COACHES BOX


Head Coach Robert Jackson
Assistant Coach Richard Tavis Jr.       Assistant Coach John Sayles
 
 


 
 
Head Coach Robert Jackson
Coach Jackson is in his second year as Head Coach of the Smithfield High School Hockey team.  Coach played his high school hockey at Toll Gate high school in Warwick, RI.  He was an All-State selection during his senior year and helped his team finish state runner up in a three game series against Mount St. Charles.  From Toll Gate, coach went on to Norwich University in Vermont to continue his hockey career.  At Norwich he helped the Cadets win three ECAC Hockey Championships and an NCAA National Championship in his senior year.  He began his coaching career in 2000-2001 as an assistant at Toll Gate High School.  From there, he became Head Coach at Cranston East High School where his team earned two sportsmanship awards two of the three years he was there.  After coaching five years in the high school ranks Coach Jackson was named assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island.  At URI he assisted in winning the first ever ECHA National Championship for URI as well as being named ECHA National coaching staff of the year.  Unfortunately; coach was unable to return to URI because of the demands of his day job.  He coached one year at LaSalle as an assistant before becoming the Head Coach of the Smithfield Sentinels.  Coach is currently a Guidance Counselor at Tolman High School in the Pawtucket School Department.
rob.jackson11@hotmail.com

 
Assistant Coach Richard Tavis Jr.

Assistant Coach Tavis was a four year player as a goaltender under Coach Reynolds Lillibridge and the winner of the 1994 Reverand Newbold Award. A '94 graduate of Smithfield High School, Rick was a member of the '91,'92 / '94 championship teams. Prior to becoming Assistant Coach for the Smithfield Sentinels, Rick coached at Cranston East High School with Head Coach Rob Jackson. A graduate of Rhode Island College, Rick earned a B.A. in Environmental Geography and is a compliance manager for an East Providence based organic seafood company.

shelltechsolutions@yahoo.com
 

 
 
 
 
 
Assistant Coach John Sayles

Assistant Coach Sayles began skating and playing the game of ice hockey at the young age of 4.  He played youth hockey for the Warwick Junior Hockey Association at Thayer Arena.  Then, continued to play high school hockey at LaSalle Academy.  At LaSalle, he played on the varsity team all four years.  During his Junior and Senior years, he was named on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's 1st Team - All-State - Defensive Team and made it to the RIIL State Championship Series both years.  During his Senior year, the team took Mount St. Charles Academy to an exciting three game series, when Mount was undefeated the entire season.  After LaSalle, he did a Post Graduate year at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Massachusetts.  He played in the Division 1 Prep League and had about a .500 record.  After Prep School, he attended New England College and played his Freshman and Sophomore years. 

He also played high school golf for four years at LaSalle.  He was named on the RIIL's 2nd Team - All-Division his sophomore year and 1st Team All-Division his Junior and Senior years.  He is currently a 3 handicap and plays golf at a competitive level.
jsayles003@yahoo.com