All of the professional staff at Twin Rinks have achieved success in their own hockey careers and have demonstrated excellence in both teaching skating & hockey skills and in coaching competitive hockey teams.
Players of all skill levels who are committed to improving their skills more rapidly will benefit from one-on-one or small group private lessons from the Twin Rinks’ hockey professionals. All instructors have the experience and teaching skill set needed to make a significant impact in a player’s game.
Contact our Hockey department to find the best private coach, call 203 968-9000 x14. See available times below.
Chris Gragnano, Director of Hockey
Grags played high school at Christian Brothers Academy, where in his senior year he was named team captain. That year he was also named to the All-County and All-State teams. Upon graduation he went on to play hockey at Providence College. After some time with the Friars he went on to Vermont where he joined the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL. Chris currently serves as the assistant coach at the Gunnery, coming off a New England Prep School Championship in 2016-2017 and runs Total Hockey Development where he trains local collegiate and professional players in the summer.
John Miserendino, Assistant Director
John has spent the last 10 years as a professional power skating & skills instructor and coach, and is currently the Head Coach of the Wilton High School boys’ varsity team and coaches with DYHA at the Midget & Squirt levels. He is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach and has served and Director of Youth Hockey at Sono Ice House where he was the coach of the U12, U14 and U18 Norwalk Roughriders teams. John has also served at the lead instructor of the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.
Victor Baryshevtsev, Skills Development Director
An alternate on the 1988 USSR Olympic Team, Victor was a pioneer in the development of the unique Russian Power Skating technique. His clients have included the U.S. National Junior C team, NHL players from the Montreal Canadians, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, KHL (Russia), and the AHL. One NHL coach stated “I saw Victor do things on hockey skates that no one else in the World can do”.
Chris Ardito, Goalie Coach
Founding member of CT Crease, Chris has been coaching goalies of all ages and abilities for 14 years. From 2008 – 2012 Chris served as assistant and goalie coach for Southern Connecticut State University and has served as goalie coach for the Yale University Women’s Ice Hockey Team since September 2012.
Brett Farson, Skills Development Coach
Brett played prep hockey at Philips Andover and then moved on to Amherst College. He has been coaching youth hockey for 12 years and is currently the hockey director with the Greenwich Blues. Brett is currently the head coach of the Rye Country Day School which he led to a conference championship in 2017.
Jordan Brickner, Skills Development Coach
A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended the Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Played 2 seasons with Colgate followed by 2 with the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA. After a successful college career, Brickner player in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano. Once returning from Europe she joined the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL where she is currently in her 4th season. Brickner has led many learn to skate programs, coached summer camps and currently instructs private lessons and coaches with the CT Breakers & Ice Cats organization.