Joe Coombs – Head Coach/General Manager
Joe Coombs was named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Aston Rebels in June 2015. The Brantford, Ontario native comes to Aston from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where he coached the Killer Bees of the NAHL for the past two seasons, making the playoffs both years. He has coaching experience in the United States Hockey League (USHL), the Central States Hockey League (CSHL), which is now the NA3HL, and the Central Hockey League (CHL).
Prior to coaching the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Coombs served as the Associate Head Coach for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints for three seasons. During his time there, the Fighting Saints won an Anderson Cup and were the USHL Clark Cup Champions in 2010-11 and again in 2012-13, signifying the national playoff champion of the USHL.
Prior to the Fighting Saints, Coombs had a successful tenure as the Head Coach of the Dubuque Thunderbirds of the CSHL, a USA Hockey Tier III Junior team. He led the Thunderbirds to three Hurster Cup Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Before becoming a coach, Coombs played professionally from 1996-2001 in the IHL, ECHL, CHL and WPHL. From 1992-1996, he played in the Ontario Hockey League, one of the three major junior leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League – first for the Kitchener Rangers and then for the Belleville Bulls.
Coombs and his wife Shannon have three children, two daughters Regan (11) and Rylan (10), and son Ritter (8).
Nick Peruzzi – Assistant Coach
Nick Peruzzi, a Rochester Hills, Michigan native comes to the Rebels from the Tier One Elite Hockey League where he served as Associate Head Coach of the U18 Oakland Junior Grizzlies AAA team from 2014-2016 and the U16 Grizzlies AAA team from 2013-2014. During his three years with Oakland, Nick and his staff helped develop and promote over 25 players to NCAA DI Programs, Major Junior, or Tier I and Tier II Junior A. During the 2015-16 season, he helped lead the U18 Grizzlies to a final four appearance at the USA National tournament in San Jose, California.
In addition to coaching, Peruzzi also scouted for the USHL’s Fargo Force. He also has worked as a skills and player development instructor for Pro Impact Hockey, 5 Star Hockey, and Suburban Hockey Schools. Prior to coaching and instructing, Nick played for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL and AAA hockey for the Detroit Compuware and Honeybaked programs.
Nick has also worked in the finance industry and graduated with Honors from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
Tory Gentile – Goalie Coach
A native of Haslett, MI, Tory works in Michigan with the Meijer AAA program as a goalie coach and at the Bloomfield Hills High School as an assistant coach. For the past twelve years Tory has worked extensively with Jason Muzzatti and his Just Goalies goaltending schools.
Tory continues to work for Suburban Hockey Schools teaching learn to play and at the Michigan State University hockey school. Previously, he has worked with NAPHL Central Scouting.
Gentile is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University. He has a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. He has worked in the insurance industry prior to coaching. Tory has a USA Hockey Level 3 coaching card. As a goaltender he played with the Florida Everglades AAA Program.
Salvatore Capone – Trainer
Sal joins the staff this year as a contracted athletic trainer through Main Line Health. He comes to the Rebels after three seasons as an Athletic Trainer for the Saint Joseph’s University Division 1 Women’s Basketball team. Capone previously worked for 10 years at Neumann University, serving as the athletic trainer and strength coach for the Men’s Ice Hockey team that won the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Championship. Over the past 13 seasons, Capone has worked with numerous All-Americans and professional athletes. He has an undergraduate degree from West Chester University, and he received his master’s of science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Capone has also worked for Novacare Rehabilitation and St. Mary Medical Center. He resides in Sicklerville, NJ with his wife MaryAnna with their two children.