The name Joe Brand has been synonymous with the Long Island hockey coaching scene for over 30 years. His coaching positions are numerous and his knowledge, accolades, and championships for that matter, are unmatched. Known as a “players coach” by those who have played for him, Joe has consistently groomed players for the Junior and College ranks. His greatest success would have to be at the High School level. During his time behind the bench of the Long Beach High School Marines, he has amassed 12 County Championships, 5 New York State Titles, a National Tournament appearance along with 2 Junior Varsity County Championships and 3 Middle School County Championships. To honor his dedication to the game and the great success he has had, he was presented with an award from the former City of Long Beach Recreation Commissioner, Robert Carroll, in 2000 naming him Long Beach's "Mr. Hockey".
Joe has coached youth hockey on Long Island at nearly every level, spending time with the Nassau County Lions, Lady Islanders and most recently with Long Beach Lightning as coach of the Squirt, Pee-Wee, Bantam and Midget teams. He was the acting hockey director from 2000-2008 at the Long Beach Arena where he was responsible for returning the program to the success it once was in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
As a player, Joe was a member of the first ever Long Beach ice hockey team, was a four-year letterman at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset and went on to play at SUNY-Cortland in the early 80’s.
After graduating college, Joe returned to his home town and ran a prominent local business until 2001 when he joined the City of Long Beach staff. He served as the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation from 2004 - 2012 and was integral in the department’s success and the City’s operation of the ice arena. Joe returned to the private sector in May 2012 as owner/operator of Brand's Deli in Long Beach. In March 2019, Joe rejoined the City of Long Beach stadd and serves as the Ice Arena Manager. To those who know him best “he’s a hockey guy who is generous to a fault. ”
A former Towson Tiger, Rick groomed his players for the college level as a coach with the Suffolk PAL Junior Program in the late '90's early '00's. Rick most recently served on the LI Royals coaching staff before joining The Long Beach Lightning in 2012. Rick Serves on the Board of Directors as the head of Player Development, ADM Coordinator and Coaching Supervisor.
Keith’s passion and commitment to the game of hockey can be seen through the multiple positions he holds within the sport. He is a player, coach, administrator, rink employee, and one of the founders of the Long Beach Lightning Youth Hockey Organization. Don’t be fooled when you meet him for the first time, his Bronx neighborhood upbringing gives him a rough exterior, but his kind hearted nature makes him the perfect candidate for a youth hockey coach.
Keith has been Joe Brand’s side-kick behind the Long Beach High School Marines bench since 2002. His resume of wins is impressive. 9 County Championships, 5 New York State Titles, a National Championship appearance, 1 JV County Championship, and a Middle School County Championship. In 2008 and 2009 Keith was selected to coach the Nassau County High School Hockey All Star team as they took on the Suffolk County All Star's in the Lighthouse Cup. Keith also led the Long Beach Apple Core Mite team to a successful inaugural season in 2009 as their head coach.
Keith moved to Long Beach at age 12 and started his hockey career. He attended Kellenberg high school from 1992-1994 where he played hockey for two seasons then transferred to Long Beach High School and served as an alternate captain his senior year.
Keith currently works for the City of Long Beach as an ice arena employee. In his position he is not only responsible for the smooth operation of the facility, but through his efforts he ensures that hockey remains a focus in the community. As a member of the Board of Directors Keith serves as a liaison between the City of Long Beach and Long Beach Lightning.
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Noel brings 30 years of hockey experience to the Long Beach Lightning organization. A product of the Long Beach hockey system, he grew up playing for the Apple Core program, as well as Long Beach High School, where he captained the team to two Nassau County Championships and two state title appearances. His fondest hockey memory came as a Pee-Wee when he competed in the renowned Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament as a member of the Jr. Islanders. Noel was twice invited to represent New York State as a member of the Select ‘15’ and Select ‘17’ teams that competed in St. Cloud, MN as part of USA Hockey’s Player Development Camps. A two time captain for Suffolk PAL’s Junior program, he helped them to capture a Metropolitan Junior Hockey League title and a Junior “B” National Championship Tournamnt appearance in ‘99-’00.
