Midget AAA Head Coaches Announced for 2017-2018 Season

The Pittsburgh Vengeance are proud to announce the head coaches of their Midget AAA teams for the 2017-2018 season.
The Vengeance will field Tier 1 teams at the U18, U16, and U15 age levels.
Tryout fees are $125.00, payable online.

 

U18 AAA Sean Berkstresser

Sean Berkstresser grew up in Apollo, PA playing for the Pittsburgh Hornets youth organization. He played Junior hockey in the NAHL with the Pittsburgh Forge before playing 4 years as a member of the inaugural NCAA D1 team at Robert Morris University. Berkstresser would go on to play 8 seasons in the ECHL, totaling 201 points and 590 penalty minutes in 458 games. In his first year with the Vengeance, Berkstresser led the U18s to a 15-0-1 record in the NJPHL.

Berkstresser runs the Finish First Sports Performance gym located in the Alpha Ice Complex, working with individuals and teams to develop sport-specific strength, speed, and agility training programs.

U18 Tryouts:

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 8:50 - 10:20
April 27 - 8:00 - 9:20
April 28 - 8:00 - 9:20

U16 AAA John Zeiler

John Zeiler lives in Jefferson Hills, PA.  John attended Thomas Jefferson High School, winning three state championships. Zeiler went on to play two seasons in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers, winning  the Clark Cup national trophy his second season. After being drafted 132nd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Zieler attended NCAA D1 St Lawrence University for 4 sesasons, accumulating 123 points in 144 games. After college, John played 5 seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL and with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.  He then spent 4 seasons overseas with the DEL in Germany.  John began coaching with the Penguins Elite 2007 team as an assistant, and is excited to join the Pittsburgh Vengeance organization as the head coach of the U16 AAA team. John is passionate about the game of hockey and looks forward to passing that along to his players this coming season. John is also available for on-ice private and small group lessons.

U16 Tryouts:

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 7:10 - 8:40
Goalies: April 24 - 6:30 - 7:20
April 24 - 7:30 - 9:20
April 27 6:00-8:00
May 1 7:20-9:20
May 2 7:30-8:50

U15 AAA Brian Ramm

Brian, a Stoney Creek, Ontario native, joins the Vengeance with over 35 years of playing and coaching experience. He is the owner of High Gear Hockey, a skating and skill development program based in Northwest Pennsylvania. Ramm was previously the GM and head coach of the NA3HL Southern Tier Xpress.  He has coached at the AAA and AA levels for the past 11 years. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Ramm played Junior A hockey for the Hamilton Kitty B's of the OPJHL before joining Mercyhurst at the NCAA D2 level.

Ramm's coaching philosophy revolves around developing three core aspects of a player's game - feet, hands, and head. Working individually with his U15s, Ramm will identify each athlete's development status and work with them to build a proficiency in these areas.

"Speaking with Coach Dorsey about our development philosophies, I felt the Vengeance was the perfect program to coach in," Ramm said, "I look forward to working with all the players in the Vengeance program!"

U15 Tryouts:

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 7:10 - 8:40
Goalies: April 24 - 6:30 - 7:20
April 24 - 7:30 - 9:20
April 27 6:00-8:00
May 1 7:20-9:20
May 2 6:00-7:20

Tryout Schedules:

U15

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 7:10 - 8:40
Goalies: April 24 - 6:30 - 7:20
April 24 - 7:30 - 9:20
April 27 - 6:30 - 7:50
April 28 - 6:30 - 7:50

U16

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 7:10 - 8:40
Goalies: April 24 - 6:30 - 7:20
April 24 - 7:30 - 9:20
April 25 - 7:30 - 9:20
April 26 - 7:30 - 9:20

U18

Goalies: April 20 6:00-7:00
April 20 - 8:50 - 10:20
April 27 - 8:00 - 9:20
April 28 - 8:00 - 9:20