Chris Brady, Branch Manager at 1st Advantage Mortgage’s Mountain Lakes, NJ office, is a volunteer ice hockey coach in Sparta, New Jersey. Chris became a coach 10 years ago, when his son was six years old, playing on the local level. As his son progressed, he joined a travel hockey program, and they too were in need of coaches. Eager to help, Chris obtained his ice hockey coaching certification from USA Hockey. Chris initial involvement was due to the lack of coaches available, especially ones that could skate! Chris even created an ice rink on the cove in his backyard where his son and teammates play hockey together in their down time.
With a master’s degree in education, Chris is a teacher at heart. “It’s been rewarding to help these young men develop not only their skill levels, but also to watch them grow up and deal with adversity, success, sportsmanship and personal responsibility,” stated Chris.
In addition to coaching, Chris is a member of the Sparta High School Ice Hockey Board where the board handles all facets of the program in connection with the athletic director, including scheduling ice time, equipment and transportation. Additionally, the board manages communication across all areas of the hockey community, finances and of course cheering on the players! “The dedication the players and parents have for the sport is amazing and truly creates a community. This support helps the players develop into well rounded individuals, preparing them for the next chapter in their lives,” added Chris.