Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program Coaching Staff

Meet the Coaching Staff


Lee Grafton - Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program Coordinator & U16 Head Coach

 

 "My goal as the Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program Coordinator and Coach is to develop hockey players so they can reach their maximum potential through skill development, increasing their hockey knowledge and hard work. I believe every player in the program should give 100% all of the time. My coaching staff and I will push our players outside their comfort zone to become better players.

 

“I plan to build upon the Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Teams’ success.  As an elite Tier II Program, we will continue to compete for league championships, state championships and National Championships yearly.  Our “National Bound” Teams will play in tournaments and independent games that will allow our players to showcase their talents to prep schools, junior and college hockey teams."

 

Playing Experience:

Lee Grafton has 12 years of playing experience that includes the Armstrong Arrows, Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins, a 5-year varsity letterman for Armstrong Central / Kittanning and 3 years of Junior hockey for the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins, Pittsburgh Junior Renegades and the Casper (Wyoming) Junior A Wranglers. Lee has played in Nationals as a member of the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins and the Penguin Cup Finals as a member of the Armstrong Central Cougars. Lee was first selected to participate in the HS All Star Game as a Sophomore in high school. He has been a captain for his amateur, varsity and junior teams. Lee was inducted into the Armstrong Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

Coaching Experience:

Lee has 9 years of coaching experience that includes the Armstrong Arrows, Armstrong River Hawks Varsity, Kittanning Varsity and Team Pittsburgh hockey teams.  The Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” U16 Team has qualified for the Tier II USA Hockey National Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with Lee as their head coach. In 2016, the Armstrong Arrows lost in the National Championship game.  In 2017, the Armstrong Arrows lost in the National Championship Semi-Final Game and the Quarter-Finals in 2018. 

 

The 2017-18 Armstrong River Hawks Varsity Hockey Team was the AA regular season and the Penguin Cup Champions in Lee’s first year as head coach of the River Hawks.  Lee was a member of the Kittanning Varsity coaching staff during the 2005-06 Penguin Cup Finals.  Lee was also the assistant coach of 2018 Team Pittsburgh that won America’s Showcase.

 

Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate / USA Hockey Director Certificate

 

Nick Mish – Armstrong Arrows U14 Head Coach

 

Playing Experience:

1996-1997            Bishop McCourt Crushers - State Champions- Penguin Cup Champions/ MVP

1994-1997            Pittsburgh Hornets AAA - Michigan National Hockey League

1997-1998            Golden Rockets Junior Hockey - Kootenay International Junior Hockey League - Rookie of the Year

1997-1998            Kimberly Dynamiters Jr. A - Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League

1999                       Drafted 13th round Erie Otters

1999-2000            Erie Otters - Ontario Hockey League

Coaching Experience:

2017-Present     ETM Hockey Development – Owner

2018-Present     Armstrong Arrows National Bound – U18 Head Coach

2017-Present     Armstrong Arrows National Bound – Goaltender Coach

2017-Present     Coquitlam Express Junior A - BCHL - Regional Scout

2017-2018            Bishop McCourt High School - Varsity Assistant Coach

2015-2018            Keystone State Games- Central Division U18 – Assistant Coach

Level 5 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate

 

Jon Yackmack - Armstrong Arrows U14 Assistant Coach

 

Playing Experience:

1978-1988            Armstrong Arrows

1988-1992            Pittsburgh Stars

1988-1990            Kittanning Varsity

1990-1992            Armstrong Central Varsity - 1990-1991 Penguin Cup Champions

1992-1993            Avon Old Farms - New England Div. 1 Prep Champs

1993-1997            Sacred Heart - 93 ECAC Rookie of Year / 4 Year Captain

Coaching Experience:

1998-2004            International Hockey Training Center – Instructor

2000-2002            Johnstown Jr. Chiefs – Head Coach

2002-2004            Kittanning Varsity – Assistant Coach

2004-2007            Kittanning Varsity – Head Coach

2008-Present     Armstrong Arrows (Various Teams) – Head Coach

2012-Present     Armstrong Arrows Board of Governors, Vice President, Co-Ace Coordinator

Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate

 

 

Garrett Barbosa – Armstrong Arrows U14 Assistant Coach

 

Playing Experience:

NWHA Varsity – 3 Years / 2 Varsity Championships

Metropolitan Senior League – 2 Years / 1 Championship

Junior New Jersey Devils – 1 Year / National Champion

1987 IHL Free Agent Draft

FDNY – 4 Years / 2000 Fire & Police Champions

Coaching Experience:

2005-2007            PSU Altoona – Assistant Coach / 2 Division Championships

2009       Mid State Mustangs U16 AA Assistant Coach - State & District Champions / USA National Appearance

2011       Mid State Mustangs U16 AA Assistant Coach – PAHL, State& District Champions / USA National Champions

2012       Mid State Mustangs U16 AA Assistant Coach – State & District Champions / USA National Bronze

2015       Mid State Mustangs U16 AA Assistant Coach – Silver Sticks Champions

2015       Altoona Trackers U14 A Head Coach – PAHL Champions

2015-2018            Altoona Trackers U19 AA Girls Assistant Coach –3 PAHL Championships

2009-2018            Mid-State Mustangs Strength & Conditioning Coach

2019                       Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Strength & Conditioning Coach

Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate