Men's Varsity Coaches
A familiar face in the New England hockey world, Casey Kesselring was hired in April 2013 and will bring his expertise to Lindsay Arena and the tradition-rich men’s ice hockey program at New Hampton School.
A former standout Division I and professional player, Kesselring has been the Head Coach of the Pinkerton Academy (Derry, New Hampshire) hockey team for the last 10 years. He built Pinkerton’s program into a public school power during his tenure, winning state titles in 2009 and 2012.
Kesselring has a knack for developing players. As a club director, he has worked with 20 players currently competing in college hockey. At Pinkerton, he has coached standout players including former Hockey East Player of the Year Paul Thompson (UNH), 2013 NHL Draft prospect Zach Sanford (Junior Islanders), and JD Dudek (Boston College commit). Kesselring was named the New Hampshire Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Hockey Night In Boston Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Kesselring is a fixture in Southern New Hampshire hockey as the owner and operator the New Hampshire Knights, a program of elite spring tournament teams. He is also the Director of the New Hampshire Avalanche, one of the top youth programs in New England.
Current New York Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano believes Kesselring brings impressive credentials to any level of hockey.
"Casey Kesselring is a first-class individual and a first-class citizen. He's going to be a great asset to the program. The guys will not only be better players but also better people when they leave New Hampton. With his knowledge of the game, tremendous work ethic, and dedication to the sport, Casey will do a tremendous job over the years at New Hampton!"
- Coach Jack Capuano
A former standout at Merrimack College, Kesselring is fourth on the School’s all-time Division-I scoring list. He was a part of the Hockey East All-Rookie team in 1995, his team’s leading scorer in 1997, an assistant captain in 1998, and a Hockey East All Star as a senior.
A native of Kitchener Ontario, Kesselring played his junior hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox SK before earning a full hockey scholarship to Merrimack. After signing with the Calgary Flames, he spent the next five years playing minor league professional hockey in the ECHL and AHL. In his rookie season, he made the ECHL All-Star Team.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Eric is excited to return to New Hampshire and join the New Hampton Community. Before coming to New Hampton he played eight years of professional hockey, including his last six years playing in Sweden where he met his wife, Jonna. Eric received his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the Men's Varsity Ice Hockey Team and Interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. He works in the Mathematics Department, teaching Algebra 2 and Honors Algebra 2 as well as serving as an Assistant Coach with the Men's Varsity Ice Hockey Team. Eric lives in Caswell House with his wife, Jonna, and their daughter, Molly.
Women's Varsity Coaches
Coach Churchill became the head of the New Hampton Women's Program in 2010 after coaching men's prep hockey for seven years at the Varsity level. Churchill spent two years at Colorado Academy running the offense and power play. Along with those duties, he was responsible for NCAA and junior hockey placement. Churchill then moved to Brewster Academy where he spent five years. In his time at Brewster, Churchill played a key role in recruiting and college placement helping to recruit and place athletes on various junior teams as well as NCAA Division 1 and 3 programs.
Coach Churchill's coaching philosophy is centered on the development of the individual so that each of his players will be in a position to reach their maximum potential for growth upon graduation from New Hampton School. For Churchill, coaching is not about developing systems for the team, but about developing systems where the individual players strengths will shine.
"Managing individuals comes before managing the team or systems; it is my job to find a way to coach each of the individuals on my team, often times with a very different approach for each one."
Churchill's coaching career began in the Oyster River Youth Association at the Pee Wee and Bantam levels. As well, he has worked at Play Like A Pro hockey camps for Scott Drevitch and worked as an on-ice director of the Charlie Holt Hockey Camp. Churchill has also been involved as a talent evaluator for the Laconia Leafs of the AJHL and a head coach for HUB CITY Hockey in both the Chowder Cup and Eastern Junior Hockey League Summer Showcase. Churchill also coached at the U15 USA National Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Coach Churchill played high school hockey in the Lakes Region for Proctor Academy. After a very successful high school career, Churchill made the decision to return to Durham and play at the University of New Hampshire and compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Assistant Coach Erica Shapey joins the New Hampton women’s program after coaching the 14U and 12U Lady Islanders where she guided her team to the New York State Championship. She attended prep school at Northwood School in Lake Placid and continued her collegiate career at SUNY Oswego. Named Rookie of the Year in 2007-2008, Erica also received ECAC West All-Academic Team Honors in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Erica is also an evaluator for the NYS Girl’s Hockey Association and a coach for multiple USA Hockey Development Camps. Erica teaches Spanish in the World Language Department.