Noel earned himself the opportunity to play college hockey at the NCAA Division I level and signed with Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 2001. From 2001-2006, Noel appeared in nearly every game for the Pioneers. He captained the team his final two seasons, capturing a SHU record setting 21 victories in the 2005-2006 season and making it to the Atlantic Hockey League Championship his Junior year. Noel was the recipient of numerous scholar-athlete awards during his tenure at Sacred Heart and earned both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University.
Noel has assisted as a coach at various hockey programs. During his college years he was an instructor at the Micro-Hockey clinic’s in Bridgeport, CT and ran the City of Long Beach House League program from 2009-2010 during his time as the arena’s hockey director. Noel's most recent coaching position was with the LBL Mite team during the 2011-2012 season. Noel has previously worked as a freelance event planner concentrating his efforts in the sports industry and holding positions with companies such as ESPN and The National Hockey League.
Noel handles many of the administrative functions and behind the scenes tasks for the organization. He is passionate about keeping true to the Mission and Philosophy of Long BeachLightning and operating within the USA Hockey Sanctioned ‘American Development Model’.
Kathleen entered the hockey world over 20 years ago when her sons started playing in the late 90’s. Right out of the gate, she was managing teams and scheduling for organizations. From youth to juniors, Kathleen has experience across the board. She’s always loved hockey as a kid, with her dad playing for an FDNY firehouse team, some of her favorite memories were going to firehouse games at the Long Beach Arena and the NYPD vs FDNY game. Of course, growing up in Long Beach, she is also a NY Rangers Fan. Her family is also very involved in hockey, her husband, a coach here at the Lightning, her daughter managed the D1 Quinnipiac Mens Hockey team and her sons, who both played youth through college.
In her professional life, Kathleen has worked the last 30 years in technology for the likes of Norton and Rosetta Stone. Her travel around the country has allowed her to see many NHL teams in their respective arenas.
Kathleen has been on the LB Lightning Board for many years and takes care of the teams management,travel and tournaments as well as league affiliations, like the EJ.
If she could offer one piece of advice to travel hockey parents of today, it would be to enjoy every minute of watching your kids play an awesome sport. Don’t get all wrapped up in the politics and drama. When all this comes to a close, and your kids are grown up, all they remember are the great moments, the travel, the hotels and the friendships.
Tom began his hockey career in Long Beach at the age of 9 after getting involved through the Recreation Department and joined the first, ever, Long Beach ice hockey team. He went on to play youth hockey for other organizations such as the New York Stars, Oyster Bay Gulls and as a bantam, played for the Long Island Green Machine where he won the Regional Silver Sticks competition and played in the finals of the Nationals Competition in Port Huron, Michigan. Tom then played two years at Tilton Prep School in New Hampshire and was appointed captain his senior year.
Tom attended Elmira College in upstate New York where he played hockey for two years. After his sophomore year, he took an active interest in student government, concentrated on academics, became senior class president, graduated with honors and was asked to be an honorary speaker at his class graduation in 1986.
Tom has enjoyed a successful 25+ year business career in the surety bond industry having served as president of the Surety Association. Today he is a partner in the firm, Cook Maran where he serves as Vice President and Director of Surety Bond Operations.
As a Level 4 USA Hockey certified coach, Tom has been involved as a head coach for Long Beach Apple Core on and off since 2004 as well as with the LB Lightning since the inception of the organization. He was an assistant coach at the Long Island Gulls organization and also was an active parent, providing assistance to both the players and coaching staff. Tom believes coaching allows him the opportunity to give back to the sport and community that taught, and gave him so much.
Tom now serves as a LB Lightning Board Member where he assists in player development and coaching supervision. The organization is privileged to have access to Tom’s vast hockey experience and knowledge.