National Bound Coaching Staff
Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program 2021-2022 Coaching Staff
Meet the Coaching Staff
Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program Coordinator & 16U Head Coach - Lee Grafton
"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."
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.
Lee has 11 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” 16U 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 Armstrong Arrows 16U Team has won 4 consecutive AA PAHL Playoff Championships 2017-2020.
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 Certification / USA Hockey Director Certification
18U Head Coach - TBD
14U Prep Head Coach - Tyler Snyder
“My goal as the Head Coach of the 14U National Bound Team is to develop players and push them to play at the highest level possible. Moving forward, we want to prepare these players for 16U National Bound, while also competing for league championships, State Championships, and National Championships.”
I believe in two things as a coach - Moving is improving and competition breeds success. The goal of this team is to take our players skating to the next level through constant overspeed skating and pushing the players outside of their comfort zone. We also want to have their skills improve by implementing small area games and competitive drills in alignment with USA Hockey’s development model, along with drills that make them compete and make decisions at full speed. This provides a competitive environment where players are challenged to get better by their peers, which promotes sound decision making and skill development in all areas of play.
Tyler Snyder has 6 years of playing experience between the Armstrong Arrows, Pittsburgh Huskies and Kittanning High School before finishing his career at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.
This will be Tyler’s 2nd year as Head Coach of the Armstrong Arrows 14U National Bound Team. Tyler has 6 years of coaching experience that includes 3 years with the 18U Pittsburgh Huskies before taking an assistant coaching position with Coach Lee Grafton of the Armstrong Arrows 16U National Bound Team. Tyler was the 16U National Bound Assistant Coach for 2 years.
Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certification
19U Girls Head Coach – Scott Williams
As the head coach of the 19U Tier 2 Girls Team, I plan to continue the winning tradition of the Armstrong Arrows Girls Program. The coaching staff and I plan on fielding a competitive Tier 2 Team, and ultimately represent the Armstrong Arrows at the USA Hockey National Championships. I believe with hard work from a dedicated team and coaching staff we could be in the running for a National Title. Most importantly the goal is to teach the girls the value of teamwork, discipline, and values that will help them become well rounded individuals outside of this great sport. The coaching staff and I will also provide all the tools possible for the girls to take their game to the next level and prepare them to play at a collegiate level if so desired.
I’m very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started!
Scott has been involved with the Armstrong Arrows program for over 8 years. He has two daughters, 16 and 18, that play on the Arrows 19U PAHL and Tier 2 Teams.
Scott started playing hockey in 1993. He was a 4-year Varsity letterman playing 2 years at Penn Trafford High School and 2 years for Kittanning High School. Scott was a two year All Star as well as a member of Team Pittsburgh.
After high school Scott went on to play for Penn State West where he was selected as team MVP and invited to Jr camp in Canada.
Scott has been coaching for 8 years. All of which have been with the girls program. He served as an assistant coach for the developmental team, the Armstrong Honey Badgers. Scott was also an assistant for the 12U and 14U Armstrong Arrows Girls PAHL Team. Scott went on to coaching the Pittsburgh Vipers 16U girls Tier 2 Team before returning to serve as an assistant on the Arrows Girls 19U PAHL and Tier 2 Teams.
14U Girls Head Coach – Jon Yackmack
Born and raised in Kittanning, PA
1978-1988 Armstrong Arrows
1988-1992 Pittsburgh Stars
1988-1990 Kittanning Varsity
1990-1992 Armstrong Central Varsity
1992-1993 Avon Old Farms Prep School - New England Div. 1 Prep Champs
1993-1997 Sacred Heart University - 93 ECAC Rookie of Year / 4 Year Captain
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 & Assistant Coach
2019-Present Armstrong Varsity - Assistant Coach