Our Director of Hockey, Bill Driscoll, has been involved in hockey since graduating from Colby College. He is a USA Hockey certified Master Level coach, and has coached at high levels including USA Hockey Regional and Select Festivals as well as USA Hockey National Development Camps and Festivals; alumni of his teams are on rosters of DI and III college teams and the National Teams in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, as well as NHL. AHL, Major Junior and top junior teams. He is co-founder of the Foundation for Hockey Development, recognized and acclaimed internationally for its innovative methods of player development. These methods are the cornerstone of his approach to developing players at the Academy, and one of the attributes that define the program.
Our coaching staff believes in a training philosophy that fosters the growth of each player individually and the team collectively. Our goal is to develop players that are creative, problem-solvers and good decision makers. We create a training environment that improves the skill level while promoting hockey-sense for each individual. Our training program is based on the belief that the development of a hockey player integrates physical, mental, and tactical training while continuing to develop and expand a strong skill base for each individual. We are very creative in our approach to training and develop a framework that is both challenging and rewarding. Development and improvement of personal and team skills on the ice occurs within our framework of teaching the game, and allows each player the best opportunity to reach her personal goals and excel. The program affords the opportunity for girls to compete against the best national and international competition, assisting them to prepare for collegiate competition and potential national team selection. In these games and at the highest profile tournaments, our players have the luxury of competing frequently in front of college coaches throughout the season.
"You know, Willie Wonka said it best: We are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams," Brooks said. "We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams."
Jesse Driscoll has been involved in coaching for over the last 10 years. He has coached at levels ranging from summer development camps starting at age 16 with the Foundation for Hockey Development in Vermont, and for the last four years at the North American Hockey Academy.
Before NAHA Jesse played three years of Prep hockey at the New Hampton School in Northern New Hampshire. After Captaining the team his senior year he moved south to Manchester NH and joined the NH Jr. Monarchs of the EJHL. Jesse helped the Monarchs organization earn their first EJ Championship. He led the defence in scoring with 26 goals and 24 assists and was named to the 2002 EJHL ALL STAR Team. The Monarchs went undefeated after Christmas winning 54 games in a row, the division championship and the 2002 league championship.
Following the Monarchs Jesse played four years at St. Anselm College also in Manchester NH, during which the team won two Northeast 10 Championships. Jesse received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St Anselm College in 2007.
After college he moved back to VT and began coaching with NAHA. After two years as an assistant with the White team(U19) he moved to Head Coach of the Red team (U16). He has been the head coach of NAHA Red for several years now and enjoys the challenge of working with and helping develop the great young talent that is now at NAHA.
Jesse currently resides in Waterbury VT with his wife Kelli, their son Declan, and their two dogs Bubba (English Mastiff) and Stella (St. Bernard).