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Coach Santagata joined the Hawks organization as Assistant Coach last season, helping lead the team to a 27-18-2-0 season and a play-off position. After a year proving himself as Assistant Coach and being instrumental in advancing nine players that season on to college teams Santagata was promoted to Head Coach.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Santagata grew up playing the game, eventually playing junior hockey in the USPHL before moving on to play collegiately for Rider University from 2014-2018, where he was team captain for his last two years. After receiving his Bachelors of Science he attended graduate school in Virginia and also began his coaching career as Head Coach of the 14UAA Potomac Patriots.
Following his time in Virginia, Santagata moved on to Iowa as head coach of the Ames High School Hockey Program, from 2019-2021 and Assistant Coach for the Team Midwest selects. From 2021-2022 J.J. was Head Coach of the Des Moines Jr. Buccaneers as well as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the USHL Des Moines Buccaneers. During the off season Coach Santagata is active with his strength and conditioning/hockey training business, Lead By Example Training, coaching summer teams and running camps and clinics.
Coach Santagata brings his passion for player development on and off the ice to the Sheridan community. Coach Santagata is excited to keep building the Hawks program, developing future teams and continuing to grow the franchise as a high-quality experience and place for the development of aspiring junior hockey players.
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Coach Billings is no stranger to the Sheridan Hawks program. A Sheridan native and former player for the Hawks, Billings brings a wealth of hockey experience, junior and collegiate, to the Hawks.
Billings joined the Hawks for the team’s inaugural year in the NA3HL. In his first year with the team in the 2019-20 season Blake was the leading scorer for the program and seventh in the league with 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists) in 46 games. The following year he notched the position of second highest points earner in the league and the Hawks program with 37 goals and 42 assists for 79 points.
Following his time in juniors, Billings went on to play ACHA D1 collegiate hockey at Grand Canyon University before returning to Sheridan.
Coach Billings is looking forward to working with Head Coach Santagata in bringing out the best out in Hawks players on the ice and off the ice as well.
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