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Meet our Coaches

The New Jersey ICEDOGS 2017 - 2018 Coaches

Brian Galvin, 
Midget 18u

Bryan Lotto, Midget 16U 
Bryan Lotto developed a love of the game at an early age and spent countless hours competing in youth and adult ice and roller hockey leagues. He has been coaching for more than 10 years with: the Pearl River Pirates, Ramapo Saints, and for the past several years the NJ ICEDOGS. As an experienced Level Three USA Hockey certified instructor, Bryan is a believer that maximizing player’s intelligence, will and determination are the ultimate foundations of achieving improved levels of play.  His training philosophy focuses on skating and skill development but most importantly, maintaining a positive environment conducive to players loving to learn the game.

Todd Johnson, Midget 15U
Mr. Johnson is a Level 4 certified coach with experience coaching teams from A to AAA. His previous affiliations are with the Mid Fairfiled Youth Hockey Program from 2001 to 2010 and more recently the NJ Avalanche. Mr. Johnson has an impressive background as a player, having played with 
Boston University from 1977 to 1981(1978 National Champions), The 
Springfield Indians (AHL NY Ranger affiliate) 
1981 to 1982, the US National Team from 1982 to 1983 and 
Jyvaskyla Finland / Vipiteno Italy in 1985 and 1986. There is no doubt that Mr. Johnson will bring our players the much needed insight to succeed with the ICEDOGS as well as with their high school programs. 


Mike Galvin, Bantam Blue  
Mr. Galvin has coached with the ICEDOGS at the Peewee and Bantam level for more than 8 years. He has masterfully guided teams to multiple league and tournament championships, always finding a way get the most out of the team when the big game was on the line. Mike brings a strong hockey background focused on fundamentals, team play and discipline both on and off the ice. He is best known for his motivational skills, ability to develop players of all skill sets and his professionalism. We are glad to have Mike back as he consistently brings out the best in his players and is an excellent representative of what the ICEDOGS are all about.

Dan Murphy, Bantam White
Dan Murphy comes to the ICEDOGS with over 30 years of coaching and player experience. He has played 4 years of Division 3 college hockey and has coached at various age levels including several years with Dumont Roller Hockey. Dan coached with us in 2016 - 17 and quickly established himself with the players and parents by sharing his wealth of hockey knowledge, positive teaching style and professionalism behind the bench. We are happy to have Dan back with the ICEDOGS and look forward to another great year.

Matthew Cofrancesco, PeeWee 

Matt is a Level 1 USA Hockey certified coach, and Level 3 certified referee. He has coaching experience with the Peewee Tier 1 "tournament" team the NY Monks. Matt played with the ICEDOGS  for 11 years, and attended Paramus Catholic High School where he was a 4 year Varsity player and team Captain from Sophomore to Senior year. He was selected to various All-League, All-County, and All-North Jersey teams. Matt also played at Montclair State University on their ACHA Divison 2 team. We are excited to have Matt in the program. In true ICEDOGs fashion Matt has returned to the organization so that he can give back. Welcome Matt.   

Mark Schaefer, Squirts
Mark played hockey for 14 years, with 11 of those as an NJ ICEDOG. Mark was a four year varsity player at River Dell High School as well as team captain his senior year. He was an assistant coach for the River Dell Farm team and is a USA Hockey Certified referee. Mark is new to coaching with the ICEDOGS, however his father James Schaefer was once an ICEDOG coach and his mom Felicity a Board Member. We welcome Mark, and look forward to a great season.

Erik Echeverria, Mites 

Erick is a lifelong hockey fan and player at Fair Lawn High School. Erick continues to play in adult leagues and has turned his attention to giving back through coaching. Erick’s coaching experience includes assisting with the Fair Lawn Clinic, coaching with the Ice Dogs Mites regular season and spring Clinic. Erick will stress the fundamentals of hockey, as well as team work, discipline and most of all developing a love for the game. Erik is a large part of why our Mite program has been so successful. 

Greg Shaw, Mites
Gregg brings a wealth of hockey experience to the ICEDOGS as both a player and coach. His love for hockey started at the age of 12 when he became involved playing ice and roller hockey. Gregg still plays in adult leagues today, and has expanded his breadth by becoming a USA Hockey Certified coach. Gregg served as an Assistant Coach with the Fairlawn clinic, as an Assistant Coach with the ICEDOGS in 2014-15 and as a Coach in 2015-16. Gregg brings a positive outlook and disciplined work ethic to our Mite program. Greg and his wife Laurie have helped bring our Mite program to life, making it  one of the best in the area in just a few short years.