PREMIER Head Coach
Phone: (757) 630-6157
Rod Taylor, embarks on his 6th season at the helm of the Whalers Premier team after leading the club to the USPHL Championship 3 times in his first 5 seasons, first in 2016 and again in 2018 and 2019. Coach Taylor played 15 seasons professionally in the AHL (Baltimore Skipjacks) which included nine seasons locally with the ECHL Admirals. He achieved record breaking success throughout his career. Rod Taylor broke league record books during his nine consecutive seasons with the Admirals, racking up 312 goals and 565 points in 528 games played. Rod’s accomplished career in hockey earned him a 2008 Induction into the Admirals Hall Of Fame in 2008 followed by a 2009 Induction into the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Hall of Fame.
Rod now brings his player knowledge and skill to the Whaler Nation junior hockey program as head coach. His experience, energy, and enthusiasm will further strengthen and invigorate an already highly accomplished junior hockey program.
"As a Head Coach, role model, and instructor, I am committed to developing extraordinary individuals though a shared love for the game of Hockey, states Taylor." I understand the demands placed on today’s players. I highly respect personal commitment to achieve beyond expectations. I very much look forward to sharing the mentoring and great inspiration I received during my playing days from exceptional leaders and coaches. I am motivated and committed to developing quality hockey players whose skills and character shine on the ice. A winning mindset and commitment to helping players advance to the next level are central to this mission.
Core values serve as the foundation of success in hockey. These include character, commitment, leadership, integrity, sportsmanship, vision, and dedication to personal goals and hard work. For me, coaching is a vocation, a serious pursuit that carries with it a great deal of responsibility and opportunity.
I understand how powerful and long lasting a positive influence can be in the life of a developing athlete. It is my mission to bring my experience, core values, skills, and enthusiasm to the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers hockey program. I am committed to working with each player to develop the skill, resilience, and commitment needed to achieve personal aspirations beyond the junior hockey level. I very much look forward to each player’s journey to and to the opportunities ahead.
ELITE Head Coach/ Executive Director
Coach Jones will embark on his 9th season at the helm of the Whalers Elite team after spending the previous 3 seasons behind the bench of the Whalers Junior Developmental Program. Over the last 8 seasons, Jones lead the Whalers to the playoffs 7 times and an overall record of 231-129-7-10, including the 2017-2018 USPHL Elite National Championship and the 2015-16 USP3 Southern Conference Championship. A native of Grand Blanc, MI, Jones brings 31 years of playing and coaching experience to the Whalers. After a youth career in the Tier 1 AAA MWEHL for Belle Tire, Litttle Ceasers, and the Detroit Trackers, Brad made the leap to Junior hockey. He spent parts of 2 seasons with the Bozeman Icedogs and Helena Bighorns of the NAHL before winning a NORPAC championship with the Queen City Cutthroats in 2005/2006 season. The following year he made the move to Virginia to join the inagural Junior Whaler team under coach Brent Agrusa. Jones led all Whalers defensemen (15 G, 60A, 75 PTS) and finished top ten in league scoring on the way to an undefeated season and a CHA championship. Brad became the first Junior Whaler to commit to NCAA college hockey when he committed to the Becker College Hawks of the ECAC Northeast Division 3 in Worcester, MA. Brad spent 2 seasons with Becker, posting 13 points in 32 career games while protrolling the blueline for the Hawks before returning to Hampton Roads to take over as coach of the Whalers Junior Development Team. On top of coaching, Brad is also currently the Whaler Nation Executive Director & Chilled Ponds Youth Hockey Director.
Premier Assistant Coach
Coach Rodriguez, a West Bountiful, UT native, embarks on his 4th season behind the bench of the Whalers after finishing his playing career 5 seasons ago in the Whalers blue and green, helping lead the club to a USPHL Final Four finish. Kody's junior career spanned 3 different leagues, 1 season in the NA3HL with the Quad City Jr. Flames, 2 seasons with the Ogden Mustangs in the WSHL were he ranks among the organizations scoring leaders, and his final season with the Whalers in the USPHL where he posted 15 points in 39 games.
Rodriguez spent 2 seasons at ACHA Division 2 Weber State before pursuing his coaching career.
ELITE Assistant Coach
Coach Stefaney, a Chesapeake, VA native, embarks on his 2nd season with the Whalers. Jack is a local product of Hampton Roads Hockey. He first started playing mite hockey in 1996 for the Hampton Roads Admirals all the way to Peewees. He then moved over to the newly formed travel program the Hampton Roads Whalers in 2000 where he would play from Bantams all the way through Juniors. Coach Stefaney was also a part of the Inaugural Junior Whalers team that would go undefeated and win the league title in 2006-07. He was also a part of a group of returners that would go on to repeat for another League title in 2007-08. After Juniors, Coach Stefaney moved onto Becker College where he played parts of his freshman year until deciding to take on new endeavors.
Coach Stefaney returns home after coaching in Colorado with the Colorado Rampage organization for 2017-18 season where he coached the U-10 A, U14A, and U-16AA teams.