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CPH Coaching Staff

Sean Castagna (Lead CPH Instructor/Hockey Coach)
sean.castagna@gmail.com | (408) 828-6970

Sean Castagna

Sean played his youth hockey in Northern California playing for the Santa Clara Blackhawks, San Jose Jr. Sharks, and NorCal Rep Club.  Sean began coaching power skating and hockey lessons in 1998 at Eastridge Ice Arena. Following youth hockey, Sean played for the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the Alberta Jr. “A” Hockey League, then in college at New England College (ECAC East) for his freshman year, and three years at Buffalo State College (SUNYAC) where he graduated with a B.S. in Business.

From 2006-2015, Sean coached with the San Jose Jr. Sharks program, including 18AA, 18AAA, 14AAA, 16AA, 12AAA, and 13AAA teams, 

Sean has also worked with various hockey schools and camps in the Bay Area including: Cathy’s Power Hour, Golden State Hockey School, San Jose Sharks Summer Hockey School, and the Sharks Ice Hockey Academy.

Sean also, has a M.B.A. from San Jose State University. His former students have gone on to play: NHL, USHL, AHL, NAHL, NCAA D1 and D3, AJHL (US), BCHL, and EHL.

For private lessons contact Sean at sean.castagna@gmail.com

 

Ilynn DeFreitas (CPH Program Coordinator/Coach)
cathyspowerhour@gmail.com | (408) 472-0677

Ilynn DeFreitas

Ilynn has been playing competitive ice hockey since 2000.  She has competed in several USA Hockey National tournaments and has earned a silver medal with the San Jose Lady Sharks as well as a bronze medal with the Oakland Seals. Ilynn has been mentored by Cathy, trained with the Power Hour methodology, and coached Power Hour Clinics, private power skating and hockey lessons since 2008. Her students gain speed and efficiency with her focus on stride, edges, balance and agility.  She teaches with positive reinforcement so that her students gain confidence in themselves and are mentally able to step up to higher challenges and levels. 

Her team coaching experience includes Jr Sharks In-house mini mites and mites, plus Jr Sharks Pee Wee Travel A. She is also an instructor/coach for the beginner and intermediate kids and adult hockey group classes at Sharks Ice in San Jose. Ilynn also serves as an on ice coach for the USA Hockey and Jr Sharks Girls Give Hockey a Try programs.  Additionally, since 2014, she has joined Rob Zettler's Pro Hockey Camp staff as a power skating coach.  Ilynn is a member of both USA Hockey and ISI; she is also an American Heart Association BLS/CPR instructor.  Her patience, dedication and attention to details contribute to her success as an instructor and coach.

Ilynn also manages Cathy’s Power Hour Series registration and is the client liaison for private and group lessons.  With her academic background in medical research at Stanford University, she also reviews and organizes the testing data collected on all students with Cathy’s Power Skating to provide each student with his/her personal achievement chart as well as a comparison chart to gauge where the student ranks among players in his/her birth year.

For more information regarding Cathy’s Power Hour clinics, please contact Ilynn at cathyspowerhour@gmail.com  If you are interested in scheduling private lessons with Ilynn, please contact her at ilynn.defreitas@gmail.com

 

Michelle Racimo (PR Manager/Coach)
coachracimo@gmail.com | (408) 624-2682

Michelle RacimoMichelle Racimo has been on the ice for over 30 years and began coaching power skating and figure skating in 1994.

She specializes in developing solid skating foundation with emphasis on skating mechanics, explosive speed development, economy of movement, and edge control.

She believes that muscle memory – achieved through a consistent practice standard, and skill-specific cross training – is the fast track to athletic success. Michelle is a USFSA silver medalist and a former junior-ladies competitor. She is an ISI Certified Silver Judge, a member of USFSA, ISI, USA Hockey and a Bronze Certified USA Wrestling Coach. She is certified to the standards of the Coach’s Guide to Excellence.

For all private lesson inquires with Michelle contact her at CoachRacimo@gmail.com

Michelle manages all communications, announcements, and media relations for www.cathyspowerskating.com
Look to her for the latest news, event information, and Power Hour Series dates.

