the General Manager of the Mercer Chiefs hockey program and Ice Land Arena. He is the Head Coach for our NCDC team. For the past 3 years, he was the Head Coach for our U16 National and U18 Premier teams. Prior to his role with the Chiefs, Rob had served as President of the New Jersey Rockets, Managing Director of the Midget Program and Head Coach of U18 team for 14 years. Rob is the Head Scout for the Maryland Black Bears in the NAHL, and Northeast scout for Youngstown in the USHL. He was the U.S. Scout for Ottawa Junior Senators in the CCHL for last 8 years.

Rob was drafted by and played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and he was captain of his ECAC hockey team his junior and senior years at SUNY Potsdam. Over the past sixteen seasons, his teams have averaged forty five wins per regular season and have made the District playoffs every season in the AYHL and USPHL. Prior to joining the NJ Rockets, Rob was the head coach of Team Carolina, with that team being the first in the organization’s history to win the AAA Regionals.

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Rob Colton

U16 Premier + U18 Premier Head Coach

Rob graduated from Hobart College in 2017 where he was a member of the club team for four years while serving as the President and Captain for his last two. Colton also graduated from Princeton Day School in 2013 where he helped lead the team to two Prep State Championships and was named First Team All-State and Prep Player of the Year in 2012.

Rob and his younger brother Ross played a majority of their youth careers with the Chiefs and played together at PDS. Ross was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lighting in the 4th round of the 2016 NHL Draft and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2021.

Rob was the Assistant Coach to Rob Broderick for the last 4 years with our U16 National and U18 Premier Teams. In 2021, Rob was named the Head Coach of Villanova University’s hockey team and he was named the ECHA Coach of the Year!

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Ross Carmichael

U16 Prep + U18 Prep Head Coach

Ross grew up playing youth hockey for the Mercer Chiefs organization from Peewee minor through Midget, winning the AYHL and competing at USA Hockey Nationals his final season.  In high school Ross played three years at Princeton Day School and as a post-graduate at National Sports Academy followed by one season for the Tri-State Selects. Ross played four seasons for Castelton University (NCAA Div III).  

Ross’s coaching career began as an assistant coach with the San Diego Gulls/Sabers in the WSHL and the San Diego Jr Gulls youth program. His 2016-17 AAA Bantam Major team won a CAHA state championship and represented CAHA at Districts. Ross moved back to NJ and returned to the Mercer Chiefs as a Head Coach for the 2021-2022 season.

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Dan Pressl

U15 Premier Head Coach

Dan Pressl is entering his 13th season as a Tier 1 coach, having coached at the Bantam and Midget levels. He graduated from Quinnipiac in 2010, where he co-founded the university’s club hockey program. Prior to college he attended Delbarton, where he won a state championship and was named to the NJ All-State team in 2006.

“Being prepared both mentally and physically every time you get on the ice is what truly sets players apart from each other in Tier 1 youth hockey, and I try to reinforce that point every week with my teams.”

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David Dekastrozza

2010 Premier Head Coach

Coach Dekastrozza grew up in Toms River and played his youth hockey career throughout the state.  He attended Culver Military Academy for prep school and then played college hockey at the University of Maine from 2006-2010.  After graduating from college, David played six years of professional hockey in the ECHL and AHL.

Coach Dekastrozza is excited to be part of the Mercer Chiefs coaching team!

Brett Aimone

2011 Premier Head Coach

A Toms River, NJ native, Brett grew up playing as a defenseman for the NJ Rockets from youth to junior A in the AJHL. He got signed to the Detroit Red Wings Farm system where he went to camp and played games with the Port Huron Icehawks, in the IHL. He played a full season for the Battle Creek Revolution, Flint Generals and Danbury Whalers of the IHL & FHL playing over 150+ games at the A & AA professional level also going to numerous ECHL camps with Elmira, Reading, Muskegon.

Brett has 18 years coaching experience from Mites-Juniors. He coached Juniors for the Jersey Hitmen Elite in the USPHL and also helps scout for the OHL. He joined the Mercer organization in 2017.

Brett also owns the New Jersey Mayhem Spring/Summer Organization for Mites to Bantam.

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Chris Barcless

Ice Land Hockey Director
2012 + 2013 Head Coach

Chris played three years of varsity hockey at New Hampton Prep School in NH. He was captain for his Senior year. While playing college hockey at Geneseo State, Chris captained his Jr and Sr years.

In 1994 he started working at Ice Land Arena. He coached 9 years at Princeton Day School winning 8 state prep championships. Chris was also named coach of the year 12 times for high school hockey. In 2000, he was named ‘Coach of the Decade.’ In 2021, Chris was named ‘Coach of the Year’ for the Atlantic District.

While coaching at Ice Land, he has been to USA Hockey Nationals 9 times between boys and girls teams. There they won 3 bronze medals and a silver at Nationals. Chris has been part of the USA Hockey Atlantic District Festival staff since 1998 and a scout for the Youngstown Phantoms USHL team and the Maryland Black Bears NAHL team.

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Slava Kouroedov

2014 + 2015 Head Coach

The Chiefs and Ice Land are excited to announce the 2023-24 Head Coach for our 2014 Mercer Chiefs AAA Squirt team, Viatcheslav (Slava) Kouroedov! He will also head Ice Land’s Full Ice Mite team, the Mercer Arrows, and coach with the Mercer Selects Spring/Summer teams. With over 17 years of experience coaching youth and junior levels of hockey, Slava will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff, prioritizing skating skills and training his players the right way. Welcome Slava!

“I have a passion in developing players’ commitment to ice hockey. My emphasis on skill development, such as power skating technique, has shown vast improvements in the players I coached. In addition to my everyday coaching duties, I run skills clinics that draw many elite high school varsity and tier 1 club and junior players. As a part of this engagement, I run clinics for Princeton Day school varsity players at the PDS rink, clinics and practices at Mennen Ice Arena as well as for South Brunswick varsity high school players at ProSkate arena and many others through my VSK Wings hockey company,” said Slava.

Coach Rob Broderick said, “This is fantastic for the Chiefs! Slava is one of the best skill coaches in the region and is exactly the right coach for this level. Wins and losses are not his measuring stick, but continuing to improve skating and skills every week is. He will make all of the players better skaters, and even better hockey players! We could not be happier to have him with the Chiefs!”

Brian Batjer

Mites Director

Brian comes to us with 35+ years of hockey experience!  Brian is the  lead instructor of player development for the New York Rangers.  He runs the Jr. Rangers Learn To Play and Rookies programs at various rinks, including Ice land.  He has been coaching for over 10 years in and brings a wealth of ideas and concepts when it comes to developing young players and preparing them for AAA hockey.

Brian played ACHA D1 hockey at Towson University and junior hockey for the PAL Junior Islanders.  His high school – Sachem High School, won the NY State Championship.

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Joe DeMarco

Director of the Mercer Chiefs Off-Ice Training

DeMarco Training is conveniently located just down the street within a quick walk from Ice Land. He recently completed a $150,000 renovation including an expansion to his facility to accommodate the Chiefs and his growing business. He is currently continuing the renovations to include locker rooms.

Joe has been a Sports Performance Trainer for the past 25 years. He is one of the top strength and conditioning specialists with top notch coaching and nutritional counseling and provides athletes with tools to take your game to the next level.

Joe has trained some of the best athletes in the country, from professional baseball and softball players, football, and hockey players, to Olympic athletes. He continues to develop athletes of all ages and skill levels throughout the Mercer County area. He was the recipient of the Trentonian training facility of the year in 2010 and 2011 and is confident in his abilities and believes that it is important for our athletes to partake in a performance training program.

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