One of the things that sets our programs apart form others is that our coaches are also teachers.  Meet them below...

Mitch Major

Coach, Founder

Mitch Major is a 1989 graduate of Skaneateles High School where he captained the Lakers to a State Championship title.  He then went on the play 4 years of college hockey at Geneseo State where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  After college he went on to receive his Masters in Education at LeMoyne. 

Coach Major coached youth hockey for 6 years and then moved up to the varsity level where he was the assistant coach for the Skaneateles Lakers for 5 years.  In 2000 he took over the reins as head coach, a position he still currently holds.  In 2015 and 2019 Coach Major lead his varsity team to a New York State Championship.

A 6-time Coach of the Year in Section 3 and the 2015, 2019, and 2020 New York State High School Coach of the Year, Coach Major currently teaches 6th grade at Skaneateles Middle School.  He resides in Skaneateles with his wife, Kristen, and 3 children, Charlie, Henry and Cora.

Jeff Bobbett


Jeff Bobbett played varsity hockey at Skaneateles and graduated in 1993.  After high school, Coach Bobbett spent a post graduate year playing hockey for Northwood School and then attended SUNY Geneseo. Coach Bobbett received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from SUNY Oswego and a Master's Degree from SUNY Cortland. 

Coach Bobbett volunteered four years as a youth hockey coach, which was highligted  by an over time loss in the 2002 Bantam State Championship game.  In 2005, Coach Bobbett joined Coach Major's staff as an assistant coach where he specialized in developing defensemen.  Coach Bobbett helped lead the Lakers to a New York State Championship in 2015 and 2019.

Coach Bobbett currently teaches 6th grade at Cazenovia Middle School and resides in Skaneateles with his wife Debbie, and 3 children, Ella, Jack, and Luke

John Ives

Goalie Coach

John Ives grew up playing goal in Ithaca and had a brief stint with the St. Lawrence University JV team.  He started coaching goalies with the Cortland-Homer HS team in 1986, was the goalie coach for the LeMoyne College hockey team from 2004-2010 when he took over the head coach position. During his tenure, the Dolphins played 5 straight UNYCHL tournament championship games, winning 3 of the 5.  Currently, John is the Goalie program coordinator and lead instructor for the Skaneateles Youth Hockey Association goalie development program.

Matt Ide


Matt Ide played his hockey growing up for the AAA Providence Capitals . He attended Lasalle Academy in Providence RI. He captained the 1989 Rams into the state championship game. Matt was selected as a 4 time New England Yankee conference all star. He attended 2 national development camps as a player. He later played hockey at the state university of New York at Geneseo. He started his coaching while he was in college as an assistant coach for the Geneseo youth hockey program. Has coached for the Indianapolis Blues, the Newport Whalers, Valley youth hockey organization.  Coach Ide recently sold his business to spend more time helping players develop their skills.  He lives in Skaneateles and has coached the past 6 years for the Skaneateles Youth Hockey Organization where he lives with his wife Kelly and his two children, Avery and Jack.

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