The Admirals Hockey Club is proud of our strong hockey leadership to continue our commitment to player development. This team of hockey directors will work together to set programming, support coaches, focus on skill development, and build a premier hockey organization. While the directors will have specific responsibilities, they will be working together on all aspects of our hockey club. In addition to their hockey director responsibilities, the directors may also coach a team.
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Director of Player Development
Phone: (631) 897-5994
Tom Galvin has had responsibility for implementing USA Hockey's long-term athlete development model (ADM) across all levels in the Admirals since 2013. He is a USA Hockey certified level 4 coach and has coached Admirals teams (Pee Wee and Bantam) for 4 years.
Tom's background includes over 25 years of experience playing and coaching at all levels of hockey. Tom played 7 years of professional hockey for the Grand Rapids Griffins and Manitoba Moose in the AHL along with teams in ECHL and UHL, 2 years for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL, and 4 years for the University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division I) where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Management. Tom's career has been shaped by unique experiences such as attending NHL training camps, playing in historic arenas, meeting childhood hockey heroes and playing alongside current and former NHL stars.
Tom resides in Naperville with his wife, Karena, and budding 2 year old skater Finn. In addition to running The Complete Defenseman summer camps, Tom provides on- and off-ice private and group lessons for all ages throughout the year. Additional information can be found at www.CoachTomHockey.com.
Paul grew up in Batavia,IL. and played youth hockey for the Wolves and the Flames. He then went on to play for the Chicago Mission and the Chicago Chill Bantam-Midget. Paul played one season for the Marquette Electricians. before going on to play Juniors with the Soo Indians in the NOJHL. Paul changed things up a bit and became an on-ice official for a few years before going to Robert Morris University-Chicago where he played 2 seasons for RMU ACHA D1 team. Paul graduated with a degree in Business Management.
Paul started coaching four years ago, with the Admirals Hockey Club, beginning at the Squirt level his first year and then coaching at the Peewee Level for the next 3 years. Paul is going on his 4th season as a Head Coach at RMU, and this will be his second year coaching the ACHA D3 team. Paul is a level 4 USA Hockey Coach.
Nick Fina enters his second season with the Admirals Hockey Club in a Director role, having served the 2017-18 season as our Skills Director. He will have an expanded role this upcoming spring and fall season throughout the organization, while continuing to assist players with skill development and hockey knowledge. Nick grew up playing youth hockey for the Chicago Flames out of Center Ice of DuPage. After youth hockey, he joined the former Chicago Force junior program out of West Meadows Ice Arena. During his second season he was voted team captain by his fellow teammates and selected to the league’s all-star team to play against top players from other junior leagues across the United States.
Following junior hockey, Nick played collegiate hockey at Robert Morris University – IL under legendary Illinois hockey coach Tom ‘Chico’ Adrahtas who helped him gain a much greater understanding of skill development and team dynamics, which ultimately helped drive his passion for teaching and coaching.
He currently holds the highest Level 5 USA Hockey coaching certification. He served as an assistant coach for the RMU-IL Hockey program while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. During his coaching tenure at Robert Morris University, he helped carve out the winningest season for the Black team, as well as helping the Maroon team reach the regional tournament and falling one game short of the national tournament. Nick currently resides in Glen Ellyn with his wife Katie and considers himself a “lifelong rink rat”.
Girls Hockey Director
Carla Pentimone is a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Hockey Director and works closely with USA Hockey and AHAI teaching and coaching at various coaching clinics and district camps. Carla is the President of the Rolling Flames Wheelchair Hockey and works with The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey program where she received their Leadership Award for the 2015-2016 season. Carla grew up in the Chicago area playing Tier I and Tier II hockey, and she fully understands the importance of proper development in order for kids to be able to reach their full potential. As a young hockey player, Carla participated in USA Hockey’s 17/18 Team Development Camp. Carla played Division I college hockey for the two-time National Champion Wisconsin Badgers, under former Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Johnson and with two-time Olympic silver medalists, Meghan Duggan, Hillary Knight and Brianna Decker. In her senior year, Carla earned the Senior Badger Award for Most Inspiring Player.
Phone: (630) 790-0292
Gregg Naumenko’s background includes coaching at the Tier I level with the Chicago Young Americans. Gregg is a Level 4 certified coach, has been a scout for the USHL, and was an instructor at the USA Select Camp. Gregg’s extensive playing career includes professional, college, and junior hockey with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Chicago Wolves, University of Alaska, North Iowa Huskies, and Springfield Jr. Blues. He also played with the KHL in Russia and was a member of the 2002 U.S. National team at the World Championships. Gregg is one of only 6 goaltenders born in Illinois to play in the NHL. Attached is Greg’s resume.