Jim Michals - Co-Owner/ Director/Head of Player Devlopment
Jim Michals has been playing ice hockey since the age of 4. Playing high school hockey at Nobles & Greenough, Jim moved on to play college hockey for Babson College. After graduating from Babson, Jim began coaching youth hockey. Formerly the program coordinator for the Needham Youth Hockey Intramural program, Jim has run power skating and skills for the Boston Junior Bruins, Needham Youth Hockey, Charles River Girls Hockey, Eastern Girls Community Hockey, Belmont Youth Hockey, Wellesley Youth Hockey, and the Rhode Island Hitmen. Jim has also worked with a number of well-known coaches such as Dennis Gendron, Laura Stamm, and Pertti Hasanen.
In 2010, Jim established the New England Pride Girls Program with his brother, Doug. Jim and Doug started the NE Pride program because they are passionate about developing the complete person and player. Jim continues to pursue the development of each player in the program!
Doug Michals - Co-Owner/ Director of Goaltending and Player Development
Doug Michals, current Director of both Goaltending and Player Development, was an instrumental part of Trinity Pawlings squad in 1990. Attending the University of Connecticut from 1990-1994, Doug was named Most Valuable Player in 1993. After graduating from UConn in 1994, Doug went on to play for the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL). Following his release from the ECHL, Doug, along with Darren Hersh, founded the Goalie Academy. From 2004-2006, Doug served as Director of Goaltending for the Hershey Junior Bears in Hershey, PA. In 2006, Doug made the decision to move back to partner with his brother Jim, and T.E.A.M.S. Training.
Currently, Doug is the Vice President, Director, and Instructor of Michals Hockey Academy, Stride Right Power Skating and the Co-Founder of The Goalie Academy of Boston. Michals Hockey Academy is an innovative, high-energy instructional hockey company that focuses on creating power skating, skills and goalie camps for hockey programs and goalies. He is also the Head Goalie Coach for the Nobles & Greenough Varsity Boy’s Hockey team.
In 2010 Doug and Jim decided to start the New England Pride which continues to grow. Jim and Doug have dedicated themselves to the development of the players who come to the Pride in helping them reach their goals not only in hockey but in life.
DJ Walsh- Director/ Lead Trainer/ U16 and Peewee Minor Head Coach
Growing up playing for Boston Junior Bruins and Needham Youth Hockey, DJ excelled on the ice. Leading his team to the 2010 USA Hockey National Tournament, DJ went on to play his High School career at Needham High School. In both 2011 and 2012, DJ was named to Massachusetts All-State Team and represented Massachusetts at the Bauer National Invitational Tournament in 2011 in Minnesota. Upon graduating from Needham High, DJ went on to play his Post-Grad year at Bridgton Academy in Maine. Committing to play at the University of Southern Maine, DJ joined the Huskies in the Fall of 2013. Suffering a career ending injury, DJ returned home to recover.
Joining Michals Hockey in the summer of 2014, DJ has gone on to coach at our camps and clinics. In addition to coaching on the ice, DJ trains a wide range of athletes on our Synthetic Ice Treadmill and Mini Rink.