Today, Vermont Academy was thrilled to welcome new Boys’ Varsity Hockey Coach Cody Staves to campus. In addition to coaching, Staves will teach and work in Admissions.
Staves grew up in Los Angeles, where he started his skating career under the mentoring of Jocelyn Langlois. He is a former NCAA collegiate athlete at the University of Pittsburgh, and he has been the assistant coach of the California Bears AAA hockey program since 2016. He brings extensive personal experience in private instruction to promote peak performance in individual athletes, teaching and planning on-ice skills sessions to promote the progression of athletes’ skills in a team environment.
Recently, Staves introduced the California Golden Bears Hockey Club to Iceberg Analytics Hockey Software, propelling the club to become the first youth hockey club in the world to incorporate big data into their developmental training approach. In prior years, he has been a Pens Elite skills hockey coach, working alongside Max Ivanov, a director of player development at Next Level Hockey in Pittsburgh. In addition to coaching the California Bears, Staves has been working for Global Hockey Development, a subsidiary of the One Hockey Development program, the largest hockey tournament company in the world.
Staves’s references describe him as someone with "superior connections" who will pick up the phone and introduce a skater to programs of interest, and who uses data analytics to forge a modern approach to player development. His "maturity, his way of explaining things, and his teaching background make him a natural coach," one reference stated. An engineering major, he has been teaching AP Physics, Chemistry and Math at Yeshiva University School, a top day school in Los Angeles. Along with Girls’ Varsity Hockey Coach Chris Ardito, Coach Staves will help VA to build a superb hockey program.
John Peloso ’19, the team’s captain, said, “I’m really excited to work with Coach Staves because of his passion not only for hockey but for growing athletes and students to be the best they can be.” Assistant captain Patrick Ogden ’19 added, “I am personally excited to get the season started with Coach Staves. Our team goal is to build on last year’s success, and we all can't wait to get the season started.”
“For me it’s simple,” said Coach Staves. “As a coach and a teacher, I take tremendous pride in being called those two names. What comes with that is the responsibility to be ultra-prepared, to walk in the room with the right energy, and to do things right all the time, in order to maximize the potential of every student and player.”
Next week, Vermont Academy will get ready to launch our winter season with previews of the girls’ and boys’ varsity ice hockey and basketball teams.