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. His son Peter is on the DYHA Bantam A team.
Victor Baryshevtsev is a pioneer of Russian hockey skating techniques and brings his skills and skating development plan to the DYHA. Victor was an Alternate on the 1988 USSR Olympic Hockey Team and is the founder of Victory on Ice, a unique hockey training program. He has worked with numerous Olympic skaters and NHL players including NHL players Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadians), Artem Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks) and Matt Moulson (New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres).
Corey Badeau is a Rhode Island native who was a 4 year varsity hockey player at Woonsocket High School where he was an 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 stick-handling. 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 during the 2017-2018 season
Dan Bria grew up in Greenwich where he played three years for Greenwich High School. He holds a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification and has been both a Head and Assistant Coach for youth hockey teams since 2013. Dan is most proud of the success his past players and teams have achieved, twice winning CHC state championships at the Squirt level as well as reaching state and regional championships at the Bantam level. Dan is currently an Athletic Trainer at Bluestreak Sports Training where he specializes in all aspects of hockey specific training and coaching as well as strength and conditioning of young athletes.
Mike Cioffi brings 22 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 as well as several New England Regional tournaments and competed in the Tier II National Championships in 2006 and 2009. Most recently, Mike and his Bantam A team won the 2019 Tier 2 CHC State title. 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.
Nick Dowling grew up playing in the Mid-Fairfield organization where he won 3 CHC state titles and one New England regional tournament. He joined the varsity team at Fairfield Prep his freshman year, played four years in total and won two CIAC state titles. After graduating from Saint Michael’s College, Nick returned to Prep to assist coaching the Junior Varsity team. After a two year hiatus to begin his insurance career Nick is pleased to join DYHA as an Assistant Coach.
John Fahey Jr. joins the DYHA for the 2018-2019 season 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 4 certified coach.
Brett Farson Brett grew up in Greenwich and spent 12 travel seasons with the Greenwich Skating Club and Greenwich Blues programs. He played at Greenwich High School, Andover and Amherst College before serving as Head Coach for Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich HS Girls Varsity, King School Varsity (2016 FAA Champions), and his current position at Rye Country Day School where his team captured the FAA league title in 2017 and 2018. Brett founded and coached the Connecticut Nordiques spring program for seven years, now works with the CT Breakers and is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. Over the years his former players have moved on to join college club teams at Cal-Berkeley, Duke, and Ohio State, and varsity teams at Amherst, Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Middlebury, Quinnipiac, RIT and Yale. Brett lives in Stamford with his wife Annie and three daughters Jaquelyn, Melanie and Abigail.
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 got his Masters in History-Education from UConn, and made hockey his career, working for Blueline Sports. He has spent four years as an Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School and has coached the Squirt B team in the DYHA for the past two years. Chris is a USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach.
Pat Gore returns for his 16th year coaching with the DYHA, his 4th as Pee Wee A 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 where he 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 on to the 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.
Chris Gragnano grew up playing hockey in Hazlet, New Jersey. He played high school at Christian Brothers Academy, where in his senior year he was named team captain and was also named to the All-County and All-State teams. Upon graduation he went to Providence College. After some time with the Friars he went on to Vermont where he joined the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL. Upon graduation Chris moved to Connecticut and began his coaching career. Since 2007 he has coached many nationally ranked youth teams, has won Regional championships and brought teams to the USA Hockey National tournament. In 2015, Chris was hired as an assistant coach at the Gunnery and in his time there they have won an Elite 8 New England Championship ('16), the Watkins Tournament ('16) and the Avon Christmas Classic ('17). Chris has bee a skills instructor in the area over the last 10 years and trains many high level players from prep schools, junior programs and colleges as well as professionals that play in Europe, ECHL, AHL and the NHL.
Mike Hillery is the Assistant Coach for the Squirt B1 team and the DYHA’s newly named Video Coordinator. A native of Buffalo and long time Sabres and Bills fan, Mike started playing hockey at the age of three and played through High School for the Amherst Knights serving as an Assistant Captain his last two seasons. Mike attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in Applied Statistics. While a Wolverine, Mike spent three years as a Statistics/Video/Analytics intern for the men’s hockey team. He worked closely with the team’s Video Coordinator (now VC at the Carolina Hurricanes) on video capture, edit and analysis of specific strategies and/or events requested by the coaching staff. Mike looks forward to bringing his passion for hockey, video technology and statistics to the DYHA. He currently lives in Stamford and works for Nielsen Sports when he is not playing hockey at Twin Rinks of Stamford in the Adult League.
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 here 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 two years in our House program. AJ is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture at CUNY.
