Our Approach

Pro Crease Goaltending, LLC (PCG) is the largest instructional hockey organization dedicated solely to goaltending in the Connecticut, New York & New Jersey area; the company also serves organizations and academic institutions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. PCG was founded in 2008 by Jared Waimon who serves as PCG’s owner/founder. Along with a staff of twenty (20) premier goaltending instructors, PCG provides a wide range of services from summer and year- round camps to elite private instruction for prep schools, Division I colleges and youth organizations.

Our camps and instructional sessions are operated at premier facilities including Quinnipiac University, Colgate University, University of New England, Avon Old Farms School, Westminster School and select public facilities including Chelsea Piers Connecticut (Stamford), Newington Arena and Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster, NY. Our summer camp population is approximately 400-500 students while our year-round camps and semi and private population is an additional 200 students.

Owner/Founder Jared Waimon serves in a number of senior coaching & consultant capacities for a prestigious mix of private and public organizations as well as academic institutions. In addition to overseeing the year-round operation of PCG, Waimon is an Assistant Coach at Quinnipiac University, Regional Mentor for the USA Hockey/Warren Strelow National Goaltending Program, USA Hockey Goaltending Coach/Evaluator; New England and Atlantic Districts and goaltending instructor/consultant for several nationally ranked elite travel teams and prep schools including the Mid Fairfield Youth Hockey Association, Avon Old Farms, Salisbury School, Taft School and Westminster School. He also serves as Goaltender Development Coordinator for the Connecticut Hockey Conference. Matt Michno, who joined PCG in 2014, utilizes his Master’s Degree in Coaching from Ohio University on a daily basis as PCG’s Director of Coaching. In addition, Matt has held a number of DI Goaltending/Assistant Coach positions including his current role as Goaltending Coach at UCONN.

PCG instructors serve as assistant and goaltending coaches for a number of colleges and universities including Boston College, Brown University, Cornell University, Trinity College and UCONN. In addition, a number of recent PCG clients have been drafted and/or signed as free agents and play professionally including Michael Garteig (Vancouver Canucks; Quinnipiac University) and Steve Michalek (Minnesota Wild; Harvard University).

We have developed promotional relationships with premier consumer brands in their respective categories from hockey “tools-of-the-trade” companies such as Vaughn Hockey to consumer brands including Gatorade, Quaker Oats and Wesco Sports.

 

"More people are playing hockey in the United States than
ever before, thanks in part to the increasing popularity of the NHL."

- CBSsports.com

 

Equally important is the emergence of women’s hockey with young girls from grade school to college, the Olympics and professionals. Most youth organizations, public and private high schools and colleges now have women’s programs.

 

"While some youth and even high school sports have seen declining participation in recent years, there’s one sport that has been growing at a record pace and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Girls hockey is on the rise as more female players are taking to the ice and getting the chance to play not just with the boys, but also on their own girl’s teams from the time they’re first old enough to lace up the skates all the way through high school.”

-USA TODAY

 

As an acknowledgement of the growing participation rate of girls/women of all ages, PCG held its inaugural women’s camp in 2017 that featured elite college coaches from top-ranked programs such as Cornell University, Boston College, and players from the 2017 World Championship Gold Medal winning USA Hockey women’s team and new professional National Women’s Hockey League (the Connecticut Whale are founding members). Our commitment to women’s hockey is so strong that we have a specially designed logo used to promote our women’s programs (see below).

 

Jared Waimon - Founder/Owner

Jared is currently the goaltender coach for Quinnipiac University, as well as Trinity College.  He has been with Trinity for seven seasons, during which time Jared helped capture the 2015 Men’s National Championship, coached two All Americans, a Women’s Laura Hurd Award Winner, and two Women’s All Americans. He just finished his fifth season with USA Hockey as New England District Coach, Atlantic District Head Goaltender Coach, and East Regional Mentor for the Warren Strelow Goaltending Program.

Jared has been the Men’s Goaltending Coach at Quinnipiac University since the 2014-15 season. Last season senior Michael Garteig had a stellar season receiving multiple accolades including Hockey Commissioners Association National Player of the Month (Nov.), Three-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month (Oct., Nov., Dec.), ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Dec. 8, 2015 and NCAA Hockey Star of the Week on Dec. 8, 2015. He was also featured on ESPN Sports Center’s Top Plays of the Day on Nov. 21 and also became the first goaltender in Quinnipiac history to post three consecutive shutouts. As is well known, Quinnipiac won the ECAC title last year and made it all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game.

A product of New Milford Youth Hockey, Jared played for Sacred Heart University and Stonehill College. He has dedicated his life to the advancement of goaltender development and continues to be an enthusiastic student of the game. His knowledge of the different levels of hockey both locally and nationally makes him one of the best resources available for the serious goaltender.

 

Matt Michno

2016 marks Matt's third year as Head Instructor at Pro Crease Goaltending. Michno earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Administration and a master’s in Coaching Education at Ohio University. He served as the Goaltending Coach and volunteer Assistant Coach at Cornell University's NCAA Division 1 Men’s team during the 2013/14 seasons. The past two summers, Matt has coached and evaluated goaltenders at the USA Hockey Select 15 & 17 Festivals. Earlier this year, Matt was named Goaltending Coach for Brown University; he still continuing to serve with Pro Crease Goaltending as our Head Instructor as well. 

 

Chris Testa

A native of Long Island, Chris played NCAA Division III hockey at UMass-Boston while studying sales marketing. After college, Chris attended the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye training camp and spent three years playing professionally in the FHL and SPHL. Along with his commitments to various youth organizations the past three seasons in Connecticut and New York, he was also the goalie instructor for three consecutive years at the USA Hockey Sled Hockey Jamboree for the USA Para-Olympic team. He is currently Stony Brook University's Men's Ice Hockey Goaltending Coach, a top-ten nationally ranked collegiate program in ACHA Division I.