Our Coaches

Carrie Keil

Director

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Carrie attended Pioneer High School, MSU and the University of Michigan. She began her professional coaching career while completing her degrees at the University of Michigan. Carrie coached many local AAAHA house and travel teams, and accepted the position of Skating Coach for the University of Michigan Men’s Hockey Team under former head coach, Red Berenson. As time went on, Carrie found herself working with a number of competitive youth teams in the southeastern Michigan area, and began training players on a private basis as well. Carrie also spent 19 years as the Power Skating Coach for the USA NTDP U-17 and U-18 programs.

As Carrie spent the majority of her time training players in private and semi-private situations, she designed and developed the summer Hockey University Program. Hockey University is a fully comprehensive 10-week on-ice and off-ice training program for players ages 8-18.

Carrie also owns and operates All-N-Stride, the #1 skating treadmill training program in the country. The skating treadmill program is offered at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, Novi Ice Arena, and Southside Ice Arena just outside of Grand Rapids.

Carrie currently resides in Grand Rapids and runs the majority of her hockey programs at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor. She has three daughters, all of whom were competitive skaters and players.

Carrie’s credentials include:

  • Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, University of Michigan
  • 1999-2018 USA NTDP Skating Coach, U-17 and U-18 programs
  • Former OHL’s Saginaw Spirit Skating Coach
  • 1986-1992 University of Michigan Head Skating Trainer
  • 37 years coaching experience
  • 16+ years CEO of Keil Power Skating, Inc.
 

Brian Sipotz

Coach

Brian was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana where he grew up playing AA travel hockey. He attended Culver Military Academy, and went on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami, Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and was a fourth round draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001. Brian played 7 years of professional hockey, including 6 years with the Thrashers AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. In that time, he was the spokesman for the Wolves’ Adopt-A-Dog program, a two time Chicago Sports Profile Hometown Hero award winner, and the American Hockey League Man of the Year finalist. Brian was also a league leader in plus/minus, made two Calder Cup finals appearances, and won a Calder Cup championship in 2008.

Brian’s experience playing the highest levels of professional hockey has brought him an increased knowledge of the physical and mental aspects of the game. He designs on-ice workouts to reflect this knowledge by simulating game-like situations that are common at all levels of play. These focused, dynamic skill sessions are intended to develop a player’s confidence, situational awareness and overall skill set.

Brian is the owner and strength coach at Advantage Strength and Conditioning and lives in Milan with his wife Kelly, son Cole and daughter, Cooper.

 

Darryl Nelson

Strength Coach

Darryl has been the strength and conditioning coach with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program since the 2000-2001 season. Before joining USA Hockey, Darryl trained athletes from the youth level through college and into the professional ranks. His work experience includes Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning in Boston, MA and The International Performance Institute in Bradenton, FL. Darryl has been with Hockey Masters since March of 2003. He holds an MEd. in physical education and is certified by both the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Darryl currently resides in Manchester.
 

Eddie Ameel

Coach

Eddie has fourteen years coaching experience. He grew up in and played hockey for Chelsea High School 1999-2002. From there, his love of the game and teaching kids lead to being an instructor for the Chelsea Learn-To-Play and Snowcubs program teaching very basic hockey skills. Between 2008-2011 he was the assistant coach for the Chelsea Prep hockey team, helping lead them to the GLPHL championship in 2011. In 2009 he started working with a broad age group of kids at the Chelsea Development Camp, which lead to working with kids in smaller group lessons. Eddie has also been an instructor at Hockey University as well as instructing lessons on the skating treadmill for five years. Eddie’s passion for the game and helping people improve keep him doing private and semi-private lessons for all age groups in the areas of skating, stick work, small area game awareness, and overall defensemen play. Eddie currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, Melissa.
 

Zachary Willis

Coach

Zachary has been playing hockey since he was four years old, playing house, travel, and collegiate club. He received lessons from Carrie Keil throughout his youth and attended camps and Hockey University for three years before becoming an instructor at that camp himself. He played his top seasons of hockey with the AAA Motor City Metal Jackets of the NAPHL and played four years with Eastern Michigan University’s D1 ACHA team where he captained his final two years. He graduated EMU with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Performance and Fitness Entrepreneurship. He has been coaching and teaching lessons for five years. Zachary currently works at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake as a special education aide, coaches private lessons, teaches power skating with AAAHA, and is currently the Head Coach of the Saline HS Prep hockey team.
 

Kristina Keil

Coach & Administrative Assistant

Kristina is an Ann Arbor native who was introduced to skating at a very young age. After figure skating until she was five, she began her hockey career playing on house and travel teams in Chelsea and Ann Arbor, eventually making the jump to join a AAA club in Detroit. Hockey led her to Kent School in Connecticut for her last two years of high school where she had a strong finish to her career as a player. She then attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business in 2016.

Kristina was a participant of Keil Power Skating and Hockey University for ten years before joining the staff in the summer of 2012. With her seven years of coaching experience, Kristina offers on-ice power skating for individuals and teams, as well as off-ice sessions at the Ann Arbor Skating Treadmill. Kristina currently manages the Ann Arbor treadmill and is the acting Administrative Assistant for Hockey University.