NYA Prep Hockey Coaching Staff
NYA Boys Prep Hockey Head Coach
Coach Warde enters his 3rd 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 Sophomore at NYA, and Hudson a first grader at NYA. Prospective student-athletes may contact Coach Warde.
NYA Girls Prep Hockey Head Coach
The 2020-21 season will be the first season for Michaeles as head of the NYA girls hockey program. Michaeles comes to NYA from Bowdoin College, where she volunteered as an assistant coach of women’s hockey for the past two years. Prior to that, she spent nine years at Colby College, three as the head coach of women’s hockey, four as the assistant, and she also worked in the Colby alumni office. Prior to returning to Maine, she was an assistant coach at Williams College and UMass Boston. She began her career at New Hampton School in New Hampshire as a coach and teacher. She played varsity hockey as a student at Colby.
NYA Girls Assistant Coach
2020 is Coach Fichter’s inaugural season on the coaching bench. Just two years ago, she was on the ice as the Captain of the Bowdoin Women’s Ice Hockey team. Her play and leadership earned her selection to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team and the Christopher Charles Watras Memorial Women’s Ice Hockey Trophy. Hard Work, enthusiasm, and commitment awarded her the Hannah W. Core ’97 Memorial Award in 2018. Coach Fichter may be new to the bench but certainly not to teaching young adults. She has a taught for the highly selective Teach For America program, America Reads and Counts, and worked with students in summer school programs to enhance their learning skills.
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.
NYA Boys & Girls Assistant Coach
Coach Galvin is a certified Level 5 USA Hockey Coach with over 15 years of coaching experience. Many of his former players have gone on to play at the NCAA level, from Division 3 through Division 1. After two seasons of serving as a visiting coach at NYA, Galvin brings a wide-ranging sports background to the hockey program. He recently retired from a 30-year career in the sports media business, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for CNN International, where he covered everything from the Olympics to the Super Bowl to the Stanley Cup Finals. Galvin will continue to teach an online version of his Sports Journalism course for Georgia State University. He is also in the midst of co-authoring a book with Dr. Tiffany Jones on mental skills training for elite athletes.
NYA Goalies Coach
Hannu Toivonen was a first round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2002. He played in over 500 professional games over his 18 year career. Born in Finland, he has multiple junior championships and medals with the Finnish National Team. Toivonen has been developing young netminders for the past ten years from youth to professional ranks. Skating and Moving, Strengths and Positioning, Physical Conditioning, and Mental Approach are hallmarks of his program.
Middle School Coach
NYA Strength & Conditioning Coach
Shelby has worked with hundreds of hockey players ranging from youth through professional. His program conditions the complete athlete through his custom 4-phase training system which enhances movement patterns. He holds an MS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention from California University – Pennsylvania. He holds a Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and his Level 2 Youth Conditioning Specialist Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association.