Mike Letizia will be behind the bench as the Tomahawks head coach for his fifth season. Letizia, a Chicago native, served as the team’s assistant coach during the their first two seasons. Mike was an active member of the Johnstown hockey community for the past several years as a coach for various local teams prior to joining the Tomahawks.
During his first season as head coach, six Tomahawks made commitments to NCAA Division 1 programs, with seven players also playing at the NCAA Division 3 level. In addition, the Tomahawks also had their first ever player drafted to the NHL, goaltender Ryan Bednard. In his second season as head coach, the Tomahawks set franchise highs for points, wins, and goals scored. The team also captured its first playoff series victory in team history. Another major highlight of Coach Letizia’s second season as head coach was a team record 17 NCAA commitments. In 2016-2017, Letizia’s third season as head coach, the team once again set franchise highs in wins (40), point total (84), and goals scored (204). Additionally, a league high 7 players attended the NAHL’s Top Prospects Event, and 5 Tomahawks players received NCAA Division 1 commitments during the season.
As a junior player, Letizia spent four seasons in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers after being selected in the fourth round of the 2002 OHL Draft. He served as one of the team captains for two seasons. The defenseman signed his first professional contract with the Rockford Icehogs of the former United Hockey League. During his time there, Letizia earned a nomination for Rookie of the Year and won a Colonial Cup Championship in 2007.
Letizia currently resides in Somerset, Pa. with his wife Alana, their daughter Myla and son Niko.
Nick Perri steps behind the Johnstown Tomahawks bench for his first season in 2018-19.
A native of Suffern, New York, Perry spent the 2017-18 season with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in a similar role, heading up their video and analytical departments.
Prior to moving to the NOJHL, Perri spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach and assistant general manager with the Binghamton Jr. Senators of the North American 3 Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Jr. Senators captured he NA3HL Northeast Division regular season and playoff championships with a combined record of 49-1-1 before losing by one goal in the single-elimination semi-finals of the Silver Cup championship tournament.
In 2015-16, he served as the video coach and assistant coach for the New Jersey Titans in their inaugural season in the NAHL. The Titans earned a 34-22-4 record under Perri and qualified for the post-season.
Perri resides in the Johnstown area with his fiancée, Nicole, and their one-year-old daughter, Kennedy.
ASSISTANT TO HOCKEY OPERATIONS
Mario is in his second season with the Tomahawks. As the Assistant to Hockey Operations, Mario assists the team with all aspects of hockey operations, such as video analysis, analytics, and scouting. Prior to working for the Tomahawks, Mario worked as an occasional volunteer with the North Bay Battalion and Kitchener Rangers of the OHL and was the head scout of the now defunct Lincoln Mavericks of the GMHL. In addition to working for the Tomahawks, Mario is a native of Cheswick, PA.
Dave Dunkleberger is the team’s equipment manager. A Johnstown native, “Dunk” has worked his way up from being an equipment assistant with the former Johnstown Chiefs to becoming one of the most respected people in the North American Hockey League for the dedicated service he provides to the Tomahawks, as well as other members of the league while serving as the Head Equipment manager of the NAHL’s Top Prospects event for the past several years. In addition, Dave routinely assists the Pittsburgh Penguins during his free time. A vital member to the hockey club, Dunk’s contributions go above and beyond what is asked of him as he provides a first class operation for players and staff.
Equipment Support Staff
Off-Ice Medical and Support Staff