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Coaching Staff

EHLP Head Coach -- Seth Gustin

Seth played college hockey for Niagara University's ACHA team from 2013-2017, and he was selected as team captain from his sophomore through senior season. With the help of his leadership, the Purple Eagles were 3-time NECHL champions with an appearance in the ACHA National Tournament.

After graduation, Seth pursued professional hockey by attending the Carolina Thunderbirds camp as a free agent - later securing a roster spot. In the FHL, Seth played in over 100 games while winning a league championship with the Thunderbirds in the 2018-19 season.

Throughout his playing career, Seth had been passionately involved in giving back to the hockey community through camps and lessons. Now behind the bench, Seth is focused on the continuous development of his players, to be better in their own communities while accomplishing their career aspirations.

Seth Gustin

Head Coach

Phone: 602-421-2414

EHLP Assistant Coach -- Gary Gill

Gill has extensive hockey coaching experience including time spent in the professional, collegiate, and junior ranks. 

Gill's accomplishments include:

  • 365-85-8 All-Time Coaching Record
  • 2008-2009 NECHL Coach of the Year
  • 31-0 DVCHC Undefeated Champions -- Penn State University (Berks)
  • 2-Time Thorne Cup Semi=Finalist
  • 2006 National Championship Finalist -- Division III 
  • 2008 National Championship Finalist -- Division I
  • 2009 Central Hockey Leagues North Conference Champions -- Mississippi River Kings
  • 43 Players Advanced to College Hockey
  • 11 Players Advanced to Professional Hockey
  • 7 Players Advanced to the National Hockey League (EHL)

After a solid playing career, Gill has had a remarkable coaching career with 365 wins. In addition to coaching in both the college and junior ranks, he has coached professional hockey in ECHL, CHL, SPHL and FHL. 

Gill is committed to the development of his players both on and off the ice. He strives to help his players improve into successful young men, and help them open doors into their collegiate careers as students and athletes.

Gary Gill

Head Coach

Phone: 901-687-7703

EHL and EHLP Goalie Coach

A native of Burlington, VT., Matt Welch returns to the junior hockey level as a former player for the Green Mountain Glades (EJHL) and Full Stride Flyers (Empire League). Welch moved to the Colligate level where he played his freshman season at Fitchburg State in 2006-2007. Transferring his sophomore year, Welch finished his collegiate career at Adrian College in Adrian, MI. Matt graduated from Adrian in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Interior Design.  

After College, Welch was drafted into the AAHL, extending his playing career for a short time at the minor league level. Matt currently has a career as a Professional Kitchen Designer in Montpelier, VT.

Welch’s has devoted years to helping run hockey camps and clinics, along with private lessons. Welch has been a goalie coach of the Vermont Goaltender Academy, Tim Thomas Hockey Camp, and Rodger Nielson Hockey Camp. Since 2011, Welch has been the goalie coach at Champlain Valley Union High School.  In 2014, he helped lead them to a Vermont State Championship in men’s Division 1 Ice Hockey. Welch’s soul focus of the goaltending position strives to help the younger generation achieve their goals.

Matt Welch

Goalie Coach

Phone: 802-999-0900