Tony Zasowski was named the Director of Player Personnel and NAPHL Director on April 27, 2017. In his role, Zasowski oversees all aspects of NAHL Future Prospects Combines, NAHL Future Prospects Tournaments, NAHL Central Scouting and Education Initiatives for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. In addition, Zasowski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NAPHL, along with direction of all the NAPHL events during the 2017-18 season.
Prior to his position with the NAHL, Zasowski has served as head coach and general manager for the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues from 2012-16. During that five-year span, Zasowski had over 40 players make NCAA commitments under his watch. Prior to that, Zasowski was the head coach for both the 18U and 16U San Jose Jr. Sharks teams in the NAPHL. Zasowski was one of the founding members of the NAPHL back in 2009.
Prior to coaching with the Jr. Sharks, Zasowski was Assistant Coach/Goalie Coach for the Pensacola Ice Pilots in the ECHL. Zasowski also had stints in the USHL as Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager with the Chicago Steel, in the NAHL as Assistant Coach with the Springfield Spirit. In addition to his regular coaching duties, Tony has worked numerous USA Hockey Select Festivals as a goalie coach and evaluator.
As a player, Zasowski grew up in Illinois playing goaltender for Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans. His junior career included winning an Anderson Cup and National Championship with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and playing in Omaha where he won a Clark Cup where he set a league record with 35 wins in a season and won Goalie of the Year. From there, he earned a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame where he was named Freshman of the Year for the Irish. He finished up his playing career with the Dayton Bombers in the ECHL.
Zasowski resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife DJ and daughter Esmee.
Craig Barnett provides NCAA Education and Compliance resources for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL. Barnett's experience and relationships in the college hockey world provides a unique perspective to coaches and players in the NAHL family of leagues looking to gain opportunities at the next level.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Barnett played college hockey at Plattsburgh (NY) State University in which he was a member of the 1987 NCAA Championship team. He was also named to their all-decade team (1985-1994) and was the university's Student-Athlete of the year in 1989.
Barnett then played professionally in the New York Ranger organization for two years before entering the coaching ranks. Barnett started the hockey program at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1995 and took that program from club status to the NCAA I level as a charter member of the CHA (College Hockey America).
In 2002, Barnett became the Hockey Director and Assistant Athletic Director at Lake Forest Academy, a prestigious boarding school on the north shore of Chicago. Barnett then became the Director of Athletics at Becker College in Worcester, MA where he was instrumental in starting their NCAA III hockey, football and lacrosse programs. Two years later, Barnett landed the Director of Athletics position at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where he was responsible for 24 NCAA II varsity sports as well as their 2 NCAA I hockey programs.
In 2011, Barnett was named the Commissioner of the American Lacrosse Conference, a league who had won seven of the past nine NCAA I Championships before being absorbed by the Big Ten conference in 2014. This past year, Barnett became the Commissioner of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a NCAA I/II league whose conference member Loyola University has won the past 2 NCAA Championships. Craig resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife Andrea and three children, Olivia, Braeden and Jace.
Coming off a 25-year NHL scouting career which included the past eight years with the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as stints with the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, Harker will join NAHL Director of Player Personnel Craig Barnett’s team to scout and evaluate the NAPHL at all events this season. Gary has 18 years of high school and college coaching experience and is a member of four different Hall of Fames (Wisconsin Hockey, UW-Superior, Superior High School and Duluth Denfeld).
Trombetta grew up playing hockey and eventually played in the North American Hockey League in 1992-93 for the Compuware Ambassadors and Michigan Nationals. He late graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1997 with degrees in Psychology and Health Education. Trombetta has spent 11 seasons as a coach and leader at the Tier I youth level, most recently in the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association with the NAPHL’s Pikes Peak Miners. He was one of the original members of the NAPHL Development Committee, who were instrumental along with NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld in the formation and creation of the NAPHL back in 2009. Following that, Trombetta coached Pikes Peak Miners 16U team to back-to-back 2010 and 2011 NAPHL Championships and helped the Miners 18U and 16U teams to multiple Rocky Mountain District tournament appearances. Well over 100 of Trombetta's former players have moved on to play Junior A and College hockey.
25 other regional scouts with NHL, NCAA, High School and Junior coaching and/or scouting experience.