Coaches & Staff

Frank Colabufo, Head Coach                                                                                                                                                  

Frank Colabufo has served as Head Hockey Coach at West Genesee since the 1994-95 season. His career record is 451-159-44. His teams have won 12 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 has earned Coach of the Year honors six times.  He was inducted into the Town of Camillus/West Genesee Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.  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 Summer Hockey Camp at Shove Park. 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 and his wife, Ann, have five children, Nathan, Meghan, Sammy, Daniel, and Julia.


Bob Shattell, Assistant Coach 

Bobby Shattell pic

Bob Shattell has been an assistant coach with the Wildcats since the 2010-11 season. Shattell is the owner of Salt City Prospects, and is a volunteer assistant coach at Morrisville State College. 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.



Sean Coakley, Goaltender Coach

Sean Coakley

Sean Coakley has coached the goaltenders at West Genesee since the 2008-09 season.  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.  Prior to that, 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 and his wife, Kerrie, have two children, Jack and Brynn.


Eric Burns, Assistant Coach


Eric Burns joined the Wildcat Hockey staff as an assistant coach in the 2015-16 season.  He also coaches in 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.


Shawn Lynch, Assistant Coach

Shawn Lynch

Shawn Lynch joined the Wildcat Hockey Staff as an assistant coach in the 2020-21 season.  The former Wildcat captain graduated from West Genesee in 2012.  He moved on to a post-graduate year at Northwood School in 2013 before playing two years for the Ottawa Jr. Senators in the CCHL.  He went on to play four years at Utica College graduating with a degree in Economics in 2019.  He played professionally in 2019-20 for the Macon Mayhem in the SPHL.




Sammy Colabufo, Assistant Coach

Sammy Colabufo joined the Wildcat Hockey Staff in the 2020-21 season.  The former Wildcat goaltender graduated from West Genesee in 2017 with 46 wins, second-most in school history.  He will graduate from Le Moyne College in 2021 with a degree in Marketing.






Tom Colabufo, Videographer

Tom Colabufo

Tom Colabufo has been the videographer for the West Genesee Wildcats since the 2000-01 state championship season. He also serves as Treasurer for the Wildcat Hockey Boosters.  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. 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, have four children, Frank, Teresa, Sam, and Tom.