Ryan Theros was hired as Head Coach and General Manager of the Yellowstone Quake on March 26th, 2015. Theros lead the Quake from worst to first in his first season with the Quake leading them to a 35-9-0 record along with a Regular Season Division Championship. Theros was also selected to be a coach for the Top Prospects tournament for the Frontier Division in 2015/16 season. Previously, Theros had been an Assistant Coach for Holy Family Fire High School in Victoria, Minnesota. During his five-year tenure, the Fire were a top team in Minnesota, with a record of 88-38-3 and a ranking of 8th in the state in AA. The last two seasons, Theros was with Holy Family. The Fire boasted records of 19-5-1 and 17-6-1. Under Theros the Fire advanced numerous players to the junior ranks and to college hockey, including six who were awarded Division 1 scholarships.
Besides coaching at Holy Family, Theros has been a Lead Performance Coach and Trainer for Velocity Hockey Center in Eden Prairie Minnesota. His duties at Velocity Hockey Center, the only total player development program exclusively for hockey, included testing clients for strength, speed, agility, and power, training to improve individual hockey skills, strength/conditioning, and performance. Theros has worked with athletes of every level, from youth to those playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) on individual skills and team based training, along with running on and off ice clinics/camps and private lessons. During his time with Velocity, he helped in building and coaching the Velocity AAA teams through the summer months.
Theros has also served as the Head Coach and Head Evaluator for the Minnesota Reebok High Performance Select 16/17 Festival for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.
Prior to Velocity Hockey Center and Holy Family, Theros came from Cody, Wyoming, where he was the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Director for the Yellowstone Quake Junior A Hockey Team of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac), leading the team to a 34-14-0 record and an American West Division Playoff Final appearance. During Theros’ tenure, the Quake finished the season as the America West Division runners-up, losing in game five of a five-game championship series. Theros was instrumental in assisting the movement of nine players from the Quake to the NAHL, three to NCAA colleges and one to the Western Hockey League (WHL). With his passion for the game and attention to detail in developing players, he is really excited to be back with the Quake to use his years of experience to build a team of young men that are looking to move on to the next level in their hockey career all while acquiring some life experience along the way.
Theros is from Two Harbors, Minnesota where he played football, baseball and hockey for four years through high school. He received All-Conference honors in all three sports. After high school, Theros went on to play junior hockey in the SIJHL and MJHL.
While playing junior hockey, Theros attended community college and received his Wild-land Firefighting Certificate and his Associates of Arts Degree.
After junior hockey, Theros played NCAA hockey and baseball for four years at Northland College while getting his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics accompanied by a Minor in Sports Management and Coaching.
Theros and his wife Lindsey will live in Cody, Wyoming throughout the season.
A Webster, Wisconsin native, Greg Sears Assistant Coach brings over ten years of coaching experience to the Quake program. Last season Sears served as the Head Coach for the Atlanta Fire U18 AAA hockey program in Alpharetta, Georgia. Prior to his time in Atlanta, Sears spent the 2013-2014 season as an Assistant Coach for the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League. Along with experience in the NAHL, Sears has spent eight years as a Head Prep hockey coach in Wisconsin, spending four years at both Webster High School, and La Crosse Central High School. In addition Coach Sears has worked with Top Dog Hockey program out of Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten years.
Coach Sears played junior hockey for the Northwest Wisconsin Knights previously of the SIJHL and MNJHL, and followed that up by playing ACHA hockey at the University of Minnesota. Sears earned a Degree in personal fitness from Heritage University in 2009.
Coach Sears is level 4 USA Hockey certified