Experienced staff with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for athlete growth and development.

Phillips, J



CEP Level 4

Coaching Experience:

  • Jersey Wildcats (Juniors - EHL and NA3HL)
  • Princeton University (ACHA)
  • USA Hockey Atlantic District Player Development Program
  • Gil St. Bernard Prep
  • Mount Olive High School

Playing Experience:

  • State University of New York Buffalo

John Phillips has coached with the Colonials for 20 years from 8U to 18U, both Tier I and Tier II.  He previously ran the ADM (American Development Model) program for 14 years and returns this year.

Coach Phillips has experience coaching players from their start on the ice to Juniors and college.  He has trained many players who have had successful college and professional careers in the NHL, AHL and ECHL.

Phillips got involved with USA Hockey immediately after graduating from SUNY Buffalo.  His two sons played through the New Jersey Colonials organization and continued into college.  He lives in Chester, NJ with this wife Kimberlee.

Yacey, D 22



CEP Level 1

Coaching Experience:

  • New Jersey Colonials

Playing Experience:

  • Dartmouth College (NCAA D1)
  • Langley, Pentiction (BCHL)
  • Fort Saskatchewan (AMHL)

Daniel Yacey grew up in a small Canadian town outside Edmonton where he played youth hockey through U18.  He continued his career playing Junior A hockey in the BCHL and college hockey at Dartmouth College.

Coach Yacey now lives in Mountain Lakes with his wife Caitlin and three kids who all are in the Colonials hockey program.


The New Jersey Colonials Youth Hockey Association's mission is to provide a quality environment for learning, playing and enjoying the game of ice hockey.