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The Stop It Goaltending staff is comprised of professional and college goaltending coaches. In the summer our Directors are assisted by some of the top college goalies in the nation that are also SIG students. The following is a listing of our goalie coaches.

Stop It Goaltending Directors

brian-daccordBrian Daccord is the president and founder of Stop It Goaltending as well as a Goaltending Consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is a former Goaltending Coach of the Boston Bruins and served on the staffs of Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and Robbie Ftorek. Brian serves USA Hockey as the Goaltending Development Coordinator for Massachusetts and is Massachusetts Hockey’s Player Development Boys Goaltending Coordinator. His book “Hockey Goaltending” has sold over 40,000 copies worldwide.

 

Brian was featured in The Hockey News as one of the NHL’s “Top Goalie Coaches with Crease Clout” and current clients include top NHL, AHL, ECHL, College and Junior goalies. Brian is also a former coach and player at Merrimack College and played seven seasons of Pro hockey in Switzerland. He has enjoyed success coaching at every level of youth hockey as well as US Prep School, Junior, College and Pro. He is a Masters Level Coach with USA Hockey, and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Science. brian@stopitgoaltending.com

john-carratuJohn Carratu is currently a Goaltending Director at Stop it Goaltending as well as the Goalie Coach for Merrimack College’s Division I Men’s Hockey Team. Before joining the Warriors, John served four seasons as the goalie coach at Northeastern University where he trained Hobey Baker finalist and current pro Brad Thiessen. John has also served as a goaltending consultant to numerous teams and organizations in addition to Northeastern University including Prep School power Cushing Academy, Nobles and Greenough, and Phillips Andover.

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As a collegiate goaltender, John led his NCAA Division II Plymouth State team to the ECAC playoffs while graduating with a degree in Education. In addition to his expertise in teaching the position of goaltending, John’s has extensive knowledge of goaltending equipment. He also contributed a chapter titled, Gearing Up to Stop Pucks in the second edition of Brian Daccord’s top selling book “Hockey Goaltending”. john@stopitgoaltending.com

brian-robinsonBrian Robinson is currently a director and video coordinator at Stop It Goaltending and the goaltending coach for the Harvard University. Brian also coaches professionally in The German DEL for Adler Mannheim. Brian began his career at SIG by assisting in the development of a video scouting system for NHL teams. He played a pivotal role in developing a service that allows goaltenders to receive critical game analysis via the internet. He also gained practical experience with the Boston Bruins while completing his degree in communications from Worcester State.

Brian currently conducts lessons and video sessions at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA. Most recently, he helped design “the Path” program which provides elite goalies consistent support throughout their career. Brian began training with Stop It Goaltending in 1999 and before playing college hockey at Worcester State, he served as captain of Pentucket HS where he was an All-League goaltender his senior year. brianr@stopitgoaltending.com

Jim-Mcniff-StaffJim McNiff is a Stop It Goaltending director based out of our Foxboro Sports Center location and the goaltending coach for Bentley University. Jim won a National Championship as the goalie coach of the Providence Friars. In 2012 he was awarded the Goaltending Consultant Groups “Coach of the Year”. Jim played his college hockey at Merrimack College where he was coached by Stop It Goaltending president Brian Daccord.

He was a standout since he began playing the position at age seven. A three-year starter for Don Bosco High School, Jim served as team captain and led his team to a 1992 appearance in the Super Eight State Tournament held annually at the Boston Garden. At Stop It Goaltending Jim has had the opportunity to work with top college goaltenders as well as talented youth goalies and all levels in between. Jim also serves as the manager of our Stop It Goaltending Equipment Store located at the Foxboro Sports Center.
jim@stopitgoaltending.com

Amy-ZappenAmy Zappen is the Stop It Goaltending Women’s Director and goalie coach at Boston University. A former captain at St. Anselm College, Amy had a tremendous career and is the school all-time leader in saves made and saves per game while ranking second all-time in wins and shutouts.

Boston-University-TerriersDuring the 2011-2012 season, Amy was named ECAC Women’s East Goaltender of the Year, First Team All-ECAC East honors, selected to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team and won the ECAC Open Tournament Championship. Amy is a coach with Mass Hockey Player Development assisting in both the Mass Girls Festival and Mass Cunnif Development Camp. At Stop It Goaltending, Amy conducts private goalie lessons for our female goalies as well as work with area women’s hockey programs and heads the Stop It Goaltending in-season coaching program. amy@stopitgoaltending.com

Cameron Doomany is a Stop It Goaltending Director at out of our Middleton location. He grew up playing his youth hockey for AAA Tier 1 organization located in Stamford, Connecticut called the Mid-Fairfield Blues where he made a national championship appearance early in his career. Then went on to play his high school hockey in Rhode Island at Bishop Hendricken, an all boys catholic preparatory school.

