Tampa Bay Crunch Coaches

Meet our Tampa Bay Crunch Coaches

Travel Hockey Coach

Paul McDuffie

Travel Hockey Coach

Kristen Folch

Travel Hockey Coach

Mark Poznan

Travel Hockey Coach

Jerry Karch

Travel Hockey Coach

Darin Blatt

Travel Hockey Coach

John Scoby

Hockey Coach

Luke Zimmermann

Travel Hockey Coach

Brennan Cantelle

Travel Hockey Coach

Mark LaPresti

GM of Global Prospects Academy & Tampa Bay Crunch

Nick Lindberg

Hockey Coach

Stan Neckar

Travel Hockey Coach

Paul McDuffie

U/14A WHITE

McDuffie was born in Lake Wales, FL but was raised in Tampa, FL. Over the past 28 years McDuffie has had a chance to play/coach with some of the best in the Tampa Bay Area. He has been coaching at AdventHealth Center Ice for the past three years, taking the U14/16 Pucky Charms rec/tournament team to several championships. This will be his second year coaching the U14A Tampa Bay Crunch.

Travel Hockey Coach

Kristen Folch

U12/14 Girls head coach

Folch has over 20 years of hockey experience including prep school hockey at Tilton School in New Hampshire, as well as 4 years of NCAA Hockey at The University of Southern Maine. Her strong coaching skills, athletic background and years of playing experience has given her the ability to develop players both on-and-off the ice. Folch currently coaches, runs hockey camps and offers private lessons.

Travel Hockey Coach

Mark Poznan

U16/18 Girls

Coach Poznan’s hockey career has taken him from 10-years playing in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). To four years playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Major Junior. Poznan also played four years during college in Buffalo, NY, as well as 12-years of playing recreational hockey.

Poznan has achieved Level 4 USA Hockey Coach, including 15-years coaching hockey: CT, NY, NJ, FL (beginner, co-ed, girls U19 travel). Coach Poznan is also a physical therapist specializing in injury rehabilitation. Poznan is most proud of being a dad of two hockey playing daughters!

Travel Hockey Coach

Jerry Karch

U16A White

Karch has been coaching youth hockey for 16-years with a level four certification. He started as an assistant coach when his oldest son started playing hockey in Michigan for the Kensington Valley Hockey Association. They moved to Milwaukee, and Jerry became a travel hockey head coach for the Waukesha Warhawks, where both of his sons played. Karch moved to Tampa in 2014, he was a head coach in the AdventHealth Center Ice rec league for several seasons. Last year he was an assistant coach for the U14A Crunch. In addition, he has been involved with coaching youth baseball and lacrosse. 

Travel Hockey Coach

Darin Blatt

U12A White

Coach Blatt is a career Army Special Forces Officer who has been playing this great game for over 45 years. This includes a bit in college during his Freshmen year at West Point. He has continued playing, coaching, and even officiating during his 32-year Army experience. As a Green Beret, Coach Darren has seven deployments to Afghanistan, the most recently as the Commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A).

Coach Blatt has been married to his wife Suzanne Strulowitz for 21 years and have 3 kids: 17,  15  and 12.  The oldest plays U18 AAA travel at Tahoe Prep and the youngest plays on the U12 Crunch White. His middle child does FFA. Although new to coaching this team with the Crunch, Darren is not new to coaching or the Crunch.

Last year he coached the U12 Blue Crunch team that won the state season title. This season he is excited to work with an outstanding group of on-ice coaches. Coach Darren also looks forward to working with a motivated group of individuals on the U12 Crunch White.

Travel Hockey Coach

John Scoby

U14AA

Scoby grew up in the Tampa Bay area, where he played youth hockey at multiple levels; he went on to play in the New England Prep School League. He has coached travel and high school hockey in the area for the past six years. He lives in the Wesley Chapel area with his fiance and dog. John is looking forward to being a part of the Crunch family this year. 

Hockey Coach

Luke Zimmermann

U12A Blue & U16A Blue

Luke grew up playing most of his hockey career in Florida until moving to New Brunswick, Canada at 18 to play Junior A in the CJHL. Before that he played for the Tampa Bay Juniors, and after went on to play NCAA D3 at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. Luke is now in his 2nd year as a head coach of the Tampa Bay Crunch.

Travel Hockey Coach

Brennan Cantelle

U10 A Head Coach

Coach Cantele has been involved in ice hockey as a player/coach for over 30 years. He has played at a variety of different levels, including travel and college hockey. Cantele has coached youth travel and rec players for 11-years. He enjoys teaching this great game to kids and he hopes they have as much fun playing it as he did. He gets excited about seeing the kids develop their hockey skills through hard work and practice.

Cantele has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 20-years. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 20-years. They have two sons, Logan (14) and Luke (10). He is currently certified as a Level 4 USA Hockey Coach.

Travel Hockey Coach

Mark LaPresti

U14 A Blue Head Coach

LaPresti… LaPresti…… LaPresti

GM of Global Prospects Academy & Tampa Bay Crunch

Nick Lindberg

U12 A White, U16 AA Head Coach

Hockey Coach

Stan Neckar

10U AA head coach

Coach Stan Neckar was a former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman. As a first-round draft pick, coach stan played four seasons for the Lightning. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators.