Dells Ducks And Coach Falzone Are Going Back to Their Roots

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Back to the Future with Coach Shaun Falzone

There is no record of a DeLorean blasting through Wisconsin Dells in the past few days, but it is clear the Dells Ducks are moving Back to the Future.

The team is moving into its 10th Anniversary season this fall with a couple of throwbacks to its first campaign back in the fold.

Shaun Falzone, Head Coach of the Ducks in its first season of 2011-12, has gone on to establish himself as a coach and evaluator of talent at every level from youth hockey to the College club ranks, where he has enjoyed a great deal of success coaching teams that have reached and won National Championships.

Recently, Falzone announced his return to the team as a partner with the man that first hired him, John Schwarz.

“I am the new coach and I am one of the new owners,” said Falzone, adding, “John and I are going to work together. I am going to come back as a coach and bring the team back to its original roots.”

Schwarz confirmed the move, adding while they are working as partners for the upcoming season, the ultimate goal is for Falzone to take over the team financially, allowing the new owner a chance to take the reins himself while freeing up Schwarz, who also is the outright owner of the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings and Chicago Cougars while sharing ownership in a couple of other USPHL teams.

Falzone attended a game late in the season and felt that, despite the team’s struggles in a nine-win season, there was some talent on the young team.

“Right now, my goal is to get in touch with all the Ducks players that were there this year and have discussions with them, where they are at, what their future plans are,” said Falzone. “At the same time, there are a lot of kids here in Texas that don’t get the opportunity, so it gives me a chance to help some of those players.”

Falzone has shown himself to be a good recruiter. On the original Ducks team which was put together in the weeks between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 regular seasons, he used his contacts, then in Illinois to put together an immediately competitive team that included two of the top high school players from the previous season, Aiden Verbeke and Tyler Pecka.

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Rohde Rejoins The Ducks

Falzone also announced another name from the past resurfacing as his assistant coach for the upcoming season. Anthony Rohde joined the Ducks in the second half of that inaugural campaign. A speedy and mobile forward, Rohde enjoyed a strong season with the Minnesota Owls as well, where Falzone was operating as a scout. He also played under Falzone at Aurora University and Falzone said he has become a top-notch skating instructor in Texas where both currently reside.

“Rohde’s been with me the past few years in Texas. He’s been running the Turcotte Camps in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois,” said Falzone, adding his former forward also ran a camp in Illinois with Chris Chelios, Coach/Director of the Midget Program for the Naperville Sabres.  

“He wanted to get into coaching, so he came to Texas with me. He’s been doing well, talent-wise and experience-wise and plus, having one of my former players join me as a coach is even more fun.”

The two obviously have great chemistry at this point and Falzone said he ultimately plans to hand the coaching reins to Rohde. But he already trusts and respects his former player and trusts him to take charge behind the bench or run practices by himself, knowing they share the same philosophies.

Rohde is excited to come back to Wisconsin and help his former coach and now good friend.

“I am looking forward to it, being in Wisconsin and around the junior team,” said Rohde. 

“After I graduated, I had to stop playing hockey because I ended up getting post-concussion syndrome,” said Rohde. “But since the season I played with the Owls, I’ve was doing stickhandling camps in Minnesota and working for  Chris Chelios on his skating camps in Illinois and (Falzone) said ‘I need help down here with skills, do you want to come.’ I had just graduated, so (I said) ‘yes, I’ll come down.’”

Rohde has worked in hockey since being forced to give up the game himself. His first non-hockey job started in January when he was hired as a Special Ed Teacher at a school in Texas.

Rohde is looking forward to putting his skills toward helping a specific team and he is comfortable he and Falzone will work well together. 

“Since I’ve known Shaun for so long, he trusts me to do whatever I need to do to help out with skills and player development, so he really wants me to work with the players on developing their skills,” said Rohde adding he brings some unique methods of teaching learned from working closely with Chelios.

Goalie Coach Brian Guevara Joins Ducks Coaching Staff

Rounding out the coaching staff will be Brian Guevara, owner of North American Goalie Schools. Guevara, a Chicago-area resident will not be a full-time coach, but the goaltenders will get his full attention on a regular basis.

