Mike Letizia will be behind the bench as the Tomahawks head coach for his sixth season. Letizia, originally from Chicago, served as the team’s assistant coach during their first two seasons.
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 to the Florida Panthers. 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 with Letizia serving as Assistant Coach of the East Division team, and 5 Tomahawks players received NCAA Division 1 commitments during the season. In 2017-2018, 3 players received NCAA Division 1 commitments.
In 2018-2019, Letizia led the Tomahawks to the best season in franchise history. 8 players received NCAA Division 1 commitments. He was selected as the Head Coach for the East Division at the NAHL’s Top Prospects event. The Tomahawks captured their first East Division Regular Season title and also won the NAHL’s President’s Trophy as Regular Season champions with an overall record of 47-9-4 for 98 points. This set franchise highs for wins and points. The Tomahawks won the East Division Playoff Championship advancing to the Robertson Cup Championship for the first time in team history. Letizia was recognized as the 2018-2019 NAHL’s Coach of the Year.
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 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 second season in 2019-2020.
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.
In 2018-2019, Perri’s first season in Johnstown, the Tomahawks captured their first East Division Regular Season title and also won the NAHL’s President’s Trophy as Regular Season champions with an overall record of 47-9-4 for 98 points. This set franchise highs for wins and points. The Tomahawks won the East Division Playoff Championship advancing to the Robertson Cup Championship for the first time in team history.
Perri resides in the Johnstown area with his fiancée, Nicole, and their daughter, Kennedy.
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 and Robertson Cup events for the past several years. In addition, Dunkleberger has been selected to be a member of the equipment staff for various USA Hockey events including the All American Top Prospects Game, the NTDP Evaluation Camp, and the Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp. 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.
Nick Mish enters his first season as Tomahawks Goalie Coach. Mish, originally from Johnstown, previously served as a scout with the Coquitlam Express in the BCHL. Mish currently serves as Founder of ETM Goaltending + Development, a goaltending school that began in Johnstown and has since expanded to cover parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Alberta. As a junior player, Mish was drafted by the Erie Otters being selected in the thirteenth round of the 1999 OHL Draft. He previously spent time with Golden Rockets (BC) winning rookie of the year, and the Kimberly Dynamiters jr A in the now defunct rocky mountain junior hockey league. Mish currently resides in Johnstown, PA with his fiancée Sara, and their son Easton.
Equipment Support Staff
Off-Ice Support Staff