The best way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first
Kim Gallagher, MPM
Skill Development | Mental Performance Training
Certified Mental Performance Training Coach
Kim is the USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chief for the State of Michigan and is a USA Hockey Coach Developer. She is also the Director of Girls Hockey for the Little Caesars AA Girls Hockey Program in Farmington Hills, MI.
She was an 11th round draft pick for the 2018 Clarkston Cup Champions, the Markham Thunder, of the professional Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) for the 2018/19 season. She was invited to attend the 2019, 2021, and 2022 USA Hockey Girls' Player Development Camp as a coach in St. Cloud, Minnesota where she worked with members of the 18u Women's National Team. The 2020 18u Women's World team won a Gold Medal at the Women's World Championship in Bratislava and the 2022 18u won a Silver Medal at the Women's World Championships in Madison, WI.
Kim is a USA Hockey Coach Developer - a coach who coaches how to coach. USA Hockey has developed a program to improve coaching education across the country to “coach the coaches.” Coach Developers, like Kim work with national office staff and are then out in the field and training the grassroots coaches throughout the country. Kim is one of 13 appointed USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chiefs of Female Development. Working closely with her state and national Coach-in-Chief to develop hands-on programs, mentorship, and experiences that build confidence in female coaches and athletes. The Associate Coach-in-Chiefs support USA Hockey's inclusion and equity of females to help propel them to become future leaders in our sport. By empowering girls and women with the skills, support, and mentorship they need,, we are equipping them to realize their potential and preempt the inequities that exist for women in sport today.
If you ask Kim about her role as a Coach Developer, she'll say, "It's an exciting and unique opportunity to give back to the game by working and sharing ideas with other coaches on how we can give our student-athletes the best player-centered environment to improve their overall development." Alongside an all-female presenting staff at the 2021 USA Hockey Annual Female/Women's Coaching Clinic, Kim delivered presentations to 80+ coaches across 20 different states and over 1,000 coaches nationwide during the 2021-22 season. She is a frequent speaker for the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Coaching Seminars for Levels 1 through 4 in the MAHA District. Join a coaching clinic here.
While coaching at the collegiate level for the Michigan State University Women's DI and DII hockey team serving as an assistant and head coach, the DI team made back-to-back National Tournament appearances before she accepted a position with the AAA Little Caesars Hockey organization, skating out of the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. As a coach of the 19u AAA girls team, Kim developed a mental training program to help prepare her athletes to be leaders in their upcoming NCAA careers. She worked closely with Manon Rhéaume, the AAA Girls Director, and Kim was appointed Director of Girls Travel Hockey for AA Little Caesars Girls Hockey Program in Farmington Hills, MI. She frequently volunteers as a guest coach to various girls hockey organizations and learn-to-play programs throughout the Metro Detroit Area.
Throughout her coaching career, Kim has trained men and women competing for their countries at the international level, the nation's top female ACHA and NCAA athletes, women representing USA and Canada in the World University Games, young ones just getting started, and everyone in between.
Kim continues to see herself as a student of the game and is on a never ending quest for education and knowledge. In addition to being certified in Mental Performance Mastery, each year, Kim is invited to attend several high performance coaching seminars organized by USA Hockey, the U.S. Olympic Committee, NHL Coaches Association, the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and more.
"Hockey is universal and is understood in any language," Kim said. "Having the opportunity to grow the game at home has always been my focus. Hockey taking me across the globe is an experience I'll always cherish. My time spent working with the women and men of the Philippine Hockey Federation and their Learn-To-Play Hockey program was incredible. It's humbling to play a small role in the growth of our sport." In the summer, Kim returns to one of the nation's top hockey programs and her alma mater, Shattuck-St. Mary's, to coach at their Elite Girls Summer Hockey Camp.
To work with Kim, sauce over an email here.
Girls and Women's Development | Officiating Development
Bianca is a USA Hockey Officiating District Supervisor in Metro Detroit. In addition to developing officials and refereeing at the grassroots level, she currently officiates NCAA DI and DIII Women's College Hockey, the PWHPA, men's collegiate and junior hockey.
Bianca began playing hockey as a sophomore in high school and despite getting a later start than most of her teammates, her tenacity earned her a spot on the Michigan State University women's hockey team where she played as a right winger. At the Big 10 University, Bianca had the privilege of traveling across the country to play against some of
the nation's top female athletes after starting her hockey career only a couple years prior.
Following graduation, she continues to pursue her passion for the game by officiating, playing, and serving as head coach of various women's and youth teams. Throughout the year Bianca works at the grassroots level to develop players and officials on and off the ice.
She also officiates in leagues across the country for the Atlantic Hockey League, College Hockey America (NCAA DI), New England Women's Hockey Association (NCAA DIII), the United States Premier Hockey League, the Eastern Hockey League, the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association, and the Amateur Athletic Union. She is one of few women currently in the state of Michigan to officiate men's college hockey - ACHA Divisions 1, 2, 3. She has officiated men's and women's college hockey, USA Hockey Districts, MAHA State Tournaments, and was selected for collegiate and AAU National Championships. During the 2020-21 season, Bianca was the only female official to officiate a men's collegiate hockey national championship tournament. Bianca often volunteers her time officiating several youth and adult charity games each year, including the annual Guns and Hoses charity game hosted by the Royal Oak Police and Fire Department.
To work with Bianca, sauce over an email here.
Goaltending Development Director
Katie is a goaltending and assistant coach for the AA Little Caesars Girls Hockey Program in Farmington Hills, MI and works with players and goalies ages 4-19 years-old. She was invited to be a goaltending coach at the 2022 Michigan Girls Regional USA Hockey Player Development Camp.
During her NCAA goaltending career, she led her Lawrence University team to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in their first season. Prior to being an NCAA student-athlete, Katie played for the Detroit Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club for two years. She started playing hockey in the Metro Detroit area at four years-old and played competitive boys hockey until she was 10 years-old.
As an elite goaltender in her youth and throughout college, Katie learned from the best coaches in the game including Kevin Delamarter, Rob Liddell, and more. She always found the time to give back to local girls hockey associations and could often be found volunteering on and off the ice. During the 2020 pandemic, she created Zoom training sessions for goaltenders for her alma mater, Little Caesars, to help them focus on their development and maintain a high level of mental performance during an uncertain time where ice was scarce and the world was constantly changing.
A USA Hockey certified coach, Katie has a love of learning and is instrumental in guiding goalies and their parents navigate their way through the position and sport. She has incredible knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the position along with game management and helping coaches create the best practices for drill design.
To work with Katie, sauce over an email here.
Eliza had hoped to play ice hockey since her youth; however, growing up in Kentucky meant the closest ice rink to her house was several miles away.
An elite collegiate athlete and a natural leader, Eliza started a women's team in Metro Detroit and quickly jumped from recreational women's hockey to serving as a captain on her nationally-ranked team for the past 15 seasons. She has made numerous MAHA State Tournament and USA Hockey National Championship appearances.
Having grown up in an area where hockey is scarce, Eliza understands the importance
of growing youth sports and athletics. She enjoys spending time at the rink with the Jack Adams and Clark Park players. Eliza also volunteers her talents as a guest coach for many women's team in Metro Detroit. Most recently, Eliza volunteers with the Covington Street Hockey League in Covington, KY - a nonprofit organization that provides youth and adults an opportunity to play the sport we love.
She uses her experiences to grow youth hockey in Detroit and in Kentucky and ensures each child leaves the ice with a smile on his/her face.
Eliza's presence on the ice is profound; therefore, she is currently rostered and is a captain on the Detroit Revolution, as a defenseman and a right wing.