A head instructor from Strong Dynamics, Ryan’s resume is jam packed with playing and coaching experience. A native of Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, Ryan has played at almost every level possible. Ryan is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (2004). After four successful years playing at the Div. III NCAA level, Ryan went on to play professional hockey in the Central Hockey League (CHL) for four years before moving to Germany to play for the Rosenheim Starbulls. In 2008-2009, Ryan was awarded the Defenseman of the Year Award for the German Oberliga and continued to strive to improve his game and grow his experience. Returning to the CHL the following year, Ryan played the 2009-2010 season with the inaugural Allen Americans outside of Dallas, TX. In 2010-2011 Ryan went back to Europe to play in Norway. Ryan was a major contributor for the Rosenborg Ishockeyklubb Elite and enjoyed his time in Trondheim, Norway where he also helped coach the Astor Damer Elite Women’s Team with his wife, Kasie. Ryan finished his playing career in the German Oberliga for the Lowen Frankfurt .
As for Ryan’s coaching philosophy, Ryan believes a strong work ethic is a must and works towards motivating his players at every practice to put forth his or her best effort. Specializing in puckhandling and agility, shooting techniques and situational game concepts, Ryan keeps his practices and lessons up tempo and extremely game like. A defenseman by nature, Ryan loves passing on his knowledge of the position to his players but never underestimates the value of knowing all positions since hockey is, after all, a team sport!
A native of Groton, Massachusetts and co-founder of Strong Dynamics, Kasie brings an abundance of knowledge to our program. Coaching for Alliance Girls Hockey Program out of Dallas, Texas, Kasie spends the summer months with Strong Dynamics training hockey players of all ages, helping to equip our players with the necessary skills to succeed at their desired level of play. Specializing in extreme edges, balance and agility, Kasie strives to teach doing the “small things” right every time while still keeping practice fun! An accomplished Div. III Women’s Ice Hockey Player, Kasie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 where she still holds team records to this day in: Most Goals in a Game and Most Points in a Game. For the 2008-2009 season, Kasie and her husband Ryan Fairbarn spent nine months in Rosenheim, Germany. Kasie was a Powerskating Instructor for the Rosenheim Starbulls Youth Program and was also a player for ECDC Memmingen Indians, a top team in the German Women’s League. In 2010-2011, Kasie and Ryan traveled to Trondheim, Norway where they both coached the Astor Damer Elite Women’s Team , where Kasie was also a contributing forward. Astor Damer finished 1st overall in the regular season and 3rd in the Norwegian Women’s Elite Championships, held in Kongsberg, Norway. In addition to coaching and playing, Kasie ran Astor’s Powerskating Program training boys and girls of all ages.
A true student of the game, Coach Joyce Strong is always looking to better herself as a coach and to transfer her vast knowledge onto her students. Co-founder of Strong Dynamics, Joyce’s love of the game along with her children’s love of the game was her motivation to provide an organization that is willing to help players at all ages and skill levels and to take the necessary time to provide quality instruction. Joyce’s commitment to providing programs that not only teach fundamental hockey skills but also engage, motivate and educate our players is second to none and her students will be the first ones to tell you how much better they got or how much they learned from attending even one session with Strong Dynamics. Joyce’s resume boasts of years of education and commitment to learning including a BS in Biopsychology, BSN, RN, CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), and CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer).
A Level 5 USA hockey coach, Joyce has coached at various team levels ranging from learn to skate to Midget in Groton, Massachusetts. A mother of five children ranging in ages from 26 to12, Joyce has first hand experience with childhood skill development and always tailors her practices and lessons around age appropriateness so as to take in certain considerations such as motor skill development and cognitive development of her players. Joyce also specializes in coaching adults who have limited or no playing experience and believes in the power of movement. Keeping your body moving and in shape can extremely improve your quality of life as you age and hockey is a great way to keep moving!