Our Trainers
 

Nicholas Carro

Serving as KB Hockey's director and head trainer for five years now, Nicholas Carro began his extensive hockey career at age four when he joined his first youth team on Staten Island. He grew up playing for the Staten Island Sharks and the New Jersey Rockets before playing with the St. Joseph by the Sea varsity hockey team. From 2002-2005, he had a very successful career at Sea; with a league MVP award, captain selection and All Star team recognition. During this time Nick also played for the Ramapo Junior Rangers. As the leading point getter Nick helped the Rangers win a CHA championship in the 2004-2005 season. In 2005 he was selected to participate in the Binghamton Empire State Games. That same year he received a full hockey scholarship to attend St. George’s Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island http://www.stgeorges.edu/page.cfm?p=1. He excelled on the St. George’s varsity team and helped win a New England Division II championship in 2006. Nick was accepted to Hobart College where he stayed active in hockey by organizing and playing for the school's club team. He graduated at the top of his class with a bachelor's degree in biology.

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Mike McDonald

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.

 
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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.

Frank Coscia

Frank Coscia’s hockey career started 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.

 
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Travis Saladis

Travis Saladis started playing hockey at 4 years old. He began his hockey career with the Old Bridge Jr Knights and continued with them for 11 years from mites to midgets. Although he played the majority of his career with the Knights he was selected to play with the AAA New Jersey Devils Peewee Quebec team in 2006/2007. This accomplishment had him competing in the only peewee international tournament in the world while playing against 16 other countries. He was named captain of many of the Knights teams along the way and helped lead his teams through countless victories. His accolades include winning the Silver Sticks tournament and advancing to the Regional finals in Canada as well as reaching 4 New Jersey Youth Hockey League playoffs. Travis attending Saint Peters Boys High School, where he played 4 years of varsity hockey. He was selected as the team’s captain three years in a row and helped bring two city championships back to the school in 2010 and 2011. He was selected by the advance All Stars three of his four years at Saints Peters. At the age of 18, Travis played for the New York Aviator Junior hockey club in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). His success continued through the junior level where his team was crowned the 2015 league champion along with the opportunity to play in the national championship—finishing second in the nation. Travis continued to pursue his love of the game by embarking on his coaching career with the Old Bridge Junior Knights program. Today, Travis is a USA Hockey Level 3 certified head coach and is coaching in his 3rd year while training at KB Hockey for over a year.