Our Trainers
 

Nicholas Carro

Serving as KB Hockey's Director of Operations since its inception, Nicholas Carro began his extensive hockey career at the age four with the help of his pops and brother and joined his first youth team on Staten Island. His youth career was a mix between  Staten Island and New Jersey programs. His high school hockey began with St. Joseph by the Sea varsity hockey as a freshman in 2001. He succeeded in the local high school league which resulted in league MVP honors, captain selection and All Star team recognition. During this time Nick was lucky enough to fall into his most influential hockey organization in the Ramapo Junior Rangers. Nick helped the Rangers win a CHA championship in the 2004-2005 season while leading the team in points. In 2005 he was selected to participate in the New York State Empire State Games, play for Coach Mark Lotito's tournament select Tri-State Stars in the Pre-Draft tournament and the Chowder Cup. That same year he received a full hockey/academic scholarship to attend St. George’s Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. In his first year with the Dragons, St. Georges took down the Ship in the 2005 New England Division II championship. After being accepted by his first choice in Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he made the very difficult decision of re-focused his future in academics while staying active in hockey by organizing and playing for the school's club team. He graduated at the top of his class with a BS Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Health/Medical Sciences. Nicks training philosophy is based purely on experience and having a good "feel" for each students mind and physical capacity. He cherishes KB Hockey Facility because it gives him a platform to teach this beautiful game in its purest and most organic form while leaving politics completely out of it. He will be the first to tell you how truly blessed he is that he can give back to a sport that has given him so much.

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Sean Gargin

Sean Gargin, the Assistant Director of KB Hockey Facility has been one of our longest tenured trainers. Sean started skating at the age of two and quickly developed a strong passion for the game. He started his hockey career playing out of Clove Lakes Staten Island Sharks organization from 1999-2002.  The following year he played for the New Jersey Rockets and eventually transitioned to AAA hockey with the New Jersey Titans. In 2007 Sean billeted with a French-Canadian family while playing in the largest PeeWee Quebec Tournament in the world at just 13 years old. In 2008-2009  he played for New Jersey Devils youth hockey program then made his debut for the New Jersey Hitmen Junior program in 2010. Sean was a 4 year varsity hockey player throughout his high school career at Monsignor Farrell,  receiving multiple MVP awards while having the honor of being captain both junior and senior year. His Junior career started with the Metro Moose (MJHL) in 2011, continued with the New York Bobcats Junior A program in 2012, and finishing with Jersey Hitmen in 2013-2014. Sean received an athletic scholarship to Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he played NE-10 Division 2 hockey. Aside from his outstanding hockey career, Sean majored in finance and graduated with an Associates Degree. Sean’s burning passion for the game has seamlessly translated into his teaching at KB. He works on his craft daily through research, personally training to stay on top of the newest hockey related training techniques and exploring the latest hockey technologies via social media and other platforms. His teaching is predicated on his own principles, skills, and experience. Coach Sean’s mantra is based on the love of the game, teaching with sternness and positivity, and his gratitude for what this game means to him.

 
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Mike McDonald

Coach Mike McDonald has been KB Hockey's Head Goaltender Trainer for over three years. Mike has 10+ years of professional goaltending instructing experience. He has developed goaltenders of all ages and skill sets in the NY/NJ area with outstanding results. Teaching a system of his own creation, dubbed "Modern Goaltending", Mike takes pride in producing a product of years of testing and game study combined with the utilization of modern equipment technology. His system is designed to eliminate all unnecessary movements, obsolete theories and tendencies that exist within "traditional" or "yesteryear" goaltending. Not to be confused with "cookie cutter" goaltending, Mike's system allows for maximum efficiency while maintaining strong individuality amongst his students. Since 2005 Mike's systems and fervent desire to see his goaltenders succeed have propelled his students to positions on Elite travel teams, Preparatory schools, local and Canadian Junior clubs as well as helping "beer league" goalies shave their GAA down with great success. He believes success is forged in hard work and discipline, but also believes the key to goaltender development is a fun, positive, stress free environment free of judgment and negativity.

Frank Coscia

KB Hockey's Head Trainer Frank Coscia began his hockey career right here on Staten Island at the age of 5 with the Staten Island Sharks and the Staten Island Rangers. After making the switch to New Jersey teams at the Peewee level, Frank qualified for the 2009 Bantam AAA national tournament with the Bridgewater Bears and led the whole tournament in points. At the age of 14 he began his Junior hockey career with the New Jersey Titans and transitioned to the Junior A level after just one season and joined the New Jersey Rockets.  While with the Rockets Junior program Frank moved to the defensive position, accumulated over 100 points and was named a captain over three seasons. He also helped lead the team to two league championships and another trip to the national’s tournament, where he led all defensemen in points. Frank finished his Junior career between the Rockets and the Wichita Falls Wild Cats of the NAHL. Frank is currently enrolled and playing ACHA Division 1 Hockey at Stony Brook. Coach Frank led the Seawolves in goals scored this past season with 16 ginos as a defenseman. Coach Frank has been with KB for the past 5 years, always working around his school schedule. Frank's burning passion for this game is evident from the moment you meet him. He believes in keeping his lessons light and fun but driving home his teaching nonetheless. KB Hockey is very fortunate to have a man like Frank Coscia as its Head Trainer. 

 
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Nicole Niemiec

Figure skating since she was seven years old, Nicole brings both experience and enthusiasm to our youth figure skating training here at KB Hockey and Skating Facility. She received her early training from accomplished instructors throughout the tri-state area. From 2001 to 2009, Nicole received many awards while participating in various competitions throughout the region, including the Hershey Open, Mid-Atlantic Championships, and The Morris Open. She competed in both individuals and pairs skating during her career and in 2010 she took her experience and knowledge of the sport and began teaching local aspiring youth figure skaters. She specializes in teaching beginner figure skating and joined the KB Hockey training staff in 2013. In addition to teaching figure skating, Nicole is currently majoring in childhood education at the Verrazano program at CSI.