Hockey Operations

Head Coach – Taylor Shaw

Shaw, a native of Sartell, MN joins the Kenai River Brown Bears staff after spending the past three seasons with the Gillette Wild in the NA3HL. During his time in Gillette, Shaw held various positions including most recently serving as the Associate Head Coach. In addition to his roles with the Wild, he has served as both the Gillette Youth Hockey Association Skill Director and Goalie Clinic Coordinator. During the summer months, Shaw also currently serves as a Head Coach for Team Northwest AAA Hockey.

Prior to his time in Gillette, Shaw spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach of the Proctor Boys High School Hockey team in Proctor, MN. In 2014, he started his coaching career as a Bantam Coach for the Duluth East Youth Hockey Association in Duluth, MN.

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2016, he has been an Economics Teacher at Minnesota Connections Academy. Shaw resides in Minnesota with his wife Brittany, and their two kids.

Assistant Coach – Jacob Leitner

Coach Leitner grew up in Bemidji MN and currently lives in Laramie, WY where he is finishing up a degree in psychology and minoring in sociology and criminal justice. He has coached  high school hockey for 3 years for the Laramie Outlaw program winning 2 state championships. During this time, Coach Leitner has also coached Team Wyoming 14U AA to back to back USA Hockey National Tournament 3rd place finishes.

His playing career consisted of playing youth and high school for the Bemidji LumberJacks. From there, he went on and played in the NAHL for the Aberdeen wings and Bismarck bobcats. He also spent some time with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL.

Assistant Coach – Dean Weasler

Coach Weasler grew up in Rosemount MN and is currently a resident of Faribault MN. Dean has been coaching hockey for 18 years in Minnesota, the last 8 have been as the Head High School coach of the Faribault Falcons. During his time in Faribault he also serves as the Director of Hockey for 6 years and coached several youth teams in addition to running goalie clinics. He has also served as the goaltending coach for the Steel County Blades (USPHL).

His playing career included playing Minnesota High School Hockey (1996 Graduate), USHL – Rochester Mustangs (1996-1998), WCHA – St. Cloud State University (1998-2002), ECHL, and CHL professionally. He was a goaltender who still ranks amongst the top goaltenders statistically at St. Cloud State University in several categories.

Dean’s family lives in Faribault but travels each winter for hockey. Leighton (20) plays in the NA3HL in Gillette and Maclain (17) is playing in Boston for North Shore Academy. Joelle (14) and Meagan (wife) stay in Faribault and are active in hockey, volleyball, and theatre.

Director of Player Development/Player Personnel – Dan Daikawa

Scouting Staff

Director of Scouting: Nick Jones

Europe: Johan Skinnars

US Regional: Grant Morin

US Regional: Tom Mason