Coaches

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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. 

Head Coach

Darren Hersh

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DJ Walsh grew up playing for Boston Youth Hockey, Needham Youth Hockey and the Boston Junior Bruins.  

DJ lead his team to the 2010 USA Hockey National Tournament and went on to play his high school career at Needham High School.

DJ was named to the Massachusetts All-State Team in both 2011 and 2012 and represented his state at the Bauer National Invitation Tournament in Minnesota in 2011.

Upon graduating from Needham High, DJ played his post-grad year at Bridgeton Academy in Maine.  

Committing to the University of Souhtern Maine, DJ joined the Huskies in the Fall of 2013. Suffering a career ending injury, DJ returned home to recover.

In the summer of 2014, DJ joined Michals Hockey. He served as Coordinator of the New England Wolverines and the PeeWee Major '06 Head Coach.

DJ joined the Loudoun Ice Centre coaching team in August 2019 as Player Instructor.

Coach

Daniel "DJ" Walsh

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Joe Keyser heads up The Goalie Academy operations for the Reston Raiders’ Hockey Club and he is the Coordinator of The Goalie Academy off-ice Strength and Conditioning Program.

Keyser holds a bachelor’s degree in Kiniseology from New England College where he played four years of NCAA D-III varsity hockey for the Pilgrims.

Originally from Craryville, New York, Joe played junior hockey in Canada and the US. Specifically he played in the USPHL for the Florida Jr Blades, in the WSHL with Ogden Mustangs, and OJHL with Coburg Cougers before playing his college hockey at NEC.

Keyser is a long-time student of The Goalie Academy attending the Extreme and Elite Camps on a regular basis throughout the years.

Coach

Joe Keyser 

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Lyon Messier currently coaches the Washington Little Capitals and he is an 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 as well as on most Monday evenings.  He also holds checking clinics at Loudoun Ice Centre at various times of the year.

Coach

Lyon Messier 

Summer Camp Coaches

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Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Ryan Blair moved to Montreal, Quebec until he was 16 and then his family again relocated to Ashburn, Virginia.  After AAA hockey in Reston, Blair played 3 years of junior hockey in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Texarkana Bandits and one year in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the Foxboro Stars. He was then recruited to play Division 1 hockey at UMass Lowell. He played all four years and 141 games with UMass Lowell. Graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts with concentrations in psychology and sociology, he went on to play two and a half years of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Blair was an assistant captain in junior hockey, college hockey and professional hockey. After his playing days were over Blair entered back into the hockey world as a strength and conditioning specialist, skills coach, and Jr Hockey Coach.  Coach Blair is in his first year as the Head of Hockey Development with the Boston Junior Rangers, a travel hockey program in Tewksbury, MA. Along with his Hockey Development duties, Ryan is also the Head Coach of the Boston Junior Rangers EHL Premier junior team. His playing experience, along with his positive and energetic approach will help him be an excellent addition to the Progressive Hockey Development summer program staff.

Coach

Ryan Blair

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Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Larry Cockrell moved to Central Pennsylvania, where he played hockey for the Hershey Jr. Bears organization before attending NCAA D-III powerhouse Norwich University in Vermont. After retiring from the United States Navy in 2010, Cockrell became the Head Coach of Kents Hill School Varsity Hockey in Maine.  After ten years at Kents Hill, he moved to become the Head Varsity Coach at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, where he currently coaches.

Aside from being a tremendous team coach, Coach Cockrell is also an amazing skills coach, focusing on the details of each technique.  Larry’s son, Jared, plays NCAA Division I hockey for Colgate University in New York.  

Coach

Larry Cockrell

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Billy is currently a Coach for the varsity hockey team at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, a private junior high school with a very prestigious hockey program. 

Billy previously coached the varsity teams at Albany Academy in Albany, NY and Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA.  He was also the Head Trainer for Michals Hockey Academy in Boston, MA.

Before coaching, Billy played NCAA D-I hockey at Colgate University from 2009 to 2013.

Originally from Great Falls, VA, Billy grew up playing hockey for the Reston Raiders, Washington Little Caps, Gonzaga College High School and Montgomery Blue Devils. He went on to prep school in Connecticut to play at Choate Rosemary Hall. 

Coach

Bill Rivellini

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Bill Downey is Manager of Hockey Operations with the Phantoms

at Lehigh Valley.

A native of Pittsburgh, Bill spent four seasons as Director of Hockey Operations at Penn State University as well as at Harvard during the 2010-11 campaign. Before that, he spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach with Penn State’s club hockey team where he was active in recruiting and was part of the advisory board that helped with the preparation for Penn State’s launch of NCAA hockey.

During the 2007-08 season, Bill was an Assistant Coach for the Reading Royals of the ECHL while also serving as Hockey Director for Team Comcast and Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

As a player, Bill was the part of several ACHA National Championships at Penn State University.  He also played for the United States of America at the World University Games. 

After college, Bill played minor league hockey in the SPHL for Richmond and in the ECHL for Johnstown and Reading. 

Bill is an amazing stick-handler and a fantastic coach. 

Coach

Bill Downey

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