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DYHA believes in the importance of hiring great coaches for our players and teams. All of our coaches have achieved success in their own hockey careers and have demonstrated excellence in both teaching skating & hockey skills and in coaching competitive hockey teams.

COACH BIOS AND CONTACT INFO FOR PRIVATE LESSONS OR OFF SEASON TRAINING

 

Peter Alfano is a product of West Haven, CT where he played youth travel hockey in the local program.  He played three years of varsity hockey for Notre Dame-West Haven and then played at Canisius College.  He has worked as a goaltending instructor for All-East Goaltending School, West Haven Youth Hockey, Connecticut Riverhawks, and DYHA.  Peter has been a USA Hockey Official for 27 years including 10 years at the High School and collegiate (ECAC) level.

Corey Badeau is a Rhode Island native who was a four-year varsity hockey player at Woonsocket High School where he was named All-State Defenseman in his junior and senior years.  He was a recipient of the Hobey Baker Award in 2010 as the team’s captain. After High School Corey went on to play 4 years of club hockey at Sacred Heart University where he won two NECHA Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014.  Corey started his coaching career at the Fairfield Ice Academy where he spent 2 years giving private lessons, running multiple clinics that specialized in basic fundamentals, power skating, and stickhandling.  At Chelsea Piers Connecticut, Corey become the Adult Hockey Coordinator where he managed the rinks adult hockey programs, coached the Mite Development program, Learn to Play program and 6:1 hockey program. Corey has coached PeeWee and Bantam hockey with the Darien Youth Hockey Association over the past three years as well as Darien High School’s JV hockey program since the 2017-2018 season.

Michael Carlucci grew up playing “A” level travel hockey for 8 years where he won 6 CHC state titles and 2 New England Regional Championships. He played on Team Connecticut, 4 years of Trinity Catholic Varsity Hockey, earning 2 State Championships and 1 State title, followed by 2 years of University of Connecticut Club hockey. Mike’s extensive coaching career includes the Greenwich Blues, Trinity Catholic High School, the New England Generals, and the New Canaan Winter Club. Mike has also been Hockey Director for the Rinks at Shelton and SoNo Ice House and Travel Hockey Coordinator for the Fairfield Ice Academy.  Mike’s most important contribution to youth hockey the area been through the creation of the longest running, successful spring hockey program, CT United Spring Hockey (originally known as CT Flames). Founded in 2011, this 10-week, professionally coached program focuses on skill development that isn’t possible during a regular-season schedule with regular games. Mike's dedication to our young hockey players is both generous and inspiring to watch.  contact info   , 203-912-0873

Mike Cioffi brings 23 years of coaching experience to the DYHA Bantam A team.  A USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach, Mike’s Bantam teams have won multiple state championships, including the 2019 CHC Tier 2 title, as well as several New England Regional tournaments and competed in the Tier II National Championships in 2006 and 2009.  As an Assistant Coach for the Darien High School team Mike has helped DHS win multiple FCIAC titles and two CIAC Division I Championships in 2015 and 2016.  

John Fahey Jr. joined DYHA from the Norwalk Roughriders where he was most recently coaching in the PeeWee ranks.  He has been a youth travel coach for the past seven years, including stints at Greenwich and CPCT, with teams ranging from Mites to Bantams.  John grew up in the Stamford Sharks program and played 3 years for Stamford High School where he was Captain his senior year.  John’s specialty is developing young players skills and passion for the game of hockey.  John is a USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach.  

Chris Furtak grew up in Fairfield County, played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey, attended New Fairfield - Immaculate and went on to play Varsity hockey for Manhattanville College before transferring to the University of Connecticut.  Following graduation, he attained his master’s in history-Education from UConn, and made hockey his career, working for Blueline Sports. He spent four years as an Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School and has coached the Squirt A1 team in the DYHA for the past three years.  Chris is a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach.

Andrew Furtak learned to skate at Darien Ice Rink under the tutelage of Jamie Tropsa and Al Gurney and their Blueline Hockey Academy. His youth career was spent with New Milford Youth Hockey and Western Youth Hockey.  Andrew played high school hockey for New Milford/Immaculate and ACHA club hockey for Western Connecticut State University.

