HEAD COACH/GM – RYAN THEROS
Theros, throughout his coaching career, has been a Lead Performance Coach and Director of on ice Operations for Velocity Hockey Center in Eden Prairie and Edina Minnesota since 2010. Theros has worked with athletes of every level, from youth to 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 returned to Velocity Hockey Center from spending time in Texas as Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Lone Star Brahmas in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). There he was instrumental in the building of the team from start to finish. Theros spent a lot of extra time in developing the players throughout the season to continue to better their craft physically and mentally along the way. The Brahmas finished with a record of 42-9-1 good for 1st place in the NAHL along with producing 14 Division 1 commitments.
Theros, before making his trek south in 2018 – 2019 season, was with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League. The Black Hawks are a dominant team year after year in the USHL with last year being no different with a record of 39-16-5-2 good for 2nd in the always strong Western Conference. Theros was an Assistant Coach for the Black Hawks and led the team’s daily activities including practice, games, skill development, and youth camps while having prominent involvement with the team’s video coaching and scouting efforts.
Previously, Theros was Head Coach and General Manager of the Yellowstone Quake where he established that the Cody, Wyoming, club as a perennial contender in the NA3HL over three seasons through 2017/18. In 2015, Theros became head coach of the Quake. He took the team from last in the NA3HL Frontier Division to first place his first year as the bench boss and a trip to the Fraser Cup. He continued his success over the next two years with his teams to become division champions and earned two more trips out to Chicago for the Fraser Cup Championship.
Theros was also selected for the NA3HL Top Prospects tournament as a Coach to represent the Frontier division in all three seasons as well. Theros developed many of his players throughout moving them onto college and for the next level of junior hockey. Theros tenure with the Quake ended with a final record of 128-29-5-7 in the three years, making him the winningest coach in Quake History.
Before taking over the Quake, Theros had been an Assistant Coach for Holy Family Catholic Fire High School in Victoria, Minnesota. During his five-year tenure, the Fire were a top team in Minnesota, with a record of 88-37-3 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, where he was a key person in the movement of multiple players to the USHL, NAHL and other Junior Leagues.
Along with being busy with Velocity in the summer months, Theros is an Assistant Coach of the very popular “Da Beauty League” a summer professional hockey league in its 5th season currently, with over
60 NHL players competing in 10 games in July and August at Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota.
Ryan Theros played his junior career in the then MJHL and SIJHL for the Iron Range Yellow Jackets where they were 2nd place finishers in the National Tournament. While receiving his Degree in Business Administration/Economics with emphasis in Sports Management, Theros played NCAA hockey and baseball at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin where his playing careers ended there, after some injuries prevented him from playing on.
Theros also holds a USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Certification.
ASSISTANT COACH – LUKE FRY
The Yellowstone Quake are proud to announce the hiring of Luke Fry as Assistant Coach/Goalie Coach for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Fry recently graduated from Trine University Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science. While at Trine, Fry was a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society and played 4 seasons of ACHA College Hockey qualifying for the ACHA Division 2 National Championships all 4 seasons. A native of Columbus Indiana, Fry is no stranger to the NA3HL having played 2 seasons in the NA3HL, with his 2nd season in 2017-2018 playing for the Willmar Warhawks.
Prior to playing in the NA3HL, Fry played his High School Hockey for the Columbus Icemen where he led the Icemen to 3 Indiana State High School Runner-Up finishes in his 4 years playing for the Icemen
In his free time Fry volunteers, his time serving as goalie coach for the local youth hockey program. Fry enjoys spending his time in the outdoors and fishing.