As a young boy, my father gave me a love for the game of hockey. I started learning to skate when I was 6 on the frozen ponds in New York and Massachusetts. Before long, I was playing hockey with my older brothers and friends. I fell in love with the game! I continued playing through high school and always looked forward to spending summers at ice hockey camps where I learned so much about the game. During high school I also started playing the game of Lacrosse and soon realized how the skills needed for both games complemented one another.
Knowing early in life that I wanted to work in a field involving youth and sports, I attended Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, where I graduated with a degree in Recreation Administration. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the lives of youth by guiding, supporting and enriching their lives. For over twenty years now, I have been working with youth from elementary to high school ages in various positions involving sports, recreation, education and enrichment.
From January 1999 to June 2009, I facilitated and supervised after school programs for the City of Chula Vista/ Chula Vista Elementary School District in 33 elementary schools. I also have been coaching the Bonita Vista Barons high school hockey team since 1998. In 2013, I started a lacrosse team at Olympian High School and continue to serve as the head coach.”
Quoting one of my favorite hockey players of all-time, Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Following this philosophy, I decided to start PUCKidz. I feel that today, more than ever, there is a need for coaching in a positive environment as there is much more to sports than winning and losing. Through well-run sports programs, the participants can acquire a number of skills which can easily be transferred to whatever life situation they may face today or in the future. The PUCKidz program is dedicated to providing these avenues.