• Coaches

SEAN CASTAGNA
Lead Cathy's Power Hour Coach & Private Lesson Instructor

[email protected]
(408) 828-6970

Sean, a native of San Jose, grew up playing for the Santa Clara Blackhawks and NorCal Rep Club. At age 13, he became one of Cathy's first private hockey students.  Beginning in 1997, Sean began assisting Cathy with Power Hour and became a private instructor. After his playing career that included Jr. A hockey in Alberta, college hockey in New England and Buffalo, NY, and minor pro stops in Fresno and Knoxville, Sean returned to the Bay Area and resumed coaching private lessons and San Jose Jr. Sharks teams.  Sean has worked with students who have ultimately reached the NHL, AHL, CHL, and NCAA levels. Sean is also a Level 4 USA hockey certified and SafeSport trained.

Available for:

  • Power Skating Lessons
  • Hockey skills & shooting lessons
  • Video review
  • Team training
  • Off-ice training at Extra Hour

ILYNN DEFREITAS
Cathy's Power Hour Coach & Private Lessons Instructor

[email protected]
(408) 472-0677

Ilynn has been coaching teams and individual students since the mid 2000's when she was trained by Cathy as a Power Hour Instructor. Her experience includes in-house to tier levels, and all age groups. She is trusted by many from the San Jose Sharks management staff and professional players, as her clientele includes many of their children. Additionally, since 2014, she has joined Rob Zettler's Pro Hockey Camp staff as a power skating coach. Ilynn is current with her USA Hockey Coaching Education Program and SafeSport Training; she is also an American Heart Association BLS/CPR instructor and Beachbody coach. Her academic background in medicine and research allow her to help her students balance proper nutrition with off ice training to be successful on the ice.

Available for:

  • Power Skating Lessons
  • Hockey skills lessons
  • Team training
  • Off-ice training at Extra Hour

MATT GUFFEY
Cathy's Power Hour Coach
& Private Lesson Instructor

[email protected]
(703) 459-0227

As an experienced NCAA collegiate and minor league hockey player, Matt brings a wealth of experience to the Cathy's Power Skating team. He also has extensive background in coaching from beginner all the way through Tier One Elite 18AAA. Most recently he coached the USAHockey Western Regional High Performance Camp in Colorado and the US Junior Development Program. Matt 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 believes that his study in the field of Psychology, particularly that of Sports Psychology and Adolescent Development, helps 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. Matt is USA Hockey level 4 certified and Safe Sport

Available for:

  • Power Skating Lessons
  • Hockey skills & shooting lessons
  • Team training
  • Off-ice training at Extra Hour

CAMERON ANDRADE
Cathy's Power Hour Coach & Private Lesson Instructor

[email protected]
(408) 596-6494

Cathy's son, Cameron, first stepped on the ice at 18 months old. Cameron has been playing travel hockey for the Jr. Sharks since he was 11 years old and has competed at multiple levels ranging from A to AAA. He is currently the captain of his Junior Shark 18AA and Valley Christian High School hockey teams. He has coached the Power Hour series since 2014 and demonstrates drills and techniques in addition to coaching. Since then he has been an integral part of expanding the Power Hour series around the Bay Area. Cameron has also worked in development camps and shooting clinics with NHL players on the ice.


MATTHIEU AUDET
Cathy's Power Hour Coach & Private Lesson Instructor

[email protected]
(408) 460-4336

A former Junior Shark and NCAA collegiate hockey player, Matt has been a student of Cathy since he was 8 years old. He began coaching Power Hour in 2011, and brings a wealth of knowledge from his career playing in the North American Hockey League, Jr. A in Ontario, and college hockey in Massachusetts. He has experience coaching Sharks Ice Hockey Academy and Bridgepointe Peewee / Bantam development camps under Mario Morrissette. Matt is also a USA hockey on-ice official who has worked CAHA, Pacific District, and National Championship tournaments.


LEILA KILDUFF, Power Hour Coach

Leila has an extensive hockey background and has been a Power Hour 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! 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.


ZACH FOBAR, Power Hour Coach

Zach has been a Power Hour 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, Power Hour Coach

Eric began taking lessons from Cathy at the age of 12; he played for the Jr. Sharks since the age of 7, but did not play AAA until he after he started working with Cathy. After suffering a knee injury his 16AAA year Cathy assisted Eric in getting back on the ice and helped 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 starts with Cathy which helped him in 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 Power Hour coach in 2013 and also works as a coach in the Jr. Sharks House League.


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AUSTIN BILLINGS, Junior Power Hour Coach

Austin began skating at the age of five. He has played competitive hockey from the A to the AAA level for the past ten years with the San Jose Jr. Sharks.  He began taking lessons from Cathy at an early age and attributes much of his skating success to Cathy’s instruction.  Her coaching has been monumental in his development as a hockey player.  Austin relates well to the young skaters and understands where they are in their quest to improve.  He has been a huge asset to the Power Hour team since 2015. Austin will continue to play hockey when he enters college in the fall.  Along with helping lead his last two 18u teams in CAHA in the points category, he recently was awarded the Jordan Kocian Award for 2018. This is awarded to a Northern California 18u player exemplifying leadership and inspiration in his approach to playing hockey and living. 


RYAN HIRAI, Junior Power Hour Coach

Ryan has played competitive hockey for the past 7 years on AA and AAA teams. He started playing at age 8 and feels that one of the reasons he has been able to play competitively is due to Cathy's private training. Ryan has been a captain and an assistant captain for multiple San Jose Junior Shark teams and is currently playing 18AA. Ryan has coached Power Hour since 2015 and adds great enthusiasm coupled with very strong skill knowledge. His plan will be to continue playing hockey in college next year.


TYLER BLANCHARD, Junior Power Hour Coach

Tyler has been playing hockey for 11 years under the Jr. Sharks Tier programs. Tyler lead CAHA in scoring his 16AA year and finished first in all of California in points during his only 18AA season. He began taking lessons with Cathy 2 years ago which greatly elevated his speed and quick feet. Tyler is now playing juniors for the Texas Brahmas of the NA3HL.