Coach Dave Collins grew up in New York and began playing hockey at age 6 in the youth travel hockey program. His love for the game continued through High School and on to Junior hockey in New York and Ontario. After playing Juniors Coach Collin attended SUNY Canton and then SUNY Potsdam where he played both hockey and lacrosse.
In 1995 Coach Collin started coaching youth and high school hockey In New York, Connecticut (Twin Rinks) and NJ (NJ Avalanche). Upon moving to Florida Coach Collins continued coaching for the Brandon Ice Sports Forum Rec leagues and in 2009 moved to the Jr. Bulls organization where he continues to coach.
Coach Collins has a love and passion for the game- his objective is for the kids to have a positive, fun experience while striving to be as competitive as possible.
Coach Mark Rosengard is originally from the Boston Massachusetts area, where hockey was consistently part of his early life. Coach Mark played youth hockey at multiple levels, culminating with fours years of college hockey at Tufts University. Upon graduation from Tufts in 1979, Coach Mark entered the Army and enjoyed a career of over 30 years of service, mostly in special operations units. He is a decorated combat veteran, and has led military organizations at many levels. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 2010, and has since been a contacted consultant to US Special Operations Command. He has been coaching youth hockey and conducting goalie specific clinics at several levels for the past 10 years, and has been teamed with Coach Dave Collins in the Newsome High School Hockey Program since the 2012 season.
Coach Vargas is a Master's Level (Level 5) USA Hockey Coach. Coach Vargas started coaching hockey when he was asked to sub for the coaches of a house league team. Before that, Luis worked with various youth mentoring organizations including the Youth Engineering Society and other youth organizations. As his oldest son developed a love for the game, he began a study of the game to continue his youth mentoring through the sport.
Picking up the sport as an adult allowed him to experience and empathize with the same struggles and challenges our youth experience while learning the sport. Coach Vargas has enjoyed the sport as a player, coach, referee, and spectator. His technical training and strategic background helped Coach Vargas teach the technical aspects of the game.
Luis has experience developing and mentoring youth athletes at every age division from Mite through Midget including house and travel teams at both the A (Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget) and AA (Midget U16 and U18) level. Coach Vargas led the Team Florida High School all-star team to its best performance at the 2009 Chicago Showcase - a heavily scouted junior level competition for teams throughout the US. He also coached the 2012 Showcase team and helped develop players through local High School Development Camps in 2009 and 2010.
Following his desire to grow participation in the game, among other things, Coach Vargas founded the Newsome Ice Wolves High School Hockey Club and coached there from 2004 through 2011 and has assisted as able with training activities since.
Mixing his passion for education with hockey, Luis became a Coaching Education Program instructor with USA Hockey in 2005 to help influence other coaches in their approach while encouraging to adopt USA Hockey's ADM approach. Being a CEP instructor allows him to share his belief in the importance of long-term athletic development.
Coach Vargas also believes the enjoyment of the experience is most important for participants in any sport; and, the sport is an important instrument toward helping these young men and women develop as people.