Coaches & Staff

Frank Colabufo, Head Coach                                                                                                                                                      fcolabufo@gmail.com       

2017-18 will be Frank Colabufo’s 30th season coaching high school hockey and his 24th season as the head coach of the West Genesee Wildcats. His career record is 390-146-39. His teams have won 11 League titles, 11 Section III Championships, appeared in the Final Four seven times, and played in five New York State Championship games, winning the title in 2010 and 2001. He earned Coach of the Year honors in 2012, 2010, 2007 and 2002. The former Wildcats player joined the coaching staff in the 1991-92 season as an assistant coach, under Hall of Fame Coach, Dr. Royden Fitzgerald. He was an assistant coach under Mike Major at Liverpool High School from 1988-1991. Colabufo holds USA Hockey Level 5 coaching certification and has been a USA Hockey CEP instructor. He is the Director of the West Genesee Wildcats Summer Hockey Camp at Shove Park. He has served on the Empire State Games Central Region selection committee and was a part of the Central team coaching staff in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Colabufo is a special education teacher at West Genesee High School. He has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Le Moyne College where he majored in English.  Frank, his wife, Ann, and children Nathan, Meghan, Sammy, Daniel, and Julia reside in Camillus.

 

Scott McDonald, Assistant Coach

Scott McDonald begins his 17th season as an assistant coach with the West Genesee Wildcats. During his tenure, the Wildcats have won league, sectional, regional, and state titles. The former Wildcats team captain, played at West Genesee from 1981-1984 where he led the team in scoring in his senior season. He played on the Central Team in the Empire State Games and was chosen to play in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Camp in Lake Placid. McDonald went on to play at Elmira College where his teams won ECAC West League and Playoff Championships. In 1988, as a senior, he played in the NCAA National Championship game. Following his collegiate career, McDonald earned an NHL tryout with the New York Rangers. McDonald holds USA Hockey Level 5 coaching certification and has been a USA Hockey CEP instructor.  He is an instructor at the West Genesee Wildcats Summer Hockey Camp at Shove Park and at weekly skills clinics for CYHA players. His loyalty and commitment to the hockey program has been previously recognized, as he is a past recipient of the Sam Alfieri Award.  McDonald has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elmira College where he majored in Economics. Scott, his wife Kathy, and children Ryan, Matthew, and Patrick reside in Camillus.

 

 

Dan Alfieri, Assistant CoachDan Alfieri

Dan Alfieri begins his 16th season as an assistant coach with the West Genesee Wildcats. During his tenure, the Wildcats have won league, sectional, regional, and state titles. Alfieri holds USA Hockey Level 5 coaching certification. He is an instructor at the West Genesee Wildcats Summer Hockey Camp at Shove Park and at weekly skills clinics for CYHA players. His loyalty and commitment to the hockey program has been previously recognized, as he is a past recipient of the Sam Alfieri Award.  Dan and his wife, Gretchen, have three children Joe, Tom and Emily. Joe and Tom are former Wildcats players and team captains. Dan and Gretchen reside in the West Genesee Central School District.

 

Sean Coakley, Goaltender CoachSean Coakley

Sean Coakley has been an assistant coach with the West Genesee Wildcats since the 2008-09 season. His primary responsibility is coaching the goaltenders. Coakley comes to West Genesee from Morrisville State College where he served as assistant coach of the Mustangs during the 2007-2008 season. He spent the previous four seasons at the Cardigan Mountain School in Caanan, New Hampshire where he was a biology teacher while serving as head hockey coach. Coakley spent the 2002-2003 season as an assistant hockey coach with Ohio University where he earned his master’s degree in coaching education. Prior to joining the staff at Ohio University, he served as a goalie coach for the St. Lawrence University men’s ice hockey program. Coakley played goaltender for St. Lawrence University from 1997-2000, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Leisure Studies with a Minor in Education. During that time, St. Lawrence won two ECAC championships and appeared in the 2000 Frozen Four. Coakley works as Program Director for Special Olympics. Sean his wife, Kerrie, and their two children reside in the West Genesee School District.

 

Bob Shattell, Assistant CoachBobby Shattell 

 

Bob Shattell has been an assistant coach with the Wildcats since the 2010-11 season. Shattell comes to West Genesee from Liverpool High School where he served as an assistant coach for the Warriors.  He played hockey at Liverpool High School and Le Moyne College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He is a special education teacher at OCM BOCES. Shattell also serves as the Head Hockey Coach at Le Moyne College. He is an instructor at the West Genesee Wildcats Summer Hockey Camp at Shove Park.

 

 

Eric Burns, Assistant Coach IMG_7629

Eric Burns joined the Wildcat Hockey staff as an assistant coach in the 2015-16 season.  He has coached for multiple programs from youth levels to varsity.  Currently, he coaches in Camillus Youth Hockey Association and the West Genesee Lacrosse Program.  Burns developed the varsity lacrosse program at Onondaga Central School District, while serving as the Section III Class C League Representative.  He was selected to the Brine National Lacrosse Classic coaching staff for Team Syracuse.  A former West Genesee hockey player, Burns played for Coach Colabufo from 1994-1997.  He brings valuable teaching and coaching experience to the staff.  Burns teaches Social Studies at West Genesee High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Hobart College and a Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland.  He lives in the West Genesee School District with his wife, Megan, and three children, Liam, Gracie, and Delaney.

 

Jim Snell, NutritionistJimmy Snell

Jim Snell has been an integral part of the Wildcats Hockey Staff since the 1995-96 season. He coordinates all game day operations, including on ice officials, minor officials, parent volunteers, and statisticians. During games he can be seen with his stopwatch at the offensive door of the players’ bench where he assists with line changes. Additionally, Snell is responsible for all hotel, restaurant, and charter bus reservations. Snell has remained on the staff long after his son, Gregory, a 1996 Wildcats hockey alumnus, graduated. His loyalty and commitment to the hockey program has been previously recognized, as he is a past recipient of the Sam Alfieri Award. Snell retired from Verizon after 39 years of service as a Field Technician. He began working for the telephone company at 16 years of age. He was the Area Representative for the CWA Local 1123 for over 30 years. Jim and his wife, Barbara, reside in Camillus. They have two children, Gregory and Meghan.

 

Tom Colabufo, VideographerTom Colabufo

Tom Colabufo has been the videographer for the West Genesee Wildcats since the 2000-01 state championship season. He is retired from the Syracuse City School District after 35 years of service as a teacher, guidance counselor, building principal, and central office administrator. He has a Bachelors Degree from Le Moyne College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Syracuse University. Colabufo is the father of four children, Frank, Teresa, Sam, and Tom, who were all varsity athletes at West Genesee High School. His three sons all skated for the Wildcats. His loyalty and commitment to the hockey program has been previously recognized, as he is a past recipient of the Sam Alfieri Award. Additionally, Colabufo is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and is the Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator for Holy Family Parish. Tom and his wife, Carmella, make their home in Camillus.

 

Dom Fruscello, Voice of the WildcatsDom Fruscello

Dom Fruscello has served as the Voice of the Wildcats since the 2001-02 season. During his time with the program the team has won league, sectional, regional, and state titles. His loyalty and commitment to the hockey program has been previously recognized, as he is a past recipient of the Sam Alfieri Award.  He and his wife, Karen, reside in the West Genesee School District.