Our Mission is to provide the youth of the City of Long Beach and surrounding communities an affordableplace to play ice hockey while maintaining afocus on having fun, quality coaching andcontinual skill development throughout all levels.

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2019-2020 Coaches

MITE: Matt Angst

Matt Angst is entering his seventh season as a coach with Long Beach Lightning.  Since then, Matt has been able to pass along his knowledge to all those who've gone through the Mite & Squirt level.  In 2016, Coach Matt led the Lighting to a championship in the EJEPL's 10U MADD division.  Matt's coaching philosophy is one of teamwork, discipline, skill development, sportsmanship and fun.  Coach Matt has been called a "player's coach."  He can relate to each player and treats them with respect. 

In addition to being a seventh year coach with the Lightning, Matt is currently the manager at the City of Long Beach Ice Arena, responsible for all public programming.  He has made youth hockey a priority and increased enrollment is a credit to his hard work.    He is active in the local community and also serves as the Director of the Long Beach Recreation Summer Camps.  He is a true leader and has experience working with children of all ages.

MITE: Dustin Sheriff

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MITE: Rick Campo

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A former Towson Tiger, Ricky groomed his players for the college level as a coach with the Suffolk PAL Junior Program in the late '90's early '00's.  Ricky most recently served on the LI Royals coaching staff before joining LBAC in 2012.

 

MITE: Ray Powers

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SQUIRT II: Gene Falciano

"Geno" as he is called by friends, has been around the game for over 40 years.  At age 50 he's still playing men's league, keeping up with the 20 year olds fresh out of college.  Gene played his youth hockey here on Long Island, attended the hockey powerhouse St. Mary's High School, where he was a defenseman and went on to play four seasons with the LI Digs Junior team in the early 80's. 


Not only has Gene seen the game through the player’s eyes, he has also seen it from a parent’s perspective. With two children having gone through the youth hockey gamut Gene understands the family commitment required to have a child in the sport.

As a coach Gene has had success with the Long Beach Middlge School Hockey Program, leading them to multiple winning seasons.  His success as a coahc can be attritubed to his laid-back, positive demeanor which allows him to not only coach his players, but "teach" them as well.  Gene has brought that "teaching" style to Long Beach Lightning and has been a member of the Squirt coaching staff for the past six seasons. 

Gene has been a member of the Long Beach Apple Core family since its inception in 2009 not only as a coach but also as the organization’s Alternate Governor and accountant. He volunteers his time strictly because he loves of the game and wants to do what is right for the children of this community. Not once has Gene asked for anything in return. Gene is a CPA by profession and operates his own accounting firm in the West End of Long Beach. 

 

SQUIRT II: Mike Florio

Mike Florio is another hockey lifer on our staff.  Mike played for Long Beach High School and Midget AAA hockey during his teen years, then went on to play two seasons for Nassau Community College. After NCC, Florio played for the Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Roller Hockey team, which at the time, was tops in the metro area.  While in Fort Hamilton Florio was a 10 time All-Star selection.

 

While Mike still competes in local men's leagues, his main focus is now on coaching.   He has coached with the City of Long Beach House League, run clinics with the with former NY Islanders Assistant Coach Mike LaZazzera and also provides private instruction in his free time.  Florio truly loves the game of hockey and his desire to pass along his knowledge and that love, is his motivation to coach.  Mike has coached both the Squirt and Pee Wee teams and is returning this season with the Squirts for his sixth year with Long Beach Apple Core family. 

 

SQUIRT II: Allan Nafte

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SQUIRT III: John O'Sullivan

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SQUIRT III: Rob Warren

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SQUIRT III: Chris Jones

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PEEWEE II: Brian Hurley

Brian brings a wealth of experience to LBAC.  He returns to Long Beach and the Apple Core Organization after spending time with the Nassau County Lions as a member of the Pee-Wee and Bantam coaching staffs. He originally got his start on the Long Beach coaching scene in 2001 when he assisted with the house league program that was then under the direction of Joe Brand. For many years after that, Brian coached with Apple Core youth organization under its prior management at both the Squirt and Pee-Wee levels.  Teams under Brian’s guidance have experienced numerous successful seasons which have included Northeast tournament championships as well as high placements in the LIAHL Championships and Silver Sticks regional play.   Brian has also coached in the Long Island High School Hockey League from 2005-2009 as a member of the Oceanside Middle School staff.   

 

Brian’s hockey philosophy is simple and mirrors that of the Apple Core organization.   “Hockey is a team game.  We need every player to reach their full potential as an individual and as a team member for our players to truly understand the game. It is important to focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect for the game of hockey.  Emphasis shall be placed on discipline, skill development, team orientation and good decision making.   Having a strong work ethic both on and off the ice will lead to success and ultimately allow players to reach the next level of play.”

 

Brian is a recently retired detective after 24 years of service with the NYPD.   His love of the game not only comes from playing himself as a kid, but from the many years of his own kids involvement and their development as hockey players.

 

PEEWEE II: Ed Henry

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PEEWEE II: Marc Falciano

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PEEWEE III: Scott India

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PEEWEE III: Nick Falciano

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PEEWEE III: Sean Duffy

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BANTAM II: Matt Angst

Matt Angst is entering his seventh season as a coach with Long Beach Lightning.  Since then, Matt has been able to pass along his knowledge to all those who've gone through the Mite & Squirt level.  In 2016, Coach Matt led the Lighting to a championship in the EJEPL's 10U MADD division.  Matt's coaching philosophy is one of teamwork, discipline, skill development, sportsmanship and fun.  Coach Matt has been called a "player's coach."  He can relate to each player and treats them with respect. 

In addition to being a seventh year coach with the Lightning, Matt is currently the manager at the City of Long Beach Ice Arena, responsible for all public programming.  He has made youth hockey a priority and increased enrollment is a credit to his hard work.    He is active in the local community and also serves as the Director of the Long Beach Recreation Summer Camps.  He is a true leader and has experience working with children of all ages.

 

BANTAM II: John Salvato

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BANTAM II: Dustin Sheriff

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BANTAM III: Brian Hurley

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BANTAM III: Anthony Attanasio

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BANTAM III: Brian Barto

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Midget 16U II: Keegan Travers

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Midget 16U II: Kevin Brand

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MIDGET 16U II: Matt Scanlan

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 MIDGET 16U II: Chris Leonard

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MIDGET 16U III: Ed Armellino, II

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MIDGET 16U III: Eddie Armellino, III

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MIDGET 16U III: Mike Scancarello

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