Coaches

Great Coaches make great players

We’ve assembled proven and established coaches & training professionals in Fairfield County. They achieved success in their own careers and have demonstrated excellence in both teaching skating & hockey skills and in coaching competitive hockey teams.

John Miserendino | 2013

John has spent the last 11 years as a power skating and skills instructor and currently serves as the Director of Hockey Operations at Twin Rinks. John is also the Mite Development Coordinator for DYHA and former head coach of Wilton High School’s 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. John has also served as lead instructor for the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.

Brett Farson | 2012

Brett played prep hockey at Philips Andover and then played at Amherst College. He has been coaching youth hockey for 12+ years and is currently the head coach of Rye Country Day School and is the Coaching Director for Darien Youth Hockey Association.

Corey Badeau | 2011

Corey is a Rhode Island native who was a 4 year varsity hockey player at Woonsocket High School and an All-State Defenseman in his junior and senior years.  He 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 currently coaches with DYHA as well as Darien High School’s JV hockey program for the last 3 seasons.

Chris Furtak | 2010’s & Peewee ’08, ’09

Chris grew up in Fairfield County, played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey. Played for New Fairfield Immaculate, then went on the play hockey for Manhattanville College and UCONN. For 4+ seasons Furtak has been the Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School, and currently coaches Squirts for DYHA.

Pat Gore | Bantams ’06 & ’07

Pat served as head coach of the New Canaan Boys’ Varsity Hockey team from 2014-2017.  Currently, Pat coaches DYHA PeeWee AA and has coached with DYHA for over 15 years. Pat has garnered emense respect among the local hockey community throughout his time as a coach. Pat played at Fairfield Prep and is currently an Assistant Coach with Darien High School.

Chris Gragnano & Chris Nelson | 18U

Chris Gragnano Played high school at Christian Brothers Academy, where in his senior year he was named team captain. That year he was also named to the All-County and All-State teams. Chris currently serves as the assistant coach at the Gunnery, coming off a New England Prep School Championship in 2016-2017 and runs Total Hockey Development where he trains local collegiate and professional players in the off-season.

Chris Nelson has coached in the CT Riverhawks organization and has also been the lead on-ice instructor for Shelton’s Development League.  For the past three years, Chris has been the Assistant Coach at St. Joseph’s High School. 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.