John Carratu will be working with Merrimack’s goaltenders this season, taking over for Merrimack alum Jim Healey who stepped aside after four years in the volunteer position; he works full-time in the financial industry.
Carratu, formerly the goaltending coach at Northeastern, is currently the director of Stop It Goaltending in North Andover. Carratu trains NHL, Minor Pro and NCAA goaltenders as well as goalies at all youth levels; he has previously worked with Merrimack goaltender Sam Marotta at Stop It. While at Northeastern Carratu helped guide Brad Thiessen, who signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins following his junior season, as well as recently graduated NU netminder Chris Rawlings.
In addition to Northeastern University, Carratu has also coached goaltenders at US Prep School power Cushing Academy, Nobles and Greenough in the ISL as well as Phillips Andover Academy; he has also served as goaltending coach for Adler Mannheim in the DEL, the top-tier professional league in Germany.
Stop It is owned by Merrimack grad Brian Daccord, a former goaltending coach for both the Warriors and Boston Bruins.