The Loudoun Knights are excited to announce Brian Romola as the head coach for the 16U AA team for the 2023/24 Season. The 16U AA team will compete in the CBHL National Division and the EJEPL Diamond Division.
Last season Coach Romola earned National Honors when he was recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) as their 2023 National Double-Goal Coach Winner! Brian was selected amongst thousands of nominees after a strong push by families within the Loudoun Knights organization. Brian truly exemplifies how much of a positive impact a youth hockey coach can have with his players!
"Every once in a while you come across a coach that has a unique combination of hockey wisdom mixed with amazing support and mentorship qualities", said Loudoun Knights Hockey Director Craig Desjarlais. "Brian lives his life with a team first mentality and really dedicates himself to giving his players the best experience they can both on and off the ice. Brian is a great hockey coach, truly understands the game, but also puts emphasis on the players having fun, which is a huge component for development".
Coach Romola is a local player with over 15+ years of hockey experience and knowledge. Brian played youth hockey locally 10+ years which culminated in several CBHL Championships. Brian played varsity hockey at Briar Woods High School and was Assistant Captain for two years, which culminated in 2 state championships.
Coach Romola attended James Madison University (JMU), graduating with a health services degree. During his time at JMU, he played 3 years of collegiate roller hockey as part of the NCRHA. He was a 2-time assistant captain and competed in the 2019 National Championship where he received an honorable player mention from the tournament.
Coach Romola is rooted in the community and has a great passion and drive to teach and mentor players in hockey. Outside of hockey and work, Brian has been a firefighter in Loudoun County for 9 years and currently serves as a Sergeant with the Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. Brian is an active member of the Loudoun County Heroes Hockey, a local nonprofit to assist Veterans and First Responders learn to play hockey and help them field teams to participate in local leagues and tournaments.
Brian looks to combine his First Responder background and hockey experience into his coaching philosophy which will encourage accountability, team culture and team cohesiveness.