Ryan's Coaching Experience:
Over 10 Years of Running Skill Development Programs
Strength Coach at East Hampton High School
Discover the Intech Philosophy
We help kids achieve their goals and teach them the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life through our hockey camps, clinics and Spring or Fall development programs.
Tell us about Intech Hockey. What is it that you do?
We specialize in youth hockey development, coaching players from ages 8 to pro level. With our development programs, we train young athletes on the ice with a focus on skill development, while our off-ice sessions focus on core form training and core stabilization in addition to teaching players how to run and transition weight accordingly. We provide on-ice video analysis to break down elements like stride mechanics and weight transfer. Each individual player gets a folder with a time-stamped video to show areas of improvement and weaknesses. This way, coaches will know exactly what they need to work on. It also gives the young athlete a nice visual to work with. We also do hockey clinics and camps as well as private lessons.
What made you choose this career path?
I played for the Toronto Young Nationals in the GTHL in the late 90's, then moved on to play for the Cornwall Colts Jr Hockey in the CJHL where we won multiple championships... we were one of the best teams in all of Canada in the late 90's to early 2000's. They still talk about us in Cornwall to this day (great town and great people!). I went to school with Derrell Levy also on a scholarship and we won a national championship together in 2007 at Oswego State. From this career I have had many bumps and bruises along the way and upon graduation I signed a pro contract with the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL, but was unable to perform due to injury. From here I was preparing to be an engineer as I graduated from Oswego with a Business/Economics major and a minor in Coaching. I continued to take college level classes pertaining to engineering while working towards my PLS. I was accepted to Norwich for the Masters of Engineering program, which I was pretty excited about. As I was doing all of this I was running a winter program in East Hampton, New York focusing on youth development. I built this program and ran it for 4 to 5 years on the weekends and holidays while preparing to be an engineer. It was then when Derrell and I ran a Christmas break camp together. I decided to learn the Intech Philosophy and go after my dream in a different way. It was always my dream to play pro hockey, but what could be better than helping kids achieve their goals and give them all the knowledge and skills that we have acquired through trials and tribulation.
What drives you every day? Why do you love what you do?
I am very passionate about what I do. The game is pure at a young age and the kids help me remember what it's like to be pure. I want to make sure they are happy and healthy. Along the way if they develop and make careers out of it that's a bonus. Training and playing this sport is time consuming and takes a lot of sacrifice for the kids and parents as well as the coaches. With this being said, working this hard will translate into other areas of life and other future career paths. It is our job to continuously learn to make sure our kids our improving and are having the most fun possible while paying attention to detail to minimize risk of injury.
Has it been smooth sailing, or have you overcome adversity to get to where you are?
I went through a divorce because of the career change so that was a tough time. I had to fix my body with team Intech to become a part of the product which was a long road. Then once it was ready to bring back to the U.S. a lot of people were afraid of the competition and many rinks and organizations locked us out. To get to this point I'm setting up something that is congruent with Intech in Canada is a dream come true. We get to achieve these goals as a family now and help kids, which I think is way better than playing pro hockey.
What do you do with your time off?
I enjoy playing tennis as I'm an excellent player and almost gave up hockey when I was 12 to pursue the game of tennis. I like hanging out with my friends and recently decided to start traveling to different states in the U.S.
How are you involved in your community?
I'm involved in the community by helping kids develop, and I attend a lot of youth hockey games.
What does the future look like for you and Intech Hockey in the U.S.?
The future is promising as we have great potential energy and the kinetic energy is already in motion. We have a lot of people believing in our on-ice development, and we train the top youth players out here from many different organizations.
Going forwards with our sports testing protocol and video analysis, I see being a huge game changer for multiple organizations. I know we can grab the market from Westchester County all the way to MA. I believe in the product and I have become the product thanks to Derrell Levy and the whole Intech family.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring business owners just starting out?
If you are going to start your own business and become a business owner, be prepared to work long hours and make very little money initially. You will have to make sacrifices in all areas of your life. You have to treat your new business like a newborn child and make sure it is thriving and growing at all times. It is rewarding though because you are working for yourself and working towards your beliefs and your mission in life. Surround yourself with people who you can trust and people who you love and I promise you all the hard work will pay off. DON'T BE AFRAID TO FAIL. Get up, dust yourself off, get the help you need and keep going. #InTechFamily.