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2017/18   Cougars Coaching Staff
Updated October 31, 2017

2017/18 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 was the first season of coaching, after his long tenure as a student coach. Darren was looking forward to teaching and learning from all the situations he encountered in his first year of coaching.
Vince Kilduff - Mites Head Coach
The 2014-2015 season was 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.
John Paulazzo - Mites Head Coach
Bio will be posted shortly.
Justin Hubert - Squirt BB Head Coach
Coach Justin Hubert grew up in Northern California where he has played 18 years of hockey, spending most of his career as a Santa Clara Blackhawk, winning a CAHA State Championship, as well as many other tournaments.

From there he played two years of Junior Hockey for three different programs, and ended his career to finish out his education.

Since the end of his Junior Hockey career he has become a part of the California Cougars, and will now be entering his second full season as the goalie coach and his first season as the goalie coach for Golden State Elite South.

He hopes to develop young athletes while showing them the passion for the game that made him a coach.
Kevin Nathan - Pee Wee 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.
Connor Fenech - Pee Wee B Head Coach
Connor is from Belmont, California where he started playing hockey for the Belmont Rangers at age 6.

He went on to play for the Cougars as a goalie for a number of years, reaching the AA level.

Connor brought an end to his competitive playing career shortly before college due to injury (ouch).

Connor has taken his knowledge and passion for hockey into coaching.

He has conducted a number of private lessons for goalies since 2013, working with a number of age groups. Over the past few years Connor has worked with Mario during summer camps primarily as a goalie coach.

The 2017-2018 season will be Connor's first time as a head coach, a challenge that he eagerly awaits.
Mario Morrissette - Bantam A Head Coach
Click here to see Mario's bio
Eric Jones - High School D2 Head Coach
Coach Jones was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, and played his entire youth hockey travel career under Aaron Mullagh, beginning as a 14 year old on the 16A Team. After one season at the 16A level, Eric advanced to 18A for 2 seasons, followed by 1 year at 18AA. Eric was a member of the 2008 Cougars Team that won both NORCAL and California State Championships at the 18A level.

After 4 years with the Cougars, Eric studied Economics and Finance at San Jose State University, where his hockey team finished top 10 in the Nation, out of 220 teams, for 3 out of his 4 years. During his Junior and Senior years, Eric served as Defense Captain, Team President, and General Manager of the student-run club team, with a $180,000 annual operating budget.

Eric thrived as a shutdown defenseman, and was known for his vicious hip-check that sent many to the hospital. Eric began his Cougars coaching career at the Bantam level in 2016-17, and enjoys coaching structured, checking hockey, to prepare his players for the next level.
Chris Hathaway - Golden State Midget 18AA 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.
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.
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