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Darren Hersh

Head Coach

Darren Hersh has been training goalies and hockey players for over 25 years.

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Hersh grew up playing for the Hershey Jr. Bears. He went on to prep school playing for Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts were he earned All-New England, All-Scholastic and All-League awards.


He then went on to play 4 years of NCAA college hockey at Bowdoin College, were he was the 1993 ECAC Playoff MVP.

Upon graduating, he played minor league professional hockey in the AHL, ECHL and CHL.


His coaching career includes Xaverian Brothers in MA, Penn State University, United States Naval Academy, Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), and Reading Royals (ECHL).


Darren is known for a common sense approach to skill development that results in tangible game and performance improvements.  He founded The Goalie Academy in 1996 and Loudoun Ice Centre in 2017. 

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Mason Rush

Goalie Coach

Coach Mason Rush 


Ilya McCulloch

Player Coach

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Derric Trudeau

Player Skills and Power Skating Coach


Derric Trudeau hails from Rockland, MA.  The son of a hockey coach and a figure and power skating coach, Derric learned from an early age to love being on the ice.

Derric's playing experience includes Junior Hockey in the USPHL with Providence, NY Aviators, and Twin City Thunder where he was team captain. Trudeau also played Jr. hockey in the NA3HL with the NE Generals, where he was also team captain and a league all star selection. ​

Coach Trudeau began his coaching career instructing skills for the Boston Jr. Terriers, South Shore Eagles and the Bay State Hockey League.  He coached at the Jr. hockey level with the Twin City Thunders and scouted for the U18 Main Moose.

Coach Trudeau joined the Loudoun Ice Centre staff as Lead Player Skills and Power Skating coach in September 2021 and he has made an immediate impact on the development of DMV hockey players.



Lyon Messier 

Player Coach

Lyon Messier currently coaches the Washington Little Capitals and served as Assistant Coach for the State Champion Bishop O’Connell. 

Prior to coaching in the DC area, Messier coached in Hartford, Connecticut with the Wolfpack 18U and 16U teams.

As a player, Lyon won a national title with the NAHL Texas Tornado and later played in the USHL as well as the WHL and OHL. 

After junior hockey, Messier played minor league professional hockey in both the Central Hockey League and the ECHL.

Messier provides morning lessons for players at Loudoun Ice Centre during weekdays.

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