“Anyone can put a team through drills – blow a whistle – yell – these guys taught.” Jerry M. – Canastota, NY – Age 48
Note: Each camp features a team of Weekend Warriors coaches. Specific coaches vary by camp. Below are some of our core staff members from whom you can expect to learn from at camp.
Head Coach – Rob Boyle
Rob is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rob has served as an Assistant Coach with the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder. Prior to that, he was the Head Coach of the University of Virginia Men’s Club team. He coached and played at Concordia University in Montreal and was a player/coach in Europe. Rob has instructed at a variety of hockey schools in Canada, the United States and the Czech Republic. He is a Level 5 coach with USA Hockey and is an Advanced Level with Hockey Canada. Rob is an excellent communicator and outstanding instructor. His ability to inject humor at almost anytime helps create a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment.
Rob will serve as the Head Coach for most Weekend Warriors’ camp locations. Joining Rob will be several coaches described below, which will vary by location.
At every camp, Rob offers to answer any and all hockey related questions that you may have. He extends this offer to any questions that come up after the camp concludes. So if you are a Weekend Warriors alumni and would like to ask Rob a question, just e-mail him at CoachRob@WeekendWarriorsHockey.com.
Kevin Figsby has more than 30 years coaching experience at the provincial, national and international levels. In 2015 Kevin took a new position as Director of Program Delivery with Hockey Canada. Prior to his new position, Kevin was the Head Hockey Coach at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec for 15 years. He is a successful motivator with more than 30 years of coaching experience at the (Canadian) provincial, national and international levels. He has completed his Hockey Canada Level 4 Coaching certification and has achieved NCCP Master Coach status. Kevin has served as a major contributor to Hockey Canada’s National Coach Certification program as a presenter, group leader, field evaluator and coach mentor.
Kevin has served as coach of Hockey Canada’s 2015 Sledge Hockey team, Guest Coach with the Montreal Canadiens in 2003; Head Coach at the World Under 17 Championships in 1995 Bronze Medalist; Team Canada Coach at the World University Games in 2005; Guest Coach for the Canadian National Team in 1995 and 1997.
Kevin’s sense of humor, depth of knowledge, and unique ability to take aside a struggling player and help that player improve his or her game make Kevin a favorite at every camp. While Kevin has been a member of the Weekend Warriors staff since 2003, his commitments to Hockey Canada have made it difficult for him to coach at Weekend Warriors camps. We hope his schedule slows down soon, so he can once again become a regular part of our coaching staff.
Weekend Warriors alumni that wish to ask Kevin a question, may e-mail him at CoachKevin@WeekendWarriorsHockey.com
Coach – Nick Carriere
Nick Carriere is currently an Assistant Coach with the Laval (formerly St. John’s) Ice Caps, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to that, Nick was the Head Coach of Buffalo State College Men’s Division III hockey team from 2005-2015. Prior to 2005, Nick was the assistant coach at Fredonia State, where he worked extensively in the program’s recruiting efforts in New York, Ontario, Quebec, Michigan and Ohio. He also has over 15 years of experience working with various hockey camps, including the Buffalo Sabres Hockey School, the European Development Camp, and many others. He also served as an assistant coach in the 2003 Eastern College Division Senior All-Star Game.
Nick is a native of Montreal, Quebec. He attended Niagara University, where he played Division I hockey. Following graduation, he played professional hockey in both Rockford and Adirondack of the United Hockey League.
Nick is extremely knowledgeable, has excellent communication skills, a great sense of humor, an intense love for the game, and is an excellent demonstrator of skating and hockey skills. While Nick has been a member of the Weekend Warriors staff since 2005, his commitments to his new position with the Ice Caps have made it difficult for him to coach at many Weekend Warriors camps. We hope his schedule slows down soon, so he can once again become a regular part of our coaching staff.
Weekend Warriors alumni that wish to ask Nick a question may e-mail him at CoachNick@WeekendWarriorsHockey.com
Coach – Guy Savage
Guy Savage is currently the head coach of the King School in Stamford, CT. Previously he was an assistant coach at the Kent School, and was also the head coach of Fairfield Prep’s split season team. In addition to Prep School hockey he is a Player Development Coach and Senior Staff Member of USA Hockey’s Atlantic district where he scouts, trains, and develops some of the nation’s top players.