The recent restrictions due to health concerns will likely erase at least the early Showcase events which are the prime area for recruiting. The annual WIAA Seniors tournament was one of the victims and always a popular spot for recruiting. However, Falzone has a bit of a different system and is confident he will have no trouble getting a competitive team on the ice by Labor Day.

Shaun Falzone takes helm as new head coach of the Dells Ducks

What the Future Holds For This Next Season

“I’m not really a guy who goes to a lot of showcases to find players,” said Falzone. “I go out and find them ahead of time.”

Falzone’s track record is solid in finding players and the promise of getting some more offensive talent in the fold must be exciting to the Ducks’ fanbase, but the new owner said he is looking for mental as well as physical ability.

“The goal is to build a team with the right attitude,” said Falzone.  “You have to have the right attitude and that’s the biggest part I am looking for at the moment,” said Falzone who has carved out a reputation in Texas for his ability to help players get to the next level. Whether or not that is with the Ducks or not, he will still work to help the young players from his new home.

In that first season, Falzone built a team that possessed both skills and speed as well as toughness, which came in handy in the bruising league they played in at the time. Times have changed, but the physical style will always be a part of a Falzone team’s identity.

“I think we’ll be a quick, physical team. We’ll get some size on the back end and upfront a bit, but you’re going to have to work hard to catch these guys.”

Over the coming weeks, Falzone and Schwarz will work together to get the framework of the 2020-21 Dells Ducks put together. Check out the team’s website, or on social networking for all the latest updates as Falzone puts the Dells Ducks 2.0 together.

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3 Keys to Success in the Recruiting Process

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Let’s face it, getting recruited is a lot harder than it seems on the surface. The truth is, there are 100’s to 1000’s of really good, qualified recruits for just about any high-level position for a student-athlete.

Whether you are looking to get recruited by a college coach, youth sports coach or a prep school selection committee, standing out and being noticed as “different” from the rest is a real challenge.

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Here are 3 Keys to Success in the Recruiting Process:

  • Make it easy on the coach/scout/committee
  • Build a relationship over time
  • Focus on great communication

Tip #1 – Make it easy

What does this mean? Let’s think about the real schedule and “to-do list” of the average college coach, top-tier youth team coach, scout or selection committee member…. they are all BUSY people. Very busy! Coaches don’t have time to go hunting for information on you or anyone else.

You can either make it easy on the coach to find you, get info on you and do a quick scouting report on you, or not. If you don’t make it easy on the coach be prepared to be passed over by those student-athletes that do make it easy.

How can you make it easy on the coach or scout? Create a FREE profile here at Elite Junior Profiles and complete your profile with as much relevant info about you as possible!

With a complete profile rich with information about you including links to any other profiles you might have, highlight videos, social media links, academic info and more, you can make it incredibly easy on a prospective coach or scout by simply sending them a link to your Elite Junior Profile!

Tip #2 – Build relationships over time

Don’t try to accomplish everything in the first email you send to a coach. Honestly, too many people send long emails that no coach will have time to review coming from a person they have never met. Take it easy, go slow and focus on building a relationship with the coach and his/her program.

Show interest, ask questions and provide concise info. If you have a full profile completed on your EJP profile, you will make it easy on yourself and the coach by just including a link to your profile that the coach can click on to find out more info on you. If you try to put all that information in an email, the coach will never read it.

When it comes to building a relationship with a coach, the best rule of thumb is to put yourself in the position of the coach and ask yourself, “what would I want to receive from a prospective player if I were the coach?”

This will be a great question to ask yourself with each new email or communication you draft for a coach or scout you are building a relationship with!

Tip #3 – Focus on Great Communication

So many choices we make on relationships and in life are based on how we perceived the choices afforded to us around the decision. The perceptions we come to as humans are derived from the communications we have had about the situation or scenario.

Communication we have with others can be bad, good or great – generally speaking. If you focus on being a great communicator, you will most certainly differentiate yourself from your peers who are competing for the same spots.

What are some “great” communication strategies?

