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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.
Mike Backman | Twin Rinks Hockey Director & 2006
Mike was an All-Star in the Canadian Hockey League before joining the New York Rangers. He has been the Hockey Director at Twin Rinks for 22 years and has coached elite level youth teams to state and regional championships, and many of his individual players have gone on to play at top New England Prep schools, Division 1 Colleges, and professionally.
Brett Farson | 2012
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 Hockey Director for Darien Youth Hockey Association.
Corey Badeau | 2011
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. 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 has coached private lessons and small groups at Fairfield Ice Academy and Chelsea Piers. Corey has coached with DYHA over the past three years as well as Darien High School’s JV hockey program during the last 2 years.
Tucker Grose | U-18
Currently the Assistant Hockey Director at Twin Rinks, Head Coach at Trinity Catholic and Head Coach for the DYHA Bantam A team. Tucker was Captain and All-Conference at Newtown High School before attending Endicott College. He returned to coach at Newton High School helping the team win the 2013 – 2014 CIAC Division 3 state title. Tucker has been coaching youth and high school for the past 6 years and is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach.
Chris Furtak | 2009 & 2010
Grew up in Fairfield County, played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey. Attended NFI, went on the play hockey for Manhattanville College, then transferred and played for UCONN Men’s Club Hockey. For 4 years Furtak was an Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School, and currently coaches Squirts for DYHA.
Andrew Furtak | 2009 & 2010
Grew up in New Fairfield, played his youth hockey in New Milford and Danbury. Standout for New Fairfield High School. Currently coaches Squirt B’s for DYHA with his brother Chris.
Pat Gore | 2005
Pat served as head coach of the New Canaan Boys’ Varsity Hockey team from 2014-2017. Currently, Pat coaches DYHA PeeWee A and has coached with DYHA for over 15 years. He has earned a lot of respect in the local hockey community throughout his time as a coach and is excited to return to the CT Breakers program. Pat played at Fairfield Prep and is currently an Assistant Coach with Darien High School and works at Blueline Sports.
Mark Wilhelm | 2008 & U16
Mark played his youth hockey for the Southern CT Stars and Mid-Fairfield and went on to play high school hockey at Notre Dame. Over the past ten years, Mark has gained respect locally coaching with a number of different youth hockey programs from all levels, Mite through Midget. Recently, Mark’s teams have won local, state, and regional championships culminating with the 2016 USA Hockey TII U18 National Championship.
John Miserendino | 2007
John 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. John has also served as lead instructor for the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.
Jordan Brickner | Girls Clinic
Attended the Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Played 2 seasons with Colgate followed by 2 with the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA. After a successful college career, Brickner player in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano. Once returning from Europe she joined the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL where she is currently in her 4th season. Brickner has led many learn to skate programs, coached summer camps and currently instructs private lessons and coaches with the Ice Cats organization.
Dr. Jennifer Stewart | Sports Vision Training
Dr. Stewart is the Chief Vision Officer at Performance 20/20. Performance 20/20 is a sports performance vision training center where athletes of all sports and abilities can sharpen eye-hand coordination, reaction times, focus, awareness, and tracking. They utilize the newest vision technology to evaluate and train athletes in all sports with a customized training plan. Dr. Stewart has worked with teams such as the Miami Dolphins, NY Knicks, and the Olympic Track and Field Team.
Chris Gragnano | U-16/U-18 Skills Development Coach
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.
Victor Baryshevtsev | Skills and Skating Development Coach
Pioneer of Russian hockey skating techniques, Victor was the Alternate on the 1988 USSR Olympic Team. Worked with numerous Olympic skaters and NHL players including NY Rangers draft picks and prospects. Current Skating Coach for Max Pacioretty (Vegas Golden Knights), Sean Backman (Eisbaren Berlin), Artem Anisimov (Chicago Blackhawks) and Matt Moulson (Ontario Reign).
Craig Height | CT Crease
Craig was a four-year starter at Central Connecticut State University, where he led the team to a national championship appearance in 2008. Craig joined the Crease full time in 2009 after completing his degree. Craig has been coaching goalies for 13 years. Craig is in his second season as the goalie coach for the Sacred Heart University Men’s NCAA Ice Hockey Team.