Behind the bench this year for the Brown Bears is Head Coach Josh Petrich. Josh was born and raised in Elk River Minnesota and attended University of Minnesota-Duluth. Josh brings a wealth of successful coaching experiences to the Brown bears. Josh began his hockey career as a goalie in Minnesota and discovered early on a passion for coaching. He held his first coaching position at the age of 23 as an assistant coach to the Duluth Clysedales, a Junior A American expansion team playing in the Canadian SIJHL (Superior International Junior Hockey League) From there Josh made the big jump to his first Head Coaching job in the NAHL with the Alaskan Avalanche out of Palmer/Wasilla. When the Avalanche was sold and moved to Johnstown Pennsylvania , Josh was picked up by the Minnesota Wilderness and remained there for 3 seasons as an assistant coach. While there Josh was an integral part of a coachin staff that won a National title, the coveted Robertson Cup in 2015, and placed over 30 players in NCAA Division I schools including 5 goalies. Supporting Josh in his coaching career is his wife Desi also from Minnesota.
Assistant coach Nick Sova comes to the Brown Bears from Minnesota. Nick grew up in Cottage Grove Minnesota playing hockey for the Cottage Grove youth Hockey Association,and then played his high school career with Hill Murray High School in Maplewood MN . He broke into the NAHL at age 18, after graduation, playing defense for the Minot Minotauros. From Minot Nick went on to play in the Superior International Junior Hockey League(SIJHL), a Canadian league , for the Minnesota Wilderness . While playing for the Wilderness, Nick was part of a team that won the SIJHL Regional championship, the League championship, and also earned a berth in the Final Four of Canada’s coveted Royal Bank of Canada Cup. No easy feat with 128 teams of competition. After juniors Nick remained in Minnesota committing to Hamline University in Saint Paul (MIAC). A recent graduate of Hamline, Nick has turned his attention full time to coaching and has worked the last 3 years at the Minnesota Advancement Program- South Campus in Mendota Heights MN. Nick will be a huge asset to the Brown Bear’s Defense with his Junior hockey and College playing experience. When he’s not traveling with and coaching the Bears, Nick resides in his hometown of Cottage Grove MN.
Also on the bench assistant coaching, and serving as Director of Business Operations is Jed McGlasson. Overall this will be Jed’s sixth season as part of the Brown Bear team, first as a player and then as a coach. Jed grew up in Kenai Alaska attending Kenai Central High School and moved into his NAHL career as a high powered forward with the Kenai River Brown Bears. In his second season with the Bears Jed led the team with 43 points and helped catapult the team into a play-off berth. After a season Captaining the team Jed made the decision to leave his hometown and played with the Avalanche in Wasilla/Palmer before starting his college career. A graduate of Saint Marys University in Winona Minnesota, Jed played 4 seasons with the Cardinals, again in a leadership role wearing the “A” on his Jersey and leading the team successfully. Jed’s Hockey knowledge and experience has been and will continue to be a huge asset to the Brown Bears. He resides in Kenai with his Fiance Amanda and their dog Gary.
Moving into the Director of Hockey Operations for the Brown Bears is their former scout Chris Hedlund. Chris grew up in Anoka MN playing hockey as a kid with the Anoka Area Hockey Association and continuing to play in high school for Anoka High School. After graduation Chris attended UW-Stout (WIAC) and played two seasons with the Blue Devils as a forward. While attending college, Chris found coaching to be a passion, and began coaching Bantams when he was not studying. This led to the beginning of a life time of teaching kids the game of hockey. Ultimately, coaching led to scouting for Chris, and he began to help young hockey prospects find their path to the college dream. He stepped into The North American Tier III Hockey League (NA3HL) working for the Minnesota based Granite City Lumberjacks, helping to build their team , but focusing on building the futures of young hockey players. Chris is in his third year of scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks. When Chris is not at the rink coaching or scouting, he is a businessman and the Brown Bears are fortunate to have his experience in the business world. This will be Chris’s second season with the Brown Bears. He resides in his hometown of Anoka, MN with his wife Teresa and two of their three children with the oldest attending college at Bemidji State.