2010 Elite Team

Head Coach: Ryan Whitson

Ryan is a native of Bowling Green, OH. After finishing his playing career with the BGSU Club team he began coaching at the Bantam AA Level. He went on to coach Midget and High School hockey including Bowling Green High School.  This will be his 10th year of coaching and his 6th season with the Barons.


2010 Black Team

Head Coach: TJ Nykiel

T.J. grew up playing hockey in the Cleveland area. He played locally for the Cleveland Junior Americans (MNHL) as well as the Cleveland Barons (MNHL).  His college hockey experience took him to both Kent State for two years and Weber State for two years to play ACHA Division 1 Club Hockey. While with Weber State he was selected to represent team USA in the 2005 World University Games in Innsbrook, Austria. 

After college TJ continued in the sport he loves through coaching and carries a level 3 USA Hockey certification.  He has been the Head Coach for Junior Jack Pre-post team, Barons 8U, and has most recently served as Asst Hockey Director at Strongsville & Head Coach of their 10U Squirt AA team

TJ is excited about coaching with Barons this year and looking forward to helping his players continue their enjoyment of the game while developing and growing their play, skills, and hockey knowledge.

Assistant Coach: Randall Frey

Coach Frey tended the nets in CSHL hockey out of Brooklyn dating back to 1980, and played goaltender collegiately @ Wheaton College in Chicago. 

Randall is recognized by USA Hockey as an Ohio Goaltending Development Leader (GDL), one of only a few in Ohio.

Frey's coaching emphasizes aggressively building from the back-end via offensively-skilled Defensemen and Elite Goaltending.

Assistant Coach: Tom Westerfield

Coach Tom Westerfield grew up playing hockey in Cleveland and eventually went on to play in ACHA Division 1 Club Hockey at Kent State University. After graduating in 1996, Tom coached with John Carroll University's ACHA Hockey Team and a Team Ohio pre/post season team. Tom's focus is on player development, being a great teammate and he looks forward to continue teaching the fundamental skills of the game.