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Coaching Staff

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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.  This season Theros lead the team to a 40-4 regular season record, which is the best record in the Quake’s 11-Year existence. In the last two seasons, Theros has cultivated a total record of 84-15 with 2 Division Championships in his first two seasons of taking over along with making the Silver Cup Championships Tournament both years as well. Also, was selected as a Coach for the Top Prospects Tournament in Detroit both seasons. Throughout Theros has continued to develop the players to move onto the NAHL or onto college.

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.

 

Jordan McTaggart

Assistant Coach

Jordan begins his first season as Assistant Coach with the Quake and his second stint in Cody, Wyoming. Jordan played in the inaugural season for the quake and was also his first coaching job severing as assistant coach for two seasons. The Seattle, WA native grew up in a hockey family with his father being a former NHL player.  He was also assistant coach of Team Seattle U-16 AAA for two seasons. Jordan spent the last four years coaching at the Banff Hockey Academy in Banff, Alberta Canada serving as head coach of the midget varsity team as well as assistant coach with the midget prep and Jr teams. While in Banff Jordan played a key role in developing players for NCAA D1, WHL, and  tier 2 Junior leagues throughout western Canada.

Jordan is excited to get back to Cody and help build on the winning culture that coach Theros has put in place.