Our 2020-2021 Coaches

Our 2020-2021 Coaches

19U Girls -- Steve Anthos.

Head Coach Steve Anthos has been coaching at SAHA since 2006.  He has coached every level of amateur hockey, from mites through midget.  Mr. Anthos served on the Board of Directors at Southpointe and South Fayette hockey and has been the head coach of the SAHA 19U Girls' team for 6 seasons.  The SAHA 19U Girls won both the regular season and playoff PAHL banners in 2018-19 and the regular season banner in 2019-20.

 

18U AA -- Don Dabkowski.

Head Coach Don Dabokwski's coaching career began in the 2008-2009 season when he served as an assistant coach at the Mite B level for Southpointe, with both of his sons playing on that team. Since then, he has been a head coach for 8 SAHA teams and an assistant coach for 9 SAHA teams.  During this tenure, he has coached teams across all age levels, from mites to bantams, and across all skill levels, from B to AA. Most recently, Don served as the head coach for the Southpointe Midget 16U AA team. In addition, Don is an active coach within the Peters Township hockey program, serving as the head coach for various Junior Indians and Middle School teams, and most recently as an assistant coach for the JV 2 team in the 2017-18 season.

 

14U Bantam 2006 AA -- Joe Thomas.

Head Coach Joe Thomas has six seasons of coaching experience between PIHL and PAHL. Mr. Thomas coached at the Bishop Canevin middle school (assistant and head coach) and varsity (assistant coach) levels.  He has two seasons of PAHL head coaching experience, including one season at the 16U A Major level (Rink Rats) and one season at the 14U A Major level (SHAHA). The 14U A Major team played a successful AA tournament schedule outside of our PAHL regular season.  Mr. Thomas playing experience includes the Arctic Foxes and Bishop Canevin Varsity.

Assistant Coach DJ Zeh.  Mr. Zeh's coaching experience includes:  SHAHA 14U A Major Assistant Coach, Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach, Bishop Canevin Middle School Assistant Coach, and  Bishop Canevin Varsity Assistant Coach.  DJ's playing experience includes the Southpointe Rink Rats, Pittsburgh Predators AA, Bishop Canevin Varsity, and the University of Pittsburgh ACHA D1.

Assistant Coach Shane Donnelly.   Mr. Donnelly's coach experience includes: SHAHA 14U A Major Assistant Coach and Rink Rats 16U A Major Assistant Coach.  Shane's playing experience includes the Viper Stars AAA, Knoch Varsity, and Duquesne University ACHA D1.

 

14U Bantam 2007 AA -- Tanner Orr.
Coach Orr has been playing competitive hockey for 13 years.  He started his youth travel hockey career at SHAHA on a 12U B major team and ended by playing at SHAHA on an 18U AA team.  He then moved from SHAHA to the Esmark Stars at the AAA level as a Midget major.  He played his high school career on the South Park Varsity team during his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years.  During his junior year he was named Captain.  This year he is ending his college career on the Robert Morris University D1 Club.  He started playing at RMU as a true freshman and was named Captain for the RMU D1 Club team for two years.  In addition to his playing career, Coach Orr has been coaching for a number of years.  He has been a Skills Coach for National Elite for four years, an Assistant Coach for the National Elite Spring Program for four years (a total of eight teams) and a Head Coach for the National Elite Spring Program for three years (a total of five teams).  He has also been a Next Step Skills Coach for two years.  Finally, over this past year, he has been a coach for the Tyler Kennedy Training program and an Assistant Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Black ’07 team.

 

12U Peewee 1 -- Erik Mertens.

 

10U AA.

Head Coach: Sean Coyle

Sean Coyle has been named as the head coach of the 2020-21 Southpointe Squirt AA team after a successful 2019-20
campaign. This will be Sean’s 6th year coaching squirts at Southpointe, and his 9 th season coaching He is a USA Hockey
level 4 certified coach. His coaching resume includes Mites to Bantam AA. He has assisted in getting many kids to both
the AA level and the Tier 1 AAA level. Sean also served as Southpointe’s Mite Coordinator for 2 seasons, with
responsibilities for developing practice plans for all Mite Teams.

Sean played amateur hockey in the Pittsburgh area, including playing for the perennial champion Bishop Canevin
Crusaders of the PIHL. He is currently as Southpointe board member and serves as VP/Director of coaching. He is a
licensed physical therapist and brings his knowledge of kinesiology and sports training to the teams off ice program.

Assistant Coach: Matt Harmon

Matt Harmon has been named as an Assistant Coach for the 2020-21 Squirt AA Team supporting Sean Coyle. This
upcoming season with Squirt AA will mark the 9 th team that Matt has coached as either a Head Coach or Assistant Coach
with multiple youth programs. Matt has overseen or assisted in the development of players making significant year to
year progress, from Blue to Red Mite, and from Red Mite to Squirt 1 with multiple players. Matt has had the benefit of
working with and having great relationships with some of the area’s premier High School, Collegiate, and Tier 1 Coaches,
and enters the 2020-2021 Season as a USA Hockey registered Level 4 Coach.

Matt grew up playing amateur hockey in Pittsburgh, where he then went on to play D1 hockey at Duquesne University.
In addition to his coaching qualifications, Matt is a USA Hockey Level 4 Ice Hockey Official and officiates ice hockey in the
NCAA. Matt was also honored to be selected to officiate the 2019-2020 USA Hockey National Championships.