A two-year starter for Bishop Hendricken High School, Cam led his team to two consecutive RIIL State Championship appearances, while falling short to Mount St. Charles Academy and then LaSalle Academy. At Stop It Goaltending Cam has had the opportunity to work with top college and professional goaltenders as well as talented youth goalies and all levels in between. Cam has also worked with Mitch Korn (Washington Capitals Goaltending Coach) for a number of years.  cam@stopitgoaltending.com 

Clay Adams is the Stop It Goaltending Director at our Foxboro Sports Center Location. Clay most recently served as the Goalie Coach and Assistant Coach for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where last season one of his goaltenders was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and the other signed an NHL entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks. Clay’s career started by interning with the Washington Capitals while completing his Masters Degree from Georgetown University and then as the Director of Player Development, Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach at Bridgton Academy.

After Bridgton, he served as Associate Head coach, Assistant General Manager and Goalie Coach with the Walpole Express in the Eastern Hockey League. Clay also coached at Stonehill College before moving on the the USHL for the past two seasons. Clay with be based out of the Stop It Goaltending Development Center located at the Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro, MA.

clay@stopitgoaltending.com

Jeff Walker  Jeff-Walker-StaffStop It Goaltending Director of Goaltending Development based out of Springfield, MA. Jeff has trained professional, college, prep school, high school and youth goalies and currently conducts goalie lessons at Stick Time Sports in Agawam, MA. Jeff has worked with the Stop It Goaltending PGD and DHNL programs as well as the GCG Men’s camps since 2013.

Jeff works as a goaltending coach with his alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also works with several prep schools and high schools throughout western Massachusetts and Connecticut. After playing for Agawam High School, Jeff went on to play at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he started over 50 ACHA games. As a senior captain, he led his team to the NECHA semi-finals and a division championship and was selected to the NECHA All-Star team.  jeff@stopitgoaltending.com

 

Brian Mahoney Wilson (Development Goalie Coach - Detroit Red Wings)

Brian Mahoney Wilson (Development Goalie Coach - Detroit Red Wings)

Brian-Mahoney---Wilson-StaffBrian Mahoney Wilson is the development goalie coach for the Detroit Red Wings and a former NHL draft pick of the San Jose Sharks.  Brian was a scholarship goaltender at Lake Superior State University (NCAA Div I) where he played 89 games before turning pro.

As a youth goalie, Brian won two MIAA Super Eight titles with Catholic Memorial High School and played juniors with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL and as a professional he played primarily in the CHL. Brian has been training goalies at summer camps and lessons since 2003 and is currently serving as a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Army Black Knights. At Stop It, Brian has instructed goalies in the DNHL and PGD programs as well as the GCG camps and at lessons. brianmw@stopitgoaltending.com

Dave Flint (Head Coach - Northeastern Women's Hockey)

Dave Flint (Head Coach - Northeastern Women's Hockey)

daveflintDave Flint has been an instructor at Stop It Goaltending since 1999. Dave is currently the Head Coach of the Division I Northeastern University Women’s Hockey program and served as an assistant coach on the US National Women’s Olympic Team.

northeastern-huskiesDave also served as Head Coach of the St Anselm’s Women’s program where his team posted three straight 20 win seasons, and in 2006-2007 finished with a 24-3-0 overall record and claimed its first-ever ECAC East Regular Season title. Coach Flint was named as the ECAC East Coach of the Year for the second straight season. A certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS),  Dave graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State) in 1993 with a degree in Biology with a concentration in Sports Medicine.

Sean Walsh (Head Coach Coach - SNHU Men's Hockey)

Sean Walsh (Head Coach Coach - SNHU Men's Hockey)

sean-walshSean Walsh is a director at Stop It Goaltending and the head coach of Southern New Hampshire University. Sean was an assistant at UMass Boston and spent two seasons as an assistant at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI where he helped lead the Vikings to their best record in school history (16-11-1). His duties included recruiting coordinator, day-to-day operations while also overseeing the goaltending unit which led the NCCA among D-III institutions in shutouts in 2008-09.

