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Whaler Junior Hockey Coaching Staff

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

General Manager/ Executive Director

Phone: 757-374-1634

Coach Jones spent 8 seasons at the helm of the Whalers Elite team and continues on his 9th season as general manager of the Jr. Whalers.  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.

Greg Gatto

Greg Gatto

Premier Head Coach

Phone: (432) 552-7825

Greg Gatto will take over the reins of the Whalers Premier team in 2019-2020.

Coach Gatto, a Calgary, Aberta native, embarks on his 1st season in Hampton Roads following a stint with as the head coach and general manager of the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League since the 2014-15 season.

Gatto began his playing career in 1990 in the Western Hockey League. In those four years, Gatto played for four different teams (Portland Winter Hawks, Regina Pats, Spokane Chiefs and Brandon Wheat Kings).  He attended the University of Lethbridge in Alberta from 1994-1996, winning a National Championship in 1994. Gatto played in England from 1997-2000 for the Basingstoke, London, and Manchester before coming stateside to play for the Colorado Gold Kings. After two seasons in San Antonio, Odessa’s CHL team signed Gatto in 2002-03. Gatto had 37 points in 64 games and was chosen team captain.

In 2003-04, Gatto was a full-time assistant coach for the Jacks under then Head Coach Don McKee. After paying his dues in Odessa, Gatto was offered the Head Coaching job in Austin with the Ice bats.  Gatto then returned to his native Lethbridge, Alberta to finish his teaching master’s degree and coach the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey team.

Kody Rodriguez

Kody Rodriguez

Elite Head Coach/ 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. 

Jack Stefaney

Jack Stefaney

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.

Kevin Klipfer

Kevin Klipfer

Goalie Coach/ Elite Assistant Coach

Phone: 805-366-9677

Coach Klipfer joins Whaler Nation’s coaching staff for his 1st full time season as head goaltending coach for all Whaler Nation junior, travel, rec, and HP teams.

After finishing up his youth career in Richmond, Coach Klipfer made the jump to the Junior level for the 2007/2008 season with the Delaware Thunder in the AEHL Jr A. After half a season in Delaware, Kevin decided to finish out the season with our Whalers CHA team, a team in which he helped lead to the league championship, the Whalers 2nd of their back to back titles. Kevin completed the following season with the Whalers MJHL team while also actively working as a goaltending consultant with the Goaltending Development Institute (GDI). He traveled with the camps during the summers as an instructor, coaching and practicing with players from beginner to professional levels.

After his career, Kevin started a full time career in the auto business in Colorado, and eventually back in Virginia with Southern Auto while working part-time with the Whalers Jr. goalies in 18-19.