Coach Ian Smith
Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1973, Ian embarked on his hockey journey at the tender age of 6. His passion for the sport led him through various levels, ultimately reaching Midget AAA with the Lac St Louis Lions in Montreal. He continued his hockey journey by playing junior A hockey in Ontario, Canada, representing the Kanata Valley Lasers.
Ian's hockey prowess led him to Middlebury College, where he achieved remarkable success, captaining two Division III national championship teams and earning the coveted title of Division III National Player of the Year in 1996. After graduating, Ian ventured to Europe, donning the jersey of the Deggendorf Flames in Germany's professional 1st league. Upon his return to the United States, he joined the East Coast Hockey League, spending two years with the Calgary Flames affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. Ian even had a brief stint with the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks before transitioning to pursue his teaching career.
Ian's post-hockey life saw him teaching high school physics and precalculus while coaching boys varsity hockey at Lake Forest Academy, a prestigious prep school in Chicago, Illinois. After four fruitful years there, he relocated to Vermont, continuing to impart knowledge, this time in AP physics.
In addition to his successful hockey career, Ian holds a Masters degree in Education and Curriculum Development, equipping him with a diverse range of teaching strategies rooted in modern educational techniques. He is also a certified USA Hockey Level IV coach.
With a total of 13 years of experience as a high school physics teacher, coupled with his background as a professional hockey player and varsity high school coach, Ian possesses a wealth of expertise to teach and nurture hockey skills in players of all ages and proficiency levels.
In 2010, Ian introduced Kellian Hockey, primarily aimed at assisting adults who embarked on their hockey journey later in life, helping them grasp the finer nuances of the game. In 2015, Kellian Hockey expanded its scope to include youth players, ranging from U8 to varsity high school and college-bound athletes. Kellian Hockey offers an array of programs, including instructional leagues, clinics, summer camps, team consultations, tournaments, and private lessons, catering to the diverse needs of aspiring hockey players.