OHP Team

Sean O'Malley

Skill Development Coach

Sean O’malley, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, brings nearly 14 years of on and off-ice coaching experience and expertise to the Ohio Hockey Project. His responsibilities include player skill development, coaching, training camp coordination, player evaluation, and NCAA education for athletes and families.

  • St. Ignatius Hockey Hall of Fame Member (owns numerous scoring titles)
  • 4-yr Captain, St. Ignatius
  • Former SUNY Brockport NCAA Student-Athlete (NCAA-D3)
  • Bob Pedersen Coach’s Award Recepient (exemplifying character and work ethic)
  • 3-yr Captain, SUNY Brockport
  • 3-yr Professional Playing Career
  • 8-yr NCAA Coaching Career (Lake Forest College)

Joe Sposit

Skill Development Coach

A Native of North Royalton, Ohio, the Ohio Hockey Project is privileged to have Joe Sposit as member of our team. A graduate of Padua HS, Joe worked his way through the ranks locally, not only through greater Cleveland youth and HS hockey, but also at the Jr. level where he played for the Cleveland Junior Lumber Jacks (CSHL/NA3HL) before punching his ticket to collegiate hockey! Joe brings tremendous perspective in regards to player development an an innovative – positive coaching approach!

  • Former Student-Athlete Nichols College (NCAA – DIII)
  • Positive, Detailed Coaching Philosophy

Eric Sefchik

Skill Development Coach

A native of Brooklyn, Ohio, Eric Sefchik brings an incredible dynamic to the Ohio Hockey Project. Eric’s leadership, commitment, and character are tremendous qualities he instills with our young athletes!

  • St. Edward HS State Champion (2002)
  • 2-year Captain & National Honor Society
  • Former Westpoint Student-Athlete (NCAA-D1)
  • Sole Captain Sr Year
  • 1-yr Graduate Assitant with Men’s Team
  • Served 7-yrs of Active Duty
  • 2 Deployments
  • Former Military Captain

Ryan Whitson

Skill Development Coach

Hailing from Bowling Green, Ohio. Throughout the summer Ryan can be found on the ice with every program in the Ohio Hockey Project. Ryan brings a passionate will to the Project with both his in-program skill development as well as his mentorship to our young athletes.

  • Former Bowling Green State Univ. Student-Athlete (NCAA-ACHA)
  • 6-yr Skills Coach
  • Midget AAA level coaching background

 

Cody Sarmiento

Skill Development Coach

Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Cody Sarmiento made his way to the Land thanks to Gilmour Academy. Cody brings an awesome perspective to all of our age groups. Cody will be found primarily with our evening development programs as well as the Futures Hockey League.

  • Gilmour Academy Prep Alumni
  • Former Student-Athlete Johnson & Wales University (NCAA-D3)
  • 2-yr NCAA Captain
  • 5-yr OHP Skills Coach

Ryan Herpy

Skill Development Coach

Ryan Herpy adds a great skill component to our coaching staff. Ryan can be found around our youth training camps and development programs. A highly-experienced player himself, we’re excited to have Ryan impart that developmental process on our athletes!

  • Advanced through the ranks of CLE Hockey
  • 3-yr Jr Career
  • Current Student-Athlete Albertus Magnus (NCAA-D3)

Heather Clapacs

Performance Training & Strength Coach

Heather brings a wealth of knowledge to the Ohio Hockey Project system, rounding out our whole-concept approach to hockey. She has more than 12 years experience in helping enhance productivity and performance in athletes and teams. Heather is currently the Director of Performance Central, the training centers of Force Sports. With three locations (Bedford Hts, Eastlake, & Rocky River), Heather and her staff work relentlessly each day with athletes, teams, and clubs to provide the best training and performance coaching, and athlete development possible.

  • Performance Consultant for numerous pro teams, premier clubs and universities.
  • Heather is found training youth, collegiate, and professional athletes on a daily basis.
  • Heather and her Performance Central staff are responsible for Performance Training and nutrition sessions.

Evan Moyse

Head Goaltending Instructor

Evan Moyse is product of not only CLE Hockey, but the Ohio Hockey Project itself. Over the last 4 years of his youth career, Evan has been an active participant as he’s grown through through the progression of OHP programs; Training Camps, HS Development League, Summer Elite League, and our Elite Training Group. Evan’s story and career path is one of total sacrifice that every young goal tender should draw inspiration from. His journey is a true testament to his character, work ethic, and mental resilience. Evan plays a critical role with all of our off-season programming. From Training Camps, Development Programs, Futures League, and everything in between Evan is an amazing mentor to our young goaltenders.

  • 3-yr Jr Career (NA3HL, CCHL, NAHL)
  • Current Student-Athlete, Ohio State University (NCAA – D1)
  • Experienced “ELITE GOALIES” Student & Instructor
  • 51 in 30 USA Hockey Goaltending Correspondent

 

Ed Zdolshek

Goaltending Coach

Growing up in Parma, Ed Zdolshek played his youth career for the Parma flyers. Throughout the summer Eddie is a key coach with all of our goaltending specific programming as well as our Development Programs. Eddie does a tremendous job communicating the technical aspects of the position as well as acting as a beacon of positivity for our young goalies.

  • St. Ignatius Alum
  • 3-yr Jr Career (EJHL, CCHL)
  • Pioneered the Nazareth College hockey program as the first ever class in the program. (NCAA – D3)
  • 4-year starter Eddie helped take Nazareth’s program from a start-up program, to one of legitimate national recognition and respect.
  • 1-yr Pro Career (FHL and ECHL)

 

Shannon Szabados

Goaltending Coach

Growing up in Northern Edmonton, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Project! Shannon played for the men’s teams at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Shannon helped Grant MacEwan to a silver medal in the Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC), and in her final year with NAIT she set the regular season record for shutouts (5) lowest goals against average (1.58) and won the ACAC Championship.

 

Shannon is a 2 time Olympic gold medalist in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 and Silver Medalist in 2018. In the 2010 & 2018 Winter Olympics Shannon was named top goaltender.

 

Following the 2014 Sochi Olympics the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) was the next stop in Shannon’s career where she was the first female to play in the SPHL and the first woman ever to record a shutout in a men’s professional hockey league. Shannon currently plays for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.