Darryl Nelson, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Darryl Nelson is in his 19th season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and has established the highly regarded off-ice training program for NTDP players.

Nelson came to USA Hockey from Boston, where he worked at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning Clinic. Nelson also served as an intern at the International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Florida, where he worked with Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1997 and his master’s degree in 1999 from the University of Georgia.

Kirk Culik, Off-Ice Conditioning Coach

Kirk Culik, an original member of the National Team Development Program, enters his 21st season as the team’s off-ice conditioning coach. Culik is responsible for team and culture building, mentoring players, and developing a variety of off-ice workout routines. 

Culik has had a wide-range of other careers including boxing, blacksmithing, thoroughbred horse training, bull riding, forensic psychiatrist and corrections officer.

Carrie Keil, Skating Coach

Carrie Keil enters her 19th season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program as skating coach. Keil is responsible for working with both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams to improve skating speed, balance and agility.

Keil has more than 30 years of hockey coaching experience, including a stint with the University of Michigan men’s ice hockey team.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native earned a bachelor’s degree of science in 1983 and master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Michigan in 1985.