John ("Coach Z") has 30+ years of playing and coaching experience, having started playing at the age of 3! Growing up, he excelled both as a goaltender and skater and his passion for the sport lead him to begin coaching while in HS. After playing at the collegiate level, Coach Z founded Ztending to create a community of goaltenders that Live. Love. Learn Hockey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Ztending has grown tremendously and with the opening of Ztending Headquarters, Coach Z is now able to provide skill coaching to both goaltenders (Ztenders) and skaters (SniperZ) not only in our area, but throughout the US as well!
Hockey is life for Coach Z, so when he isn't coaching goalies and skaters, you can find him reffing hockey. Coach Z is a Level 4 USA Hockey Official and can frequently be found wearing the bands in higher level games. Coach Z also enjoys playing the guitar and video games or just relaxing to watch a movie.
Coach Z competes in the National Ninja League and hopes to one day make it to American Ninja Warrior. Aside from ninja obstacles , he also enjoys to train as a parkour athlete.
Brie brings 20+ years of hockey exprience to the Ztending community. She started shooting at goalie clinics and camps with Coach Z in 2004 and has been an integral part of the growth and success of Ztending. Currently, she ensures the day-to-day operations at ZHQ are running smoothly, from lesson scheduling to making sure all our Ztenders and SniperZ feel welcome and part of the Ztending community. In addition, Brie oversees all our Athlete and Adult Training programs.
Brie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 2017 and currently works as a Physical Therapist at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell. Brie is a USA Hockey Level 3 Official and Seminar Instructor, and has had the opportunity to ref USA Hockey Nationals as well as Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) games. Brie also earned her B.S. in Sport Management from Neumann University and Masters in Business Administration from Holy Family University.
Coach Forrest started coming to Ztending as a student when he was 13 years old, making the weekly drive from Delaware to NE Skate Zone to attend goalie clinics with Coach Z. As he finished his youth hockey career, Coach Forrest transitioned from student to coach and now serves as our Senior Goaltending Instructor. He can be found traveling to Charleston, SC twice a year with us, running lessons at ZHQ or hosting his own Summer Camp.
Coach Forrest is a senior at the University of Delaware and is pursuing a Fine Arts Degree with a focus in sculpture. He is a two time University of Delaware Summer Scholar Grant Recipient. Be sure to check out his artwork at forresthines.tumblr.com.
Coach Lou has 30 years of playing experience under his belt starting out as a skater and moving to goalie at age 8 where he has played ever since. While in youth hockey he was taught by Coach Z during his early years of coaching. After playing at the junior and collegiate level, Coach Lou has become a goalie coach which has been one of his passions since college. He primarily trains Ztenders in the New Hampshire area, but can be found traveling to Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region to help coach Ztenders in the summer months.
Coaching & Playing Experience
· USA Hockey Level 1 Coach
· Drexel University
· Lakes Region Lakers Goalie Coach
Outside of Ztending
Coach Lou holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from New England College and is currently pursuing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification. He works full time for the City of Laconia Fire Department in New Hampshire. Coach Lou is a US Army Veteran with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Louis Loutrel, MBA, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, TP-C