Before coaching at Lawrence University, the Tewksbury, MA native spent one season at Adrian College. Sean began his coaching career working with Stop It Goaltending and has done since 2004. Along with his work in New England at Stop It Goaltending and UMASS Boston, Sean has been involved in the Massachusetts Satellite program as well as the USA Hockey National Development Camps.  Sean has had the responsibility of assisting in the selection of Massachusetts goalies to attend the camp and then during the camp works for USA hockey in evaluating the best goalies across the country.

David Schultz (Goaltending Coach - St. Anselm Men's & Women's Hockey)

David Schultz (Goaltending Coach - St. Anselm Men's & Women's Hockey)

david_schultz_250David Schultz is a Stop It Goaltending Director and is the Goaltending Coach for both the men and women’s teams at St. Anselm College. Coach Schultz previously was the goaltending coach at  the University of New Hampshire and Bentley University. David played college hockey at Worcester State and in high school led Pinkerton Academy to the State Championship semifinals.

Stacked_2-color_solid_hawkDavid has been working for Stop It Goaltending training programs since 2008 and was also a student at Stop It from the age of twelve. David has worked with goalies of all levels including Cushing Academy, the Beantown Bullies, The New England Wolves and the New England Stars at the Junior hockey level. Coach Schultz has a true passion and energy for the sport of hockey and goaltending and is tremendously popular with young goalies. A strength of his is the energy he brings every time he is on the ice and his ability to connect with goalies in a way that makes it fun to learn and get better. david@stopitgoaltending.com

Mark Hanson (Goaltending Coach - Harvard Women's Hockey)

Mark Hanson (Goaltending Coach - Harvard Women's Hockey)

mark-hansonMark Hanson is the goaltending coach of the Harvard University Women’s Program and is a director at the SIG Development Center in Foxboro, MA. Mark has worked with elite goalies at the Pro, College, Junior, Prep and HS levels goalies at the GCG Prospects Week, the Stop It Goaltending DNHL and PGD programs and through private lessons.

125px-Harvard_CrimsonMark conducts lessons with SIG during the season and in the summer is active with SIG camps and clinics at both our Merrimack and Foxboro locations. Along with a long list of clients coach Hanson has also served as the goalie coach at Stoughton High School and the Massachusetts Spitfires and is the father of three children (all goalies). Mark has 20 years of experience training top goalies as well as goalies at the early stages in their development. Mark is able to pass along to his students a keen understanding of positional play and mechanics and has an unmatched dedication to teaching. mark@stopitgoaltending.com

Brion O'Connor (Goalie Guru - New England Hockey Journal)

Brion O'Connor (Goalie Guru - New England Hockey Journal)

brion-oconnorBrion O’Connor has been a Director at Stop It Goaltending since 2008.  Brion is a Boston-based writer and owner of Inspired Ink Communications. He is most recognizable as the Goalie Guru through his column in the New England Hockey Journal as well as his blog and YouTube video page. Brion works primarily with the PGD and DNHL programs in the summer and SIG private lessons throughout the hockey season.

NEHJ-logo2-nxtbookBrion is also a long-time hockey coach and goalie specializing in goaltending instruction at every age level. He is as comfortable working with SIG pro and college goalies as he is with younger goalies in the early stages of their athletic development. Whether working with top Prospects at the GCG camps or men’s league goalies, Brion wears his passion for the game and goaltending position on his sleeve each and every time he is on the ice.

Jim Healey (Former Goaltending Coach - Merrimack College)

Jim Healey (Former Goaltending Coach - Merrimack College)

JimHealeyJim Healey is a director at Stop It Goaltending and served as the goaltending coach at Merrimack College in Hockey East for seven seasons. Jim was named to Merrimack’s All-Decade Team, appeared in 91 games for the Warriors from 2003-07, and backstopped Merrimack to a playoff appearance in 2003-04, his freshman season.

Merrimack_logo_640[1]Jim was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie team in 2004 and to the All-Academic team in 2006.  Jim was also voted Merrimack’s Most Valuable Player in 2007 by his teammates. While at Merrimack Jim trained in the summer with Stop It Goaltending in the PGD program with NHL goalies Brian Boucher and Cory Schneider.  At Merrimack, Jim coached SIG goalie and NHL draft pick Joe Cannata. Jim’s tutelage has helped Joe and Sam backbone Merrimack to one of the top ten college hockey teams in the nation in 2010-2011.

