Jason Spence will enter his second season as the Johnstown Tomahawks head coach in 2013-14. During his first year, he helped lead the Tomahawks to the Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Windsor, Nova Scotia native has an extensive hockey background and strong connections to hockey in Johnstown.
Spence served for two seasons as an assistant coach for the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors, where he had a myriad of responsibilities, including editing game video and leading video review presentations for the players; assisting with penalty kill and power play systems; and overseeing defensemen and defensive zone coverage as well as goaltender instruction. He also led extensive scouting and recruiting efforts for Greenville. Spence also served as an assistant coach with the Johnstown Chiefs, with whom he played 262 regular-season games over seven seasons, during the 2009-10 season.
Prior to becoming a coach, the left winger played professional hockey for 10 seasons and was always a fan favorite known for his physical style of play. He played junior hockey with Sherbrooke in the QMJHL before moving on to play in the ECHL with the Chiefs and Las Vegas Wranglers. His time in the AHL included stints with the Saint John Flames, San Antonio Rampage, and Lowell Lock Monsters. He also spent two seasons in the CHL with the Laredo Bucks and Youngstown Steelhounds. Spence proved himself to be a leader on the ice, serving as both a captain and assistant captain during his playing career.
Spence is a committed member of the hockey community, participating in multiple charity events and helping with youth development camps for players of all ages and skill levels. He brings a strong work ethic and passion for the game to the Tomahawks organization.
Spence currently resides in Southmont with his wife, Marcey.
Mike Letizia will be behind the bench as the Tomahawks assistant coach once again this season. Letizia, a Chicago native, has been an active member of the Johnstown hockey community for the past several years as a coach for various local teams. In addition, he brings experience as a regional amateur scout for Dave Maciuk, a consultant for CMG Sports Professional Agency, which currently represents over 30 clients playing in the NHL.
As a junior player, Letizia spent four seasons in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers after being selected in the fourth round of the 2002 OHL Draft. He served as one of the team captains for two seasons. The defenseman signed his first professional contract with the Rockford Icehogs of the former United Hockey League. During his time there, Letizia earned a nomination for Rookie of the Year and won a Colonial Cup Championship in 2007.
In addition to his other responsibilities as assistant coach, Letizia will also oversee player development, scouting and recruiting, as well as video sessions.
Letizia currently resides in Somerset, Pa. with his wife Alana, and their daughter Myla.