• Welcome to hockeywise.org

    A homeschool tutorial


    Our Mission

    Hockey-Wise is a unique homeschool tutorial that is a wonderful opportunity for homeschooled hockey players to further their academic education while improving their skills at the best sport in the world - hockey.  From beginners to advanced players, this program will take your skills to the next level. And it is equally important to us that students gain knowledge in various academic and enrichment subjects.This all happens in a fun group classroom setting.

     Students are then coached on ice by world-class professional hockey coaches.  Hockey-Wise is a tutorial program that brings students together. They gain knowledge together. They improve their hockey skills together. They form lifelong friendships. All in a structured environment. HockeyWise homeschool takes place at the premier training facility in Franklin TN, THE LAB. 


    What We Do


    Our tutorial meets once a week on Thursdays, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm, from August through May. There are two semesters. Fall semester is August through December. Spring Semester is January through May. We are geared toward students aged 9 through 14 years old.  Students will be led through course work in a combination of lecture and lab learning, with an emphasis on discussion and collaboration.  We believe that an interactive environment leads to more hands-on learning that stays with a student for life.  We also believe that not every student learns the same way, and we are aware that not every student is in the same grade.  By keeping our classes relatively small, we are able to spend the time needed with each individual student to ensure that learning is truly taking place on their level.  In the middle of the school day, students put on their hockey gear and spend 90 minutes on ice with various professional hockey coaches.  The passion that is delivered in the coaching at the Lab is matched nowhere else in Tennessee.  Your student will improve, and you will notice.  

    Who We Are


    Hockey-Wise is owned and operated by homeschooling parents, hockey parents and educators, Nicole and Saul Zonana. 

    All Hockey-Wise courses are taught by professionals in their fields and paid educators. 

    Hockey-Wise on ice coaches are all paid professional hockey coaches. 

    We take great pride in our involvement with our educators and coaches. The motivation is always to make better students and players out of these super awesome kids. All levels of players from beginners to advanced are welcome! And yes, GOALIES are welcome! We have goalie coaches as well.

    Please see our current roster of instructors below.                                                                                                  Update: We now offer camps and programs for all ages in addition to our homeschool program. Check them at: https://hockeywise.org/hockey-wise-presents




    -music history

    -basic musical instrument instruction

    -basic music theory

    -critical listening

    -intro to Garageband 

    Life Skills for the Athlete


    -habits and attitudes of a champion

    -goal setting

    -overcoming doubts

    -avoiding short cuts 


    -moral victors and integrity

    -bully prevention

    -sports leadership

    Modern Technology


    -history of technology

    -basic hands on Apple computer training

    -discussions on how technology can be helpful

    Photography for Beginners


    -Learning how to use a REAL camera

    -the basics of photo composition

    -the basics of depth and texture

    -students will take their own creative photos

    Sports History


    -The history of hockey

    -Researching and studying of the most successful athletes in history 

    -An Interview with a professional hockey player

    Basic Anatomy and Motion for the Athlete


    -How the skeletal system works

    -How the muscular system works

    -Muscle action and movement 

    -Lecture and lab formats 

    Basic Videography


    -How to use a REAL movie camera

    -Intro to Adobe Premier for beginners

    -Basics of movie making

    Biology of Sports Performance


    -nutrition for athletes  

    -the science behind sports performance  



    -game success  


    Creative Writing


    -Learn to create stories and characters that are as real on paper as they are in the mind. 

    -Provide settings and create plots that will entice and inspire readers. 

    -Learn the art of the Interview

    Class Instructors

    Amanda Cole


    Amanda was born and raised in Michigan, and relocated to Nashville after graduating from college.  Amanda attended Hope College, graduating with a bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has been involved in athletics for over 15 years, playing volleyball for 12 years through middle school, high school and college.  Amanda has received multiple athletics awards, including the FALCON Award for good sportsmanship, grades, and skills.  She is currently an Elementary Student Support Service Teacher in Williamson County, and she has been a volleyball coach at the travel level for three years in Nashville, TN.  Amanda is a talented educator and a valued instructor for the Hockey-Wise tutorial program.

