2017-18 Coaching Staff
MITE COACHING STAFF:
TRAVEL TEAMS COACHING STAFF:
HIGH SCHOOL COACHES:
Squirt Head Coach: Cody Nieuwenhuis
USA Hockey Level 4 Coach
10 years Coaching experience.
Mite / Squirt / PeeWee
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
Education Specialist- Cajon Valley Middle School, 2015- Present
M.A. Special Education: Mild/Moderate- University of San Diego, 2015 B.S. Sport Management- Salem State University, 2007
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
Salem State University-NCAA Division III- ECAC East, 2002-06
PeeWee AA-2 Head Coach: Mitch Snyder
Native of Colorado Springs, CO.
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.
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.
Coach Snyder was coach of the San Diego Saints Peewee BB, SCAHA League Champions 2016-17 team.
PeeWee AA-2 Assistant Coach: Matt Cunningham
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.
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
Former US Marine and now College Student.
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.
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
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.
Starting Goalie for San Diego State University - National Championship team.
Midget AAA and AA
PeeWee A/ BB Coach: Zach Keating
Zach Keating has coached for the San Diego Saints Program for numerous years.
Coach Zach, focuses on teaching individual technical and strong defensive skills.
UNH - University of New Hampshire, Division-I (4 years)
New England Prep School.
Bantam A/ BB Head Coach: Joe Schweiger
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.
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
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)
2006 to 2015