 

Matt Guffey (Power Hour & Hockey Coach)
matthewdmguffey@gmail.com | (703)459-0227

Matt Guffey

2015-16 season Matt coached the U16AAA National, U16AAA American and U12AAA Junior Sharks teams. He began playing hockey on the east coast, in the DC Metro area. In only his third year on ice, he was selected to play for a local junior team, the Virginia Statesmen (Junior C). After two seasons with the Statesmen, one as an alternate captain, Matt moved on to the Junior Capitals organization in the MJHL (Junior B). One season later, he would make his Junior A debut in the Western States Hockey League with the Colorado Outlaws where he was again selected as an alternate captain. In his final year of junior hockey, Matt would captain the San Antonio Diablos (WSHL) before being recruited to play NCAA hockey at Worcester State University (DIII). During his college career, Matt trained under Wendy Marco (Cold Rush Hockey) with her elite group, known as "PRIME", which features NHLers, AHLers, European league players as well as NCAA DI and DIII skaters. 

Matt has coached as a private instructor since the age of 17. He has coached Learn to Skate, Learn to Play Hockey and Adult Skating/Hockey clinics alongside former olympians Roman Skorniakov and Yuriy Litvinov. He has also coached at a variety of camps and clinics such as Hardcore Hockey (Reston, Virginia), StopIt Goaltending (Marlborough, Massachusetts) and most notably l'Ecole de Hockey de la Capitale (EHC) in Quebec City where current NHLer David Desharnais helps instruct. 

He has a B.A. in French and Psychology and uses both frequently in coaching. Being bilingual has helped him reach a broader range of players from various French and English speaking countries. He hopes to add Russian to his language grouping thus rendering him more attractive as a coach to Russian-born skaters. He believes that his study in the field of Psychology, particularly that of Sports Psychology, has helped him figure out what makes each individual player tick and strives to use his knowledge of the human psyche in order to motivate each student to reach their full potential. 

He has a passion for both hockey and power skating alike and tries to instill a pronounced level of intensity and work ethic in each and every one of his students. His lesson plans are tailored to the needs of his students and include agility, balance, edge control, explosiveness and an element of high leverage practice (drills focused on a targeted situation that are often overlooked in team practice). 

For private lessons with Matt, contact him at matthewdmguffey@gmail.com

CPH Coach Matt Guffey/Rubber Magazine

 

Noah Segall (Seasonal Power Hour Coach)

Noah has been working with Cathy since has was seven years old and credits all his knowledge of skating to her expertise. He has been a power skating coach for the past five years teaching private lessons and groups at Cathy’s Power Hour clinics. He played his youth hockey for the Santa Clara Blackhawks and San Jose Jr. Sharks organizations before playing junior hockey in the NorPac and WSHL. He recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Sport Management and Economics. From 2012 to 2014 Noah worked for the San Jose Sharks as the strength and conditioning analyst where he designed skating drills for rehabilitation purposes and assisted in on-ice conditioning and skills drills during the off-season. During the 2012-13 season he served as the Worcester Sharks’ interim video coach and assistant to the coaching staff. Since 2011 he has been the skating and skills coach for Viktor Tikhonov, 2008 Phoenix Coyotes 1st round pick, member of team Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and gold medal winner at the 2014 IIHF World Championship where he was also named Best Forward. Additionally, Noah coached at Pavel Datsyuk’s PD13 Camp in Ekaterinburg, Russia during the summers of 2013 and 2014.

 Noah is currently the Director of Hockey Operations at Canisius College in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic Hockey conference and is a seasonal coach for Cathy’s Power Skating.

 

Matthieu Audet (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Matthieu AudetMatthieu Audet has been playing hockey for over fourteen years, and has been taking skating lessons from Cathy since 2001 and participating in Cathy’s Power Hour since he was eight years old. He has coached CPH since 2011.

As a defenseman for the Jr. Sharks Midget 18AAA team in the 2010-2011 season, Matt’s team finished first place in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season, and went on to win the California State Championship. In the 2012-2013 season, Matt signed a tender to play for the Janesville Jets in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). He played for the Odessa Jackalopes the 2013 season. Matt was a Peewee AA National Champion for the Santa Clara Blackhawks in 2006. He was a Pacific District Select in the spring of 2010. Matt has been an on-ice official for the past eight years, and has been chosen to officiate NorCal Championship Tournaments, CAHA State Tournaments, National Championship Tournaments, Pacific District Tournaments, and NAPHL Tier I Events. His coaching experience includes Cathy’s Power Hour, Sharks Ice Hockey Academy, and the Bridgepointe (San Mateo) Peewee /Bantam summer camps under Mario Morrissette.

