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Detroit Fighting Irish announce Coaching Staff Changes

By Detroit Fighting Irish Staff, 04/29/19, 10:45AM EDT


Dave Taylor named as Head Coach of USPHL Premier Team 

The Detroit Fighting Irish Junior Hockey Club announced today that several changes have been made within the teams Hockey Operations effective immediately. The teams General Manager Dan Vasquez in making the announcement stated that changes were made in order for the organization to continue to do its part to grow the USPHL footprint in the Great Lakes Area and for the organization to continue with it’s planned expansion as the organization also announced that they will field an Elite USPHL team for the 2019‐2019 season 

David Taylor has been named as the Premier Teams new Head Coach, Taylor from Woodhaven Michigan is married and a father of 3, played his minor and youth hockey in the Downriver Detroit Area in addition to playing for the Little Ceasers and playing Junior hockey in the NAHL and CEJHL. Dave has served as a coach in the Little Ceasars and Victory Honda organizations. “the Cruz’s felt it very important that the head coach position would be filled with a person that had strong ties to the Downriver Detroit Hockey Community and not only did they get that with Coach Taylor but we also got an individual whom is just as well respected in the business community as the arena” stated Vasquez 

Taylor replaces head coach Peter Flynn. 

Pete Flynn takes on a new role in the organization as the General Manager of the team’s Elite Junior hockey club which will play out of Fraser Hockey Land for the 2019‐ 2020 season. Flynn whom has been with the organization since its beginning brings a wealth of knowledge and successful hockey development and procuring opportunities for collegiate prospects.” Pete brings has a deep understanding of the long term goals for our organization and our part in growing the Junior game in our area.” 


In addition to the hiring of Taylor and role change for Pete Flynn the team also announced that Steve Glover has been named as head coach to the Elite Junior Team. Glover brings a long history of player development and successful programs to the organization and has served as a scout and consultant to the Fighting Irish for several years. As previously mentioned the team will skate at the Fraser Hockey Land. 

The Premier team also announced that Maxim Starchenko will join the team’s staff as the teams skill and strength instructor. Starchenko is a celebrated coach and trainer whom played
a significant role in building the Belle Tire AAA organization as well played a
prominent role in the development of many of the areas players whom played at 

the Major Junior and Collegiate levels from the Detroit Area. Max brings a curriculum of Russian, European and North American skills development to the organization and will work hand in hand with Coach Taylor to develop an individual skills and strength progression plan for every member of the Detroit Fighting Irish. 

Returning to the Fighting Irish Premier Team as assistant coach will be former Irish Player and assistant coach Rob Danyo from Trenton Michigan whom returns to the Irish after a one year hiatus from the game. Danyo served in the same capacity with the team during the 2017‐2018 season. Danyo played his junior hockey for the Fighting Irish organization and attended Waldorf University in Waldorf Iowa. 

Jon Clippert will also serve as an assistant to Coach Taylor on the Premier squad Clippert also serves as one of the teams Youth scouts for the Midwest. 

The Fighting Irish have began prospect skates for the 2019‐2020 season Sunday Evenings at Canton’s Artic Edge Ice Arena and Wednesday Evenings at Fraser Hockey Land. Both teams will field showcase teams in showcase tournaments in May in Canton Michigan and Fraser Michigan and will send showcase teams to the Chowder Cup in Boston Mass. In July. Positions are still open for the two prospect teams 

2019‐2020 Tryouts will begin in Late May and will be held in July and early August for more information about the Detroit Fighting Irish or for tryout information please go to the team’s website at