EAST MEADOW, NY - Premier is back, and they have their coach. The PAL Junior Islanders have announced that Alexis DeMolina has been named head coach of the Isles Premier team for the 2019-2020 season.
DeMolina, a Long Island native, returns home after serving as an Associate Head Coach and Video Coordinator for New Fairfield-Immaculate Preparatory School Hockey in Danbury, CT, during the 18-19 campaign. During his time at NFI, DeMolina worked closely with head coach Mike Bonelli (USA Hockey NY CEP East Coordinator) on player development and video projects.
Prior to his stint at NFI, DeMolina served as an Assistant Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Superior, WI. With the Yellow Jackets, he served as the recruiting coordinator, ran individual on-ice skill sessions, assisted in practice preparation and execution, cut all team video, and served as the goaltending coordinator. DeMolina worked under the tutelage of well respected USHL and NAHL Coach Richard McKenna.
For the past two years, DeMolina has served as a player development instructor with IPH Hockey in the Greater Connecticut area. His focus included instructing players, ages 14-20, on skills development as well as serving as an instructor for one-on-one and group sessions.
DeMolina is a big proponent of the USA Hockey ADM Model. He has spent the past four years studying with various mentors within the USA Hockey family, including P.A.L.’s own Dave Starman. In February 2017, DeMolina attended the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Co-Op for coaches on behalf of NY State.
DeMolina is a Level 4 registered USA Hockey Coach with his level 5 status pending (upon completion of thesis review).
“I am extremely excited to be returning home surrounded by my friends, family, and mentors," DeMolina said. "Having my first head coaching job in the place I've called home for so many years is a dream come true. I'm incredibly eager to work with a talented pool of players, and to face all new challenges."
When asked about his initial plan for the Premier team, DeMolina made it clear that his passion was video coaching. "I plan to bring my college recruiting experience and passion for player development to the organization, with a focus on video development. Through video, we can create a program that will develop PAL players to be able to compete at the NCDC and collegiate levels," DeMolina said.
The organization would like to offer the sincerest welcome to Alexis, and we wish him the best of luck during the 2019-2020 campaign. Go Isles!