The Rochester Jr Monarchs are excited to welcome Brian Bailey as their new assistant coach for the USPHL Jr A Elite team. Brian will be joining Head Coach Dave Leaderer and Assistant Lindsay Putnam behind the bench for their inaugural season. Brian is a Rochester native and excited to give back to local players. “Brian reached out to me looking for work within the hockey world, and after I sat down with him to see what his plans and goals were, I knew we had to get him on board to coach” said head coach Dave Leaderer. Brian is very eager to get his coaching career started and will be a huge asset to the program. “I got into coaching because I feel that I need to give something back to this great game that has taken me places and given me opportunities that I could have never imagined. I love working with the players, watching them grow as players as the season goes on, and watching them conquer their goals is the ultimate pay off” said new assistant coach Brian.
Brian started his playing career in Rochester, NY, having played for the Fairport Red Raiders Varsity team. From there he took his talents to the South Shore Kings for the 2011-12 season in what was then the EmJHL totaling 3 goals and 10 assists in 24 games as a defenseman. “As you can tell, we should be having a pretty solid D-Core with both of us being defenseman in our playing days” joked Dave Leaderer.
Both Dave and Brian’s main goals this year are to develop their players and get them to the highest level possible. Head Coach Dave Leaderer commented “wins and losses are great, but a win for me is to move a player on to the next level whether it’s college or a higher level of juniors. If we go 44-0 in the league and I don’t move anyone on, then I did not do my job to the fullest.” Brian added that his goal is “to get these players to the next level that they aspire to be at.”
The Jr Monarchs organization are excited to get the inaugural season started and really make some noise in the league. “The roster is coming together nicely and we are really excited to start training camp to build some nice chemistry before the season starts” said head coach Dave Leaderer. The official first day for the Jr Monarchs will be August 29th, the first day of training camp.
Jr. Monarchs Name Dave Leaderer Head Coach of USPHL Elite Team!
Dave is a native of Rochester, NY. Throughout his career, Dave has had the chance to play under some very well renowned junior, college, and pro coaches including Chris and Peter Masters (Boston Jr. Bruins – EJHL), Don “Toot” Cahoon (UMass Amherst), Red Gendron (UMaine), Rick Kowalsky (Albany Devils), and Lane Lambert (Washington Capitals).
Growing up Dave was selected to represent Team New York for the 15U, 16U, and 17U USA Hockey festival. From there, he moved to Hopkinton, MA to play for the Boston Jr Bruins full season Midget AAA team where he was named captain. The following season, Dave played for the Boston Jr Bruins (EJHL), helping them to the EJHL finals. As a defensemen with the Jr Bruins, Dave amassed 21 points in 37 games. While with the Jr Bruins, Dave earned a full scholarship to UMass Amherst where he played as a true freshman. During his career at Umass Amherst, Dave was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team, Hockey East All-Academic team, and was named one of the team captains his senior year. In his 4 years at UMass, Dave registered 33 points and was a major contributor to UMass’s first ever NCAA appearance. After college, Dave went on to sign as a free agent with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL. As a pro, Dave played 3 seasons with the Trenton Devils and 1 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL totaling 114 points. Dave was able to get a couple of brief stints with the Albany Devils and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL as well.
After his playing career, Dave helped coach the Connecticut Jr Wolkpack (1999) to the USA Nationals. His coaching and development that year led to a commitment to UConn and many premier prep schools. Dave’s most recent coaching was with the U14 Rochester Monarchs leading them to over 40 wins and the New York State Tournament. His promise is that each player will receive excellent training in both the tactical and skill part of the game. Dave will use is large network of former coaches, players, scouts to help the advancement of his players
The original Rochester Monarchs were brought together by a number of avid hockey enthusiasts in 1973. That year they gathered enough players for the first Rochester Monarch hockey team, affiliated with the New York/Pennsylvania Junior Hockey League. These players, from throughout the Rochester area, had enthusiastic support. Every home game was a sell-out. The team took precedence over local sporting events on the evening news. This high caliber of hockey was predominant throughout the 70’s.
The reformation of the Rochester Monarchs is an attempt to return to this level of excellence to youth hockey in Rochester. We feel that our local young hockey players should be able to play with the most committed and talented players of the region. We are offering AAA caliber hockey in Rochester so that the players in our community can stay in their homes, and sleep in their own beds with the support of their families, their schools, and the local hockey community that nurtured then in their formative years. Having such support will provide the essential balance young hockey players need to achieve their full potential. The backers of this initiative are committed to keeping the costs low for the participating families through corporate advertising and unique fund-raising opportunities. We are led by dedicated and experienced hockey advisors from our local area, and we have assembled a strong group of resources through hockey associations and business partnerships that have been developed over the past 30 years. With our generous support and contributions, the Rochester Monarchs can bring the opportunity for excellence to our children once again.