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Rhode Island Sting

All Coaches and Volunteers meet USA Hockey certifications with age-appropriate training and safe sport/ background check for the safest developmental environment.

 

DIRECTORS:

Sara DeCosta 

She is the co-Founder of the Rhode Island Sting in 2012.  An Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Goaltender from the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games.  She is a Providence College and USA Hockey Hall of Fame Member.  Currently, she serves as the assistand coach of St. George's School.  Previously, she served as the assistant coach for Nobles and Greenough and Harvard University.  Sara has coached with the Rhode Island Sting at 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u levels over the past 8 seasons.  Sara is our Goalie Coach and Mentor.  Sara graduated from Providence College with a degree in Social Sciences.

Vicki Movsessian 

She is the co-Founder of the Rhode Island Sting in 2012.  She has coached with the Rhode Island Sting at 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u levels and skills coach for over the past 8 seasons.  An Olympic Gold Medalist from the 1998 Olympic Games.  Vicki is a Providence College and USA Hockey Hall of Fame Member.  She served as the assistant coach for Northeastern University and Providence College.  Vicki graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration.

COACHES:

8u

Garrett Vassalett- Coach Garrett Vaslet joins the Rhode Island Sting as our 8U Head coach! Garrett has several years of playing and coaching experience. He played in the Netherlands for the GIJS Groningen, dessa Jackalopes, Bridegewater Bandits EJHL as well as Philips Andover. He also played  professional inline! He is a power skating specialist and father to 2 Rhode Island Sting girls!

 

Dan Masood

Andy Bulk

David Malkasian

Gabe Menard

Jackie Augustine – Professional Figure Skating Coach

 

 

10u

Kate Ammatuna

10u coach and goalie coach. She is entering her 2nd season with RI Sting. She previously coached in other youth organizations with 8u and 10u teams. Kate is a graduate of Norwich University with a degree in Psychology and played hockey and lacrosse during her time there. She also attended Sacred Heart University where she earned a Master of Science with honors in Applied Psychology.

Paul Cavanagh

Mike Shannon

 

Bill Russo:

Currently a coach with the Rhode Island Sting 10u. Bill was the Head Boys Hockey Coach of Pilgrim High School for nine years. He later spent four seasons as the Toll Gate Boys Head Coach. Bill also spent two seasons as a coach for the Providence College men's club ice hockey team. Bill is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he played four seasons for the URI Ice Hockey team.

 

 

12u

 

 

Kate Ammatuna

10u coach and goalie coach. She is entering her 2nd season with RI Sting. She previously coached in other youth organizations with 8u and 10u teams. Kate is a graduate of Norwich University with a degree in Psychology and played hockey and lacrosse during her time there. She also attended Sacred Heart University where she earned a Master of Science with honors in Applied Psychology.

 

 

Crystal Labossiere

Bill Russo Currently a coach with the Rhode Island Sting U12. Bill was the Head Boys Hockey Coach of Pilgrim High School for nine years. He later spent four seasons as the Toll Gate Boys Head Coach. Bill also spent two seasons as a coach for the Providence College men's club ice hockey team. Bill is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he played four seasons for the URI Ice Hockey team.

Karlton Lough

Matthew St Vincent

 

 

 

 

14s

Cody Loughlean

From Innisfail Alberta Canada to New England, Cody enters his first season coaching with our 14u age group.  Cody played Junior Hockey for the North Battleford North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League prior to committing to Providence College.  He played a successful four-year college career at Providence College, captaining the team his senior year.  After graduation, Cody played in the Dallas Stars organization for the Oklahoma City Blazers.  After his retirement, he was the Assistant Coach at Ohio University while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Coaching Education and Athletic Administration. He returned to the Rhode Island area and was the former Assistant Coach at Providence College.  He and his wife Sarah have a daughter Lily, and 2 sons Wyatt and Cooper.

Mike Murray- RI Native Mike Murray played prep school hockey for Cushing Academy in 89'/90' before a successful 4 year Division 1 hockey career at UMass Lowell. In 1990 he was a Calgary Flames draft pick. Coach Murray played 6 years of professional hockey.

Sophia Vingi-RI Native, Sophia grew up playing youth hockey for the NRI Vikings before playing for the RI Sting. After her youth career, Sophia played prep school hockey for the Winchendon School in MA. She went on to play college hockey at Castleton University.

James Bethune – 

Jim is the Rhode Island Sting 2021 Coach 14u and Skills Coach.  Coach Jim is entering his Fourth Season with the Rhode Island Sting, having coached both 10u and 12u teams.  In addition to his affiliation with the Sting, Jim has also served as an assistant coach with the Providence Hockey Club (PHC), as well as a head coach of a U12 team with the Steamboat Braves Hockey Club in Steamboat Springs Colorado.  Having grown up in Cranston Rhode Island, Jim is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, where he played on their hockey team. Jim also attended and graduated from the University of California - Santa Barbara.  When not coaching (or working), Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends; and like all parents of athletes, driving around and cheering on his own children.

Kate Ammatuna

2020 10u coach and goalie coach. She is entering her 2nd season with RI Sting. She previously coached in other youth organizations with 8u and 10u teams. Kate is a graduate of Norwich University with a degree in Psychology and played hockey and lacrosse during her time there. She also attended Sacred Heart University where she earned a Master of Science with honors in Applied Psychology.

Leo Phenix

Entering his 6th season with the organization, Leo is currently a 14u Rhode Island Sting 2021 coach.  Across those years Leo has worked with 8u, 10u and 12u teams.  Leo focuses on goalie development and fundamental hockey skills across the teams for age-appropriate development.  He grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and has lived in RI for more than a decade.  His degree is in Biology from UMASS Amherst. 

Chris Lambert

 

16 and 19

Sara DeCosta-Hayes

Vicki Movsessian

Abbey Torres-

RI native, Abbey grew up playing hockey in the Cranston area before playing for the Cranston Girls High School Co-Op. She spent a post grad year playing for the East Coast Wizards Girls Junior team before entering her career at the University of Rhode Island. Abbey captained her team her senior season while earning her Bachelors in Kinesiology. During her summers she has worked various USA Hockey camps and events. She is the goaltending coach at Portsmouth Abbey School and also officiates in her free time.

Casey Mccormick-

RI native, Casey grew up playing hockey in the Warwick area and later went on to play for Warwick Girls High School Co-Op. She furthered her playing career at the University of Rhode Island where she captained her team for three seasons while earning her Bachelors in Health Studies. Casey has worked USA Hockey National camps in her summers and helps teach power skating to children of various ages.

Sophia Vingi

Troy Thibodeau

 

Kurt Carter

 Kurt has coached both girls and boys at the 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u, 16u and 19u girls age groups.  Kurt is the Head Coach of the Portsmouth Abbey Girl’s Hockey Team.  He was previously the Head Coach at Davenport University Women’s Ice Hockey team in Grand Rapids, MI as well as the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY. He was the inaugural coach at Medway/Ashland Girls Hockey in Massachusetts for eight seasons.  He speaks at USA Hockey coaching education symposiums and is passionate about growing girl’s hockey. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts.