Nanook Coaching Family
Experienced & Exceptional Coaching Staff
Bud Brown - Nanook Coaching Director
Bud grew up in Fairfield County and played in the Bridgeport youth hockey program. He capped off a successful youth hockey career with a Division 1 Bantam State Championship. Bud went on to play varsity hockey at Fairfield Prep and was team captain his senior year. Bud played a post-graduate season at the Canterbury School before going on to play hockey at Bowdoin College. Bud has been an assistant coach at Fairfield Prep and at the Canterbury School; each for two years at the varsity level.
Bud has been a positive force in Connecticut youth hockey development for over 10 years. As Director of Hockey for the Ridgefield Amature Hockey Association, Bud was an early adopter of the American Development Model (ADM). Bud’s focus on skills development helped to establish a foundation of skaters that are competitive for their Winter Programs and several players have advanced to compete for Tier 1 programs in the area. Most recently, Bud was the head coach for the Darien Squirt A team for the 2015-16 season and currently the assistant coach for Darien PWA.
Personally, Bud is motivated to build an Elite Spring Development Hockey Program with a focus on family and a recognition that kids and families should be able to pursue multiple interests. Bud and his wife Alison, live in Ridgefield, CT and have three boys, Jack, Hunter and Parker, that enjoy many different sports and activities. Nanook’s quick success in the region is grounded on the program’s focus to provide a positive hockey experience that will be valuable to the player, the kid, and the family.
Rand Pecknold - Quinnipiac University, Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach
Nanook Hockey is honored and proud to welcome back Coach Pecknold for his fifth season. Coach Pecknold has been instrumental in helping guide Bud, our coaches, and the general direction of the program. Rand shares a very similar philosophy with Nanook Hockey regarding hockey development, as well as, a rational perspective of how hockey fits into our daily/busy lives during the spring and summer. We couldn't be more excited for our coaches and players to have the opportunity to be influenced by Coach Pecknold again this Spring!
Rand Pecknold completed his 23rd season as Quinnipiac's men's ice hockey head coach in 2016-17. This past season marked the Bobcats fifth-consecutive appearance in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals while also posting the program's 17th 20-win season in program history, with Pecknold owning 16 of those years out of his 23 years behind the Bobcats' bench. Pecknold has now posted a non-losing season for the 20th straight year. In addition, Quinnipiac leads all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey programs with 135 wins over the last five seasons.
To date, Pecknold features a career record of 469-279-85 and currently ranks fifth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
Following the 2016-17 season, on Apr. 13, 2017, Pecknold selected by USA Hockey as an assistant coach for the 2017 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the IIHF World Championship in Germany and France.
For Coach Pecknold's full bio and a list of his many achievements, please click here.
"Nanook and Bud Brown care about player development. They focus on skill development and creating a well-rounded athlete. Professionally organized, well coached and a well run spring hockey program"
Moe Tarrant’s coaching accomplishments include 30 years of coaching at levels from mites all the way through college. His teams have won State, New England and National championships. At the prep school level, his teams have made it to the New England Championships five times, winning three of those five.
In 2005, 2006, and 2007 Moe was honored by HNIB as Division II Prep School Coach of the year. In addition, he received the National Ice Hockey Officials’ Association Coach of the Year Sportsmanship Award for 2007. He has obtained the highest level of coaching from USA Hockey, the Masters Level.
Moe believes that along with teaching players the techniques of the game, valuable life lessons are learned on the ice. He coaches with the philosophy that practice will always make someone better, that one will learn from mistakes, and that a team must always win and lose with dignity. To Moe, helping his athletes develop into the productive and hard-working men and women is the real joy in coaching.
Moe has helped place 300+ players in prep school & college, his networking is one of the best in New England.
“While hockey is a great game, what I care most about is your daughter/son and the trust I earn with parents and their greatest gift, their children.” - Moe
A 1996 University of Connecticut graduate, Ryan left UCONN as a 1st Team All- American, 3rd all-time leading scorer and the 1996 NCAA Division 1 Scoring Champion for both points and assists. Ryan then went on to a four-year professional career in the ECHL and CHL where his teammates voted him one of the team captains numerous times.
Ryan has coached both boys and girls hockey for some of the premier organizations in CT, including the CT Yankees and Mid-Fairfield Stars. As a coach for Mid-Fairfield, he helped the team win the 2010-2011 Tier 1 U14 National Championship. Ryan has also coached Stars teams that won 2 bronze medals and a silver medal. The Stars teams that Ryan coached all won the Tier 1 State Championship and Tier 1 Regional Championship each season he coached. Ryan is a Level 4 certified USA Hockey coach.
Ryan is currently the Head Coach of the CT Whale of the NWHL.
Ryan lives in Fairfield, CT with his beautiful wife Laura and their three adorable children, Rocco, Leo and Leighton.
