NYA Girls Hockey 2022-23

NYA Prep Hockey Coaching Staff

NYA Prep Hockey Coaching Staff

Michael Warde

NYA Boys Prep Hockey Head Coach

Coach Warde enters his 6th year of leading the NYA Boys Hockey program. The Panthers captured the Holt Prep Conference Championship in 2019 & 2020. A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, Coach Warde comes to NYA after 5 years as the Director of Hockey at Bridgton Academy and 9 years as a Division 1 College Hockey Assistant Coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Iona College. He resides in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife Angela, Brayden a Senior at NYA, and Hudson a third grader at NYA. Prospective student-athletes may contact Coach Warde.

Matthew Poulin

NYA Girls Prep Hockey Head Coach

This is Coach Poulin’s third year at NYA. Prior to NYA, he was the assistant boys varsity ice hockey coach at Lewiston High School. In his six seasons at Lewsiton, he aided in ushering the Blue Devils to three state championships. coach Poulin also has collegiate coaching experience in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), leading the Central Maine Community College D2 Men’s Club Hockey program. Coach Poulin is certified a Level 4 USA Hockey Coach with the Boston Jr. Eagles U19 team and has previously coached various U16 & U19 Tier 2 Girls teams through the Casco Bay Mariners and Maine Gladiators. Matt also conducts private skills instruction for boys and girls ages 11-18. Before he got into coaching, Coach Poulin was a three-year varsity starter at Lewiston High School, and was a semi-finalist for the Travis Roy Award, awarded annually to the state’s best senior hockey player. Coach Poulin also played a year of collegiate club hockey in the ACHA.

Earl St.Hilaire

NYA Girls Assistant Coach

Coach St. Hilaire has an extensive background in the game of hockey, both as a player and as a coach. As a player he won two high school state championships for Lewiston High School, was invited to the USA Hockey National Team tryouts twice, played four years of Canadian junior hockey, and won a national championship in Ontario with the Belle River Canadians. In his 20 years of coaching experience, Coach St. Hilaire has won several state championships (including two high school state championships), earned a trip to the USA Hockey National tournament, and most recently is an Assistant Coach for the U19 Tier 2 Boston Jr. Eagles program.

Terry MeagherCoach Meagher NYA Boys Ice Hockey

NYA Boys Assistant Coach

Coach Meagher was the Head Coach for the Bowdoin College Men’s Ice Hockey for 33 years. Meagher stepped off the Bowdoin Polar Bear’s bench in 2016. He ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division III total victories with a 529-245-54 (.671) record. This includes two NESCAC and two ECAC Championship titles. He qualified the Polar Bears for the NESCAC Championship every year it existed while he was there. Prior to the conference, Meagher brought the team to eight ECAC Championship games. This is his third year working with the Panthers.

James Belleau

NYA Boys Assistant Coach

For thirteen years Coach Belleau was head coach for the Lewiston High School’s Boys Hockey team having coached them to Class A Hockey State Championships in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. Prior to coaching at Lewiston, he served as an assistant coach at Edward Little for two years and as the head coach for three years. He led Edward Little to back to back Class A Hockey State Championships in 2003 and 2004. Coach Belleau was the head coach of several Lewiston Area Youth Hockey Teams including the Maine Gladiators. He was selected at the Class A Maine Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2015, 2018 and 2020.  He served three years on the NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Committee. He is a Partner and owner at the law firm of Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette in Auburn, Maine

Bill Galvin

NYA Boys Assistant Coach

Coach Galvin is a certified Level 5 USA Hockey Coach with 20 years of experience, the past three with NYA.  A longtime sports producer and executive, Coach Galvin is now a consultant for the NHL on TNT, weaving his access to former and current NHL stars into his approach to player development.  He is also able to tap into his extensive work with Dr. Tiffany Jones, an elite mental skills coach with USA national and collegiate sports programs.  Away from the ice, “Professor Galvin” is in his eighth year teaching a Sports Journalism course he designed for Georgia State University.

Austin Christopher

Goalie Coach

Coach Christopher owns The Mental Goalie, a goalie school focused on ice skills with a comprehensive mental approach. A Winthrop, Maine native, he graduated from St. Dominic Academy, and joined the D2 NCAA team at Franklin Pierce University as a walk-on. In 2018, he launched The Mental Goalie, coaching 500+ goalies through private sessions and camps since inception. Coach Austin’s experience spans 10+ organizations and numerous public and private high schools conducting weekly skills nights. He has seen his goalies go on to play for many of the top AAA programs in the country, and various levels of NCAA, junior, and ACHA hockey. He’s worked with the athletes of Shattuck St. Mary’s, Bishop Kearney, South Kent, Northwood School, RPI, RIT, Syracuse, Temple, and Delaware Universities. Established in central/southern Maine and Upstate New York, Coach Austin also specializes in providing mindset coaching to goaltenders, impacting goalies from around the world through his online mental skills program.

Ryan Coulombe

Middle School Coach

Coach Coulombe is a 14-year employee with North Yarmouth Academy, spending most of his time working at the Travis Roy Arena. He has coached the NYA Middle School Hockey Team for five seasons.  “My mission as a coach is to develop a student athlete to play at a higher level through progression of hockey sense and life skills. My passion for the game is shown in my style of coaching. Whether on ice or off, it’s my goal to enhance the level of each student’s ability. Since first stepping foot on the ice at NYA back in 1988 and looking up to Lee Roy [former rink manager and father of Travis Roy] and his mentality when it came to coaching youth hockey, I’ve become more well-rounded and broadened my abilities to helping those succeed in their life goals.”