My third year on staff with the Cougars, and my second year as head coach. I've been around hockey since I was able to walk and was lucky enough to have my playing days end after a college career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Much of the passion and drive I have for the game, came from my college experience. The coaches I had really emphasized community and working for each other.
I am very excited to be with the team again this year. The girls are amazing and truly have the team has a work ethic like nothing I've never seen in high school hockey. Their collective effort - for each other- will help determine their success this season.
I've been in Mankato my entire life. Started skating when I was 5 and figure skated for a few years before joining hockey as a 10 year old. I played with MAHA until my 7th grade year where I then moved up to play for East. While playing at East I played defense and forward, depending on the year and current team needs. I also play soccer and ran track while in high school. When I graduated I moved to North Dakota to play soccer and get my Bachelors in Exercise Science.
As of 1 year ago, I have been back in Mankato working at East as a Para while working on my Master's of Clinical Exercise Physiology. I coached East girls soccer last fall, followed by U12 girls hockey in the winter, and East girls track in the spring. I also had the opportunity to coach Special Olympics basketball, power lifting, and track this past spring/summer. Since being back in Mankato, I have continued my hockey career by joining a men's league and playing with my Dad.
This fall I am interning in Cincinnati, OH and coaching an 8 year old girls soccer team. I will be back right after the season has begun, and am very excited to be apart of this team. I look forward to a great season!
I started playing hockey around 9 years old in Bloomington, MN. After two years of skating out with the U10 team trying offense and defense, my coach (dad) finally let me play goalie for a game in U12s. Before I knew it, I was goaltending every game and got pulled up to play with the high school team when I was 13. After playing 8th-10th grade as the full time JV and the backup (and occasional starter) Varsity goalie with Bloomington Jefferson Girls Hockey, I split my time on Varsity with another goalie my 11th grade year and started full time as Captain when I reached my Senior year.
I decided to “hang up my skates” after senior year of high school while I attended college at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, MN and I now work in IT at South Central College. I still live in St. Peter with my wife and our two golden retrievers, Penny and Georgia, cat, Desmond, and bunny, Leroy. We are very loyal MN Wild super fans - my favorite player ever and inspiration for becoming a goalie is Manny Fernandez although my favorite current player is still to be determined (Zucker, Granlund, Coyle, Dubnyk..)!
I’m beyond excited to be coaching with the Mankato East Girls Hockey team this year and can’t wait for the season to begin!