Tri-State Spartans Announce 21-22 Head Coaches

The Tri-State Spartans are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the upcoming season.  We are excited to have many of our coaches returning to the program and have added a great addition to the coaching slate.


Coach Parillo won a National Championship with the USHL Desmoines Buccaneers and then attended Merrimack College in Hockey East. After graduation he attended the Detroit Red Wings main camp and then split his time playing in the AHL and the ECHL, spending much of his time in Toledo. After forming and operating Hockey Player Development (HPD) clinics, Coach Parillo merged this with Tam O’Shanter and helped to form the Sylvania North Star organization. Coach Parillo was instrumental in bring the Sylvania 18U AAA program into the Tri-State Spartans and this will be his second season coaching this team.


Coach Lipsett played Division I college hockey at Clarkson University, where he graduated with an Engineering degree. He has played in a total of 869 professional hockey games in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, CHL and Europe. Coach Lipsett has over 20 years of professional coaching and instructional experience. Coach Lipsett is part of the executive board for the Tri-State Spartans and has been coaching with the program since its inception.


Coach Fraser was the Captain of the OHL Oshawa Generals for a Memorial Cup win, earning MVP honors. From there he progressed through the AHL to the NHL where he was drafted by the NY Islanders. Coach Fraser played professional hockey for over 17 years and over 1000 games with the likes of the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. He was won awards such as a NHL all-rookie team selection, second team AHL All-Star, OHL player of the year and won a Bronze Medal with Team Canada at the ’95 World Championships. Coach Fraser has been coaching with the program since its inception.


Following his major junior year, Coach Morency stepped into the pro ranks with the United Hockey League. He then went on to play in the ECHL and the AHL, where he was nominated for the Yannick Dupre Award 3 years in a row. He finished out his career playing in Europe in Austria and the UK. After retirement, Coach Morency began coaching at the Fernie Academy and then in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and AAA hockey for the next 3 years. This is his second season with the Tri-State Spartans.


Coach Dueling played 4 years in the Canadian Major Junior in the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers, winning 2 Memorial Cups. He was drafted in the third round, 56th overall pick, by the NY Islanders. He played professionally for 7 years in the AHL, IHL, and the NHL. Coach Dueling has been coached in the Tri-State Spartans program for numerous years.


Coach Banham played 4 years in Canadian Major Junior in the Western Hockey League. He was drafted 147th by the Washington Capitals, playing over 20 years of professional hockey and 1000 plus games in the NHL, AHL and top European Leagues. Coach Banham has received multiple All-Star selections and played in the World Hockey Championships twice. He coached professionally with several European teams and has been coaching youth hockey at various levels for over 15 years. Coach Banham returns for his second season with the Tri-State Spartans.


Coach Jas played for National Team Slovakia U16 and U17 and then in the Alberta and Manitoba Junior Hockey leagues in Canada for 3 seasons, reaching the rankings for the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.  He had a 12-year professional career in the US, with 2 in the European Leagues.  He was one of the leading scorers for the 1999-2000 CHL Championship Indianapolis Ice team. After his playing career, Coach Jas began coaching with teams such as the ACHA D1 Indiana University, USHL’s Indiana Ice, Port Huron in the NAHL and as an asst. coach for the ECHL Indy Fuel.  At the youth level, he has coached AAA and recently working with 10U and 8U teams locally.  He also works with the ISS Hockey scouting agency and recently for a European team, Banska Bystrica.


Coach Kremer grew up playing youth hockey in Indianapolis, IN.  He played AAA hockey for the Indiana Jr. Ice and played Junior Hockey with Tri-State in Philadelphia, PA and then for the Syracuse Stars.  Coach Kremer has coached youth and high school hockey for 6 years as well as at various camps and clinics and as a personal instructor.  This is the second season for Coach Kremer with this team.

Tryouts for the upcoming season will be held on two weekends. 2006-2011 (15U-10U) will take place on May 8-9 at Goggin Ice Arena at Miami of Ohio. 16U & 18U tryouts will be held the following weekend as Sports Plus in Cincinnati.  To register for tryouts please use this link.

The Tri-State Spartans offer a regional model for top players in emerging hockey markets to be able to play at the AAA level but practice in their home cities.  Players receive weekday skates focusing on critical skill development and then come together as a team on the weekends for team practices, games, and tournaments.

We aim to expose the top-level players in the area to the vast hockey opportunities that are more readily available to the players in larger more traditional hockey markets. The Tri-State Spartans hockey program will help show a clear path of opportunities to both players and families, which will allow the players to showcase themselves both as hockey players and as young men and women to the hockey people at the next levels.