Pat Gore returns for his 17th year coaching with the DYHA, his 5th as Pee Wee AA Head Coach.  Pat grew up playing for the DYHA wining multiple state and regional championships with his 1998 Squirt A team the first DYHA team to win both CT & New England Tier 1 championships in the same season.  Pat played for Fairfield Prep at which time he also started his coaching career with Mites & Squirts.  He joined the Darien High School staff as the JV Head Coach & Varsity assistant coach in 2007. From 2010-2017, he coached at New Canaan High School, spending 4 years as the Associate Head Coach and 3 seasons as the Head Coach.  He returned to DHS as an Assistant Coach in 2017-2018.  In his 11 years at NCHS & DHS, he has won 4 FCIAC championships, made 4 CIAC Division I final four appearances, and has had the pleasure of coaching many players who have continued to NCAA Division 1 and 3 levels. As a coach for DYHA, Pat has won 2 state championships at the Pee Wee & Bantam level and is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach.  

Andrew Gore has been a coach with DYHA at the PeeWee AA for the past four seasons.  Andrew grew up playing at DYHA where his PW A team won both the state and regional championships.  Andrew was a four-year varsity letter winner at St. Joseph High School serving as Captain his Senior year and was awarded the Hobey Baker Award.  He was named 1st Team All County (FCIAC), 1st Team All State (CIAC), 1st Team MSG Varsity Metropolitan Area as well as MVP of the CT High School All Star Game.  Andrew attended Nichols College where he was a Club Hockey member for four years, serving as Asst. Captain his Junior and Senior years.

Paul Hammer grew up in Minnesota and earned All-State and All-American honors playing for Aurora Hoyt Lakes High School.  He was a 4-year letter winner at Boston College where his 1978 team was a Finalist in the NCAA Division I National Championship before playing professionally in Europe for a year.  He has been involved in coaching with the DYHA since 1996 and has a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification.

Andrew (AJ) James played his youth hockey at Mid-Fairfield from Squirts through Midgets earning a trip to three USA Hockey National Tournaments.  He played for Trinity Catholic High School for a year before attending Trinity Pawling where he played varsity hockey and lacrosse. AJ pursued lacrosse in college at Clark University where he played for four years.  AJ has been helping teach hockey at STR since he was sixteen and has worked with DYHA for the past three years in the House program and with Bantam AA.  AJ is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture at CUNY. 

Dustin Jesseau is a Toronto Native and grew up playing youth hockey in the GTHL. He played for the Toronto Young Nationals and Don Mills Flyers, alongside notable NHL players such as Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Tyler Toffoli, and Devante Smith-Pelly. Dustin was on the Ontario projection draft list before getting injured his draft year. He had small stints with the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL and QMJHL with the Acadie-Bathurst Titans. Other notable leagues were the OJHL and the SJHL. Dustin played some of his pro Career in different Leagues such as SPHL, and ECHL and most recently went to the AHL main camp with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2019. After finishing his pro career and settling down in Connecticut with his wife, his son, and 2 dogs, he opened his own hockey school called Jet Hockey where he teaches mainly out of Chelsea Piers, focusing on detailed skill development and power skating. Dustin still plays locally for the Danbury Hattricks in the FPHL.

Rosario Mallozzi played his Youth Hockey at Mid Fairfield, was a four-year letterman at Stamford High School and played two years of Junior hockey under the direction of Marty and Perry Roos.  Rosario has coached at all age levels at organizations such as Mid Fairfield, CT Yankees, Stamford Youth Hockey and most recently with the CT Jr. Whalers in the PeeWee age group.  He has also served in Assistant Coach roles with Stamford High School and Trinity Catholic High School.  He has won multiple state, regional and Silver Stick championships and has been a Level 5 USA Hockey Coach since 2007.

Bob Mazzone has been a DYHA coach since 1994 and led the DYHA’s mini-mite program from 1995 – 2005.  He has also served as Head or Assistant Coach on several mite, squirt and Ice Cats teams.  More recently, Bob has been a coach at both the Mite and Squirt levels and has led multiple teams to CHC state titles.  Bob was a Captain and earned All-League honors at Wakefield High School  before playing a PG year at Phillips Andover Academy.  He played four years of JV Hockey at Harvard, serving as Captain his senior year.  Bob is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach.

Seth Michelson brings fifteen plus years of power skating & hockey skills instruction to DYHA and ICE CATS. Seth Prior to coming to DYHA, Coach Seth spent three years at the Sono Ice House, where he coached at the Mite through Midget level. Before that, he spent time with the CT Ice Cats & Greenwich Panthers. Coach Michelson is the Powerskating Instructor at Stamford Twin Rinks and runs Michelson Power Skating offering individual and group training.  He specializes in skating proficiency and stride development. Players who work with Coach Seth see dramatic improvement in their balance & stability along with their speed & agility, all of which translates to more confident hockey player.