Kyle MacDonald is a native of Hanover, MA where he was a Boston Herald Goalie of the Year and three-time Catholic Conference All-Star playing at Xaverian Brothers High School. He attended St. Lawrence University, graduating in 2016, where he was a four year member of the Skating Saints hockey team earning ECAC All-Academic honors two seasons. Kyle is currently the Assistant Athletic Director at Darien High School after spending last year as the goaltending/assistant coach for both the men's and women's Division 1 hockey teams at Penn State University. Kyle has been active with USA Hockey where he has been a speaker at a number of Level 1, 2 and 3 clinics on goaltender development and goaltender practice planning.
Pat Maldonado has been involved in the DYHA program helping instruct at the Mini, Mighty, Mite and Squirt House levels over the past several years. This past season Pat led the Mite B program and will be Assistant Coach on Mite A1 in 2018-2019. Pat grew up playing in the Stamford Youth Hockey program and played for Stamford Catholic High School. He is a USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach and has two kids in the DYHA program, Ella and Lucas.
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. Most recently, Bob has led the DYHA Pee Wee B team for the past three years where his team won the Tier 4 Adams State Championship title this past year. 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.
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 has been a Head Coach in the CT Riverhawks organization for the past 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. For the past three years, Chris has been the Assistant Coach at St. Joseph’s High School where he is responsible for the defense, systems and special teams. Chris 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 attended 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 A1 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).
Ben Potash is entering his 4th season of coaching although his first with the DYHA, ending on a high note with a Tier 4 State title. Ben was formerly the Assistant Varsity Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach for Staples High School. He also served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Staples Hockey (2015-2017). Ben will be a USA Hockey Level 2 certified coach this season.
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.
Mark Wilhelm has gained state and regional recognition for having won multiple championships at the Mite through Midget level. On the national level, Mark was the Head Coach of the 2016 USA Hockey TII U18 National Championship team. Mark’s experience coaching all age and ability levels through has allowed him to earn a reputation as one of the most well rounded and respected youth hockey coaches in CT. Mark’s coaching emphasizes skill development over all else at the younger levels, with a strong focus on teaching young players the importance of Respect, Responsibility, and Accountability. Mark is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach. Mark played his youth hockey for the Southern CT Stars and Mid-Fairfield followed by high school hockey at Notre Dame of Fairfield under legendary coach Marty Roos.
Brian Williams is a Darien native who played youth hockey at the DYHA before going on to play for and captain the Darien High School Blue Wave. Brian returned to the DYHA in 2003 to coach with his older brother, Kevin. The Williams brothers have coached all levels at DYHA - A, A1, and B – and have spent the last 10 years as Bantam A1 coaches. They have won the PeeWee CHC Tier 3 Championship in 2011 and were finalists in the Tier 3 New England Sectionals the same year and, most recently, were finalists in the 2017-18 Bantam CHC Tier 3 tourney and participated in the Tier 3 New England Sectionals. Brian is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach
Kevin Williams has coached in the DYHA since 1995 at a variety of different levels from learn to skate through prep school. Since 2003, Kevin has coached with his brother Brian having won or been finalists at the PeeWee and Bantam CHC Tier 3 tourneys multiple times as well as made appearances at the New England Tier 3 Sectionals. Kevin grew up playing in the DYHA, at Brunswick, the Kent School and Darien High School. He currently lives in Darien with his two sons who both play in the DYHA. Kevin is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach.
Announcing the addition of CT Ice Cat Coaches Moe Tarrant, John Ludwig, Mark Fitzgerald, Brendan Garvey, Tony Delcarmine, James Duval and Dave Graichen for the upcoming 2018/2019 season
Moe Tarrant will be the CT Ice Cats Director of Skill Development and an assistant coach in our U14 age group. A USA Hockey Master Level Coach and the current Greenwich Academy Head Hockey Coach, Coach Moe brings the Ice Cats 30 years of coaching experience. In addition to Greenwich Academy, Moe has coached at the Hotchkiss School and founded the Mid Fairfield Stars, where he won two National Championships. We are excited for the Ice Cats to have such a wonderful resource in Coach Moe. As our girls will soon come to recognize, Coach Moe will share his knowledge of and passion for the game to not only help develop better hockey players, but players who are fulfilled in their experience with the Ice Cats and the relationships they develop while playing.
John Ludwig will coach in our U14 age group. John brings to the Ice Cats 25 years of experience in coaching girls hockey with multiple appearances in the Regional and National Tournaments. Coach “Luddy” currently works with Coach Moe as an assistant coach for the Greenwich Academy Varsity Hockey Team. In addition to a long history of developing successful hockey Coach Luddy brings to the Ice Cats the goal of improving our girls as players and people.
