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2020/21   Cougars Coaching Staff
Updated November 30, 2020

2020/21 California Cougars Coaching Staff
Darren Attebery - 8U and 10U (1) 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.
Kevin Nathan - 10U (2) 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.
Brian Farrell - 12U Head Coach
Brian Farrell has been involved with Northern California hockey since he was 9 years old.  As a player, he won two Norcal championships, and one California (CAHA) championship. For the past 8 years, Brian has coached at various levels for the Cougars organization, including Pee Wee A and B, Bantam A and B, Midget 16A, and Midget 18A.  Every team that Brian has coached has reached the NorCal playoffs, with several teams going on to the state playoffs.  In total, his teams have won 3 Norcal championships, and 2 California state championships.  His most recent State Championship team was the 2007-08 Pee Wee B team.  Brian has an intense passion for the game, and a demonstrated ability to coach at all ages.
Chris Benoit - 14U 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.
Mario Morrissette - 16U Head Coach
Click here to see Mario's bio
Carson Murison - Goalie Coach
Carson Murison was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California.

He began his career playing in the NCHL (North Coast Roller Hockey League) at the age of 10. Shortly after he had the chance to play ice hockey for the Peewee B Cougars out of Bridgepoint.

From that point on he began his Youth Ice Hockey Career, playing for the California Cougars, Santa Clara Blackhawks, and Golden State Elite. After that, he pursued playing junior hockey in the NA3HL (Texas Brahmas) SIJHL (Dryden Ice Dogs) NOJHL (French River Rapids), and the GMHL ( Bradford Bulls).

Over the years of playing goaltender, he has learned the responsibilities of his position through personal experience, and understanding the ability to adapt in tough mental and physical situations.

He previously coached for the Santa Clara Blackhawks under Chip Cormier.

He looks forward to bringing and teaching the importance of skating, work ethic, and mental and physical preparation on and off the ice, of what it takes to play goalie at an elite level. Let alone the importance of enjoying the game of hockey and being part of a hockey community.
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