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Atlantic Coast Academy Joins the Beast

By Beast Staff, 02/15/23, 1:15PM EST


We are pleased to announce that the Atlantic Coast Academy located in Pittsfield, MA have joined the Beast Tournament Series for the 2023-2024 Season. ACA will  participate at the 15U,16U, & 18U levels.

Located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the BEAST Tournament Series celebrates its 7th season in the fall 2023 having established itself as the top showcase league for U18, U16, U15, U14, & U13. Simply put, in just six seasons, the BEAST league has set a new standard, and this is proven through both NCAA Commitments and National Championships.

The BEAST Tournament Series has seen over 500 players make their NCAA Commitments, with over 95% of these players advancing to Division I colleges and universities.

The BEAST Tournament Series has also seen many players advance to play at the highest levels of junior hockey in both the United States and Canada.


Atlantic Coast Academy


Located in heart of New England Hockey, Pittsfield Ma., Atlantic Coast Academy is one of only five high school Hockey Academies in New England.  ACA will offer both high-end hockey development alongside an academic and cultural experience.  Our players homestead is at located in the beautiful and well known Camp Winadu on beautiful Onota Lake.  This opportunity is unlike any of the other programs.

Our location is beneficial for our student-athletes.  Due to the close proximity of many programs within Massachusetts, ACA will provide exposure to three major Division 1 Conferences: ECAC (Union, Harvard University, RPI), Atlantic Hockey League (Bentley University, AIC), Hockey East (Northeastern, BU, BC, U-Lowell, Merrimack). These alongside our New England area Prep Schools such as Berkshire School, Trinity Pawling, Albany Academy, Salisbury, Deerfield and Cushing, etc...  New England is arguably one of the best, if not, the best hockey markets in the United States.

Atlantic Coast Academy players will receive elite training and coaching, both on and off the ice.  Our players will be prepared to play for Junior Hockey, NCAA college, and professional hockey.  Our staff and management team will also ensure that players have the necessary development, exposure, and advancement opportunities to take the next step in their hockey careers.

We encourage Apex Learning for our students.  Apex Learning possesses a built-in tutor program, hands on teachers, excellent communication with parents, and competitive tuition costs.  This private school is available in all states and is NCAA accredited.

Although we do recommend Apex Learning, please know that it is NOT a requirement.  It is your choice as a family which online program you can enroll your child in. 

Our Academy also has a staff member to help direct our students with their school work.  Marcie Velasco, is the Academy Academic Advisor.  

Along with our Academy program, we also offer Fall Split season ‘Atlantic Coast Selects’ and Summer program ‘Atlantic Coast Elite’.

Our philosophy with our fall split season program is to place a primary focus on development of each player both skill-wise, and as a whole.  Our Select players will be taught what it takes to be a team player, and will be pushed to their limits in order to further them as hockey players and as young people.  Each player will have the opportunity to compete in 20+ games against highly competitive teams across MA, CT, and NY with the objective of preparing them for their High School seasons and beyond. 

Atlantic Coast Academy is specifically designed to educate elite hockey student athletes.


Atlantic Coast Hockey is a high-performance program that prides itself on professional coaching, excellent player development and maximum exposure opportunities.  Our objective is to prepare student-athletes both athletically and academically for the next level, with the ultimate objective for players to succeed on and off the ice.