Co-Owner & Hockey Trainer
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Former professional hockey player Chris McCarthy has played over 350 career pro games in the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey league. He signed an NHL entry level contract with the NY Rangers right out of college and over the course of his professional career, has finished top three in the East Coast hockey League in scoring, being named an All-star, as well as 4th in all-time scoring for the Reading Royals.
Before turning Pro, Chris McCarthy played for the USA National Team Development program out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was there that he committed to playing college hockey at the University of Vermont. At UVM, Chris McCarthy captained his team during his Junior and Senior Seasons, and after graduating was honored enough to sign his two-year NHL entry level contract with the NY Rangers.
“After twenty plus years of success and knowledge in the game, I am thrilled to work with the youth and give them the tools that helped make me a successful player on and off the ice and beyond. I believe I can help players reach their personal goals through what I have learned over the course of my long career, and help them get to where they want to be.” – Chris McCarthy
- Junior: US National Development Program
- College: University of Vermont (2009-2013)
- Signed NHL entry level contract with NY Rangers (2014-16)
- Professional: Hartford Wolfpack (AHL 2014-16)
- Lehigh Valley Phantoms/ Reading Royals (AHL/ECHL 2016-18)
- Hershey Bears (AHL, 2019-2020)
Larry Barretta Jr.
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Larry is the Co-Owner and one of the Hockey Trainers at Elite Edge, in partnership with Chris McCarthy. He was also the Founder and Owner of Go Hard Hockey, a successful power skating and skill development program. Larry grew up in Exton, Pa, playing tier 1 Hockey in the area until his playing career ended at Penn State Berks ACHA Division 1 in 2014. Larry totaled 145 career points and was first team all-conference his senior year at PSU Berks. At the end of his collegiate career, he left as the all-time leading scorer and an ACHA All-Star. Larry served as team captain for both his Junior and Senior Seasons at PSU Berks.
After graduating with a business degree, he started his hockey school in 2016. Go Hard Hockey has grown to be a well-known hockey school in the greater Philadelphia area that offers lessons, clinics, camps and select team programs. Go Hard Hockey has continued to grow, and with that growth we were able to start Elite Edge. In 2017, Larry became the head coach of his former team, Penn State Berks. Larry is a level four USA hockey certified coach and now leads Elite Edge with passion and commitment.
“My greatest joy in the sport of Hockey is no longer playing the game: it is giving back to the youth. Being able to help young players solidify their craft in order to get to the next level is where I find my fulfillment. I look forward to the future of training that we have in place here at Elite Edge. I am confident we will help develop the games next great players.” – Larry Barretta Jr.
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Casey Sottanella grew up in Gilbertsville, PA, where he played youth tier 1 hockey for the Junior Flyers and Minutemen. Following his time at tier 1, Casey played for the New Jersey Rockets NCDC team for two years. During his time with the Rockets, he was named alternate captain and an NCDC All-Star. Casey also committed to playing Division 3 hockey for the University of New England. However, after Juniors ended, Casey decided to de-commit and stay close to home and attend Penn State Berks to play ACHA Division 1. Casey totaled 50 points in 26 games his freshman year and was named All-Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference.
Casey joined the Elite Edge team in early 2021 while completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University Park. After years of experience and knowledge of the game, Casey now aims to help young players develop and grow their hockey skills to make it to the next level.
“It excites me to be able to continue my love of the game through coaching. I strive to help develop young players with their skills and help them make it to where they want to be. I look forward to developing the next generation of hockey players at Elite Edge.” – Casey Sottanella.
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Former professional Ice hockey player Steven Swavely has compiled 107 AHL games all with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and 147 ECHL games all with the Reading Royals. Steven was an assistant captain for the Reading Royals for 2 seasons and sits as the franchises 8th all-time leading scorer. He has totaled over 150 career professional points while making an impact in the AHL through his penalty killing abilities along with excelling on faceoffs and defensive positioning. Before turning pro, Steven graduated with a Finance degree from the University of Maine. There, he was the captain his senior year for the Black Bears where he totaled 81 career points.
“My biggest strength in hockey is how I was always able to see the ice. Details of the game are so important, and always being known as a responsible defensive player allowed me to spend more time in the offensive zone. A strong defensive foundation mixed in with a desire to always improve offensively is a dangerous combination.” – Steven Swavely.
- 2010-2012 New Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)
- 2012-2016 University of Maine (NCAA)
- 2016-2020 Lehigh Valley Phantoms/ Reading Royals (PRO, AHL/ECHL)
Hockey Trainer & Video Coach
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Adam is a former Professional and Division 1 Hockey player. He grew up in Collegeville, PA where he played locally for the Valley Forge Minutemen and The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. He spent 4 years at LaSalle College High School where he won a Pennsylvania State Championship and then did a Post Grad year at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY. After Playing 2 years in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms where he was the Captain in his 2nd year, he Committed to play Division 1 hockey at Bowling Green State University where he tallied 84pts over a 4 year career. After college he signed with the Reading Royals in the ECHL.
