Coaches

Our staff of former and current professional & collegiate hockey players, position specialists, and strength/conditioning experts make our athlete's goals & needs their top priority!

Jacob Newton
Lead Skill Instructor

Jacob Newton

A native of Southern California, Jake now calls Cleveland home! After an impressive freshman year with Northeastern University, Jake signed with the Anaheim Ducks. After his time with the Ducks, Jake made his way overseas to play in many of Europe's top professional hockey leagues. Most notably Jake spent four years in the Finnish Elite League, two years in the Italian Super League, a year in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Norway respectively. While Jake brings a wealth of knowledge from his 10-year pro career, Jake also provides the rare ability to teach about and advocate for athletes’ mental health.

  • Former Student-Athlete at Northeastern University (NCAA D-1)
  • 10-year pro career // AHL – ECHL – Finland – Italy – Norway – Czech Republic – Germany
  • Current Mental Health Advocate
  • As an athlete, "Games are won or lost in our minds"
Charlie Cook
Lead Skill Instructor

Charlie Cook

A native of Port Huron, Michigan, Charlie now calls Cleveland home! After an impressive collegiate career at Cornell, Charlie signed with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League. After his time in the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues, Charlie cemented a tremendous career play in many of Europes top professional hockey leagues. Most notably Charlie spent considerable time in the Finnish Elite League, German DEL, and Swedish Allsvenskan League. Charlie brings an intense, but yet very positive mindset to the project!

  • Former Student-Athlete at Cornell University (NCAA D-1)
  • 10-year pro career // AHL – ECHL – Finland – Germany – Sweden
  • Confidence building coach
  • "Trust your training!"
Sean O'Malley
Skill Development Coach

Sean O'Malley

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. Sean was a four-year letter winner at St. Ignatius High School, as well as a member of the Gilmour Academy Prep Team during his post-graduate year. After his astonishing high school career, Sean played one year of juniors before being recruited to SUNY-Brockport, where he was a 3-year captain. During the winter seasons, Sean is an Assistant Coach for NCAA Division 3 Lake Forrest College in Lake Forrest, IL. Sean brings a professional level of detail to the ice and is an elite teacher of skills. He has one of the best hockey minds coming out of the city of Cleveland.

  • St. Ignatius Hockey Hall of Fame Member (owns numerous scoring titles)
  • 4-year member, 3-yr Captain, SUNY Brockport (NCAA – D3)
  • 3-year Professional Playing Career (FHL)
  • Current Head Coach for Lake Forrest College (NCAA – D3) in Lake Forrest, IL
  • 11-year collegiate coaching career
Cody Sarmiento
Skill Development Coach

Cody Sarmiento

Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Cody Sarmiento made his way to Cleveland via the Gilmour Academy hockey program. After a few seasons with the Gilmour Academy Prep Team, Cody enjoyed a successful two-year junior career with Cornwall of the CCHL, and Jamestown of the NAHL. Due to his success at the junior level, Cody was recruited by Johnson & Whales University to play for their program where he would eventually be a 2-year captain. Cody brings an awesome perspective to all of our age groups and has a unique ability to work seamlessly with all levels of skill.

  • Gilmour Academy Prep Alumni
  • Former 4-year member, 3-year captain of Johnson & Whales University (NCAA – D3)
  • Peewee, U17, and U19 Futures League Coach
Ryan Herpy
Skill Development Coach

Ryan Herpy

A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Ryan adds a great skill component to our coaching staff. Ryan grew up on the far east side of Cleveland where he played for the Geauga Youth Hockey Association, and would eventually become one of the best players to come out of the Kenston High School Hockey Program. Throughout his career Ryan dominated Cleveland high school hockey, playing varsity all four years. After his high school career, Ryan would play three years of juniors in the USPHL, and the OJHL. Currently, Ryan is a student-athlete for Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. Ryan can be found around our youth training camps, development programs, and is an individual lesson specialist!

  • 3-year member of Team Ohio
  • 4-year Varsity letter winner at Kenston High School
  • 3-year junior career // USPHL – OJHL
  • Current Student-Athlete at Albertus Magnus College (NCAA-D3)
Frank Crisafi
Skill Development Coach

Frank Crisafi

Frank is a native of Bay Village, Ohio, and has been a member of The Project since its inception. After growing up playing for the Rocky River Youth Hockey Association and the Cleveland Jr. Barons, Frank finished his hockey career at St. Edward High School. He is a current student at The Ohio State University pursuing a degree from the Fisher School of Business. Frank’s rise through the ranks of The Project from student to teacher as well as his abundant hockey and coaching background allows him to spread knowledge of the game with passion!

  • 2-year Varsity letter winner at St. Edward High School
  • Current Student at The Ohio State University
  • Responsible for day to day on & off ice curriculum with OHP
Shannon Szabados
Lead Goaltending Instructor

Shannon Szabados

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 is one of the best technical teachers in the game and has the ability to communicate details in an extremely effective manner. We are honored to have a trailblazer like Shannon be part of the Ohio Hockey Project!

  • Former goaltender at Grant MacEwan University
  • Former goaltender at Northern Alberta Institue of Technology
  • 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist // Team Canada – Vancouver 2010 – Sochi 2014
  • Top Olympic Goaltender // Vancouver 2010 & Pyeongchang 2018
  • First female to record a shutout in a Men’s Professional Hockey League
Evan Moyse
Lead Goaltending Instructor

Evan Moyse

A native of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Evan is a true product of the Ohio Hockey Project. Evan is the epitome of Cleveland hockey, as his path to great success was long and unknown to many. While growing up playing for the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, Evan participated in every OHP program which was offered to him at every age. After his youth hockey career came to a close, Evan was set on playing NCAA Division 1 hockey. After a wild ride playing three years of junior in leagues such as the NA3HL, CCHL, and NAHL Evan found his way to Division 1 hockey at Ohio State University. Evan’s story is one of total sacrifice that every young goaltender should draw inspiration from. His journey is a true testament to the character, work ethic, and mental resilience needed for success. Evan plays a critical role at OHP as the Head of Goaltending Development. From Training Camps, Development Programs, Futures League, and everything in between Evan is an amazing mentor to our young goaltenders.

  • A former member of the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
  • 3-year junior career // NA3HL – CCHL – NAHL
  • Current Student-Athlete, The Ohio State University (NCAA – D1)
  • Experienced "ELITE GOALIES" Student & Instructor
  • 51 in 30 USA Hockey Goaltending Correspondent
Ed Zdolshek
Lead Goaltending Instructor

Ed Zdolshek

Growing up in Parma, Ohio Eddie played his youth career for the Parma Flyers. After a successful youth hockey career, Eddie went on to be one of the best high school hockey goalies of all-time at St. Ignatius High School. After an extremely successful high school hockey career, Eddie played 3 years of junior hockey in the MetJHL, and the CCHL before being recruited to play Division 3 hockey at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Eddie was lucky enough to play a season of professional hockey for the Watertown Wolves in the FHL, and was lucky enough to spend some time with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL during that season. 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.

  • 4-year Varsity letter winner at St. Ignatius High School
  • 3-year junior career // MetJHL – CCHL
  • Member of Nazareth College’s first-ever hockey team (NCAA D-3)
  • 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 – ECHL