Mark Fitzgerald will also coach in our U14 age group. Coach Fitz grew up in Ridgefield an played through high school and has been coaching hockey since 1991. He holds his Level 4 Coaching Certification and has coached alongside Moe and Luddy for years as an assistant and head coach and taking his girls teams to regional and national tournaments. Not only has Coach Fitz been successful in developing girls who have gone on to play at the Division I and Division III levels, he had five of his own kids playing mite hockey and both of his daughters went on to play in college. Coach Fitz also has the goal of ensuring the girls have fun, learn the game of hockey, and realize the many life lessons that go along with competitive sports.
Brendan Garvey will be an assistant coach in our U14 age group. Brendan was a 4 year letter winner at Wesleyan University (ECAC Division II) from 1988-1992 and captained the team in his final two years there. Brendan went on to play minor league hockey in the CHL for the Oklahoma City Blazers and has over 20 years of coaching experience most recently with the NYC Cyclones and the Central Park Lady Hawks. Brendan co-founded and ran an intensive youth skating skill development program in Tuckahoe NY during the 2016/2017 season and continues to develop players of all ages and abilities out of that rink.
Tony Delcarmine will coach in our U12 age group. Tony grew up in Stamford, went to Choate and played and captained 3 Varsity Sports- Soccer, Hockey and Baseball. Tony played 4 years of Varity Hockey at Dartmouth where he was the captain his senior year. After graduating from Dartmouth, Tony played professionally in France for 3 years (Paris and Cherbourg). He is a USA Hockey Level 3 Coach and has coached at Mid Fairfield.
James Duval will coach in our U10 age group. A former standout forward at Brown University from 1996-2000, James went on to play in the minor leagues in the US and Europe after graduating. He is a former Harvard Varsity and Taft Woman’s Varsity Assistant Coach. James has coached at the US National Team Level as a U15 Development Camp Coach and is the current head coach at Brunswick Middle School.
David Graichen will work with and develop the Ice Cats goalies. Dave was a standout goaltender at University of Wisconsin-Superior where he played in 4 Frozen Four Tournaments. A three time All-American, Dave was also elected into his alma mater's hall of fame. We are thrilled to have Dave on staff to work with our goaltenders on a regular basis.
*** We believe the addition of such proven and experienced coaching provides our entire program with exposure to the best coaches in the region as evidenced by the full roster of coaches below.
The CT Ice Cats Coaches for the 2018/2019 Season
(playing and coaching experience in italics)
Jamie Tropsa – Current Head Coach, Darien High School Varsity Girls
Erin Brawley – Current Assistant Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
James Duval - Brown University (‘96-’00), Harvard Women’s Hockey Assistant, Current Brunswick Academy Middle School Hockey Coach
Jake Granito – 2x FCIAC Champion, CT Yankees (USPHL), HSA Skills Instructor
Alex Lerchin – Current Head Coach, Greenwich High School Varsity Girls
Tony Delcarmine – Dartmouth College Captain, USA Hockey Level 3 Coach, Mid-Fairfield
Cassie Dunne- Penn State University (’13-’17), ECWHL All Conference and ACHA Academic All-American, Current CT Whale - NWHL
Andrew Bell – USA Hockey Level 3 Coach, CT Ice Cats
Jason Rayher – SNHU Varsity Hockey (‘’94-’98), USA Hockey Level 3 Coach
Sean Hurley – Brown University Captain (2007-2008), San Jose Sharks AHL Affiliate, Elite Skills Instructor
Gray Weicker – Current Assistant Coach, Darien High School Varsity Girls
Jess Zimmerman – Manhattanville College, 4 year letter winner
Moe Tarrant – Current Head Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
John Ludwig – Current Assistant Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
Mark Fitzgerald – USA Hockey Level 4 Coach, Mid Fairfield Stars, Greenwich Skating Academy
Brendan Garvey – Wesleyan University Captain (1990-1992), NYC Cyclones and Central Park Lady Hawks
Rob Benson - Level 4 coach, CT Ice Cats, NCWC
Erin Brawley – Current Assistant Coach, Greenwich Academy Varsity Girls
Rich Bulan – Current Head Coach, New Canaan High School Varsity Girls
Danielle Deceglie – University of Rhode Island, 4 year letter winner
Mike Mammone – ProCrease Instructor, Trinity College Goalie Coach
David Graichen - University of Wisconsin-Superior 3x All-American and Hall of Fame