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 skillset needed to make a significant impact on a player’s game. Twin Rinks in-house coaches are independent contractors who set their own fees and schedules directly with their clients.
Click on the coach’s name to connect with for lesson availability and rates. Not sure who to work with? Contact our Hockey department to find the best private coach: 203-968-9000×14.
Private lessons will be conducted by approved professional Twin Rinks staff coaches only.
Chris Gragnano, Head Hockey Pro & Skills Coach
Chris currently serves as Head coach of the Midfairfield 18U & 16U teams, assistant coach at the Gunnery and as a skills coach for the New Jersey Devils. ‘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.
Victor Baryshevtsev, Powerskating & Skills Coach
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”.
Jordan Brickner| Skill Development Coach
A native of the Chicagoland area, Jordan attended Hotchkiss School where she played four seasons for the Bearcats, as well as the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. Jordan played 2 seasons at Colgate followed by 2 at the University of Wisconsin. After a successful college career, Brickner played internationally with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano before returning to the Northeast where she finished her playing career with the CT Whale of the NWHL. Jordan currently serves as the Development Coordinator for the Icecats Girls hockey program and coaches their 12U Tier 1 girls team.
John Miserendino, Director of Hockey Operations & Skills Coach
John has spent the last 10 years as skating & skills instructor and coach. Formerly the Head Coach of the Wilton High School boys’ varsity team, John currently coaches DYHA at the Midget & Mite levels and serves as one of DYHA’s player development coordinators. 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 U14, and U18 Norwalk Roughrider teams. John has also served as the lead instructor of the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.
Corey Badeau, Assistant Hockey Director
Corey was a four-year varsity hockey player at Woonsocket High School where he was named All-State Defenseman in his junior and senior years. He was a recipient of the Hobey Baker Award in 2010 as the team’s captain. After High School, Corey went on to play 4 years of club hockey at Sacred Heart University where he won two NECHA Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014. Corey serves as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations at Stamford Twin Rinks and currently coaches DYHA Bantams, Squirts, and the CT Breakers spring program.
Seth Michelson | Powerskating Instructor
Coach Seth Michelson brings fifteen plus years of power skating & hockey skills instruction to Twin Rinks. Prior to coming to STR, Coach Seth spent three years at the Sono Ice House, where he coached at the Mite through Midget level. Before that, he spent time with the CT Ice Cats & Greenwich Panthers. Coach Michelson specializes in skating proficiency and stride development. Players who work with Coach Seth see dramatic improvement in their balance & stability along with their speed & agility, all of which translates to more confident hockey player.
Chris Furtak | Skill Development Coach
Chris grew up in Fairfield County and played youth hockey for New Milford Youth Hockey. Chris was a standout player for New Fairfield Immaculate High, then went on the play hockey at Manhattanville College and UConn. Chris is a level 4 certified USA Hockey coach and currently coaches DYHA’s AA Squirt team.
Guy Savage | Skill Development Coach
Guy currently serves as a player development coach and senior staff member for USA Hockey as well as Head Coach for Mid-Fairfield and King School Varsity Hockey.
Colin Bernard | Skill Development Coach
Bernard, a Stamford native and current Assistant coach for Darien High School’s Varsity Boys Hockey team, grew up playing hockey locally for MidFairfield, Trinity Catholic and eventually the Brunswick school in Greenwich where he helped them earn their first New England Elite 8 playoff birth. After graduating, Colin played in the BCHL before earning a D1 scholarship to Sacred Heart University and finished his playing career in 2021 at Salve Regina in Newport, Rhode Island.
Darius Souza | Skill Development Coach
Coach Darius grew up playing for the Providence Capitals before playing two years at LaSalle Academy and eventually playing in the USPHL for the South Shore Kings. Darius was a four-year member of the ACHA Division II Sacred Heart hockey team and currently serves as a coach for Darien Youth Hockey Association.