Matt currently works at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in the Membership Department. Matt was part of the original management team that helped launch the opening of Chelsea Piers Connecticut in July 2012. Prior to Chelsea Piers he was responsible for founding BlueStreak Sports Training, deemed to be one of most prestigious sports training facilities in the U.S. Matt continued on to be the co-founder for Hybrid Hockey, a recruitment and exposure service that prepares players who are looking to expose themselves at the collegiate level.
Prior to BlueStreak, Matt played professional hockey with the Adirondack Ice Hawks of the United Hockey League, the “AA” affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. Matt was also a first round selection of the Miami Manatees in the inaugural WHA2 season.
Prior to his professional career, Matt graduated from New England College where he received a BA in business and sports management. Matt was a two-sport captain in hockey and lacrosse and helped lead the Pilgrims to three championships in eight seasons, with two finals defeats. Matt was named to both the North-South All-Star team for lacrosse and Division III Senior All-Star team for hockey. He was named CCC Conference player of the year in lacrosse his senior year. In 2015 he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at New England College.
Matt’s passion lies in development of the complete hockey player on and off the ice. Currently 14 of his students have been drafted into the NHL and over 94 Division I athletes, 17 Professional players, 4 US Olympians and more than 300 prep school players.
In 2010, Matt was named a Master Trainer by Athletic Republic, a distinction that only thirty trainers hold out of the 1,600 in the Athletic Republic network.
Matt currently resides in Darien with his wife Tanya, and two beautiful children, Bryce and Avery. He coaches the Darien Midget Minor Team in the Fall.
Ian is the Youth Hockey Director at Chelsea Piers CT where he coaches and oversees the Dual County Mite League, Mite Development Program, the Learn to Play program, and all CP summer camps. In addition to his duties at CPCT, Ian has coached the Greenwich Panthers U10, U12 & U14 girls travel hockey team. Ian currently coaches the Squirt A Greenwich Skating Club.
Before coming to Chelsea Piers, Ian was the Hockey/Athletic Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich where he oversaw and ran the Boys & Girls Club hockey programs, including mini-mites, mites, learn-to-skate and adult hockey. Ian has been on the ice as a player and coach for most of his life. Early on, he spent his summers as a demonstrator and coach's assistant at Cutting Edge Hockey Camps where he was able to pursue his passion for the sport.
Erin has been a Physical Education teacher and coach at Greenwich Academy for the over 5 years. While at Greenwich Academy, she has taught in the lower and middle schools as well as coached Varsity Soccer, Varsity Ice Hockey, and Varsity Track and Field during their respective seasons. In 2010, she joined the CT Ice Cats program where she has coached at the u10 A, u12 A, u14 A, and u19 A levels. At the u12 and u14 level, the team won the Tier 2 girls State Championship as well as the New England Championships.
Before that, Erin played high school hockey at Greenwich Academy and then college hockey at Manhattanville College where she was also the assistant coach for a year while receiving her Masters in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.
- Youth Hockey Director at SoNo Ice House
- Current forward & Captain of the CT Whale (NWHL)
- Selected for the 2018 All-Star Team
- 5th all-time scorer in University of New Hampshire history (189 points in 143 games)
- Member of the 2008 gold-medal winning USA National Team
- Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (NCAA women's best hockey player)
- Leading scorer for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (2010)
- Hockey East Rookie of the year 2006
- Hockey East Tournament MVP (2006 & 2008)
- NCAA Record for most game winning goals in a season (13 Goals)
- Hockey East first team all-star (2007, 2008, 2009)
- 4 year (2005-2009) Varsity defensemen at Greenwich High School; 2009 captain; nominated 05,06; 07,08 FCIAC All County Selection
- Two times nominated Team Connecticut USA Hockey
- Two time USA Hockey New England Development Camp Participant
- Gold Medalist USFSA Figure Skating moves in the field
- Assistant/Head Coach Darien Ice Cats : 2010 - Present
- Assistant Coach Greenwich High School Varsity and JV Girls Ice Hockey : 2016 - Present
- Coaching youth and adult ice hockey, figure skating, and power skating instructor of all ages since the age of 16.
- All-time leading scorer for Quinnipiac University (95 G, 108 A 203P)
- ECAC Player and Rookie of the year (2011)
- 4 Time All-New England First Team
- Named a top-10 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist (Best Women's college player)
- NWHL All-Star
This will be Mike’s 4th spring season with the Nanooks. He is in his 8th year of coaching and has coached players and goalies from the learn to skate to the college club level. Mike spent 6 years as an Assistant and Goalie Coach for Notre Dame of West Haven, as well as coaching with Darien Youth Hockey, The Brave Hockey Club (Quinnipiac) and The Q Spring Program. Mike is currently a goaltending instructor for Connecticut Crease as well as an Assistant and Goalie coach with the Greater New Haven Warriors, and Branford High School. Mike is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and will be and an Apprentice Teacher at New Canaan Country School starting in August.