Additional Staff

SIG Coaches

SIG Coaches

  • Andreas Eriksson – Almtuna IS, Sweden
  • Bruce Irving – Harvard University
  • Chris Hall – Colby College
  • Clint Elberts – Omaha Lancers
  • Dan Jewell – Hamilton College
  • Jamie McGuire – Hockey Canada
  • Kris Mayotte – St Lawrence University
  • Magnus Olsson – Malmö Redhawk, Sweden
  • Mike Doneghey – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Rob Heholt – York University
  • Ron Petronella – Elite Goalie Academy
  • Ryan Hull – Connecticut Oilers
  • Stuart Frye – University of New Hampshire

SIG Instructors

SIG Instructors

  • Scott Darling –  Chicago Blackhawks
  • Russ Stein – Elmira Jackals
  • Cody Reichard – Orlando Solar Bears
  • Clay Witt – Northeastern University
  • Alex Scola – Manhattanville College
  • Marcus Calvanico – Connecticut College
  • Matt Grogan – University of Connecticut
  • Sam Marotta – Merrimack College
  • Nick Ellis – Providence College
  • Rasmus Tirronen – Merrimack College
  • Bruce Racine – Connecticut Yankees
  • Sean Dougherty – Williams College
  • Alex Tomasi – HC Eppan
  • Gabe Antoni – Bentley University
  • Dylan Wells – University of Southern Maine
  • Sam Parker – Colby College
  • Connor Maloney – Boston Jr Bruins
  • Tyler Stillings – Assumption College
  • Tyler Holske – Southern New Hampshire University
  • Kyle McDonald – St. Lawrence University

Julie Nicoletti (Sports Nutritionist, Co-Founder of Kinetic Fuel)

Julie Nicoletti (Sports Nutritionist, Co-Founder of Kinetic Fuel)

julie-nicoletti-1Julie Nicoletti is a nationally recognized sports nutritionist who specializes in coaching student and professional athletes to achieve their highest potential—both on and off the field. Combining her professional training as a registered pharmacist with her experience as a certified sports nutritionist, Julie has created a customized program called Kinetic Fuel that is both highly effective and easy to follow.

kinetic-fuelKinetic Fuel works for athletes on the playing field and it works in the boardroom as well. Julie’s approach is not only tailored for elite professional athletes, it is equally effective for student athletes who aspire to excel in middle school, high school, collegiate or club sports or to triathletes, runners, marathoners and adults dedicated to staying fit and healthy. Always active as a marathoner, triathlete and fitness enthusiast, Julie lives what she teaches and loves what she does. She founded Kinetic Fuel in 2008.

Kim Johnson (Founder of Namasté Yoga – The Athlete’s Yoga)

Kim Johnson (Founder of Namasté Yoga – The Athlete’s Yoga)

Kim-Johnson-namaste-yogaKim Johnson is the Founder of Namasté Yoga – The Athlete’s Yoga. Namasté Yoga is devoted to helping athletes prevent injury, enhance performance and overcome physical and mental challenges. Designed to complement any sport, Namasté Yoga’s well balanced powerful program is ideal conditioning for the disciplined athlete in pursuit of the competitive edge they need to succeed.

namaste-yogaYoga’s myriad physical benefits help athletes improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, core power, bodily awareness, agility, balance and healing. Through breathing techniques and meditation, students are taught to release tension, sharpen focus and improve discipline. Athletes experience stress relief and clear thinking enabling them to perform instinctively.

Adam Naylor (Sports Psychology Coach)

Adam Naylor (Sports Psychology Coach)

adam-naylorDr. Adam Naylor has spent over a decade educating Olympians, major and minor league professionals, competitors in major collegiate conferences (Hockey East, ACC, Big West, Big Ten, Ivy, WCC), and elite juniors athletes towards their goals. He is a regular contributor to USA Hockey coach education conferences and serves as an external consultant to a variety of sports academies (currently the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy) and school athletic departments.

telosHis research inquiries lie in understanding best practices for player development and how coaches, parents, and organizations create optimal growth environments for athletes. Adam actively consults with athletes, teams and organizations on player development concerns, writes for Psychology Today’s The Sporting Life column, contributes to Boston.com’s Get Moving section, and is Counseling Column Editor for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Counseling.

Erik Lundquist (Strength & Conditioning Coach / Personal Trainer)

Erik Lundquist (Strength & Conditioning Coach / Personal Trainer)

erik-lundquistErik Lundquist graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. While at UNH Erik was the captain of the Track and Field team where he achieved Conference Championships and a national ranking in the discus throw. Before being asked to join the staff at Edge Performance Systems, Erik fulfilled internship requirements at EPS.

Edge-Performance-SystemsCurrently Erik is the Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Edge Performance Systems, where he has worked with elite high school and college athletes, professional athletes, and male and female personal training clients.

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