Gusto Sports @ RNS would like to introduce our experienced coaching staff. The Gusto coaching staff loves sports and wants to share their passion with you. It is this passion that fuels us and helps us to understand and motivate players. Our coaches have enjoyed successful athletic careers and, more importantly, are superb instructors. Outstanding qualifications, strong work ethic and passion are all characteristics of the Gusto Sports @ RNS Team. Meet our staff!
Coach DeLong is a Physical Education teacher, assistant houseparent, and assistant coach of the boys’ varsity hockey team at Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS). Jordan played for the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Hockey League, winning a Kent Cup Championship in 2006. After Woodstock, he went on to play NCAA hockey at Potsdam State where he played for four years and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jordan started out his coaching career at the NCAA level as an assistant coach with State University of New York at Canton.
During his time at SUNY Canton, Jordan led his team to a 23-2-2 record, resulting in an ACHA national tournament appearance, and conference regular season and tournament titles. For the past six years, Jordan has been a lead instructor at Elite Hockey Training Centers, located at Dartmouth College and Norwich University. These programs are responsible for developing players who move on to the NCAA, Major Junior and Junior A ranks. This is Jordan’s third year at RNS and he is very excited to have the opportunity to lead the Gusto Hockey program.
Coach Lewis is the Director of Hockey and head coach of the boys’ varsity hockey team at RNS. Jeff brings a wealth of hockey coaching experience, as he has been a head on-ice instructor for the Danny Cleary Hockey School, the UNB Varsity Reds programs, Fundy Hockey School, and the Future Stars Hockey School. Jeff has also acted as the development coordinator for the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association and has worked within the POE with both Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada. Prior to RNS, Jeff was a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director at Pugwash District High School. He coached the Amherst Junior A Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League for six seasons. Jeff received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (with a Concentration in Coaching) as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick. This is Jeff’s second year at RNS and he is excited to be part of the Gusto family and looks forward to being on the ice with the athletes.
Coach Blackmore is the head coach of the varsity girls' hockey team at RNS. She teaches History and French at the school. Kayla played for Team New Brunswick at the 2007 Canada Games and Team Atlantic at the 2008 Under 18 National Championships. Kayla played in the CIS for the St. Thomas University Tommies, where she was captain, a five-time Academic All-Canadian, the universities all-time leading scorer, and proud recipient of the CIS Marion Hilliard Award and St. Thomas University Female Athlete of the Year Awards. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, receiving the St. Thomas University Medal for Highest Academic Standing at graduation. Kayla brings numerous years of as she has worked at numerous elite hockey schools and coached in New Brunswick's High Performance Program for seven years. Kayla is also an Assistant Coach for 2015 Team New Brunswick's Women’s Canada Games team. Kayla is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the motivated athletes in the Gusto program, and she hopes to instil the importance and value of academic excellence, athletic development and community involvement into these athletes.
Coach Lee is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a B.S. degree in Sports Medicine. After completing a successful college career in the NCAA for Norwich University, where he won a National Championship in 2003, he went on to become an Assistant Coach for the team. Aaron was also an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the university, primarily working with the varsity hockey teams before going to Australia where he earned his Graduate Diploma in Education. Aaron has a passion for helping hockey players reach their potential and recognizes the huge impact that quality instruction, coaching and training can have on a player’s career. Aaron currently teaches Science and Physical Education at Rothesay Netherwood School and has worked with many athletes including: hockey players in Midget AAA, Junior A, Major Junior, AHL, Europe, and the National Hockey League.
The Gusto name is well known around the southern part of New Brunswick for helping young hockey players enhance their skill set and their overall understand of the game. Gusto is built on values such as respect, passion, integrity, work ethic, team work, character and fun. In this vein, we are going to take the Gusto brand and apply it to other sports. Gusto Sports @ RNS has evolved to include hockey and soccer and will continue to add sports. read more