Helping goalies achieve success between the pipes

The Carroll Goalie School, which opened in 1995, provides weekend skill development clinics in Minnesota and Iowa for boys and girls, ages 6-14.

“I’m proud of the reputation we’ve earned for developing quality, fundamentally-sound goaltenders,” said Steve Carroll, an Edina, Minn., native, who is lead instructor at the popular weekend clinics offered in the summer and fall.

Coach Steve Carroll teaching goalies at one of his clinics.

Carroll uses his extensive coaching experience to teach goalies what it takes to be successful. He coaches goalies at the youth, high school and college levels. He shares his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the position with the goalies who attend his clinics.

“Our talented and personable team of instructors are passionate about goaltending and do an excellent job of explaining, demonstrating, and reinforcing the essential techniques used in today’s game,” Carroll said. “Goalies who train with us work hard, improve their skills and have fun!”

CGS offers clinics at convenient Minnesota locations including Alexandria, Blaine, Eagan, Edina, Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville. We also host two sessions in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“We help goalies take their games to new levels by building individual skills, techniques, athleticism, consistency and self-confidence,” Carroll said.

Goalie parents like the variety of CGS programs (Intro to goaltending, Intermediate Skills, Advanced Skills and Tryout Tune-up) that are offered and realize that training under the watchful eye of Coach Carroll and his staff can make a significant impact on the skill development of their kids.

  • “Our son has been attending the Carroll Goalie School for three years. The clinics are well designed and keep the players moving. The content is focused and the coaches aren’t afraid to provide the appropriate instruction. We love these clinics and they have become the standard we hold other programs to.”
    Paul Zackery, Apple Valley, Minn.
  • “The coaches that CGS has are the best in the business – they interact so well with the goalies, the students don’t even realize how hard they are working. My son gains more in three, two-hour sessions than in any of the week-long camps he has attended.” Bud Samms, Cambridge, Iowa
  • My daughter’s love for being a goalie was renewed and strengthened in just the first hour of the camp! Each day brought different skills taught in a supportive and fun environment that kids of all ages and skill sets benefited from!”
    Becky Moore, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • “Steve Carroll and his team are amazing! They have elevated my son’s skills and fostered his love for the game and being a goalie.” Cecilia Teeuwen, Minneapolis, Minn.


Carroll has more than 30 years experience coaching goalies at the youth, high school and college levels. He is the goalie coach for the Gustavus Adolphus College Women’s team, which won the 2023 NCAA Division III National Championship.

He also serves as the USA Hockey, Minnesota District goalie development coordinator.

As a goalie at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Carroll led the Mavericks to a NCAA Division II National Championship. He played in 119 games, made 3,570 saves, posted a career mark of 81-32-2 and still holds several of the school’s all-time goaltending records. He was also a two-time All-American and top-10 finalist for the inaugural Hobey Baker Award, presented to the best player in men’s college hockey. He also earned a free-agent tryout with the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars.

Before college, Carroll played three years at Edina High School (Minn.) for legendary Coach Willard Ikola.

Steve has been inducted Minnesota State and Edina High School athletic halls of fame.

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