Old School methods are often criticized by today’s players and parents. This is abundantly true in hockey where coaches like Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Viktor Tikhonov and Don Cherry would be laughed at.
This, despite the fact that they all had great success taking players and producing spectacular results before building Stanley Cup and National Championship results like Tikhonov did for the former Soviet Union..Legendary Team USA coach Herb Brooks, pushed his players hard, made them accountable for their mistakes and made them play as a team. Of course the end result is well known-they became champions beating a team full of season international stars.
Most youth players and parents are lucky if they run into a coach with no hidden agendas, and no favorites who is only interested in skill development and processes that produce winning results. The TPH Thunder coach Roman Mayakovski fits that mold of a old school coach perfectly.Known as one of the top skill development instructors in the Southeast, Mayakovski is credited with having a keen understanding of the game. He has worked in the Thunder Hockey midget system for the past several seasons and worked under former NHL Coach Jay Leach. Roman has over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games across the US and Europe.
Roman has played with professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union and attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team. During his professional playing days, he had stops in France, the Ukraine, Huntsville, Columbus, Greensboro, Augusta, Louisiana, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania and finished up his career in Gwinnett with the Atlanta Gladiators.
He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kharkov State Institute of Physical Education. He majored in Physical Education and Sports Management, and also is also Cross Fit certified. He currently lives in Atlanta.With over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games played across the US and Europe, Marakhovski skated for professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union plus attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team.
Marakhovski, a Kharkov, Ukraine native, begins his second season as a member of the Gladiators coaching staff. With over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games played across the US and Europe, Marakhovski skated for professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union plus attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team.
At the youth hockey level where Roman is now the head coach of the U15 squad, he has raised a few eyebrows demanding team respect and an adherence to fundamentals. It is fact that even at the AAA skill level there are not many U15 or U16 teams that have a coach with his experience. Roman has also worked as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Gladiators.
This season Roman as head coach of the U15 TPH Thunder team has displayed his passion and advocacy for his team and players by vigorously disagreeing with referees when needed and even benching players who show indifference to his system.Such a philosophy is definitely old school , since most youth coaches tend to avoid conflict with players and parents because they are concerned about future opportunities.
A defenseman during his playing career, Marakhovski focuses on improving skills and strengthening positional play, but he also pushes his defense corps to develop speed and mobility. This season the U15 team has a played well staying in the top ten highlighted by coming in second at the prestigious Bauer tournament in which they made it to the finals.
Their second place finish is the furthest any Thunder squad has ever advanced in the Bauer tournament.
Sometimes old school is the best school.