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Cliff Graziano - Owner / GM / Coach

Coach GRAZ graduated from Penn State University in 1995. Along the way, he won the Nittany Lion MVP in 1991, the PSU Ice Hockey Dedication Award in 1994, and the PSU Ice Hockey Offensive Player of the Year Award in 1995. After graduation, he received a tryout in the Detroit Red Wing Association and went on to play briefly with the Jacksonville Bullets, a Detroit Red Wing affiliate. Coach Graziano has been coaching hockey since 1995. He is a USA Hockey certified Advanced Level 4 coach and is in the process of attaining the Level 5 Masters certification. Some of the hockey programs Cliff has been affiliated with include, Turcotte Stickhandling School (Head Instructor 1994-present), Morris Hills High School (Head Varsity Coach 1995-1999), New Jersey Colonials (AAA Midget Coach 1997-1998), Nothing But Net Hockey Skills, Montgomery, MD (Head Instructor 1997-present), Team Rangers (Head Coach 2003), Team MD Tier I AAA (Bantam Major 01's /Pw minor 05's), New Jersey Renegades (On-Ice Director 2000-present). Coach Graziano is also the Co-Head Coach and GM of the NJ Renegades EHL Jr Team. He has coached numerous players that have gone onto NCAA DI/DIII, as well as ACHA, prep schools and upper levels of Jr hockey including the USHL and the NAHL.  He also was selected as the Head Coach and GM of the 2010 MJHL All Star Team at Nationals in Marlborough, Massachusetts where the team won the tournament.

 

Amy Graziano — Administrator

Amy has been with the Renegades for the past 13 years as an assistant to the General Manager. Through her hard work and dedication, she has progressed to become the Administrator for the club. Working with her husband is not always easy, but with her pleasant disposition and hard work ethic, Amy has made the transition in flawless fashion. Among her many responsibilities, Amy is the main point of contact regarding tuition, apparel, hotel and transportation for the Jr team.  We are proud and lucky to have such a warmhearted and gifted staff member.

Kevin "KD" Dluhy - Goaltending Coach

Bio - Coming Soon!

Gary Yacavino - Coach

Coach Yacavino grew up playing travel hockey with the NJ Devils Youth AAA programs. He played High School Hockey at Morris Hills (1994-97) under Coach Graz. After graduating, Gary played at the County College of Morris for two seasons winning two conference championships. After CCM, he went on to play at West Virginia University in the ACHA from 1999-2002. Coach Yacavino has worked as a skills coach for Turcotte StickHandling School. He also worked as a Private Lessons Instructor, teaching skills at Twin Oaks Ice Rink from (2002-2004). This will be his first season with the Renegades.

 

Frank Skirpan - Coach/Scouting/Coordinator

Coach Skirpan played for Archbishop Ryan high school as a varsity goalie and was part of the first city team to win Flyers Cup AAA.  He then went on to play in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Omaha Lancers.  He has coached for the Grundy Senators, Team Comcast, Philadelphia Blazers and the Mercer Chiefs at the tier I and tier II youth levels as well as serving as an instructor as a Goaltending Coach at Ed Walsh Goaltending School.  Frank assists in scouting for the Jr team, as well as he will be helping to coach in the midget program.

Jack Callahan - Coach

Jack played for the NJ Renegades and Coach Graz for many years.  He was drafted by the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and won a National Championship with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL in 2011.  After his Jr career he went onto NCAA Div. I Qunnipiac University before transferring the NCAA D III University of Wisconsin Eau Clair winning another National Championship in 2013.  Jack was a highly skilled player with a great attitude and work ethic and he will bring his experience to the Renegades teams and players this upcoming season.

 

Donny Pelligrino - Coach

Donny began his club hockey playing career with the Bridgewater Bears and has also played for teams such as the New Jersey Renegades, New Jersey Rockets, and played Juniors for the New Jersey Wildcats.  He also played for Bridgewater–Raritan High School, making varsity all four years and was selected to 3rd Team All State, 2nd Team All Public, and 1st Team All Conference. He played D-I Club with Villanova University from 2009 - 2012.  Donny’s leadership was demonstrated through his captaincy for numerous teams he played for.  Donny was part of the original Renegades team when the organization began in the 99-00 season.

Beuk Forrest - Midget Coach & Jr Asst Coach

Beuk Forrest grew up playing here in NJ for multiple youth organizations including The NJ Penguins, Lawrence Flames and The NJ Rockets.  He was a 4 year Varsity starter and a Sr captain for Hillsborough High School.  Beuk then went on to a 4 year collegiate career at Seton Hall.  He has coached at many levels from mites thru midgets and was recently with the NJ Stars program.  Other experience coaching includes working with VSK Elite Spring program as well as Pro Ambitions Hockey Camp as a Head Instructor with NHL’er Jeff Serowik.  He helped create the prestige Hockey U20 Jr Elite team with RPI Asst. coach Mike Lysyj.  This is Beuk’s 1st season with the Renegades and will coach at the Midget & Jr levels with our program.

Chris Tommins - Coach

Chris graduated from Bridgewater- Raritan High school in 2007, where he is top 5 in all offensive categories and hold the record for most games played. Chris played for the New Jersey Renegades youth program and was one of the first members of the inaugural year of the New Jersey Renegades Junior Program. He played 2 seasons with the Junior team and went on to attend William Paterson University where he was part of the team in 2012 and 2013. Chris has been coaching youth programs in the area and is in his 2nd official season on the coaching staff for the Renegades. Along with the Junior program, Chris is in 4th year at Hillsborough High School starting his 2nd year as the Varsity Ice Hockey Head Coach. 

JOHN CRAIG - COACH

Coach Craig grew up playing youth hockey in suburbs of Chicago, Illinois for the Geneva Cyclones and Chicago Flames.  He then moved to NJ in 2009 to play for the NJ Renegades Jr team for two years. After playing Jr's with the Renegades John went to William Paterson University and played for their college hockey team winning two conference championships along the way while graduating with a history degree.   John then decided to start coaching in 2010 as a skills coach for Turcotte Stick-Handling school.  He is in his second year as the Renagades assistant coach.