    John Collins


    John Thomas Collins is a faculty member at The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University. In addition, he has worked as a faculty member at Belmont University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He received a Bachelors of Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

    While teaching here in Nashville, he has led and been involved in several community projects including the Blue Nashville project and documentation of the Wilson county fair. Mr. Collins enjoys teaching and engaging students in real life scenerios, helping students apply skills to their own working enviornments and communities. The students LOVE learning more about photography from Mr. Collins.

    Nicole Zonana


    Nicole is a Registered Occupational Therapist who has worked with children throughout her entire twenty-year career.  Nicole’s experience is vast, having practiced in hospital-based therapy, outpatient pediatrics, and for the past 10 years in the school-based setting.  This experience has given her a depth of understanding of children’s different learning styles, and how to instruct them.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy, with a specialization in pediatrics, all of which have given her a large knowledge-base for teaching children science-based courses. Most importantly she has a natural knack for educating children in a way that allows them to process the information in their own way. That is priceless for our Hockey-Wise program.

    Phillip Lacy

    The students are in for such a treat on days that Mr. Lacy is teaching his class. He has inspired many! Phillip has taught cinematography, film production, animation, and screenwriting in Miami as well as in the Mid-West. Since the mid 2013’s Phillip has been the associate chair or director of the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville’s Media Arts department over the film/video, audio, photgraphy, animation, and visual effects programs. He loves making films and teaching filmaking to students of all ages.  

    Tori Williams

    Tori is a licensed Physical Therapist.  She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and then went on to earn her Masters of Physical Therapy from University of Findlay.  She has a wealth of experience in her field, including extensive work with children in the outpatient and rehab settings in neurology and orthopedics.  Tori holds a specialty certification in aquatic rehabilitation, kinesiotaping, and soft tissue mobilization. She is perfect for explaining the basic anatomy and motion of the young athlete to our students. Tori has five years of homeschooling experience, teaching her two hockey player sons.  

    Saul Zonana

    Saul is a lifelong touring musician, composer, and artist who has 35+ years in the music business and has toured with some of the biggest names in music. His music has been on television shows and films over the past 25 years, and his fan base continues to grow. 

    Beyond that, he is an award-winning educator with a passion for teaching.  Saul has been teaching at the college level at the Art Institute of Tennessee for the past nine years, as well as instructing young students in the area of music and technology. He excels at communicating with his students in a way that is both inspiring and motivating to them. AND, he's a hockey dad :) The students LOVE learning about music with Mr. Z!  www.saulz.net

    Hockey Coaches

    Tom Murphy

    Coach Murphy relocated to Nashville after graduating and playing four years at Central Michigan University. He grew up in the greater Detroit area where he played AA/AAA level ice hockey until he was 14 where he played at Brighton High School. After winning the state championship his senior year, Coach Murphy was drafted in the 1st round of the NAHL draft to the Texas Tornado now Armarillo Bulls. After Texas, coach Murphy then played defense for Central Michigan University where he set the program record for points as a defensemen and penalty minutes for the 4 years he was there. 

    Tom Murphy is a rare combination of both an incredible hockey player and an even better hockey instructor. The improvement of so many hockey players in middle Tennessee can be laid mostly at his door. He is a fun, highly motivated and inspiring hockey coach that we all feel privileged to work with.

    Allie LaCombe

    Growing up in Minnesota, Allie attended Eden Prairie high school where she played hockey all four years. In 2015 she graduated from Syracuse University where she also played for their DI women’s team, breaking several records, one of them being the faceoff percentage leader for NCAA of the 2014-2015 season. The following 2015-2016 season, Allie played professionally overseas for the Vienna Sabres of the EWHL in Vienna, Austria, with her team winning the national trophy, league championship and league Super Cup. Allie is the current Head Coach of the Nashville Girls Hockey U19 travel program. Her coaching background includes numerous teams and students in Minnesota, Austria, New York, Florida and more. Allie's life motto is "practice, determination and desire" and uses that in every day life, in coaching, teaching, and playing as well. She is a super inspiring coach and she's here to help the Nashville hockey community. 

