Summer Camp Coaches
Summer Camp Coaches
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Ryan Blair moved to Montreal, Quebec until he was 16 and then his family again relocated to Ashburn, Virginia. After AAA hockey in Reston, Blair played 3 years of junior hockey in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Texarkana Bandits and one year in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the Foxboro Stars. He was then recruited to play Division 1 hockey at UMass Lowell. He played all four years and 141 games with UMass Lowell. Graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts with concentrations in psychology and sociology, he went on to play two and a half years of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Blair was an assistant captain in junior hockey, college hockey and professional hockey. After his playing days were over Blair entered back into the hockey world as a strength and conditioning specialist, skills coach, and Jr Hockey Coach. Coach Blair is in his first year as the Head of Hockey Development with the Boston Junior Rangers, a travel hockey program in Tewksbury, MA. Along with his Hockey Development duties, Ryan is also the Head Coach of the Boston Junior Rangers EHL Premier junior team. His playing experience, along with his positive and energetic approach will help him be an excellent addition to the Progressive Hockey Development summer program staff.
Billy is currently a coach for the varsity hockey team at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, a private junior high school with a very prestigious hockey program. Billy previously coached the varsity teams at Albany Academy (Albany, NY) and Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA) and was the head trainer for Michals Hockey Academy in Boston, MA. Before coaching, Billy played NCAA D-I hockey at Colgate University from 2009 to 2013. Originally from Great Falls, VA, Billy grew up playing hockey for the Reston Raiders, Washington Little Caps, Gonzaga College High School and Montgomery Blue Devils before heading to prep school in Connecticut to play at Choate Rosemary Hall. We are extremely pleased to have Billy back in the area this summer to work with the next up and coming players from the D.C. Metro Area!
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Larry Cockrell moved to Central Pennsylvania, where he played hockey for the Hershey Jr. Bears organization before attending NCAA D-III powerhouse Norwich University in Vermont. After retiring from the United States Navy in 2010, Cockrell became the Head Coach of Kents Hill School Varsity Hockey in Maine. After ten years at Kents Hill, he moved to become the Head Varsity Coach at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, where he currently coaches.
Aside from being a tremendous team coach, Coach Cockrell is also an amazing skills coach, focusing on the details of each technique. Larry’s son, Jared, plays NCAA Division I hockey for Colgate University in New York. Progressive Hockey Development is lucky and excited to have a Division I New England Prep School coach running a week of camp at Loudoun Ice Centre with us this summer!
Bill Downey is entering his second season as Manager of Hockey Operations with the Phantoms.
A native of Pittsburgh, Bill spent four seasons as Director of Hockey Operations at Penn State University before coming to Lehigh Valley after serving in the same capacity at Harvard during the 2010-11 campaign. Before that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Penn State’s club hockey team where he was active in recruiting and was part of the advisory board that helped with the preparation for Penn State’s launch of NCAA hockey.
During the 2007-08 season, Bill was an assistant coach for the Reading Royals of the ECHL while also serving as hockey director for Team Comcast and Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
As a player, Bill was the part of several ACHA National Championships at Penn State University, where he also played for the United States of America at the World University Games. After college, Bill played minor league hockey in the SPHL for Richmond and in the ECHL for Johnstown and Reading. An amazing stick-handler, Bill is passionate about hockey and a fantastic coach. We are excited to have Bill as a part of the Progressive Hockey Development team for the summer at Loudoun Ice Centre!