For any team to be great, you need more than one or two strong members. The Goalcrease coaching staff has depth beyond what any other goalie camp or academy can offer. Our coaches have won championships at all levels, developed thousands of successful goalies, shot millions of pucks, invented thousands of new drills, mastered the art of teaching fundamental skills, and share a passion for teaching the game of hockey.
Robb recently served as head coach for the US Women's Olympic Gold Medal team in Pyeongchang. He founded Goalcrease in 2002 after his professional playing career which included 4 seasons with the LA Kings. In 1988, Robb won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey's top player. Robb's drive and creative vision are at the heart of Goalcrease training and services.
Jeff has been a full coach at Goalcrease since its inception in 2002. He played at Edina High School, winning a state championship in 1997 before playing 4 years at Bethel University. Passionate about skill development, he has overseen the training of hundreds from mites to pros. Jeff is currently the goalie coach for the Sioux Falls Stampede USHL team and resides in Eden Prairie with his wife, and 2 kids.
A Goalcrease Instructor since 2007, Derek has also coached goalies for several local high school teams, most recently the Breck Mustangs. As a former Goalcrease client who played Varsity hockey for Osseo and 2 years of Junior Hockey, Derek is an expert teacher that kids can relate to.
Dan has been a mainstay at Goalcrease since 2004. He showed up to train for a professional hockey tryout, but quickly chose a coaching career over the minor league lifestyle. A former standout at Duluth East High School and Canadian junior hockey goalie, Dan is also an expert in military grade hand to hand combat. He currently holds 2 other coaching positions as the goalie director for Breakaway Acadamy and Chanhassen Varsity assistant coach.
"Espo" is the goalie coach for the University of Minn-Duluth Women's team, where he trained an eventual Olympic Gold Medalist. He began his coaching career as a full time as a full time Goalcrease instructor in 2013 after being coached by Robb Stauber during his playing days in Crystal Lake, IL. Espo's high energy level and enthusiasm are a perfect fit at Goalcrease.
Owen is an instructor and Equipment Sales Manager at Goalcrease. His knowledge and understanding of the equipment makes him an invaluable member of our team. A Chicago area native, he eventually played goalie for Grand Rapids HS, Michigan Tech, and St. Olaf College. He is an active volunteer coach in the Roseville Youth Association where he taught science for 18 years and coached the Girls Varsity team. Owen lives there with his wife and four kids.
Matt returns to Goalcrease after a stint in the US Navy in 2018. A former Goalcrease student who grew up playing for Lakeville South and St. Thomas Academy, Matt was a USNTDP goalie for 2 seasons. He then played college hockey at U of Minn-Duluth from 2012-2016. His experience of playing at the highest levels is valuable, but his strength of character is what makes him a great coach.
Tyler grew up playing in Delano, MN and training with Goalcrease on a regular basis from squirts to high school. A two year starter for the Tigers, Tyler was named to the All-Conference team as a Sr. He then played one year in the ACHA with Iowa State before moving back to the Twin Cities to continue his education while coaching. Tyler began coaching with Goalcrease summer camps in 2014 and became a Certified Instructor in 2017.
Joey grew up playing hockey for Northern Lakes/Breezy Point in Minnesota. He would travel to Goalcrease to train and always put in the utmost effort. After high school hockey, Joey played Tier III Jr hockey but his career was cut short by a serious eye condition. Joey now works full time as a shift manager at Bloomington Ice Gardens and spends much of his spare time coaching at Goalcrease. He was named a Certified Goalcrease Instructor in 2017.
Nick grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He played Varsity for the Tigers before leaving home to play his junior year at the AAA level. He played his senior year for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. Nick also played for the Alpena Icediggers of the NAHL. Following his Junior A career, he played four years for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, earning the Most Improved Player and Most Valuable player team awards. Nick joined the Goalcrease as a Certified Instructor in 2017.