USA Hockey tabs Tartaglione Southern California’s goaltending development coordinator

 

Tommy Tartaglione, a coach within the Los Angeles Jr. Kings organization, has been appointed Southern California’s goaltending development coordinator by USA Hockey.

Tartaglione’s multifaceted duties in the newly-created position include mentoring young goaltenders across the region, educating local goalie coaches, meeting with clubs and associations to implement goalie training curriculum and leading USA Hockey’s student goaltending coach programs.

“Twenty years ago in California, the only way to learn about goaltending was by watching a rare game on television,” said Tartaglione, a Torrance native. “Now, with the American Goaltending Development Program, every goalie from California will have the chance to learn the position the right way.”

In all, 23 goaltending coaches across the country were named to the coordinator position in their respective regions; all were nominated by a USA Hockey affiliate. The group will serve USA Hockey affiliates locally while also forming a nationwide network tasked with enhancing grassroots goalie development in the United States.

The group gathered for the first time at this year’s Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp, which was held earlier this month in Plymouth, Mich.

“Tommy brought a lot of energy and insight to the collaboration weekend, and he’s since followed up with really good ideas and thorough concepts, so he’s been a great contributor to all of the material we’ll put out throughout the summer,” said Phil Osaer, USA Hockey’s American Development Model manager for goaltending. “He was also eager to work with other coaches in the area to try to help improve the goalie development culture.”

During the selection process, the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) was quick to nominate qualified candidates and ultimately decided to appoint a goaltending development coordinator in both the southern and northern regions of California.

“Adding more resources and support for goaltenders, both on the national level and the local level, is a priority for USA Hockey and our American Development Model,” said Osaer. “The goaltending development coordinators will play an important role in that process, giving young goaltenders support and guidance from experienced coaches with a wealth of goaltending experience.

“CAHA has really prioritized goalie development, which is important."

A former Jr. Kings goaltender, Tartaglione is entering his third season coaching in the club. From 2012-14, he served as an assistant/video coach with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks.

As a player, Tartaglione mind the nets for three seasons of Major Junior with the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats and Vancouver Giants. He also played a season each with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Surrey Eagles and Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Delta Ice Hawks.

A graduate of Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic, Tartaglione was recognized as the Trojans’ Freshman of the Year in 2010 and was also named Surrey’s MVP and Fan Favorite in 2009 and Regina’s Fan Favorite in 2007.

He’s also excelled locally playing high-level inline hockey.

“Tommy brings something unique, too, with his roller and ice hockey backgrounds,” Osaer added. “I think that could be vital for goalie identification in Southern California.”

“The formation of the American Goaltending Development Program is the exact reason I returned to So Cal to be a goalie coach,” Tartaglione said. “There’s so many promising young goaltenders in our state, and I’m looking forward to not only being a part of their continued development, but other goaltenders and coaches around the country as well.”