Broderick Back Behind Bench

Mr. Tom Broderick will return to his head coaching roots after a 10 year hiatus, filling a hole created when Prep Team coach Mr. Jeff Silengo left Northwood for a coaching opportunity at Union College. Broderick’s coaching career includes 30 years at Can-Am as well as 31 years at Northwood as a head coach or power skating instructor. Silengo’s late-summer departure “was a bit of a shock,” said Broderick.

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Broderick says he educates players about the physics of the game, which can improve his athletes’ performance. Trevor Souza ‘19 said, “I have skated with him for awhile. He knows what he’s talking about.” Junior Scott Herman described Broderick’s coaching style as “inspirational” and “strict.”

Brody seems to be the best choice for the Prep team’s situation. After first coaching the boys B team, he coached girls and his mindset changed about hockey. “It is not all about pushing yourself to the limit. It’s about the love of the game” said Broderick.

Broderick was a two sport athlete (hockey and soccer) at Hamilton College, and he teaches student-athletes about the physics of the game. He demonstrates how to use edges and the best way to push off from a starting position.

“He’s gruff,” said Brennan Merriman ‘21, who is new to the Northwood hockey program. Broderick, who is also known for having enormous calves, is a dominating physical presence in the ice. “He’s practically a big tub of biosteel,” said Scotty Hermann ‘20.

Mr. Broderick says he wants to “celebrate every single kid’s love for the game. Everyone wants to be the best but that just can’t happen.” just have fun while it lasts.

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