Mentors

Mike Valley
NHL Goalie Coach
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Valley has founded five ventures. In 2004, Valley co-founded Next Testing, a first-of-its-kind standardized athletic testing service. Next Testing was sold in September 2013 to HockeyTech. Valley has spent the past eight seasons as the goaltending coach and director of goaltending development for the Dallas Stars (NHL). Valley played six years of professional hockey after initially being signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks (NHL) following his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin.
Clint Bruce
Nave Seal
Clint Bruce was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas. A standout football player, Bruce was given the opportunity to play at multiple Division One programs. Ultimately, Bruce took his sense of patriotism and passion for the game to the United States Naval Academy. Bruce is one of the most decorated Navy Athletes in the Academy’s history. He was a four-year letter winner, captain of the football team, MVP, and named to multiple all-star teams during his career. Bruce is also one of the few service academy athletes given the opportunity to play professionally with both the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints. When given the opportunity to become a Navy SEAL, Bruce made the tough decision to leave the NFL. Completing Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training in 1998 with Class 217, Bruce reported to SEAL Team FIVE in Coronado. As a SEAL Officer he deployed with three Platoons in direct support of Counter-Terrorism Missions and the Global War on Terror. Clint Bruce is an integral member of Team Never Quit. Today, he lives is Dallas with his college sweetheart and their children.
Brendan McDonough
Member of Granite Mountain Hotshots
Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of elite hotshot firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their superintendent, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the crew, and seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew’s skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers. Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough–“Donut” as he’d been dubbed by his crew–served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks. After the unfathomable loss of that day, McDonough suffered from seemingly insurmountable bouts of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress. But the light of hope that inspired him to keep living in one of his darkest moments—his daughter who needed him—inspired the firefighter to fight on against depression and inspire others to find their best selves, even if that means often looking beyond the self. McDonough is an uplifting speaker, whose courage to find support at his weakest has inspired others to find their own tribes of support. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers.
Pasco Valana
National Goalie Coach
Pasco Valana is a professional goaltending coach based in Richmond British Columbia. As a member of the Goaltending Advisory Board for Hockey Canada and the Provincial Goaltending Coach for British Columbia Pasco has mentored goaltenders from minor hockey to the National Hockey League.
Larry Clemens
Goalie Coach
Shannon Szabados
Olympic Goaltender
Shannon is a 2 time Olympic gold medalist in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 and Silver Medalist in 2018. In the 2010 & 2018 Winter Olympics Shannon was named top goaltender. Following the 2014 Sochi Olympics the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) was the next stop in Shannon’s career where she was the first female to play in the SPHL and the first woman ever to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league. Shannon currently plays for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.