We have multiple hockey programs available in addition to the Bears teams. Several coaches also instruct our hockey classes and in house programs. Below is a general outline and you can click on the link to get more information about each of the programs:
Our programs are USA Hockey Sanctioned and all coaches are required to have proper background screening and coaching credentials appropriate for the age and level you are coaching.
Oakland Bears Coaching Application 2019-20
If you are interested in applying for a 2019-20 Coaching Position please follow the instructions below:
1. Complete the Sharks Ice Employment Application (below) and attach a personal/coaching resume and email to Chi-Yin Tse
2. A CAHA approved background check is required with your application and may take 7-10 business days to get your report. You may not participate in any coaching capacities until your background check has been approved and you are on the CAHA APPROVED LIST If you are not on the compliance list you will need to complete the mandatory background screening CLICK HERE FOR CAHA BACKGROUND SCREENING
3. Must be USA Hockey Registered for the 2019-20 Season & have completed the age-specific coaching module for the team they plan to coach.
5. Appropriate USA Hockey Coaching Level
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE REQUIRED OF ALL HIRED AND VOLUNTEER COACHES AT SHARKS ICE FACILITIES.
All hired and volunteer hockey coaches must have a current USA Hockey membership and be screened through the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) screening program prior to coaching. Following initial background checks, CAHA performs screenings of all coaches on a two-year cycle.
All other coaches performing services at Sharks Ice facilities, including skating coaches, are required to have an approved background check, including federal, state and county criminal history and notification of subsequent arrests.
For more information please contact Jon Gustafson, Vice President of Sharks Ice, by calling (408) 279-6000.
Coach Chi grew up in New Jersey and started playing hockey at the age of 14! He started out as a roller hockey player and easily transitioned into ice hockey becoming an All-Conference 1st team selection by the coaches in New Jersey and an All-Conference 2nd team selection by the New Jersey Star Ledger. After high school, he transitioned back into roller hockey by competing at the club level for Northeastern University, helping them win two league championships and earning the chance to compete at the National Championships (two times). He continued his career as a roller hockey player by competing for the Hartford Thunder and Hartford Fireants.
After his career in roller hockey, he transitioned to the bench and returned to his alma-mater to help the new ACHA D2 Men's Ice Hockey team compete in NECHA. As a head coach in 2006, he earned a respectable 17-2-1 record in their first year as a probationary team. He then returned as an assistant coach in 2011 and helped guide the program to a 126-50-2-10 record over the course of six years, which culminated to five (5) NECHA regular season champions; three (3) ACHA Beanpot championships; one (1) NECHA Championship; two (2) ACHA Northeast Regional Playoff Champions; four (4) ACHA National Championship appearances; three (3) ACHA D2 Top 16 National Rankings; one (1) ACHA D2 Top 5 National Ranking; was part of the coaching staff for the ACHA D2 Coach of the Year award in 2011.
Coach Chi moved to the Bay Area after the completion of his MS degree in Bioengineering and is now the Hockey Manager in Oakland.
Coach Brad is originally from Rhode Island, the Ocean State. He began playing hockey as a youngster, but it was not long before he strapped on the goalie gear. At the age of 14, he moved to Florida and played for the Gulf Coast Flames AA and AAA programs out of Ellenton, Florida. Coach Brad quickly became one of the top goaltenders in the Southeast area. Coach Brad began coaching goalies at various hockey schools in the East before he began private lessons on his own. Coach Brad relocated to the Bay Area in December 2016 to be closer to his family and to come work with the Oakland Bears Hockey Club.
Coach Rory grew up in the Mid-West and played AAA hockey in the Michigan National Hockey League for Team Indiana. As a 16 year old, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Jr. Ice of the North American Hockey League. Before playing Junior A Hockey, he played Prep School Hockey at Culver Military Academy for legendary coach Al Clark. After a successful career of Prep School and Junior A Hockey, he went on to play hockey at Indiana University, where he finished college hockey as the all time leading scorer in Indiana University Hockey history. He graduated with a Undergraduate Business degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and became a Financial Consultant.
Coach Carolyn grew up in Connecticut as a figure skater, but at age 9, she realized that her true ice passion was playing the game of ice hockey. She played for her town leagues and the CT Polar Bears before attending UCONN.
At UCONN, she played for the ACHA D2 Women's team and became the co-president/captain while studying in an extensive and intense undergraduate program. She graduated with a BS in molecular genetics and moved to the Bay Area in 2016.
She is currently working in the field of cancer research at Caribou Biosciences in Berkeley doing cancer genetics research during the day, and spends her evenings on the ice as a coach for the Oakland Bears Hockey 1-2-3 program, the Special Hockey Program, and the SIYHL In House youth program. Carolyn loves living in the Bay Area and when she's not the ice, you can find her rock climbing, cooking up any type of Italian cuisine (her favorite), or practicing her photography skills. Coach Carolyn is excited about possibilities of growing disabled hockey in this area, as well as promoting and expanding the presence of girls youth hockey in Oakland!
Coach Rick grew up in Massachusetts playing AAA for the North Shore Raiders and Middlesex Islanders hockey clubs both formerly of the Greater Boston Metropolitan Hockey League. He was a three-year captain and all-league defenseman at North Andover High and before doing a post-graduate year at Brewster Academy, playing in the New England Prep League. Rick went on to play four years at Elmira College, helping his school win two ECAC West Championships, and make two NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
Coach Rick has coached power skating and skills clinics all over New England, New York and in California.
As a former figure skater and current ice skating instructor, Denise implemented a ‘Learn to Skate’ class for children with special needs in 1996, and has taught for the past 22 years, conducting classes at the Oakland Ice Center.
Through this class, her interest in helping children with autism grew. She became an ABA Early Interventionist and Social Skills Facilitator in 2005 and has worked for the Moraga School District as an Intensive Instructional Assistant and as an inclusion specialist.
Denise is interested in the social and physical well being of the special needs population and is a certified Autism Movement Therapist©. She is also a US Figure Skating Special Olympics/ Therapeutic Skating Committee Member.