Stefano Mallocci opened Adapt Goaltending in 2020 to provide goalie training in Toronto, Canada specializing in the women's game. After beginning his coaching career in 2016 with McGuire Goaltending + Hockey Development, Stefano quickly became the director of hockey operations in 2018 overseeing all programming and goaltending development.
In 2019, Stefano joined the York University Lions Women's Hockey coaching staff as the goaltending coach. Stefano became the youngest goaltending coach in the OUA and in USports at 22 years old at the time of being hired. In his first season with the York University Lions Women's Hockey program, they finished the year ranking #8 in the country and qualified for the USPORTS National Championship for the first time in program history while also earning an OUA silver medal for the 2019/20 season.
In addition to working as the goaltending coach with the Lions, Stefano currently serves as the goaltending consultant for the North York Storm Girls Hockey Association. A position he has held since 2020 in which he develops programming and on ice development for many teams in the association along with operating the association goaltending class.
Stefano has also coached with the Goaltending Consultant Group which operates an annual camp in Massachusetts with over 150+ male and female goalies as well as some of the top goaltending coaches from North America and Europe.
In 2022 Stefano teamed up with two esteemed goaltending coaches in Sandy Sampson and Mike Murphy, to help form the MSM Goaltending Academy which runs a women's only high performance goalie training camp. In their first year, MSM Goaltending Academy saw 30 different goaltenders from Jr and University along with many more female goaltenders in hp minor hockey programs.
Adapt Goaltending firmly believes that no two goalies are alike. However, having structure and a game plan is vital in order to play and perform to your highest capabilities. We believe that providing each goaltender with the proper technical and tactical skills that fit their playstyle will enable them to play more freely and process what is seen faster. Goalie training should be simplistic and goal oriented, not complicated or flashy for social media. We build your game to succeed at the next level by building habits.
We at A.G.D. spend the time to ensure the athlete understands every aspect of the technical and tactical applications we are working on during a lesson. As players improve and the speed of the game increases, it is not enough to simply stop the puck. We have to be able to anticipate and be proactive rather than reactive. We break down the situation so the goaltender understands what skill they are working on, why they are working on these skills, when they need to use it and how it is executed. We work in partnership with the athlete to identify the "why" in the problem until we reach the source of the area we need to improve upon. It's building trust and relationships with the athlete to help them be their best.