2013 ELITE TEAM

Head Coach: Tommy Goebel

Tommy Goebel grew up in Parma, and played for the Parma Flyers organization before joining the Cleveland Barons.  As a Cleveland Baron in 1998, Tom and his team won the tier 1 National Championship the only team from Ohio to ever accomplish this.  Following his youth hockey time with the Barons, Tom played junior hockey at age 15, and in his final season he was awarded MVP of the NAHL.  Tom went on to play 4 years of Division 1 College Hockey and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 when he was a team Captain and received team MVP.  Upon graduation, Tom began his six year professional career in both North America and Europe. Immediately following his playing career, Tom jumped into coaching with U18 Cleveland Barons. In his first year as a head coach, he led the U14 Barons to the organization's first Tier 1 League Championship. After three years as coach, Tom took on the role of Hockey Director for the Barons program. During his time as director, he founded the Cleveland Athletic Academy which features an online schooling option for Cleveland area players. CAA  is now redesigning skill development, camps and clinics in the Cleveland Area. When Tom isn't on the ice, he co-owns and operates two physical therapy practices, Strength Fitness & Therapy in the area. Tom resides in Independence, Ohio with his wife Mallory and three sons.

Assistant Coach: Matt Eldred

Matt Eldred grew up in Rocky River and played his youth hockey in the Cleveland area (Rocky River and Cleveland Americans).  In High School, Matt was a 3 year member of the Culver Military Academy (Culver,IN) prep team, where he earned a 4 year athletic scholarship to Bowling Green State University (Division 1 - CCHA- 4 year letter winner).  After his collegiate career, he played professionally (AHL,IHL,ECHL,Europe) as a defenseman and played in 366 games over 5 years.  Over the past three years, he has been a coach with the Strongsville ADM program.  Matt’s coaching influences are World Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jerry York (Boston College), current Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy and former Columbus Blue Jackets/Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Claude Noel.  He has completed his level 4 USA Hockey certification and is in the process of earning USA Hockey’s level 5 certification.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, Matt is a manager with Boston Scientific (Cardiology Division) and lives in Copley with his wife Christine and two children Katherine and Joseph.