Playing youth hockey as a child throughout the state of New Jersey, I quickly learned that to be considered an elite level player you must consistently test yourself against players of the same or better caliber on the most broad of scales. Growing up in a non-traditional hockey state this meant traveling up and down the East Coast and into Ontario to play against the best players for my age group. This also meant travelling throughout the state to try and find the best coaches at that given level.
I got my first bit of exposure to not only great players but great coaches being involved with the Atlantic District Festival teams. I quickly realized that to get to that ‘next level’ I had to move to an area more hockey oriented. For me that meant moving to Toronto; which provided an ideal setting allowing me to play both in the Metro Toronto Hockey League and prep school hockey. Spending time with both the Toronto Young Nationals and Wexford Raiders, while attending Upper Canada College offered a great balance between academics and athletics. It also opened my eyes to the importance of weight training, as well as proper nutrition.
A 2000 graduate of Upper Canada College preparatory school, I earned a scholarship to Colorado College of the WCHA after backing the varsity team to 3 provincial tournaments and 3 ISAA and TDCAA championships. As a four-year letter winner (2000-04) at Colorado College, I was part of a team that appeared in 3 NCAA tournaments, won a WCHA championship in 2003, and made 4 consecutive WCHA Final Five tournaments. Following graduation, I played for the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate Wheeling Nailers, of the East Coast Hockey League in 2005.
A 2004 graduate at Colorado College, I hold a B.A in International Political Economy and currently own and operate Competitive Advantage Training. I am certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as being a USA Hockey certified coach. With over fifteen years in the game and an innovative approach towards exercise science, I can provide a wealth of knowledge for any athlete who aspires to be great.
Currently, Cromarty is the Assistant Men's Hockey Coach at SUNY-Cortland. In addition to coaching responsibilities, Cromarty oversees the recruiting for the team as well as the strength training program. Additional coaching experience includes three seasons as the head coach at Westfield High School in Westfield, NJ. Over three seasons, Cromarty's teams made 3 consecutive state tournament appearances, and won one Union County title. In addition during the 2013-14 season, Cromarty was head coach of the New Jersey Rockets Bantam 99 Major hockey program. Starting in 2014, Sean also began work with the Atlantic District Player Development Program.
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