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2017-18 Coaching Staff

MITE COACHING STAFF:

Daniel Goularte

Kurt Clark

Carlos Frias

Tony McPhee

Scott Sowinski

Joe Jiardina 

Mike Fusco

TRAVEL TEAMS COACHING STAFF:

Cody Nieuwenhuis

Josh Robinson

Mitch Snyder

Matt Cunningham

Zach Meszaraos

Jake Kalmonson

Zach Keating

Matt Beaty

Joe Schweiger

HIGH SCHOOL COACHES:

John Meza

David Ojena

Maurice Cornell

Glenn Stark

Jeff Elleraas

Jason Galea 

 

 

Squirt                                 Head Coach:  Cody Nieuwenhuis

 

USA Hockey Level 4 Coach

10 years Coaching experience.

Mite / Squirt / PeeWee

 

Playing Experience:

 

Former AA/AAA who played defense. 

Former Captain of San Diego State University's Varsity Hockey team.

 

 

During his coaching time with the Saints, Cody has won 2 tournaments and been to the SCAHA   Semi-Finals.

 

PeeWee AA                      Head Coach: Josh Robinson

 

 

Occupation:

Education Specialist- Cajon Valley Middle School, 2015- Present

 

Education:

M.A. Special Education: Mild/Moderate- University of San Diego, 2015 B.S. Sport Management- Salem State University, 2007

 

Coaching Experience:

Men’s assistant coach- University of Connecticut: NCAA Division 1- Atlantic Hockey Conference, 2010-11

 

USA Hockey New England District Player Development, 2008-11

 

Men’s assistant coach- Colby College: Division III-NCAA NESCAC, 2008-2010

 

Men’s assistant coach- Bentley University: NCAA Division 1- Atlantic Hockey

Conference, 2007-08

 

Recruiting assignments:

  • United States Hockey League (USHL)
  • North American Hockey League (NAHL)
  • British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)
  • Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL)
  • Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL)
  • New England Prep School

 

Playing:

Salem State University-NCAA Division III- ECAC East, 2002-06 

 

 

 

PeeWee AA-2                   Head Coach:  Mitch Snyder

Native of Colorado Springs, CO.

 

Playing Experience:

 

Mitchell grew up playing AAA hockey through the highly-annotated Colorado Rampage Program. He has earned 6 State Championship Titles as Team Captain as well as 2 Runner-up’s. 

 

He is a 3-time USA Hockey National Development Camp selection and a 2-time NARCH Platinum National Champion.

 

Playing Career:

 

1 year in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the Fresno Monsters.

 

4th Round Draft Pick of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft to The Green Bay Gamblers.

 

At the end of his 2nd  season as a captain in the USHL, Mitchell’s player career was cut short due to concussion related diagnostics.

 

Attended St. Norbert College, a power house NCAA Division III program earning 4 NCAA National Championships and 4 NCAA National Runner-up’s since 2007.

 

Mitchell pursued a Business Management Degree at St. Norbert College, but suffered a career ending injury.

 

Coaching Experience:

 

Coach Snyder was coach of the San Diego Saints Peewee BB, SCAHA League Champions 2016-17 team.

 

PeeWee AA-2                          Assistant Coach: Matt Cunningham

 

Coaching Experience:

In Colorado Springs - Worked with teams at the PeeWee and Bantam with Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association (CSAHA).

Two seasons (2013-2015) with the Fountain Valley (Prep) School.

One season as volunteer Video Coordinator coach Colorado College.

Various USA Hockey camps as a coach, scout, and lead on-ice instructor. This includes the Affiliate, District, and National Camps.

Member of U.S. Women's National Team player evaluation.

Consultant with the Romanian Ice hockey Federation (2015 and 2016). Ran Player development Camps for team Romania including on-ice, off-ice training, and coaching education swell as video review.

 

Playing Career:

4 Years of Midget (Midget and junior) - Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada)

3 Year Letter Winner - Minnesota State University (Mankato, MN)

Employed with USA Hockey since 2009 (Coaching Education Program).

 

PeeWee A / BB                      Head Coach: Zach Meszaraos

 

 

Occupation:

Former US Marine and now College Student.

 

Coaching Experience:

Zach has coached youth Ice Hockey, Roller Hockey, basketball, football, and baseball. The game groups he has worked with range from 5 year olds to that of 13 year olds.

Zach has also helped coach the Disabled Veterans hockey program.

Zach now works as one of Program Directors for the San Diego Patriots Military Hockey Program.

 

Playing:

As a versatile athlete in the sports of ice hockey, football, baseball, and track-n-field, Coach Zach was an outstanding athlete in home town of Rockville Maryland.

