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2021/22   Cougars Coaching Staff
Updated August 3, 2021

2021/22 California Cougars Coaching Staff
Darren Attebery - 8U B and 10U Darren 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.
Ethan Andales - 8U B and 10U Darren Assistant Coach
Ethan Andales has played the majority of youth hockey with the Cougars. He started in-house and continued to play up to high school with the Cougars, minus one year of Squirts with the Santa Clara Blackhawks.

During his Midget 16A season, he began student coaching for the Mites and in-house.

After graduating high school, Coach Ethan went on to play ACHA D2 college hockey at Chapman University for three years. He was not able to play his fourth and final year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was named one of the assistant captains during his sophomore year at Chapman.

Shortly after graduating from college, Coach Ethan decided to come back to the Cougars to coach and develop the next wave of young hockey players.”
John Paulazzo - 10U John Head Coach
John Paulazzo's passion for sports began with his own little league experience as a child. His love of sports, and core belief in the impact sports plays in the development in children, has driven his coaching career which began over 35 years ago when he coached his first Babe Ruth team. This extensive experience, along with specific training like the Positive Coaching Alliance, USA Hockey Level IV, make Coach John well suited as a part of our staff.

Coach John has led the California Cougar's beginning hockey program for over 10 years. Ensuring players have strong basics before advancing to the travel hockey program builds confident skaters and a strong program. Most recently this has included the Little Sharks. Coach John enjoys encouraging our youngest players to develop a love of the game.

Championship teams are the result of discipline, true teamwork and passion for the game. Through the years, Coach John has been part of the coaching staff of winning Squirt, Bantam and Midget teams. However, it is always his goal for each player to leave the ice a stronger player, having fun. The skills developed through hockey translate to success at school, and life. Former players stay in touch and consistently recognize the impact of something they learned on the ice influencing their adult life. Whether that is simply showing up on time - or skill development. This is the goal, not always the score of the game.
Brian Farrell - 12U Brian 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.
Dante DiNapoli - 12U Brian Assistant Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
Wayne Johnson - 12U Wayne Head Coach
Coach Wayne was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada where he learned to skate at 4 playing "fun hockey". He has been playing hockey most of his life and continues to play adult hockey to this day.

He has been coaching various levels of hockey as a head coach, assistant coach and private instructor for over 20 years, including coaching his son from Mini Mites through 14u. Coach Wayne joined the Cougars in 2017 as an assistant coach when his son joined the cougars as a 12u.

In 2019 he was an assistant coach for a girls 12AA team as well as assisting with his son's 14u team with the Cougars.

Coach Wayne enjoys teaching the physical and mental skills of hockey to enable his players to progress to higher levels of competition within the sport.
Ben Kottmeier - 14U Head Coach
Ben Kottmeier played with the Cougars from in-house up until Bantam AA.

He then moved to GSE for 16AA and 18AA, and was named Captain and led the team to a state championship.

Continuing his hockey career, he chased the dream, playing 2 years of Juniors in Montana.

He Was then recruited to play one year of ACHA D2 hockey for the University Of Mary in North Dakota, and quickly moved up to ACHA D1 college hockey at Eastern Michigan University, where he finished his career.

Coach Ben then decided to come back to the organization that made him who he is, to try and give back to the next generation.

Coaching experience: 2 years of PAL learn to skate, 2 years of in-house, 1 year assistant coach with 16A, about 5 years of private lessons.
Kevin Nathan - 16U Head Coach and Strength and Conditioning 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.
Justin Hubert - Head Goalie Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
 
 
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