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2018/19   Cougars Coaching Staff
Updated May 25, 2018

2018/19 California Cougars Coaching Staff
Darren Attebery - Mites Head Coach
Coach Darren started skating at the age of 3 in San Mateo. After lots of skating lessons, Darren started to learn how to play hockey at Logitech Ice.

After a few seasons of In House, Darren made the jump to San Jose Jr. Sharks travel hockey as a Squirt. That same year Darren and his team-mates won the NORCAL championship. Darren moved to the California Cougars organization and never looked back, as he played from his first year of Pee Wee to his last year of Bantam.

Darren became a USA Hockey referee at the age of 11, and helped with various camps. After a turbulent last year of Bantam, Darren decided to stop playing hockey so he could focus on his education. Darren continued to come to the rink to help during the summer breaks.

In his last year of high school, Darren was offered a job at the Vallco Rink and the Hockey X gym. That same year Darren started coaching the Mite team and would occasionally run dry-land for both the Cougars and the Golden State Elite.

The 2016-2017 season will be the first season of coaching, after his long tenure as a student coach. Darren is looking forward to teaching and learning from all the situations he will encounter in his first year of coaching.
Spencer Archer - Mites Head Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
John Paulazzo - Mites Head Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
Kyle Richardson - Squirts Head Coach
Kyle makes his home in Morgan Hill, CA.

Hockey Experience
  • San Jose Jr. Sharks (Mite A - BANTAM AAA) San Jose, CA 1994-2002
    • 3-Time CAHA State Champion
    • 1 Pacific Division Championship & Nationals Appearance
    • 2-Time USA Hockey National Development Camp Member

  • Detroit Belle Tire Hockey Club (Midget AAA) Detroit, MI 2002-2003
    • Hull and Drummondville Champions

  • Youngstown Phantoms (NAHL Junior A) Youngstown, OH 2003-2004

  • Bay State Breakers (EJHL Junior A) Rocklin, MA 2004-2007
    • 1 League Championship & Nationals Appearance
    • 2-Time League All-star
    • 2 Year Captain

  • Wayne State University (Div. 1) Detroit, MI 2007-2008

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (Div. 3) Boston, MA 2008-2011
    • 2-Time League Champion
    • 2 Year Captain
    • Student-Athlete of the Year
    • All-Div. 3 European Tournament Team Member
Chris Benoit - Pee Wees Head Coach
My name is Christopher Benoit. I am an athlete and a student.

I played my youth hockey right here for the Cougars, until moving to Lake Placid, NY, where I played for Northwood Prep School.

I finished my senior year of high school at home, playing 18AAA for the San Jose Jr. Sharks.

I played Junior Hockey in the NAHL (Odessa) and the EJHL (Walpole).

I am currently continuing to further my academic achievements.
Kevin Nathan - Bantam Head Coach
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association) and ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) Certified

Kevin, born and raised in San Jose, started skating at Vallco when he was 2 years old, and quickly joined the in-house hockey program.

Kevin was on the first Bantam Cougars team in their inaugural season, in which they swept NORCAL playoffs and placed 3rd in States. He played all the way through Midgets, then went on to play for San Jose State on their top team in the ACHA.

Kevin has been coaching with the Cougars since 2010, and with GSE since 2013, as well as coaching the summer camps with Mario since 2012.

He brings over 10 years (over 15,000 hours) of Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training experience, and can be found at his gym in Sunnyvale when he is not at the rink.

Along with on ice coaching and working on the hockey development through out the organization, he works with each team to run their entire off ice training program.

Kevin hopes to bring his knowledge and passion of hockey and training to the kids in hopes to make them more well rounded and keep them injury free.
Vince Kilduff - Midget 16A Head Coach
The 2014-2015 season is Coach Vince's first season coaching a California Cougars Team.

Coach Vince has been an Assistant Coach to many other In-House Teams at Logitech Ice in San Jose, and an Assistant Coach of the Santa Clara Blackhawks Bantam Level Team in the 2010 Season.

Throughout his coaching career, Coach Vince has had much success, winning several tournaments such as Silver Stick, NORCAL playoffs, CAHA playoffs, and States.

As a player, Coach Vince won three State Championships, twice as a Midget 18u player, as he competed in the NORCAL League.

Once Coach Vince aged out of youth hockey, he achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a San Jose State Spartan forward. During his 2009-2014 college career, Coach Vince competed in three National Championships (!) and was well known for his work ethic, speed, and checking capabilities and expertise. Coach Vince was fortunate enough to be coached by Aaron Mullagh throughout his college career.

Coach Vince prides himself in work ethic and the development of all players on his team. He believes everyone will succeed and sometimes fail, but that is what develops a great player.
Mario Morrissette - Skills & Development Coach
Click here to see Mario's bio
Aaron Mullagh - Skills & Development Coach
Aaron hails from Burnaby, British Columbia where he began his hockey career at age 3 and has never turned back.  Aaron spent his youth playing travel hockey for two B.C. clubs, Coquitlam and Port Moody.  He concluded his youth hockey playing for the Markham Thunder AAA team.  Aaron got his first coaching job at the young age of 14.  Some of his coaching highlights include the British Columbia Hockey School, Japanese National Team and, of course, the Cougars.  You may also run into him as a ski instructor in Tahoe or hear him on your radio as a D.J.
Chris Hathaway - Skills & Development Coach
Chris was born and raised in Syracuse, NY where he played and coached for Midstate Youth Hockey and the Syracuse Stars.  His playing career finished with one year of college hockey at SUNY Cortland.  Chris began his coaching career 21 years ago in Syracuse and then continued onto New York City.

Upon his arrival in the Bay Area, Chris created and formed the Cougars.  Although he greatly enjoys overseeing the club, his greatest experiences come from coaching kids within the program from Mites to Midget 18AA.
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