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 current 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 is now currently the Power Skating Coach for the USA NTDP U-17 and U-18 teams housed in the newly renovated USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, and has been a part of their remarkable program for the last 17 years.

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 the Skating Treadmill located in the Advantage Sports retail store.

Carrie currently resides in Manchester 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- Current 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
  • 35 years coaching experience
  • 15+ years CEO of Keil Power Skating, Inc.
 

Dave Debol

Coach

Dave starred for Notre Dame High School where he won the state title in 1973. From there, he played at the University of Michigan where, as a sophomore, he set the NCAA record for fastest hat trick against Michigan Tech, which still stands at 59 seconds. He led the team to the 1977 NCAA title game and tied Michigan’s single season scoring record (43 goals), and set Michigan’s single season record for most points (99). In 1977 he became the first Team All-American. In 1996 Dave was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor for his outstanding efforts on the ice during his four-season stay.

Following his collegiate years, Dave played six years of professional hockey, including three years with the National Hockey League’s Hartford Whalers where he played on a line with Gordie Howe.

Dave was a three-time member of the U.S. National Team, competing in the following World Championships:

  • 1977 – Austria
  • 1979 – Czechoslovakia
  • 1981 – Sweden

Dave was a three-time coach of Team USA – World University Games for:

  • 2007 Assistant Coach-Torino, Italy
  • 2009 Assistant Coach-Harbin, China
  • 2011 Head Coach-Erzurum, Turkey

Dave coached high school hockey for 4 years, beginning as Dexter High School head coach. He also served 7 years as the U of M Dearborn Club Hockey Head Coach. The team finished 6th nationally in the ACHA rankings in his inaugural 2004/2005 coaching season. Currently he is Head Coach of the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints FHL team.

Dave skates with the Red Wing alumni team. He currently resides in Saline, and has a son, Myles and daughter, Alexis.

 

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.
 

Dale Rominski

Coach

Dale has been an instructor for 19 years. Dale was named Mr. Hockey in 1994 while playing for Brother Rice high school. He played collegiate hockey for the University of Michigan where he won two NCAA Championship titles. He served as assistant captain in 1999. From there, he spent two years in professional hockey including a stint with the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning. Dale provides private and semi-private lessons in stick handling, skating, and shooting as well group instruction in many of Hockey Masters on-ice classes.

Dale is a clinical social worker with the University of Michigan providing outpatient psychotherapy to adolescents, as well as, sports counselor for the University of Michigan varsity hockey team. Dale also has a private practice in Ann Arbor where he provides psychotherapy and sport psychology. Dale resides in Ann Arbor with his son, George and wife, Cait.

 

Eddie Ameel

Coach

Eddie has thirteen 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 an assistant/skills coach with the 2003 BTA Ann Arbor Wolves.
 

Kyle Gagneau

Coach

Born and raised outside of Ann Arbor, Kyle started skating and playing hockey at the age of five. He continued to play hockey around the Ann Arbor and Detroit area until he graduated from high school and went to college at Michigan State University. In 2012, Kyle graduated with a degree in Kinesiology with specializations in Health Promotions and Fitness Leadership. After graduation, Kyle continued his education with the National Academy of Sports Medicine where he received certificates as a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. He is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

As a player, Kyle participated in Hockey U from the inaugural year of the program. Three years later, he began helping as an assistant coach in the program. For the past 11 years, Kyle has been coaching all aspects of the game including on ice private lessons in power skating, skills work, and game awareness as well as off ice strength and conditioning. He has worked with players from mini mites through the junior, college, and professional levels and designs programs that are age and ability appropriate. Kyle currently resides in Lansing, Michigan.