“I want to pass down the knowledge and joy for the game that surrounded myself throughout my career. Being able to pass those two things down to the next generation of players is something I take pride in and look forward to doing every day at Elite Edge.” – Adam Berkle.
- 2008-2009- Northwood Prep school
- 2009-2011- Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
- 2011-2015- Bowling Green State University (NCAA)
- 2015-2016- Reading Royals (PRO, ECHL)
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
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Bob Kofroth has been learning and researching in the fields of kinesiology, injury prevention, and human performance for over 10 years. Bob is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is the head instructor at World Martial Arts Academy.
At a young age Bob found his passion in sports through Fighting (boxing/kick boxing) and Football. Bob earned himself a partial scholarship to play Division II football, but after two years he realized his true passion was with boxing and kick boxing.
Spending his time focusing on boxing, Bob earned a spot on the Joe Hands Boxing Team in Philadelphia. Through this team, Bob traveled competitively around the US and was lucky enough to compete in the Irish Festival for Team Philadelphia competing against Team Belfast, Ireland. Bob then won the title of Middle Atlantic Boxing Champion at 197 lbs. Following his title win, Bob entered the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves, where he made it to the finals 2 years in a row at “The Arena.”
During his time competing, Bob also had the opportunity to help Bernard Hopkins in his returning fight at the Liacouras Center. Through his recognition and expertise in the boxing community, Bob was offered to be an extra in the movie Creed 2. Bob then accepted a job offer as the head instructor at World Martial Arts Academy. This then lead the door to open for competing in the Martial Arts circuit. In 2018 Bob won the Light Heavy Weight NASKA World title. Competing in martial arts has allowed Bob to travel all around North and South America. During this time Bob also opened up a Martial Arts School with his father, starting a competition team.
Through Bob’s extensive training/athletic career, he developed a passion for how amazing the human body can adapt and handle training loads. He is beyond excited to pass along his knowledge and help people of all levels train to reach their goals!
Strength and Conditioning Coach
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Jake Slimm grew up in Blackwood, NJ attending Highland Regional High School where he played both varsity Soccer and Ice hockey. After graduating, Jake went on to attend Neumann University on a Presidential Scholarship where he graduated with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. While attending Neumann, Jake played on Neumann’s ACHA hockey team for 4 years. In his tenure, he helped Neumann win 2 conference championships, 2 regional championships, and make 2 appearances in the 2013 and 2014 National Championships. Over these 4 seasons, Jake was named 2-time Academic All-American, 2-time DVCHC all-star, ACHA All-Select team, and Captain of Neumann in his senior year. Jake continued his hockey career, after graduating Neumann, playing minor professional hockey in the FHL. In his first season in the FHL, Jake competed in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals with the Danville Dashers. Jake ended his playing career in 2015 where he then became the assistant coach for Neumann University’s ACHA team from 2015-2016. In his spare time, Jake still continues to play hockey in the local CCHL of Wilmington league. He also enjoys and has a deep dedication to exercise and health, spending part of each day in the weight room, practicing yoga, and studying many different aspects of fitness.
“I look forward to providing Elite Edge athletes a competitive fun environment in the gym everyday and a place where they can build confidence.” – Jake Slimm.
Mike Wagner, M.S., C.S.C.S
Sports Performance Consultant
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Mike is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mike has been employed as a strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Capitals (NHL) and Hershey Bears Organizations (AHL) since 2016. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University and Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. Mike was also a college athlete playing football for 4 seasons at Bloomsburg University. He has been working with athletes in strength, speed, and power sports since 2009. He has worked with athletes ranging from all different age groups. This includes middle school, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes.
- Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science- Bloomsburg University
- Master of Science, Exercise Science, and Health Promotion concentrating in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention- California University of Pennsylvania
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Performance Enhancement Specialist- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Fascial Stretch Therapist- Stretch to Win Institute
- Level 1 Precision Nutrition Certified
- Level 1 Reflexive Performance Reset Certified
- Myokinematic Restoration- Postural Restoration Institute
- Level 1 Coach- USA Track and Field
- Certified Speed Specialist- National Association of Speed and Explosion
- First Aid/CPR/AED Certified- American Red Cross
- Past Experience
- 2013: Volunteer Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach- University of Maryland Football
- 2014-2015: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Football and Field Hockey)- Millersville University
- 2015-2016: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach- Villanova University
- 2016- current: Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears organization
Haley McCarthy, LPC
Mental Health Therapist
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Haley McCarthy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a certification in Nutritional Psychology. Haley has been practicing for the past 6 years working primarily with children, adolescents and their families. Haley uses a future focused, goal-oriented approach while working with her clients. Prior to becoming an LPC, Haley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont where she played four years of Division I soccer while captaining her team. Haley continued her education at St. John Fisher College where she received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. In addition to her mental health practice, Haley also has over 15 years of coaching experience in soccer.