John Miserendino has spent the last 10 years as a power skating and skills instructor and is the current head coach of the Wilton High School boys’ varsity team.  John has a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification, has served as Director of Youth Hockey at the Sono Ice House as well as a coach for the Norwalk Roughriders at the 18U, 14U and 12U levels.

Chris Nelson joined DYHA for the 2019/2020 season after having been a Head Coach in the CT Riverhawks organization for the prior five years, primarily in the PeeWee age group.  He has also been the lead on-ice instructor for Shelton’s Development League focused on skating and stick skills as well as basic hockey systems for Mites through Bantams.  Chris has been an Assistant Coach at St. Joseph’s High School where he is responsible for the defense, systems and special teams.  He grew up as a player in the Mid Fairfield organization from Squirts through Bantams where he played on teams that won state, regional and national championships as well as the first team from New England to win the SilverSticks International hockey tournament at the AAA level.  As a freshman, he played for Norwalk High School and earned All-FCIAC Honorable Mention.  Opting not to return to high school hockey, Chris played Midgets for Mid-Fairfield.  After an injury, Chris decided to pursue his other passion, music and the drums, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music.

Buzz Olson began coaching at the DYHA in the 2009/2010 season and currently serves as Head Coach of the PW A team and Assistant Coach on the DYHA Midget Minor White team.  Buzz is also the Co-Head coach of the St. Luke’s School Varsity Hockey team.  He has been USA Hockey Level 4 certified since 1995.  Buzz was a three-year varsity starter at Phillips Academy in Andover MA and a member of the Harvard Freshman and Junior Varsity teams.  He was a three-time Colorado State Speed Skating champion.  His youth hockey coaching career began in 1983 with Mid Fairfield and he has since coached a total of 36 teams at all age levels in 6 different organizations including the Bay State Breakers (EHF, 7 seasons), Massachusetts Hockey Select League (2 seasons), Hingham Youth Hockey (8 seasons) and Stamford Youth Hockey, 1 season).  He learned hockey from coaches like Tony Frasca (Colorado College All American, Head Coach), Bob Johnson (Head Coach, Colorado College, University  of Wisconsin, 1976 US Olympic team, Calgary Flames and Pittsburg Penguins) and Tim Taylor (Harvard Freshman Coach, Yale University Head Coach).

John O’Neil is a product of Ithaca, NY, and Greenwich, CT, a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach and former Level 4 official.  He spent 2 years coaching in the Greenwich Jr. Hockey League as well as 1 year assisting Laura Stamm power skating, 5 years with the Winnetka, IL youth program and 2 years with Minneapolis Youth Hockey.  Since returning to Darien in ‘91, he spent 5 years as a head coach with the Darien Sr. House program and 2 years with Rising Stars and since 2001 has been a Head or Assistant coach from Mites to Midgets in DYHA with a brief pause from 2011-14.   John has been the Assistant PW A coach since 2015 while also serving as the Assistant Varsity coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.

William “Billy” Santora is a Stamford native whose youth hockey experiences included playing for the Mid-Fairfield Blues (State Champions), Stamford Sharks, New England Nighthawks, and the CT Yankees.  Billy played four years of high school hockey at Stamford High School where he was named Captain and earned All-State honors as a defenseman. Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2018,  Billy has coached for the Stamford Sharks and the CT Jr. Whalers at the Bantam and Peewee levels, respectively. He credits his passion for teaching hockey to the coaches he played for when growing up including Rosario Mallozzi, Clark Jones, Dave LoPresti and Eric Lind.  Billy holds a Level 2 USA Hockey Coaching Certification and will gain his Level 3 over the course of the 2020-21 season. When not on the ice, Billy enjoys playing golf and fishing the Long Island Sound.

Darius Souza is a Rhode Island native who grew up playing for the Providence Capitals. He played two years for LaSalle Academy before playing U16 and U18 in the USPHL for the South Shore Kings. Darius is a four-year member of the ACHA Division II Sacred Heart hockey team. 

