Hockey is a wonderful game that requires a specific set of skills, overwhelming creativity, and the utmost teamwork. It is a game where players have developed long-lasting friendships and connections that prove important into adulthood. The program is designed to be intense and demanding, yet fun and invigorating for players as they progress through their high school years. The game of hockey and the schedule (off-ice, on-ice, and rules) are used as tools to improve a young athlete as a player, a student, and most importantly, a teammate/person that can be depended on when needed by others. Our goal as coaches is to continue to provide the necessary materials and structure for Taunton Hockey players to achieve their personal, school, and athletic goals. At some point in our lives, we are told we cannot play the game competitively anymore. Some are lucky to play longer than others. In the end we all move on to different aspects of life, but the lessons learned through high school hockey will still resonate for a lifetime.
Coach Matea is entering his 11th season as Taunton High Head Coach. Metea, a former defenseman and Captain for the Tigers, graduated from Taunton High in 2004. After finishing high school, Metea moved on to play junior hockey and soon after finished his hockey career for the Lancers of Worcester State College, where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Health Education. Metea previously coached in the South Shore Kings (Elite) system, currently in the Foxboro Pro League, runs Voyager Hockey Development (a provider in Summer Camps/Clinics), and is a USA Hockey Level 4 Coach. Metea currently resides in Taunton and works as a Culinary/Nutrition teacher at Taunton High School, and is currently attaining a graduate degree in Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University.
Assistant Goaltending Coach
Coach Frates is in his 11th season as Assistant/Goalie Coach. Frates graduated from Taunton High School in 2003 after he was a four-year letterman, three-time All-Scholastic, and standout both as Goaltender and a Forward. Coach Frates resides in Taunton and works in landscaping.
Assistant/ JV Head Coach
Coach Furtado enters his 10th season as an assistant coach. Furtado graduated in 2007, and was a four year letterman for the Tigers. He helped lead the Tigers to their first State Tournament Appearance since the Mid-90's in his Senior season. Furtado continued his playing career at Bridgewater State where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science & Physiology. Coach Furtado works at Taunton High School as a Biology Teacher, resides in Taunton, and will handle majority of the JV coaching duties this season.
Coach Kenney returns for his 10th season as an Assistant Coach. Kenney played for the Tigers from 1982-1986. He attended New Prep after high school as a Post Grad, and continued his career with the South Shore Braves Junior Team in 1988-89, before finishing his career with a short stint at North Adams State College. Kenney has been Brewins Youth coach and an instructor for B&D Skills. Kenney is a Personal Trainer, Private Investigator, and Executive Protection Specialist. Currently, he resides in Taunnton