General Manager/Head Coach
A native of Maspeth, NY, Craig has over 28 years of hockey experience and is a Level-5 USA Hockey certified coach. Before joining the New Jersey Titans, Craig spent the previous three seasons with the Long Island Gulls and New York Bobcats hockey organization. During his time there, Craig served as a hockey director for the Gulls. He spent his last season and a half as the Head Coach and General Manager of the EHL’s New York Bobcats. He also was the coach for the Metro Moose for five seasons as well. During those five years he made three trips to the USA Hockey Nationals in addition to capturing three CHA titles. He won coach of the year during his tenure with the Moose. Craig also was an assistant coach for Christ the King High School and the New York City Empire State team. Prior to his coaching career he played at Christ the King. He also worked for the New York Rangers where he began in the marketing and youth hockey departments. Craig is a graduate of St. Johns University with a degree in Sports Management.
Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach
Queens native Bobby DiRico’s extensive coaching includes over 15 years of hockey experience and a Level 4 USA Hockey ceritification. Before joining the New Jersey Titans, Bobby spent the previous three seasons as video coordinator with the Long Island Gulls and as assistant coach and assistant general manager for the New York Bobcats. Bobby was a video consultant for the St. Louis Blues and Hockey Essentials, along with the assistant/video coach of the Metro Moose Junior B team. In Bobby’s five seasons with the Moose, the team qualified for USA Hockey Nationals three times and captured two CHA league championships. Prior to his coaching career, Bobby played at Holy Cross where he served as assistant captain his junior and senior year. Bobby is a graduate of St. Johns University with a degree in Sports Management.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Matt is excited to be back for his second season with the New Jersey Titans Program. Prior to his time with the Titans, Matt spent a year as a special consultant for the WB/Scranton Knights of the NAHL and as a scout for the Rochester Jr. Americans of the USPHL. Matt owns and operates Roc City Elite Hockey (summer hockey), and attends all the big summer events. He has worked directly with many NAHL players that have seen success and reached an NCAA level, and is happy to continue to do that with the Titans. Matt is excited to help the Titans identify players in the Northeast Region, including NY, MA, PA, CT, and Canada. Additionally, Matt will help with direct oversight of the NAPHL, attending multiple NAPHL events.
Dan is a native of Deer Park, NY. He spent his hockey career playing for the Long Island Royals, Long Island Gulls, New York Bobcats and New Jersey Rockets before playing college hockey at Neumann University (NCAA Division III) and Stony Brook University (ACHA Division I). While at Stony Brook, he earned his degree in Finance. In addition to his work for the Titans, Dan is currently in his 4th season as a Head Coach at the U16 Level.
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.
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.