Great Coaches make great players
We’ve assembled proven and established coaches & training professionals who specialize in and are committed to coaching their respective age groups. They achieved success in their own careers and have demonstrated excellence in both teaching skating & hockey skills and in coaching competitive hockey teams.
Chris Gragnano & Guy Savage | Midget (’07-’04)
Chris Gragnano is the head coach of Mid-Fairfield’s ’06, 16U & 18U teams. Grags played high school at Christian Brothers Academy, wherein 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.
Guy Savage currently serves as a player development coach and senior staff member for USA Hockey. Additionally, he is a head coach for Mid Fairfield and King School Varsity Hockey. Guy specializes in individual tactics & approach. Every player has their own patterns and habits – coach Savage maximizes players’ potential by working within these patterns to increase player output and production.
Corey Badeau | Bantams (’08, ’09)
Corey currently head coaches Bantams with DYHA and is the head coach for Darien High School’s JV hockey program. Badeau 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 head coaches Bantams with DYHA and is the head coach for Darien High School’s JV hockey program.
Pat Gore | Peewees (’10, ’11)
Pat has garnered immense respect among the local hockey community throughout his time as a coach. Coach Gore is the head coach of DYHA’s Peewee AA team and has coached with DYHA for over 15 years. is currently an assistant coach with Darien High School. Pat also served as head coach of the New Canaan Boys’ Varsity Hockey team from 2014-2017.
Chris Furtak | Squirts (’12, ’13)
Chris Furtak is the head coach of DYHA’s Squirt AA team and has been coaching youth hockey successfully in Fairfield County for over a decade. 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 was the Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School.
John Miserendino | Mites (’15, ’14)
John is the head coach for DYHA’s Mite A team. John currently serves as the Director of Hockey Operations at Twin Rinks as well as the Mite Development Coordinator for Darien Youth Hockey. Formerly the head coach of Wilton High School’s Boys Varsity team, John has a USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification, and has served as Director of Youth Hockey at the SONO Ice House, as well as lead instructor for the New York Rangers assist program.
Jordan Brickner | Girls 12U, 14U & 16U Teams
A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Jordan played 2 seasons at Colgate followed by 2 at the University of Wisconsin. After a successful college career, Brickner played in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano and 5 seasons as a member of the CT Whale of the NWHL.
Seth Michelson | Girls 10U
Coach Seth Michelson brings fifteen plus years of power skating & hockey skills instruction to Twin Rinks. Prior to coming to STR, Coach Seth spent three years at the Sono Ice House, where he coached at the Mite through Midget level. Before that, he spent time with the CT Ice Cats & Greenwich Panthers. Coach Michelson specializes in skating proficiency and stride development.
Brett Farson | Girls 8U
Coach Farson is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach who played locally and has spent 16 travel seasons on the bench at DYHA, Greenwich Blues and Greenwich Skating Club, where his 2010 GSC Squirt A team captured Tier 2 state and NE Regional titles. He grew up playing at Greenwich High School, Andover and Amherst College before serving as Head Coach for Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich HS Girls Varsity, and King School Varsity, winning the school’s first FAA Playoff Championship in 2016. Currently he coaches the varsity team at Rye Country Day School, with league titles in 2017, 2018, and 2019.