Matt is currently playing Division III hockey for Western New England University in the ECAC Northeast while studying mechanical engineering.

2013-14 season update- Matt will be playing for the Corpus Christie Ice Rays (NAHL)

2014 update- Matt is currently playing at Western New England University Division lll in the ECAC Northeast Conference

 

Leila Kilduff (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Leila KilduffLeila has an extensive hockey background and has been a CPH coach since 2011. She is always adding value to Power Hour;  besides coaching she demonstrate many of  our skill drills, so players can get a great visual of the details being focused upon. Leila has been to 2 National Select Camps – 2012 and 2013. She played in the Santa Clara Black Hawk organization for 5 years and  the Jr. Sharks for 6 years being a Finalist, 16U National Championships, and during the 2012 National Championship games she scored 2 overtime winners!

2015 update- Leila was part of the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, VT. in 2013 and she is now currently attending Minnesota State University, playing on the woman’s D1 hockey team and taking Kinesiology.

Click here for the 2015 CPH interview with Leila

 

Dylan VanderEsch (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Dylan VanderEsch

  • Started playing hockey at the age of four
  • Began skating with you since 2004/2005 (not sure)
  • Been coaching CPH since 2010
  • Played for the SJ Jr Sharks from Squirt A - Midget 18AAA
  • In 2007 my pewee team went to Nationals
  • Was selected for the all NAPHL Academic team in 2011-2012 while playing for the 
  • 18AAA Jr Sharks team
  • 18AAA team placed 2nd at CAHA State Championships
  • Began playing Jr A hockey for the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack in the 2012-2013 season
  • Led my team in scoring in my second season with the Wolfpack in 2013-2014
  • Will be playing college hockey starting next year at SUNY Potsdam, located in upstate New York.

 

Zach Fobar (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Zach FobarZach has been a CPH coach since 2013 and has been skating with Cathy 2008. Besides coaching he also helps demonstrate proper technique for many of the drills. He began skating when he was 2 years old and started playing organized hockey at the age of 5. He most recently played for the Jr. Sharks 18AAA team and has led defensemen in points the past 2 years. He has been to multiple CAHA select camps along with camps for the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.

 

Eric Pinsky (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Eric PinskyEric has been playing hockey since the age of four and began taking lessons from Cathy at the age of 12. Since starting with Cathy he has been able to play at the highest level San Jose has to offer. He played for the Jr. Sharks since the age of 7 but did not play AAA until he after he started working with Cathy. During his 14AAA year Eric was second on the team in points and helped the team reach the NAPHL League Championship game. After suffering a knee injury early 16AAA year Cathy helped Eric get back on the ice and help his team to a 17-3 record placing them second in the NAPHL Regular Season standings. During his summer after 16's Eric worked on his speed and start with Cathy which helped him in the to be second on his team in points again as well as earning the opportunity to represent the Jr. Sharks at the NAPHL 18U All Star Game and NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament. Eric became a CPH coach in 2013 and also works as a coach in the Jr. Sharks House League.

 

Nicole Paulides (Junior Power Hour Coach)

Nicole PaulidesNicole Paulides has been a counselor/ coach for Turcotte Stick Handling School, a Cathy’s Power Hour Jr. Coach, and a counselor at Minnesota Hockey Camps for the last 4 summers. She helped out with the “Put the Biscuit in the Net” program here in San Jose, a program where Girl Scouts try out hockey for a day.

Nicole is known for her positive coaching style, and has an effective way of connecting with hockey players of all levels. Her technical training, playing experience, and enthusiasm for coaching all make her a valuable asset to the Cathy’s Power Hour Program.

  • Entering her 4th season as a 19U AAA level first line defensemen.
  • Chosen to Pacific District Select Camp every eligible year.
  • Leading defensive points scorer for 2009/2010 & 2010/2011 seasons with San Jose JR Sharks Girls 19U AAA team.
  • Second leading defensive points scorer in 2011/2012 With Lady Ducks 19UAAA.
  • 2 Division 1 offers going into 2012/2013 season.
  • Attending Cushing Academy (Prep School-Post Graduate) 2012/2013.
  • Client of Cathy’s since 2003