The South Kent School Hockey Experience
The South Kent School Hockey 16U team offers the opportunity for elite level players to participate in a program that combines the highest level hockey with above-par academics. While attending school, players receive the premier-level coaching, exposure and training available and they play a AAA schedule that is not limited to the traditional 33-game prep schedule. The 16U program provides a competitive 50-60 game, AAA level schedule consisting of highly recruited showcases, elite tournaments and competitive, independent non-league games across the U.S. and Canada. Eligible to compete for the USA Hockey Tier I national championships, our players regularly receive attention and college commitments from some of the top Division I NCAA schools, along with players being drafted into the USHL.
16U Head Coach
Connor spent the 2020-2021 season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, serving as director of hockey operations where he oversaw team video and travel logistics. The Swansea, IL native, served as an assistant coach in the Neponset Valley River Rats organization.
From 2015 -2019, he played NCAA Division III hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
Connor earned multiple All-Academic team awards, including being named an All-American scholar in 2017.
16U Hockey Assistant Coach
Director of Goaltending Development
Matt, from Westport, CT, was a four-year goaltender for the University of Vermont Catamounts at the Division I level. While at Vermont, he was Vice-Chair of Community Engagement for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Matt is one of 13 nationwide finalists for the 2020 NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award; presented annually to the student-athlete who makes significant contributions to his or her team and the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism. He is also the winner of the 2020 Jeff Stone Memorial Award for excellent community service and campus leadership contribution amongst all male athletes at the University of Vermont. He was honored as the 2021 Seamus Award Winner at Vermont, which earned him respect and regard from fellow students for leadership, loyalty, and service to the University, in addition to his athletic success. He is a three-time All Hockey East Academic team member.
Matt’s hockey career started at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, CT, before going to Fairfield Prep High School, where he helped his team win three State Championships. He played one year of Junior Hockey for the Bay State Breakers in the USPHL in Marshfield, MA, and played two years of Juniors for the Philadelphia Flyers Elite in the USPHL.
He began his coaching career with Procrease Goaltending, coaching camps, clinics and offering private lessons for the last 7 years.
Human Performance Coach
Coach Bonis has extensive experience with both hockey and athletic conditioning. He played both at Proctor Academy and in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). He is a USA certified swim coach, lifeguard, lifeguard instructor and is the Connecticut Trainer for Heroes of Tomorrow, run by former Navy Seal Stewart Smith.
Coach Bonis was a competitive cyclist and now competes as an open water swimmer, conquering the 2018 Lake Champlain Open Water Race and the 2019 Peaks to Portland open water swim. Whether it is climbing the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains, swimming across the largest lake in New England, clinging to a rock face, or pushing impressive weight in various directions, Coach Bonis has spent the better part of his life connecting with people through fitness.
Coach Bonis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and has taught anatomy, physiology and philosophy. He has been mentoring student-athletes both inside and outside the weight room at South Kent School since 2005. The classes he has taught, as well as the training programs he has designed, always take the mind and body connection into account. An excellent motivator, Coach Bonis knows that it takes self-reliance to accomplish anything, “Working out is not always the hardest thing, it’s sometimes just getting to the gym that is the most challenging part.”