Matt Stack played professional hockey with the Adirondack Ice Hawks of the United Hockey League, the “AA” affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes.  He was a two-sport captain in hockey and lacrosse at New England College and helped lead the Pilgrims to three championships in eight seasons, with two finals defeats.  In 2015 he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at New England College.  Matt helped found BlueStreak Sport Training and his passion lies in development of the complete hockey player, on and off the ice.  Matt is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and currently 14 of his students have been drafted into the NHL and he has helped coach and train numerous prep school, Division I/3, professional and Olympic athletes.  Matt is the  Sr. Membership and Rinks Advisor at Chelsea Piers CT and resides in Darien with his wife Tanya, and two beautiful children, Bryce and Avery. 

 

 

Kelly Babstock is originally from the greater Toronto, Ontario area and went to Quinnipiac University from 2010 – 2015 where she is the All-time leading scorer with 95 goals and 108 assists for a combined 203 points. Kelly was also named Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the year in 2011 and 2014, ECAC Player and Rookie of the year in 2011, 4x All New England First Team, Three time All-ECAC First Team Selection, One All-ECAC Second Team Selection, Top-10 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist (Best Women's D1 College Player), Second Team All-American, 2x NWHL All-Star, and recently announced on the Second Team ECAC Hockey All-Decade Team. contact info 

Jordan Brickner A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Jordan played 2 seasons at Colgate followed by 2 at the University of Wisconsin. After a successful college career, Brickner played in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano and is now in her 4th season as a member of the CT Whale of the NWHL. 

Michael Carlucci grew up playing “A” level travel hockey for 8 years where he won 6 CHC state titles and 2 New England Regional Championships. He played on Team Connecticut, 4 years of Trinity Catholic Varsity Hockey, earning 2 State Championships and 1 State title, followed by 2 years of University of Connecticut Club hockey. Mike’s extensive coaching career includes the Greenwich Blues, Trinity Catholic High School, the New England Generals, and the New Canaan Winter Club. Mike has also been Hockey Director for the Rinks at Shelton and SoNo Ice House and Travel Hockey Coordinator for the Fairfield Ice Academy.  In the off season, Mike also runs CT United Spring Hockey (originally known as CT Flames). Founded in 2011, this 10-week, professionally coached program focuses on skill development that isn’t possible during a regular-season schedule with regular games. Mike's dedication to our young hockey players is both generous and inspiring to watch.  contact info  , 203-912-0873

Jamie Tropsa began playing hockey at the age of 5 on the ponds. He then played organized hockey with MidFairfield Youth Hockey. He played for Stamford High School, coached by Al Gurney who is instrumental in the success of Darien High School girls hockey program. He went on to play for Suffolk University where he was a 2 year MVP and team captain. After college he came back to Stamford and opened his business Blue Line Sports at the Darien Ice Rink. He continued my partnership with Al Gurney running summer hockey camp, Darien Hockey School, now in its 35th year and renamed Blue Line Hockey Academy. Jamie has coached ice hockey at all levels. He coached 1 year at Iona College, 5 years with the Darien High School Boys, 13 years with the New Canaan High School boys, and continues to coach the Darien High School girls team. Along the way he coached Mites, Squirts and Peewee house teams at DYHA. He also coached Bantam and Midget boys. Jamie has been a coach within the extremely successful Ice Cats girls program, switching coaching duties between U12 and U14 and now currently with the U10 and U19. 2013 was a “banner” year for Jamie as Darien High School girls team won their 2nd FCIAC championship and his IceCats U14 team made it all the way to the finals at the National Tournament where they earned a silver medal. He was also honored with FCIAC co-coach of the year and the SCHRA Walt Mather Coach of The Year at the youth hockey level. Jamie's passion is hockey, and his goal every season is to teach and inspire young hockey players to love and learn the game. 

Grey Weicker started playing hockey at the age of seven as goalie, a position he stayed with throughout his entire hockey career. Moving through the town leagues and travel teams, he played for the New York Westsiders and Bergen Rockland Rangers in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association. In 1979 Grey was recruited by St. Lawrence University. A successful four years of varsity hockey culminated in being named captain and All American Goalie his senior year. Grey signed a contract with the Hartford Whalers in 1983 and played in their farm system in Utica and Binghamton, NY. Grey then began a successful career in the financial industry on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He was drawn into coaching girls hockey when he started coaching my daughters in 2001 and continues to coach girls to this day. Grey finds that in coaching hockey he receive more fulfillment from teaching something he is passionate about and having a positive impact on his players overall personal development, than he did throughout his business career. Grey's goal is always to find a way to bring out the best of each individual player, to the benefit of the entire team.