 

PeeWee A/ BB                       Coach: Jacob Kalmonson

 

Coaching Experience:

Jacob Kalmonson is now in his 4th Season as a Coach with the San Diego Saints Program.

Coach "Jake" is one of the most popular coaches on staff due to his incredible enthusiasm and passion for teaching the game of ice hockey.

Coach Jake has been a part of the SCAHA and CAHA goalie selection committee as both an instructor and evaluator for the USA Hockey Pacific District team - for more than 4 years.

 

Playing Career:

Starting Goalie for San Diego State University - National Championship team.

Midget AAA and AA

 

PeeWee A/ BB                       Coach: Zach Keating

 

Coaching Experience:

Zach Keating has coached for the San Diego Saints Program for numerous years.

Coach Zach, focuses on teaching individual technical and strong defensive skills. 

 

Playing Career:

UNH - University of New Hampshire, Division-I (4 years)

New England Prep School.

 

Bantam A/ BB                       Head Coach: Joe Schweiger

 

Coaching Experience:

Joe Schweiger is now in his 3rd Season as Head Coach with the San Diego Saints Program.

In his second season, he led the Pee Wee BB team to a SCAHA Championship and placed 3rd in the state of California.

Prior to joining the Saints, he spent time with the Motor City Chiefs Junior Development Team. He has also instructed many different hockey camps throughout the US. Joe’s philosophy on coaching is heavily focused on fundamental development. His strong communication skills make him an effective teacher which help propel his players to the next level.

Playing Career:

In Joe's playing career, he was a 3 time American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 All American, (Once with Eastern Michigan University and Twice with Arizona State University) a 2 time ACHA Academic All American, 2 time ACHA All Star game attendee, and a 2014 inductee into the Arizona State University Men's Hockey Player Hall of Fame.

He was drafted by the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League in 2004. Much of his amateur career was spent playing for teams from his hometown, including Detroit Belle Tire, Detroit Honeybaked, Motor City Chiefs, and the Traverse City North Stars.

 

 

Bantam AA                       Head Coach: Matt Beaty

                               

   

Summary of Qualifications:

 

USA Hockey Level 4

Very proficient in the assessment of hockey potential, coaching and evaluating

Coached ice hockey for over 14 years and trained youth ages 8 to 18 for in-house and club teams.

 

Led several teams to California State finals and two State championships

 

Bauer World International AAA Tournament Nexus Champions 16U Nov 2014

 

International and national experience preparing Bantam and Midget teams for AAA tournaments

 

Orange County Hockey Club, Yorba Linda, CA

 

Coaching Experience:

16U AA, Bantam AA, Bantam A, Pee Wee B, Pee Wee A, Squirt A, Squirt B

Assistant Coach for Midget 18U AAA (2010-11), Bantam AA (2014-15), Midget 16U minor (2014-15)

  • Selected team members based on criteria that includes level of skill and character of player
  • Arranged training camps, skill-improvement courses, clinics, and pre-season try-out clinics

2006 to 2015

 

  • Designed and coordinated practices based on the developmental readiness of age groups
  • Adjusted coaching techniques based on the strength and weaknesses of athletes
  • Prepared practice plans designed to accommodate multiple learning styles of athletes
  • Set clear performance expectations, gave feedback to players, and developed them for the next levels
  • Prepared teams for tournaments in both the US and Canada
  • Interfaced with parents to build cohesive teams that would endure through multiple seasons
  • Articulated a clear vision for team success to players and parents, and worked to create buy-in Achievements:
  • 2014-2015 Midget 16 AA major year team, undefeated regular season, CA State Champions, Nationals
  • 2014-2015 Midget U15AA minor year team (assistant coach), State Finalist, Nationals
  • 2014-2015 Bantam 14AA major year team (assistant coach), CA State Champions
  • 2013-2014 Midget U16 AA minor year team, undefeated regular season, 1st place in CAHA
  • 2013-2014 Squirt A Semi Finalist
  • 2012-2013 Bantam AA State Finalist
  • 2011-2012 Bantam A State Finalist
  • 2010-2011 Pee Wee A undefeated regular season
  • 2010-2011 Pee Wee B (assistant coach) undefeated regular season, State Champions
  • 2009-2010 Bantam B (assistant coach) State Finalist
  • 2009-2010 Bantam AA (assistant coach) State Finalist
  • 2007-2008 Squirt B undefeated regular season, State Champions
Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League
Co-Head Coach for Capistrano Coyotes (High School Champion Finalists 2015)