Scouting Staff

Gary BiggsGarry Biggs – Director of Scouting

Gary grew up in Bridgewater, NJ where he played his Midget and Junior hockey with the Titans before heading to Youngstown State University. At Youngstown State University he was a four-year starter for his program and holds the Universities record for career wins and wins.

After graduation in 2012 Gary spent his time working with Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League before being hired as the Goalie coach and Director of Scouting with the New Jersey Titans NAHL. While working with the Titans Gary served as the Barrie Colts OHL, Eastern Scout.

Gary spent is currently the New Jersey Titans 15u Head Coach and assists with the North American Hockey League program.

Justin Friedman – Scout

Justin is a native of Central New Jersey and has been involved in hockey for most of his life.  He went into coaching after his playing career and has brought 15-plus years of coaching experience with the Mercer Chiefs, New Jersey Devils Youth, New Jersey Jr. Titans and now the New Jersey 87s, Justin has worked from the Mite Level all the way up the Eastern Hockey League, and has coached High School Hockey in New Jersey that includes a State Championship at Ramsey High School in the 2008-09 season.  Justin is an owner and director of scouting for NorthStar Elite Hockey’s Elite AAA Spring and Summer program and was instrumental in the program’s participation in the U15 World Selects Invitational.  Justin handles scouting in all areas of the country and specializes in scouting the Minnesota State High School League.

Dave Bush – Canadian Scout

A native of Ajax, Ontario, Dave played five years of junior hockey with the Pickering Panthers. During that time, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year, Best Defenseman and Most Valuable Player. Dave then played two years in the OUA with the Ryerson Rams. While playing junior hockey, he was also a power skating instructor for the Frank Miller Power Skating School. Dave has coached minor hockey in Dundas, Ontario for over nine years. Most recently, he has scouted for the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the SJHL and is currently scouting for the Campbellton Tigers of the MHL.

Alec ThierduAlec Thieda – Scout

Alec grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He played youth hockey with Detroit Little Caesars AAA (Midget Minor and Midget Major). He moved on to play two years in the NAHL (Motor City Machine & Texas Tornado/Kenai River Brown Bears) and one year in the OJHL. Thieda played four years of NCAA Division 3 hockey at Norwich University (Northfield, VT). He was an ACHA 2nd Team All-American Defenseman, Senior Captain, NEHC First Team All-Conference, and one of five finalists for the Joe Concannon Award as a Senior (best American-born Division II/III player in New England), NEHC All-Rookie Team, and two-time NEHC All-Academic team. He skated in 114 games, scored 9 goals and 50 assists for 59 career points.

Thieda Joined the Norwich coaching staff in 2015-2016 as an Assistant coach. He assisted with on-ice practice, player skill development, analyze and break down game video for practices and pre-game scouting and also served as the bench coach for forwards during games. He helped coach Norwich to a National Championship during the 2016-2017 season. Thieda also earned an MBA at Norwich while coaching and working full-time.

He is currently an 18U AAA Assistant Coach with Victory Honda in Detroit, MI. He helped coach them to a 2019 Michigan State Championship. Thieda also is working as a Senior Ice Hockey Recruiting Coach at NCSA (last four years) to help educate, provide realistic opportunities, and continue to provide guidance to student-athletes who are looking to navigate the ice hockey recruiting process. He has been able to place numerous players into realistic spots for both Junior and College hockey, while also providing hours of ice hockey educational classes and individually helping families 1 on 1 with the recruiting process.