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Rifles' U19, U17/U18 Beast Showcase coaches, U18 BHL coach announced

By Rifles Hockey, 03/09/21, 3:30PM EST


The Rifles have named four coaches to lead its U19 and U17/U18 Beast Showcase teams.

The four coaches have a mix of collegiate, juniors and prep experience.

They are:

Mike DeFazio:
Playing Career:

UMass Amherst ACHA Hockey
- Team Captain 2014 & 2015
Coaching Career
Head Coach 2016 - Current
- 3 x National Tournament Appearances
- Final Four National Appearance 2019
- 2019 ACHA Mens Div II National Coach of the Year
- 2020 ACHA Mens Div II Northeast Coach of the Year
-  #1 Ranked team in Northeast (2019 and 2020)

Steve Metayer:
A 2011 graduate of Cathedral High School where he served as co-captain during the ‘10-‘11 season...awarded the Hobey Baker High School Character Award as a Senior. All-Western Mass selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Spent 1 season at the Williston Northampton School before playing 4 years with UMass Amherst’s Club ACHA program where he was selected to the 2015 NECHA All-League Team while also helping the Minutemen to 2 NECHA championships before graduating in 2016.
Mike Cherpak:
Playing Career

High School: 06-10 – Fermi High School, Enfield CT.
Prep School: 10-11 – Winchendon School, Winchendon MA
Juniors: 11-12 – Springfield Junior Pics, EJHL
College 12-16 – Suffolk University, NCAA DIII – Boston MA
Coaching Career:
Belmont Hill School, 17-Present

Ryan Cloonan:

Playing Career
3 years Boston Junior Bruins EJHL/USPHL
-USPHL Champion
4 years Boston University
-Hockey East Champion
-3 NCAA Tournaments
Coaching Career
5 year camp instructor
1 year Springfield Rifles coach


The Rifles are also happy to announce the U18 BHL (local) coach, Glen Witwer. This local team is different than the National Bound (Prep) mentioned above. Witwer is a former St. Anselm College hockey player.