Sprague has walked the path that most CoE students would like to take, preparing him perfectly to lead the student-athletes at TPH-Denver. Sprague attended and played hockey for IMG Academy before moving on to a Junior Hockey career in the USHL. Sprague earned an athletic scholarship at Michigan State University where he was a member of the 2007 NCAA National Championship team. After finishing college, Jay went on to play professionally in the ECHL and CHL before he eventually decided to transition from a career as a player to a career as a coach and mentor.
Most recently Sprague has served as the Director of Skills Development for Defense First Hockey School in Toronto. Working under the tutelage of former NHL blueliner, Mike Weaver, Sprague has had the opportunity to learn from one of the top Defenseman coaches in North America and has spent time coaching some of the top players in Canada. Sprague has also devoted time coaching both male and female players throughout the youth and college ranks. Starting with an assistant coaching role at Ryerson University in Toronto, he proceeded to lead teams at SUNY Cortland in upstate New York and then served as the Girl’s Head Coach at Nichols School a prep school in Buffalo, NY. Now as a member of the TPH family, he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to empower the next generation of up-and-coming hockey players in Colorado.