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.
John Miserendino, Director of Hockey Operations
John has spent the last 10 years as a professional power 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 U12, U14, and U18 Norwalk Roughriders, teams. John has also served as the lead instructor of the New York Rangers Assist Program and the Hockey in Norwalk Foundation.
Chris Gragnano, Head Hockey Pro
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.
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”.
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.
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 in Europe with the Salzburg Eagles and Hockey Club Lugano and is now in her 4th season as a member of the CT Whale of the NWHL.
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. For 4+ seasons Furtak has been the Assistant Coach for New Canaan High School 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. Additionally, he is a head coach for Mid-Fairfield and King School Varsity Hockey. Guy specializes in individual tactics. Every player has their own patterns and habits – coach Savage maximizes players’ potential by working within these patterns to increase player output and production.
Sarah Hughson, Skill Development Coach
Sarah grew up playing ice hockey for the CT Polar Bears, followed by 4 years at The Gunnery School where she won two NEPSAC Championships. Sarah went on to play Ice Hockey and Lacrosse at Elmira College and competed in the NCAA Division III National Tournament all four years. In her senior year, she led the team in points, game-winning goals, and power-play goals earning her CCM/ACHA First Team All American, UCHC Player of the Year, UCHC Tournament MVP, and Elmira College Female Athlete of the Year awards. Sarah has spent the last 3 seasons playing for the CT Whale of the NWHL and coaching Choate’s Girls Varsity team.
Michele Gintoli, Skill Development Coach
Michele boasts international hockey coaching and playing experience, representing Deaf and hard of hearing hockey as Head Coach of the National USA D/HH hockey program, and currently serves as co-captain of the US National women’s deaf ice hockey team. Michele spent 4 seasons coaching the Notre Dame of Fairfield Girls Varsity hockey team, 8+ years coaching Travel Hockey and currently coaches the Girls Varsity team at Wilton High School.
Barbara Julian, Powerskating Coach
Barbara is a former figure skater with four gold medals from United States Figure Skating Association, with all disciplines completed at a master level. Her expertise is the biomechanics of the body, use of the blade’s pressure, and the angle to properly shift body weight. Barbara never settles for mediocrity and always dedicated to making a better skater.