Rob Messner grew up in Morton Grove and learned to skate under the instruction of his father and Sue Varon Spector at the Skokie Skatium. He then went on to play his travel hockey for the Glenview Stars. He had many great coaches at Glenview including Stan Luberda and Ivan Stepanek. However none of Rob's coaches were more important to his development and to the coach that he has become today than Wally Kormylo. Wally Kormylo maybe one of the greatest youth hockey coaches ever. Coach Rob played for "Coach Wally" for 2 seasons as a Mite with the Glenview Stars. While Coach Rob played for Wally, the Stars Mite teams won NIHL Championships as well as a Silver Stick Championship. Rob continued to skate with Wally privately for 3 years. Coach Rob also played for and skated with another legendary "Wally", Wally Neumenko of "Wally World" fame. "Wally World" was a week long intensive power skating and conditioning clinic that was the talk of the town. Coach Neumenko also coached Rob's Illinois Selects '76 team that traveled to Canada every Summer to battle the best youth teams that Canda had to offer. Coach Rob then went onto play Varsity hockey at Loyola Academy under the eye of D.J. Lavarre. During his senior season Rob was scouted by and evetually drafted by the Toledo Cherokees of the North American Junior Hockey League. Rob went onto to play Varsity Club hockey at both the University of Colorado and Marquette University.
Coach Rob returned to the game he loves 11 years ago as a coach. He has coached Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees and Batams. He also helped coach a high school showcase team. He is also an Assistant Coach with the Glenbrook South Varsity high school tram. He works with all levels of athlete, from the developmental beginner to the elite AAA player. Coach Rob truly believes that for further development in the game of hockey, the base fundamentals of skating must be there first. "It is one thing to know where to be on the ice at a specific point in a game, but it is an entirely differnet thing to be able to get to that spot on the ice with speed and efficiency." Coach Rob played for and skated with some of the best coaches in the area. He brings a little bit of all of those coaches onto the ice with him and into his coaching style.
Coach Rob is a USA Hockey Level 5 Certified Coach
Jimmy Philbin grew up in the Northern suburbs of Chicago and played travel hockey for the Glenview Stars before moving onto play AAA for both the Chicago Young Americans and Team Illinois. He then went onto play his high school hockey for the Glenbrook South Titans. He was a 4 year standout on the Varsity squad and was named Captain of the team as a Junior and Senior. Jimmy had quite a Senior season for Glenbrook South. He was selected to the Chicago Metro North All-Star team as well as the AHAI High School All-State Team and the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni All-State Team. During that season Jimmy won the scoring title for the Chicago Metro North Hockey League and was also chosen to represent the state of Illinois on the 2012 National Showcase Team. After graduating from high school Jimmy headed to Minnesota to play for the Steele County Blades(Jr. A) of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. For the 2013-14 season Jimmy moved on to play for the Minnesota Iron Rangers(Jr. A) of the Superior International Junior Hockey League. Towards the end of the 2013-14 season Jimmy moved on North to Canada to play for the Orangeville Americans(Jr. A) of the Greater Metro Hockey League. While there Jimmy posted 25 points(14 G, 11 A) in just 14 games. Jimmy will be moving onto the Mattawa Blackhawks(Jr. A) of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the 2014-15 Season. Jimmy will be entering his Sophomore year at Morrisville State College and his second season playing for the Mustangs.
This will be Jimmy's third Summer working with Messner Hockey. We are so pleased to have him back on board for the Summer and the kids will be happy as well. Jimmy does a great job working with young players and you can tell by the smile on his face, has a lot of fun while doing it. The kids have a lot of fun working with Jimmy and react really well to his down to Earth and laid back style of coaching.