    Patrick Murray


    Born in Rochester, NY, Patrick spent 17 years playing with the Webster Cyclones Travel Hockey Program. He also played four years of high school hockey followed by one year of Junior A hockey in Syracuse, NY. Following his year in Syracuse, he attended the State University of New York at Canton where he played four more years of Division III Club hockey and served as the program's president for his junior and senior seasons. After stints of working with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Nashville Predators, Patrick now focuses on using his knowledge and experience with previous hockey organizations to train and teach players of any age to help them improve and play at the next level. His up-tempo coaching style pushes his players to elevate their work ethic and motivate themselves to give their best effort. Patrick's coaching experience comes from serving as an assistant coach for his hometown high school team, various hockey camps in the Rochester, NY area, and programs within the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey department. Patrick is currently a skills coach for the Lab in Franklin, TN. Most recently, he has developed his own training program by the name of K&P Hockey Training, designed to work with travel level hockey players from ages 10-17 on off-ice strength and skill, as well as, on-ice. Patrick will be the head coach of the 10U Preds Select team for the 2018-19 season.



    Dillon Caffrey is from Mount Juliet, TN and has been involved with hockey since he was nine years old. Most people in Nashville refer to him as "Goose". 

    Dillon is currently the Nashville Predators Emergency Backup Goalie and has a background in Goaltending playing and coaching. He played AAA in Nashville for the Southern Flyers growing up and went on to play goaltender and defenseman for the Glacier Nationals in the NA3HL in juniors. 

    Currently, Goose works for numerous renowned goalie camps. He is the Nashville Coordinator for Mitch Korn's goalie school (Mitch is the NHL Goaltending Coach for the Washington Capitals). Dillon also runs camps internationally; he helps with Steve Briere of the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team, Player's Edge, and numerous other goalie schools. Goose is also a Level 5 USA Hockey Coach. 

    Dillon attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Sports and Human Performance. He continues to coach by helping high school teams, girls programs, giving private lessons and working as the Goaltending Coach at Breakaway. In his free time, Goose enjoys skating out in Open Hockey, working on cars and traveling to new places. It's a pleasure to have him coach at our HockeyWise Homeschool program.


    Fall Semester 2018- August 23rd through December 13th (15 Thursdays)

    Spring Semester 2019- January 17th through May 9th (15 Thursdays)9am to 10am Beginners advanced on ice training

    10:15am-11:30am Classroom (lecture/lab combination)

     11:30am-12:00pm- Lunch (bring from home)

    12pm-1:15pm- Classroom (lecture/lab combination)

    1:30pm to 3pm On ice training


    THE LAB - 547 Mount Hope St, Franklin, Tennessee 37064



    Tuition for Hockey-Wise

    Non-refundable one-time registration fee of $40

    Single semester enrollment: $679 (15 Thursdays)

    Full year enrollment: $1175  (30 Thursdays)

    25% off of these prices for each additional sibling enrolled.

    This includes two 75 minute classes each day with qualified instructors and 75 to 90 minutes of on ice instruction with GREAT world-class coaches.  Please read and sign our Policies/Code of Conduct form (below)

    One time Registration Fee

    This $40 fee is only for first time enrollment and only gets collected one time. Parents of siblings only pay a single fee. This fee enables us to meet our goals in having all the materials needed and improves conditions  constantly. 

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    Click this PayPal button to enroll for a single semester, $679 for 15 Thursdays. If you do not have a PayPal account, no worries. You can use any credit card on PayPal. If this is your first time enrolling, please click the registration fee button before enrolling.

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    Full Year Enrollment

    Click this PayPal button for a full year enrollment, $1175 for 30 Thursdays, which runs August through May. If you do not have a PayPal account, no worries. You can use any credit card on PayPal. If this is your first time enrolling, please click the one time registration fee button before enrolling.

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    THE LAB - 547 Mount Hope St, Franklin, Tennessee 37064

    Saul Z (914) 610-5342


    Thursdays 9am to 3pm


    Before enrolling please download AND READ the FEE POLICY and CODE OF CONDUCT FORM. 

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