Guy coaches all levels from mites to college and pro players which gives him a unique perspective in regards to skill and player development, “You have to be able to adapt and coach to your audience, there’s no such thing as blanket coaching.”
He has coached and trained all over the United States, Canada (including the prestigious Quebec Pee-wee Tournament), and Sweden where his players trained with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.
His proudest moment as coach however was when he helped create a local Connecticut hockey program for kids with learning disabilities, social and physical issues, and handicaps. “This program took skaters and players of all abilities and backgrounds and brought them together to learn about teamwork, friendship, sportsmanship and many other life lessons through hockey. It sounds cliché, but I can honestly say that they taught me so much more than I taught them.”
Guy is a level 4 (and soon to be level 5) certified USA hockey coach.
Coach – Candice Moxley
Candice Moxley currently serves as the Head Coach for Buffalo State Women’s Division III hockey team. Moxley led the Bengals to the ECAC West playoffs for the first time in six years during her first season behind the bench and was named ECAC West Coach of the Year this past season. She has also worked as a video coach with Hockey Canada’s women’s development and senior teams from 2013-2015. Prior to Buffalo State, Moxley spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State and two years as an assistant at Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, both division I programs.
A native of Markham, Ontario, Moxley was a four-year player at Division I Niagara from 2001-05 and played Women’s professional hockey for 3 years in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). Moxley has also been a member of Canadian Women’s Inline team and Canadian Women’s Ball Hockey team competing internationally at world’s tournaments.
Coach – Keith Grooms
Keith Grooms is currently the Head Coach of the Nashville Sled Preds; a sled hockey team comprised of mostly wounded veterans. Keith’s 28 years of hockey experience has played a significant role in developing a team of motivated individuals competing at the national level in what is now one of the fast growing Sled Hockey programs in the southeast.
Keith grew up playing travel hockey in Anchorage, Alaska and moved to Nashville in 1998 where he continued to play and referee hockey before signing on as a Linesmen for the Central Hockey League. In 2005, Keith joined the United States Marine Corps and began coaching hockey in his home town of Nashville. After an 8 month deployment to Afghanistan, Keith returned home and was named the Head Coach for one of the local high school teams. His knowledge of and passion for the game, along with his commitment to develop skilled players led them to a championship in his second season with the team.
Keith has been involved in nearly every level and every dynamic of the game. With almost 3 decades of experience in the sport, Keith Grooms has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches, officials, power skating and strength and conditioning coaches in the country.
“It is a pleasure to now be able to pass along the knowledge that I have received and teach the youth and adult hockey players I encounter every day.”- says Keith.
Coach – Andy Calandro
Andy Calandro has worked as a hockey coach and instructor for over 20 years. He has worked with adult hockey players in the Washington DC/Baltimore area since 2001. Andy grew up in Detroit and played for Compuware and GPD AAA hockey clubs. He then played junior hockey for the Windsor Bulldogs and the Vail Avalanche before going to Fredonia State University (NCAA-Division III). Andy was a four-year varsity player and during his senior season at Fredonia, he was named a team captain.
Coach – Tim Branham
Coach – Lyndsay Barch
Lyndsay Barch, a native of Burlington, Ont., has joined Weekend Warriors for her second consecutive season! She is a motivated coach with natural leadership abilities and most recently a member of the women’s coaching staff at Mercyhurst University during their 2016-17 season.
In addition to coaching ice hockey, Lyndsay’s passion in fitness can be defined by her level of commitment to leading others as a yoga & cycling instructor, personal trainer and has been invited to various cities throughout North America for over 10 years to run on/off ice instructional training for athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Previous to coaching, she also had a successful career as an ice hockey player herself. Lyndsay started playing hockey at five years old and in 2000, travelled to the USA to attend school on an NCAA Division I scholarship at Mercyhurst University. As team captain, Lyndsay helped lead her team to the GLWHA Championship Tournament in 2001-02 before claiming back-to-back College Hockey America Tournament championships in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Lyndsay is excited about the opportunity to work with Weekend Warriors as she believes that having fun, doing what you love and investing in personal growth and development is what life’s purpose is all about.
Personal Goal for 2018: Travel to Winnipeg, MB as part of Canada’s Women’s National ‘A’ Ball Hockey Team in hopes of making it to the 2019 ISBHF Worlds Championships in Slovakia.
Coach – Kevin Kerr
Kevin Kerr is a native of North Bay, Ontario. He is currently the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League. As such, he is responsible for all aspects of the team’s on-ice performance.
