Coach Matt Anderson
Coach Matt Anderson played youth hockey with the NJ Devils Youth Hockey and Wildcats Junior Hockey programs. He was a 4 year varsity player, 2006 All-State Defensemen and 2004 State Champion for Seton Hall Prep. He also played college hockey for 4 years at New York Univeristy. He coached 2 seasons with Seton Hall Prep and is currently the Varisity Coach for Governor Livingston High School.
Coach Matt has been coaching for the Youth Hockey programs at Union Sports Arena for serveral years and is currently the Hockey Director. Coach Matt is the Founder and Director of the Union Thunder Limited-Travel Hockey Program. Coach Matt is also the NY Ranger's 2018-2019 Emile Francis award winner.
Coach Spencer Trusedell
Coach Spencer played junior hockey with the New Jersey Rockets and was a 3 year varsity player for Seton Hall Preparatory School, where he was captain. Coach Spencer was an All State and Gordon Conference honorable mention. He has been coaching youth programs at Union Sports Arena for several years and has coached Union Thunder for 3 years. He is currently coaching at Westfield High School as the JV head coach and varsity assistant coach of the 2018 Union County Champions.
Spencer recently graduated from Quinnipiac University and lives in Martinsville, NJ. He recently finished a contract with BASF in Florham Park and will be starting a new position as a system designer for Wavelength Audio and Video in Bernardsville.
Coach Matt Gualtieri
Coach Matt Gualtieri grew up playing youth hockey in New Jersey. Coach Matt G played for Westfield High School and played with the NJ Devils Junior B team for 3 years. Coach Matt also played with the Space Coast Blast in the SEHL Junior A league for 1 year. Coach Matt has coached for Westfield High School, Governor Livingston High School, and was the Head Coach for Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.
Coach Matt currently coaches for the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Club program where he has coached for the past serveral seasons. Coach Matt also currently coaches for Union Thunder on the Squirt and Peewee levels.
Coach Brendan Hickey
Coach Brendan Hickey played youth hockey for both Cranford Hockey Club and Devils Youth Hockey. Coach Hickey was a 4 year varsity hockey player for Westfield High School and led the team as captain for 2 years. He has coached high school hockey and lacrosse for over 10 years. He has been an elementary school teacher for over ten years as well and currently teaches 3rd grade at McKinley School in Westfield. Coach Hickey also serves as a JV Coach for Westfield High School and 9th grade lacrosse coach for Westfield High School.
Coach JJ Hoeffler
Coach JJ Hoeffler is in his second season with the Thunder. He currently coaches the Bantam Minors and PW A teams. Coach JJ played at the Cranford Hockey Club before playing for the NJ Devils Tier 1 AAA program for 6 seasons. Coach JJ was a 2 time Captain at Cranford High School and graduated with over 100 career points. Coach JJ is also the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Cranford High School. Coach JJ was previously a Head Lacrosse Coach at the NCAA level before joining the Thunder.
Coach Sam Tafel
Coach Sam grew up playing youth hockey in New Jersey. Following Sam’s last year of Midget u18 he played junior hockey for the Springfield Pics, and eventually the Long Island Junior Wolfpack. Sam would enter Rutgers University to pursue a career in education while playing for Rutgers’ ACHA team. He would also suit up for Seton Hall University as a graduate transfer while obtaining a master’s degree in school counseling. Throughout this time Sam has head coached at the Bantam AA level, and was recently selected to coach the 2017-2018 u14 Diamond EJEPL All-Star Game. In addition to coaching, Sam is also the eastern scout for the Chicago Cougars in the USPHL. Sam’s focus is on development and preparing players for the next level mentally and physically. Coach Sam is currently the Head Coach for Oratory Prep High School.
Coach Matt Gunther
Coach Matt Gunther played youth hockey for the Cranford Hockey Club as well as the for the Bridgewater Bears. He played high school ice hockey for Watchung Hills and made it the the state championship in 2008. Upon graduating he went on to play for the West Chester University Golden Rams and won the DVCHC conference championship. After college Coach Matt became a teacher in the Scotch Plains - Fanwood district and continued his hockey career by becoming the varsity coach of the high school hockey team. Coach Matt has been a part of the Union Thunder since 2016 and is currently the coach of the Peewee A team. Coach Matt is also the Head Coach for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High school.
Coach Silio Garcia
Coach Silio Garcia brings over 20 years of coaching experience at the Travel and High School levels to the Thunder. Silio has worked with Squirts through Junior programs all over the Region. Silio was previously the Hockey Director at Skylands Ice World. Coaching accomplishments extend all the way to coaching teams to the District finals at the Bantam A and AA levels, taking teams to Silver Sticks Nationals in Canada and Port Huron, and coached a team up being ranked 8th in the country at the Bantam AA level.
Coach Ali Grzyb
Alison Grzyb is a passionate teacher of Yoga for Athletes! Ali holds degrees in Kinesiology and Education with a MS in School Counseling from Indiana University. She has adult, teen and child yoga certifications as well as yoga for athlete training in JOGA and Yogalete. Ali coached JOGA to the NJ Devils for the 18-19 season! She works with hockey players of all ages, from young children to professional teams. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and our players will benefit from her wealth of knowledge, positivity and warmth from the second she starts teaching!