Team Maryland is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Head Coaches for the Bantam level. Pedro Perrella will be the Head Coach of the Bantam Minor team and Mike Bazzone will be taking over for the Bantam Majors.
Pedro Perrella returns to Team Maryland for his seventh season. Coach Perrella started with Team Maryland as Coach Weiss’s Assistant Coach at the Peewee Major level with the 2000 & 2001 Birth-years, helping lead both teams to playoff appearances and a regular season AYHL Championship.
The last 3 years Coach Perrella has worked with Coach Fritz at the Bantam levels, helping lead the 2002s to the AYHL playoffs and SE Districts. Last season was Pedro’s first season as a TM Head Coach, and his time learning from other top coaches in the area paid off. He took over for a team that was 12-30-6 in its previous season. With Coach Perralla at the helm the 2005’s improved to a .500 season highlighted by a very strong showing at the world-famous Quebec Peewee Tournament.
“Coach Perrella is a great example to all the kids that play here at Team Maryland. He paid his dues and worked his way up from the bottom, spending years as an assistant coach. If you put in enough humble hard work, your efforts are bound to yield fruit. Im delighted that our young men have been able to see all the work that Pedro puts into his craft, and now we are all sharing in his success.” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky
In addition, Coach Perrella has served as an Assistant and Head Coach for the DC Selects AAA Spring Program and is a lead skills instructor for local area camps.
Coach Perrella played hockey locally in Frederick before playing Tier-1 AAA Hockey for 4 years for WLC and MYHA. After youth hockey, Coach Perrella went on to play Junior Hockey for Frederick Freeze leading the team in all scoring categories until injuries derailed his playing career. Coach Perrella would later go to play ACHA Hockey for the University of Maryland.
Pedro holds a Master’s in education with a concentration in K-12 Physical Education and is currently finishing his first full year as a teacher.
Coach Mike Bazzone is entering his first season as a Head Coach with Team Maryland, but is no stranger to the area. Bazzone has been training and developing players in the DMV area since 2010.
Coach Mike served as the skills instructor for Pro Intensity Hockey from 2011-2014 where he oversaw player development for the Prince William Hockey Club. Mike also served as club goalie instructor for the NOVA Ice Dogs and Skills Instructor for the NOVA Ice Dogs girls program.
“Mike Bazzone has been training many Team Maryland players over the last few years. They are drawn to his knowledge, passion, and energy for the game. We are excited to have Mike here helping develop our next generation of TM standouts.” Hockey Director Chris Ceransky
In 2014 Bazzone began running training programs independently. Over the last few years he has built a strong following which lead to him opening his own facility. Mike is now the owner/operator of HockeyCore Training Facility located next to Paul Fritz’s ToughIt Gym on the second floor of the Rockville Ice Arena.
Throughout his time training players in the area, Mike has had the opportunity to develop players to the next level consistently. Coach Bazzone is a proud husband and father of five.
Check back this weekend when we announce or Midget Head Coaches.