NJ JETSYOUTH HOCKEY
2020-21 NJ JETS ELITE COACHING STAFF
Aspen Ice is proud to announce the following Jets coaches for 2020-21:
Hockey Director – Cliff Graziano
Coaching Director – Sean Dowling
On-Ice Coach – Oktay Armagan
Player Skills Director – Vladi Kouroedov
Pediatric / Sports Neurologist – Dr. Matthew McCarthy
Sports Nutritionist – Tara Ostrowe
Yoga and Joga Instructor – Alison Grzyb
Get in touch with our coaches below!
Jets Elite Hockey Director and ’06 Coach
Dr. Matthew McCarthy
Cliff Graziano – Hockey Director and Co-Head Coach 2006 Elite
Coach Cliff Graziano graduated from Penn State University in 1995, and had 4 credible seasons with the PSU hockey team. After graduation, he received a tryout in the Detroit Red Wings Association and went on to play briefly with the Red Wings’ affiliate, the Jacksonville Bullets.
Coach Graziano has been coaching hockey since 1995. He is a USA Hockey certified Advanced Level 4 coach and is in the process of attaining the Level 5 Masters certification.
Some of the hockey programs Cliff has been affiliated with include:
– Turcotte Stickhandling School (Head Instructor 1994-present)
– Morris Hills High School (Head Varsity Coach 1995-1999)
– New Jersey Colonials (AAA Midget Coach 1997-1998)
– Nothing But Net Hockey Skills, Montgomery, MD (Head Instructor 1997-present)
– Team Rangers (Head Coach 2003)
– Team Maryland Tier I AAA (Bantam Major 01’s /Pw minor 05’s)
– New Jersey Renegades Junior A (On-Ice Director 2000-present).
Along with his role as NJ Jets Hockey Director, Coach Graziano is also the Head Coach and General Manager of the NJ Renegades EHL Junior A Hockey Club. He has coached numerous players that have gone onto NHL and other levels of professional hockey, ranging from NCAA DI/DIII & ACHA college hockey, to prep schools and upper levels of Junior hockey, including the USHL and the NAHL. He also was selected as the Head Coach and GM of the 2010 MJHL All Star Team at Nationals in Marlborough, Massachusetts where the team won the tournament.
Oktay Armagan – Head Coach ’09 and Asst. Coach ’06
Coach Otkay brings a wealth of professional experience having coached with the 2019 Little Caesars 04 national champions, ECHL Reading Royals (Washington Capitals affiliate), Won 2005 ECHL Kelly Cup with Trenton Titans, St. Louis Blues video scout for 4 seasons along with various NAHL Junior, Prep School, Atlantic District Quebec team and youth hockey organizations. He is also the founder and head coach of the NJ Raiders Spring and Summer Hockey Program. Coach Oktay has mentored and coached players from Mites to the NHL. Pro experience: Assistant Coach, Video Coach and Scouting with St. Louis Blues (NHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and Trenton Titans. Trained 50+ NCAA players in past five years. Strengths include skills coaching, offensive and defensive player development and hockey awareness.
Sean Dowling – Head Coach ’06 and Jets Elite Coaching Director
Sean, a native of Long Island, played football, hockey and lacrosse for Holy Trinity Diocesan High School. He then went to play NCAA football and Club Ice Hockey for the Long Island University Post Pioneers (formerly C.W. Post Pioneers). This was followed by experience in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills. Sean brings to the NJ Jets Youth Hockey organization a Masters from Adelphi University in Sports Management with an emphasis on Athletic Administration and years of coaching ice hockey, lacrosse, football, and basketball for boys and girls at Oyster Bay High School, Elizabeth High School, Roxbury High School, Morristown-Beard School, Columbia High School, and Summit High School. In addition to Sean’s playing career, Sean coached ice hockey for 4 years at Morristown Beard School until 2005. Sean progressed on to a prestigious career as the the Director of Athletics at Madison High School from 2006-2019 and was named Athletic Director of the Year in 2019. He was also the AD when the Madison High School Varsity Ice Hockey won their first Mennen Cup victory in school history in 2019.
Vladi Kouroedov – Player skills coach (all teams)
Vladi is a dedicated hockey coach with over 16 years of experience coaching at youth and junior levels. He has taught at hockey schools throughout the United States, Canada and Europe since 2003. Vladi has worked with college and youth hockey players, U.S. and Russia Olympic and National team members and professional players, including many NHL and KHL stars such has Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin, with a focus on speed, agility and efficiency on the ice.
Tara Ostrowe, MS, RD, CSSD – Sports Nutritionist
Tara currently works as the team sports dietitian for the New York Red Bulls and is starting her 8th season with the team. Additionally, Tara has a nutrition private practice specializing in sports nutrition and works at Columbia University Student Health Services. Formerly she was the team sports dietitian for the New York Giants for 7 seasons, the team dietitian for AS Monaco FC for 4 seasons, the team dietitian for AS Monaco Basketball, and consulted with the NJ Devils summer development program. Tara also was the team dietitian for all 29 sports teams at Columbia Athletics and all 17 sports teams at LIU Brooklyn. She focuses her nutrition practice working with youth, adolescent, collegiate, and professional athletes.
Dr. Matthew McCarthy – Sports Neurologist
Matthew McCarthy, MD is a member of Summit Medical Group’s Pediatric Neurology team. He is board-certified in pediatric neurology and has additional fellowship training in sports neurology and concussion. Dr. McCarthy played college hockey for Williams College
Dr. McCarthy has expertise in managing acute concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and other neurological conditions in athletes of all ages and levels of competition. He specializes in using an active and individualized approach to symptomatic treatment and rehabilitation after concussion to ensure a safe and efficient return to sports and other activities. As a sports neurologist, he is focused on long term athlete brain health and promoting safe and lifelong sports participation. “I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and my choice to ultimately become a sports neurologist was driven by my continued passion for sports and physical activity,” says Dr. McCarthy.
Alison Grzyb – Joga and Yoga Instructor
Ali specializes in yoga for athletes and currently teaches “Joga”, a movement system that combines the benefits of yoga with the biomechanics of sport to the NHL. With a background in kinesiology and psychology, she teaches athletes of all ages and sport backgrounds and believes mental toughness is just as important as physical. By focusing on strength, mobility, flexibility, improved breath control and mindfulness tools, balance is restored in the athletic body and mind in preparation for peak performance. Ali will work directly with Jets teams and also be available as a consultant to develop individual player plans.