  • Keep communications personal, don’t generalize. We don’t listen to generalized communications. When people are personal with communicating with us we perceive it differently. Don’t send mass emails to 20 coaches all at the same time. Send them one by one.
  • Know who you are communicating with… in other words, do a little research on who you are communicating with. If you can find out more about them from a biography on them, a LinkedIn profile or somewhere else, you can then “personalize” your communications even more!
  • Be respectful, always. Too many young people don’t consider how their communications (email, texts, talking) are perceived. It doesn’t matter what you mean, what matters is how are you perceived. Put focus on being respectful of the coach’s time. Saying things like “yes sir” and “no ma’am” are great verbal cues to a coach that you are someone who is respectful of others, especially those who are older and more experienced.
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Wake Forest HS Student Represents NC State at Congress of Future Medical Leaders

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Standout Student from Wake Forest High School Nominated by Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Ciera Pechmann, a sophomore at Wake Forest High School, and Principal’s Honor Roll student-athlete, was nominated for her academic recognition as a Delegate representing Wake Forest High and the State of North Carolina at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held June 23-25th in Boston, MA. Since this nomination in November 2018, Ciera has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care. A week long program being held at Johns Hopkins University. 

Nominees Exhibit Superior Academic Achievements

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective national program honoring superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity through medicine. The National Academy Science Director Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. enthusiastically stated “you have been selected for recognition because of your outstanding academic record, your leadership potential, and your desire to contribute to the profession of medicine.”

Former Miss Florida Pre-Teen Showing She’s Not a One-Award Wonder

Her family is not surprised at all by her recognition of this award because Ciera has always been an excellent student and has no problem taking the initiative to help a fellow classmate or even getting in front of an auditorium full of 200 people to do a presentation. Her father Paul recalled, “I remember Ciera at 11 years old auditioning for a South Florida National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen Pageant. She had never done anything like that, nor was I crazy about it to tell you the truth. She had to do a live introduction, recite a commercial that was memorized in 20 minutes, sit through five personal interviews, and then complete the gown presentation which she really nailed while I was biting mine. Out of 85 other smart and beautiful young girls there, Ciera won the prestigious award of being named Miss Florida Pre-Teen.”

Ciera Pechmann Miss Florida Pre-Teen

About Ciera Pechmann

Ciera is a dynamic sophomore at Wake Forest High School who is no stranger to competition, the solo stage or the winner’s circle. She is a Principal’s Honor Roll student with a 3.8 GPA who also plays Lacrosse and is also pursuing her interest in modeling while aspiring to go to medical school to be a surgeon.

She will be representing Wake Forest High School and the state of North Carolina at The Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders will be held June 23, 24 and 25, 2019, at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell MA 01852, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

CIera Pechmann | Junior Model Raleigh NC

About the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

We believe it is unacceptable that so many of America’s highest potential students never fulfill their dream of entering the medical profession because they lack resources, direction, self-confidence or guidance. This is especially dangerous at a time when our country desperately needs more physicians and medical scientists.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders was created by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to help solve this problem by gathering many of the country’s finest high school students who aspire to careers in medicine and singling them out for special recognition and ongoing mentorship.

National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists

A large number of places in the Congress have been reserved for students on academic scholarships. Many students will be selected for full academic scholarships by their teachers or guidance counselors for leadership ability, academic achievement, and dedication to the profession of medicine. In addition, a limited number of partial scholarships are also available based primarily on financial need.

During the Congress, students will view surgery and have an opportunity to submit questions for the surgeon to answer in real time during the procedure.

They will learn about state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and be inspired by world-changing researchers, futurists, and technologists.

They will feel the transformative energy of being surrounded by other young stars just like them: America’s best and brightest – the future of medicine.

They will make long-term friendships with those who share their dreams and passion – other young people who want to make a difference in the world and devote their future to saving lives and being part of the exponential advances in medicine that never before could have been imagined.

The theme of the Congress is “Greatness Awaits,” and Delegates will be mentored by some of the greatest living minds in medicine– men and women who are leading humanity into the 21st century of medical miracles.

Luminaries of the medical field will be inspiring the young people as will leaders of the profession from government and the public sector.

Speakers will include Nobel Prize Laureates, top medical school deans, leaders in medical research and cutting-edge technology, and leaders from private industry.

At the close of the Congress, Delegates will participate in a formal candlelit ceremony where they will be awarded the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence.

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