Cliff started as an instructor with Turcotte Hockey School in the summer of 1995 and became a head instructor soon after that. He currently owns and operates as a head coach and Hockey Director for his New Jersey Renegades Junior team as well as the youth program. He played hockey for the New Jersey Rockets and Junior Devils before attending Penn State in 1991. He won the Nittany Lion MVP in 1991, Penn State Dedication Award in 1994, and Penn State Offensive Player of the Year in 1995. After graduation in 1995, he went on to briefly play for the Jacksonville Bullets of the SPHL.