Girls� hockey program in Rochester, New York, USA and the surrounding Monroe County region

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2022-23 Coaches for the

Rochester Edge Girls Hockey Organization

 

19u T1: Steve Zizzo & Skills Coach Jenn Shields

19U T2:  TBD

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16u T1: Head Coach Steve Zizzo & Skills Coach Jenn Shields

 

We are very excited to be working with the Rome Grizzlies for our 16U Tier 1 team for the 2022-2023 season. The goal of this team is to field a team with elite players across New York State. The goal for the season is to continue to develop and expand the players skill set while providing them the opportunity to compete at the highest level. Our player development focuses not only on what the player accomplishes on the ice, but also concentrates on the importance of mental preparation, physical conditioning and off-ice skill development.

 

Head Coach Steve Zizzo:

Coach Zizzo started playing hockey at age five when his parents enrolled him in a local hockey league. He played travel hockey through his high school years.  After graduation, he joined the US Army where he spent the next 18 years of his life dedicated to serving his country, his mission, and his men.  Over the course of his military career, he acquired depths of knowledge in trust, dedication, loyalty, integrity, and commitment, all traits he learned how to cultivate in the service members who were under his guidance. Through his style of leadership, he and his team were known by others to be highly dependable in going into the worst combat situations and finding their way through. He fostered confidence amongst his team, finding ways to connect with each member knowing that this form of servant leadership was part of their success as a team.

When his daughters were two, three, and four years old, he put his skates back on and laced up theirs as well, teaching them each to skate, fostering their love of the sport of hockey, and at the same time reconnecting with his own love of the sport. Within three years, they each started playing hockey for a team, and Coach Zizzo realized the value of translating the leadership skills he developed in the military (and was still regularly using while in uniform) into his role as a coach.  To this day, now ten years later, he continues to cultivate personal and athletic skills in his team members, leading his various hockey teams by example and instilling in each player core traits that help them be successful on and off the ice.

 

Skills Coach Jennifer Shields: 
 

Born in Strathroy, Ontario and moved to Ingersoll, Ontario at age of two. I began playing boys travel hockey in Ingersoll, Ontario where I ended moving up an age, also played with the Girls Woodstock Wild Cats association. I switched to the Bluewater Hawks AA teams in grade 6-8 where we won Silver Stick, Provincials and many league tournaments. Played for the East Coast Selects summer team in Finland/Sweden (gold).  

 

Prior to University played for Bluewater Jr Hawks for 4 years (PWHL), during these years I made Team Ontario Blue 2010 (silver), Team Ontario 2011 Canada Winter Games (silver), Canadian Women’s U18 summer series against USA and 2011 World Women’s U18 Championships in Stockholm, Sweden (silver).  While playing at this age and into university I helped coach at Ray McKay and Kelly Reed Hockey Camps throughout the summer. 

 

I committed to Clarkson University and we won the 2014 Division I NCAA National Championship, as the first ECAC team to ever win. Throughout my four years we made the NCAA top 8 tournament three out of four years. We also played against RIT in an outdoor game at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY (2013). I was known for being a stay at home defensive with specialty in penalty kill. Freshmen year I won December Rookie of the Month (ECAC) and Rookie of the year (Clarkson). In my sophomore year, I was invited to the Off-Ice U22 Women’s Team Canada Camp. Attained an overall plus/minus of +45 and second on my team with 50 blocked shots in my Sr year. I attained ECAC All Academic throughout my entire four years while playing Division I Hockey. 

 

Following graduation, I had the opportunity to continue my hockey career through CWHL, NWHL or playing in Australia. Although I made the hard decision to continue my education at Clarkson University. Where I completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018 and have been working as a licensed physical therapist since the fall of 2018. 

 

Since graduation I have worked in Watertown, Canandaigua-Seneca Falls within outpatient setting. I now work in West Webster with Lattimore Physical Therapy. I have helped with the Rochester Edge Program since 2019 as a volunteer coach throughout all age levels. I am excited and happy to continue providing opportunities of growth for the girls within the Edge organization. 



 

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16u T2: Bridget Hamlin

 

We will work on respect, tenacity, and discipline while also maintaining a fun, and positive environment for the team to grow. 


1-Played ncaa ice hockey and lacrosse at oswego state & rit. Played acha in first two years of grad school, all American and 153 pts in 2 seasons.
2-Coaching since age 12 with Maksymum hockey and edge camps. 
3- currently a PhD student at rit focusing in sustainability and engineering. 
4-played edge growing up, AA and then played one year of AAA edge and AAA Pittsburgh penguins elite

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14u T1 : Jenn Shields

“To have positive female role models within girls hockey is vital to show the girls what they are capable of achieving. Not only within athletics, but also in their lives. I am very excited to continue working with the Edge organization to help build and provide opportunities of growth for every player.”

-Head Coach of Rochester Edge 12u TII 21-22 NYS Champion Team

-Clarkson University Doctorate of Physical Therapy (‘18) 
-Clarkson University DI Women’s Hockey (‘15)
-2014 DI NCAA National Champions
-2011 Team Canada U-18 Worlds

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14u T2 :TBD

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12u TB T2 : Anthony Rizzi

Coach Rizzi grew up in Niskayuna, NY where he played youth hockey for Schenectady county. He attended Niskayuna High School and played varsity hockey for his final three years, which included being named team captain and a Section 2 1st team selection his senior year as a defenseman. As a junior he was a member of the ’94 state finalist team. After graduation and as a 17 year old freshman, he played a season of JV for SUNY Fredonia. Next he went to play Junior B for the Springfield (MA) Indians culminating in a MJHL all-star game selection as a defenseman. Finally, Coach finished out his college eligibility playing three seasons of D3 college hockey at Buffalo State.

After college and prior to coaching and the kids being old enough to play, he was a level 3 usa hockey ref throughout the county for 3 seasons. During the summer of 2020, he was a Coach/Instructor for the Newedge Hockey Development Academy out of BillGray’s Ice Plex.

Coach Rizzi is a level 4 usa hockey certified coach. He has been coaching for 11 years.

Outside the rink, Coach Rizzi is an Applications Developer for a law firm downtown. He lives in Pittsford with his wife Shawna, son Griffin (14), and daughter Peyton (11). 

 

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12u NTB T2: Mark Herman

 

Season Plan:

Our primary goal is to maximize fun and hockey development. We will have two to three team practices a week and are aiming for 3-4 tournaments; likely one out of town and the rest in the WNY or Finger Lakes region. We will play in the Empire Conference for league play and will arrange independent games with outside girls organizations (e.g. Philadelphia Junior Flyers, etc.).

 

I have coached hockey for 5 years, including head coach of ROCO 10U girls and Edge 12U girls in the last two years.
I have two hockey-loving daughters, Julia (5) and Genevieve (11).
I played 4 years of varsity hockey for Hamburg High School, including 2 years as team co-captain.
I had the privilege of winning a state championship with the 1999 Midget Tier I NYS champion, Buffalo Saints '81 Selects.

10u : Joe Occhino

8u: TBD