The RHC is pleased to announce the commitments of the following coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. We have, without question, one of the finest coaching staffs in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region.
Hockey Director: Jon Larson - Jon coached for RHC for 6 years before taking on the Hockey Director position. Previously, Jon worked with players at numerous levels throughout the club. Jon also assisted Coach Matilla at the midget and varsity levels for two seasons assisting them to a State Championship and a third place finish at the USA Hockey National Championships. Prior to coaching for RHC, Jon played Jr. A Hockey for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. Jon also played AAA Hockey for the Chicago Mission from 2004-2007. Jon is a USA Hockey Level 5 coach.
Head Coach - David Nagel - David returns to the RHC for his 6th season as head coach. David has coached multiple teams during his time with the organization and continues to develop players of all skill levels. Prior to coaching, David played Junior hockey for the Chicago Force and the Dubuque Thunderbirds in the USHL. David won 4 state championships with the Rockford Icemen and led his team in points his senior season. In his youth hockey years, Coach Nagel played AAA hockey for the Madison Capitols and Team Illinois. David’s vision for the game and ability to teach players at the youth levels goes above and beyond and RHC is thrilled to have David back for another season.
Head Coach - Alex Edwards - This will be Alex’s third season with RHC. Prior to this season, Alex coached squirt teams in the CSDHL and the NIHL. Prior to coaching, Alex played youth hockey for RHC and won 3 state championships with the Rockford Icemen where he was also the captain. After his career with the Icemen, Alex attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he played four seasons winning two MACHA championships and 3 ACHA regional final appearances.
Assistant Coach - Matt Nagel - Matt returns to RHC this year to help coach at the Pee Wee level. Prior to this season Matt was the assistant coach for the Illinois State Red Birds DII & DIII teams from 2013-2016. Matt also coached the Pee Wee AA team in the Bloomington Youth Hockey Organization for 3 seasons. Prior to coaching Matt played youth hockey for RHC and won 3 state championships with the Rockford Icemen.
Oak Hewer - Oak has been coaching for RHC since 2011. Oak has more than 20 years of hockey experience. Oak played Major Jr. Hockey in the OHL for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and North Bay Centennials. In 1998 Oak was drafted in the NHL to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th round. Oak moved to Rockford in 2001 and played 2 seasons with the Rockford IceHogs. After his playing career, Oak began coaching at numerous levels for RHC and for the Jr. Ice Hogs through the Rockford Park District. Last year Oak was one of the assistant coaches of RHC’s Pee Wee CSDHL team that was ranked #1 in the country.
Austin Larson - This will be Austin's first year coaching for RHC. Previously, Austin was involved as a tournament coordinator with the Jr. Ice Hogs. As a youth player, Austin played six seasons with RHC and won a state championship with the Rockford Icemen. During Austin’s junior year, while attending Rockford Boylan, he won the IHSA Class 7A state championship while playing football.