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2018/19   Cougars Coaching Staff
Updated August 27, 2018

2018/19 California Cougars Coaching Staff
Darren Attebery - 8U 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.
Justin Hubert - 10U BB Head Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
Mario Morrissette - 12U A Head Coach
Click here to see Mario's bio
Connor Fenech - 12U B Head Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
Kevin Nathan - 14U A 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.
Chris Hathaway - 14U B Head 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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