I was blessed with a family who owned a roller hockey rink in NJ, taught myself how to skate on my front porch before the rink was built so I was ready to skate as soon as the wooden floor cured for the many memories. I am very thankful for the many people I met over the years; FERDA is a true part of the hockey lifestyle.
I played HS Baseball, Football and played some basketball, I went to one of the only schools in the area of Northeast NJ that didn’t have a hockey team! Hockey was something I had many aspirations to playing at the highest level, so not having a high school team was definitely one of the main reasons I don’t believe I ever got noticed, even though I was exposed to very high levels of hockey around the HS ages and was very committed to playing, until I graduated high school
I joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman serving 2 tours overseas in combat operations, I was honorably discharged the beginning of January 1st of 2012 and I was now old enough to attend college so I began at a Junior College in NJ and then transferred to a D3 school, SUNY Plattsburgh. Due to some personal choices I chose to work for AT&T as a fiber optic technician for 6 years until some of my injuries have prevented me from working there. Fortunately, I was able to find a good fit for me at NCSA and honestly it has opened my eyes to the fact that, I could have had SO many more opportunities at the college level, even without a high school team growing up.
Now I want to give back to aspiring student-athletes who have the opportunity to pursue the dream of playing the sport they love at a higher level, while receiving the best possible education at the school that fits them perfectly, knowing that we have their back through the entire recruiting process and giving them the opportunity I am sure many people wish they would have been more aware about it while they were in that crucial recruiting period of their lives.