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Coach motivating players before a game

Join our Coaching Team

Last season, we had 40+ coaches and 250+ players registered in our Learn to Play Clinic and 12 travel teams competing in three leagues (NEGHL, CHC, and CGHL).  We’ve become the largest all-girls program in Southern Connecticut.

The Importance of Coaches
Our coaches are at the cornerstone of this success.  Aside from their hockey expertise, they are the drivers of development and growth for our players – on and off the ice. They're instrumental in advancing our players to their next level and creating a positive culture that creates lasting memories.

Our Coaching Needs
As we head into the upcoming season, our coaching needs continue to evolve to align with registrations and programming.  For the upcoming season, we have numerous coaching opportunities that vary in commitment:

Most of our coaching positions are unpaid parent volunteers who want to share their child's hockey experience.  We also recruit non-parent volunteers that want to share their experience and help grow girl’s hockey.

Regardless of the coaching position, our standards are high. We fully endorse USA Hockey’s American Development Model that prioritizes development and fun over the scoreboard. 

The first step is to complete the coaching application.  Once approved, the following  steps are required for ALL travel team and clinic coaches:

  1. Register as a USA hockey member  ($46)
  2. Pass the USA Hockey background screening  requirement (every two years)
  3. Complete annual  online SafeSport training
  4. Complete online age-specific USA Hockey Coaching Education Program ($10)
  5. Attend a USA Hockey certification clinic ($45)

Interested? Complete our coaching application or send us an email

Coaching Director - Michael Barrett


As Coaching Director, Michael serves as a resource and mentor to our talented team of coaches, helping with training and development, recruiting and selection, and coordinating our on-ice tryout planning.

Michael has dedicated most of his life to hockey as a player and coach.  He played collegiately at Quinnipiac University from 1981 - 1985.  Aside from being recognized as a leading goal scorer, captaining the team and earning most outstanding male athlete his senior year, he was inducted into the QU Hall of Fame in 1990.

His coaching career began immediately upon graduation as the Assistant Coach, QU Men's Ice Hockey (1985 - 1992).  Michael also led several boy's high school teams from 1992-2000 including Milford, North Haven, and Lyman Hall.

Michael moved to the girl's side of the game when he was named Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey (2000-2002) and Women's Golf (2001-2002) at Sacred Heart University.  He then returned to Quinnipiac as the Head Coach, Woman's Ice Hockey (2002-2008). 

At this time, he got involved as co-coach for the USA National Development Camps for Select 16/17 girls and Select 18/19 women in Lake Placid (2002-2007), running practices and games, as well as evaluating players.  

After leaving full-time coaching, he returned to local youth programs including  Wallingford Hawks Youth Hockey, Polar Bears,  and  Shoreline Sharks.  Michael coached our U19 Black team that went to Tier II Regionals during the 2017-2018 season. 

In his free time, you might find Michael presenting at area USA Hockey symposiums, running local hockey clinics or providing color commentary (television, radio and web-based broadcasts) for the QU Women's and Men's hockey teams. 

Coaching Director Michael Barnett on the bench with the QU Women's Hockey Team

USA Hockey SafeSport Information

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  USA Hockey SafeSport is the organization's program related to off-ice safety.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants.  These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision, and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players, and spectators. The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect the organization's various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.

The Shoreline Sharks fully support the SafeSport guidelines established by USA Hockey.