Team Staff Profile - Rich Appleby
(M3) Old Dominion University
Head Coach Rich Appleby grew up in Detroit Michigan and began his coaching career in 1973 at the midget level. After taking his team to the Michigan State Championships in their second year, Coach Appleby took a break from coaching and resumed his playing career with the Detroit Nomads and Hudepohl Brewers until 1978 when he stopped playing after suffering a serious injury.
After moving to Virginia Beach Coach Appleby became involved with the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association as VP of Business Operations and coach. He took over the Travel program and amassed a 186-25-12 record with his teams winning 4 league championships in the Carolina Hockey League and over 21 tournaments in 5 years.
Coach Appleby is a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach and has a simple hockey philosophy-PRACTICE HARD/PLAY HARD.
The hockey system is also simple:
"WHEN WE HAVE THE PUCK EVERYONE IS ON OFFENSE
WHEN THEY HAVE THE PUCK EVERYONE IS ON DEFENSE.
Coach Appleby teaches a puck control stragety with tape to tape passing, aggressive skating, and tight team defense.
Coach's teams have a reputation of fast, hard and clean hockey.
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