The South Kent Selects Academy U-16 National team is a chance for elite level players to participate in a program that combines high-level hockey with high-level academics. While attending school, players receive the highest level coaching, exposure and training available and they play a AAA schedule that is not limited to the traditional 33-game prep schedule. The U-16 National program provides a highly 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. These players regularly receive attention and college commitments from some of the top Division I NCAA schools along with players being drafted into the USHL.
Holewa graduated Cum Laude Honors from Connecticut College, where he participated on both the NCAA Ice Hockey and Lacrosse teams over four seasons, earning All-Academic selections in three of his four years. Post college, Holewa joined the United States Marine Corps where he served four years as an Infantry Officer, leading and deploying a platoon of 40 Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Holewa completed his education by receiving a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University.
After earning his master’s, Holewa worked as an Assistant Coach for the New York Islanders and their American Hockey League (AHL) team in Bridgeport from 2012-’15. Working closely with Connecticut native Eric Boguniecki, his efforts were focused on creating practice plans, implementing team systems and designing on-ice development programs in coordination with the Islanders coaching staff. During that time, Holewa assisted in the development and promotion of players to the National Hockey League, 11 of whom made their NHL debut.
From 2015-’17, Holewa was an Assistant Coach with the Lake Superior State Lakers (DI NCAA) team. During his time with the Lakers, he was tasked with running defensive group and penalty kill, which lead to the team finishing with the 8th highest percentage in 2015-’16 and 9th highest in 2016-’17 in NCAA (60 teams). He also served as player development lead for the program, and worked to implement a small group skills development model that raised the team’s offense dramatically.
Last season (2017-’18), Holewa returned to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) as their video coach. Doug’s responsibilities included formulating and presenting scouting reports and in-game strategies to the coaching staff, team and individual players. He also worked closely with coaches and the scouting staff in identifying and evaluating AHL players, NHL draft targets and free agent acquisitions based on video analysis of game film.
Andrey Uryadov '04
Andrey first joined South Kent School community in the Fall of 2000 as a student, and has returned to his alma mater in the Fall of 2015 as Faculty and Coach. Andrey is originally from St. Petersburg Russia, where he grew up playing hockey for SKA St. Petersburg. He then continued his hockey career at South Kent School, where he served as team captain and helped the team to their first New England Prep School Ice Hockey Championship in 2004. After South Kent, Andrey attended and played for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), graduating in 2009 and moving back to Europe, where he continued to play professionally until 2011. Since joining the Selects Academy at South Kent School staff, Andrey has worked with the U16 and U15 teams, and is currently working with the U18 team.
Andrey teaches Math and Finance courses.
He resides on campus with his wife Elena and their son Mark.