The Mite Program is the foundation on which the teams of GSC are built and the Skating Club is committed to making sure we provide a safe and fun environment to develop our young hockey players. This season we will continue with our revamped Mite program, under the supervision of Ian Tarrant and Kayla Grace, to make sure all young players have an appropriate place to play at GSC and are provided the opportunity to grow and love the game of hockey.
Develop a strong Mite Program to be the pride of GSC
Increase development, participation and retention of young players
Fun based, skating-focused development
Provide USA Hockey ADM station based skating and skill development practices
Provide highly skilled, motivated coaching pool system run by Mite Director
Two to three practices per week, plus one or two games on the weekend
Increase “on ice” time to speed development
All Mite Teams will participate in the Chelsea Piers Mite League
What is the “ADM”?
The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and carrying them through age 18 and beyond. The ADM places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles, providing a blueprint for the best possible youth hockey experience.
We are thrilled to announce our coaching roster for next season. Brent Brower has been busy securing professional coaches for our upcoming season and for our foreseeable future. You will see some familiar faces but also some new names and roles. Brent and the Hockey Committee have initiated a call-to-action to hire and retain the best coaching talent possible. We are committed to providing our members with the best youth hockey experience possible– a best-in-class facility, friendly staff, and professional coaches. Most of all we are looking forward to building lasting friendships based on hockey culture, skill, and development. Being a member of the Greenwich Skating Club is a privilege and one of the best family experiences available for young hockey players. We think our coaches bring more than just X's and O's. They bring their experiences playing at the highest level of our sport. So let's take it outside!
DIRECTOR OF MITE PROGRAM
Ian Tarrant will return as mite director and will expand his role by taking on the head coaching job for Mite Red. Ian's family has a long history of coaching in the state of Connecticut. His father, Moe Tarrant, has coached for more than 30 years and Ian is following in his father's footsteps. Ian built the highly successful Mite program at Chelsea Piers CT and is second-to-none when it comes to teaching skills and skating prowess. Ian has been coaching at sports camps since he was 12 years old.
DIRECTOR OF GIRLS' HOCKEY
Shannon Doyle (BU, CT Whale) was recently named director of girls' hockey. She will oversee our girls hockey program. In addition to being an incredible coach, Shannon brings a lifelong history of playing hockey at the very highest level. After playing for Boston University, Shannon was picked to represent Canada at the U18 World Junior Tournament in 2009-2010– a true accomplishment. For the last several years Shannon captained the NWHL's Connecticut Whale team.
DIRECTOR OF MINI-MITES
Kayla Grace will join us as director of mini-mites. Kayla brings her amazing skating abilities to our youngest players. She will be able to lay the foundation of strong skating (and excitement) for a program designed to set the hook for life-long hockey players. With the right balance of skills and fun, there will be no better place to introduce a young hockey player to the sport.
DIRECTOR OF GIRLS' GOALTENDING
Brooke Wolejko (St. Lawrence, CT Whale) is joining us as director of girls' goaltending. Brooke brings us professional-grade goaltending knowledge that will translate into a very healthy pipeline of young female players at that position. Developing young goalies is a very important building block for any program and we are committed to having the very best offering in the state.
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