Kerr retired from playing professional hockey after the 2004-05 season. At the time of his retirement he held the minor league record for most goals scored in a career with 677. That accomplishment was recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has been a part of a dozen championship teams in his career.
Kevin has coached a number of professional teams, including the IHL’s Flint Generals. Kevin has a strong track record of promoting players to the next level of their playing careers.
Goalie Coach – Nick Therrien
Nick Therrien is currently the Assistant Coach of the Buffalo State Men’s Hockey team. Therrien was mainly responsible for the defense, penalty kill, and goaltending during the Bengals’ record-setting season in 2015-16’. All three of the aforementioned units ranked #1 in the SUNYAC during conference play. Buffalo State goaltender Mike DeLaVergne earned SUNYAC First Team All-Conference honors under Therrien’s guidance this past season. Prior to Buffalo State, Therrien spent the 2014-15’ season at Plymouth State University helping the Panthers win the MASCAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for just the 2nd time in program history. Plymouth State goaltender Gordon Ceasar earned MASCAC First Team All-Conference honors under Therrien’s guidance that season.
A native of Rochester, New Hampshire, Therrien was a starting goaltender for the winningest class in program history at Division III Utica College from 2010-2014. Therrien compiled a record of 46-17-3 (.720) between the pipes at Utica and was a two-time All-ECAC West honoree, including first team as a senior. During his junior season, he backstopped the Pioneers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament and Frozen Four appearance while earning a program-record 19 wins.
Goalie Coach – Mike DeLaVergne
Mike started playing hockey at the age of 5 and quickly made the transition into goaltending and has never looked back. He was lucky enough to capture a Junior Hockey championship in the AJHL playing for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights. After Juniors Mike made the transition into the collegiate level at Buffalo State (NCAA III) from 2013-2017. While at Buffalo State Mike earned the 2016-17 NCAA Division III All-American, 2016-17 SUNYAC Goalie of the Year, 2015-16 SUNYAC Goalie of the Year, just to name a few. After College Mike made his way into the Minor Professional level and captured the Presidents Trophy while playing for the Huntsville Havoc in the SPHL.
While Mike continues to train and play goaltender at the professional level, his passion for the game has provided a desire to spread his passion and knowledge to other developing goaltenders as a coach. For the past several years Mike has been the head goaltending instructor for the New York Rangers Youth Hockey Camp as well as being an instructor with Voity Goaltending.
Mike’s knowledge, patience and excellent communication skills has made him a favorite among goalies at Weekend Warriors camps,and he will gladly answer any questions in regards to the position!
Goalie Coach – Ian Sylves
One of the newer additions to the Weekend Warrior family is Ian Sylves. A goalie since the age of 6, he has played junior hockey, collegiate hockey, and most recently minor professional hockey. Ian played NCAA Division III hockey for Buffalo State College from 2014-2018. After his final college season, he was named SUNYAC Goalie of the Year and was also placed on the First Team All-Conference for the 2017-2018 season. He led the nation with 5 shutouts in the same season. Following college, Ian went to the Evansville Thunderbolts in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) where he finished the season with Evansville while going 3-1-1. As a rookie, Ian was protected by Evansville for his first, full professional season.
Ian has worked with goalies since he was 15 years old. Most notably honing his abilities to coach and communicate through his work with Mitch Korn’s goalie school (AKA Korn Camp). Ian has trained with and coached for other high-level goalies and goalie coaches such as Bob Janosz and Dave Leggio. Ian is always willing to answer any questions or concerns regarding the position and is ready to help with a positive attitude.
Goalie Coach – Zack Minsk
Zack Minsk grew up in Boston, MA, and has been a goaltender since the age of six. Zack played prep at Avon Old Farms (CT) before going on to play club hockey at Miami University (OH). Zack graduated from Miami University in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management and a History Minor. Following graduation, Zack worked with goaltenders of all ages in the Washington DC area. Zack has also worked with a number of NHL goaltending coaches including Ian Clark (VAN), Mike Buckley (PIT), and Mitch Korn (WSH). Zack has been developing goaltenders for over seven years amassing more than 10,000 hours in coaching experience. Zack believes in an athlete-centered approach focusing on the technical as well as the situational aspects of goaltending, while emphasizing the importance of developing a relationship with each athlete.
Weekend Warriors is pleased to have Zack as part of Weekend Warriors’ Coaching Team!