Nick Madonia

D1 Head Coach

This will be Coach Madonia’s first year back with NIU. For the past two seasons, Nick has been the Head Coach for the Crystal Lake South High School Club. Prior to his time with Crystal Lake South, Nick was a Head Coach with NIU for 5 seasons. He spent two years with the DII team, and three years with the DIII team. His time with DIII saw the club win two league championships, as well as two league Coach of the Year awards. Coach Madonia is also a Proud NIU Alumni, having received his Master’s Degree in Sport Management in 2016. When not at the rink, Nick works as an IT Consultant and resides in North Aurora with his wife Alaina, and two Pitbulls, Stanley, and Bubba.

 

Kevin Brophy

D1 Assistant Coach

Kevin is excited to join the coaching staff for NIU this season and will be working with our team’s defensive corps and primarily the penalty kill unit. This will be Kevin’s first year with the team. Prior to joining our staff Kevin has spent 10 years as an on-ice official in ACHA D1/D2 divisions mainly working the schools in the midwest. Kevin draws his experience from both an officiating and playing perspective having previously skated for NIU as a player from 2008-10 and officially retiring from competitive play in 2012. Having been a part of many different levels of play Kevin looks forward to helping our young defensemen develop their skills and reach each individual’s full potential. When not behind the bench or donning the stripes, Kevin spends his summers building single-family homes around the greater Chicagoland area and is currently pursuing a Master Carpenter’s license. Kevin resides in Island Lake with his wife Coral and new baby daughter Quinnley.

 

 

Robert Kalata

D1 Assistant Coach

This is Coach Kalata’s first year of coaching. He received his Bachelor’s in mathematics from Illinois State University. Coach Kalata played 4 years in multiple Junior Tier 3 leagues. As well as ACHA D1 for ISU from 2017-2019 where he was Captain for one and a half seasons. When he is not at the rink he works as an actuarial associate.

 

 

Jeremy Bower

D1 Goalie Coach

Jeremy is excited to be joining the Huskie staff to work with the goaltenders. Jeremy has been a goaltender coach for the past 11 years.
He has spent the majority of his time working with the goaltenders for Crystal Lake South High School.
Jeremy received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. While at ISU, Jeremy was the starting goaltender for the Redbird inline varsity team.
In addition to coaching the CLS goaltenders, Jeremy has formed a goaltending advisory company called Bower’s Blue Paint Goalie School. Where he spends time working with goaltenders of all ages both on and off the ice.
Jeremy received his master’s degree from Aurora University.

 


Keith Gorczyca

D3 Head Coach

This is Coach Gorczyca’s 22nd year coaching. He coached Varsity for 13 years at Batavia HS, won 2 ISHL league championships. Coached 21 years at the Cyclones, won 1 state championship, 2-second places in state playoffs, and 2 third-place finishes in state playoffs. In addition, has won numerous NIHL league flags. His prior coaching experience includes squirt, peewee, bantam, and midget as well as, AA (CSDHL) peewee, bantam, and midget. Coach Gorczyca played for UIC and ISU and graduated from ISU. Fun fact, two players he previously coached are in the NHL. Coach Gorczyca is a big believer in the development of the players he coaches. Outside the rink, he likes to golf and hangs out with his family of 3 grown boys and his girlfriend.

 

 


Matt Schaben

D3 Assistant Coach

This will be Coach Schaben’s first year back with NIU. For the past two seasons, Matt has coached both the Geneva Cyclones U18s and U14s. His time with the Midget Majors saw the team win league and state championships, and ultimately finish third at nationals. Prior to his time with the Cyclones, Matt was an assistant coach with NIU for 2 seasons with the DIII team where the team won a league championship. A proud NIU Alumni, Coach Schaben received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 2016. When not at the rink, Matt and his long-time girlfriend Diedre can be found fishing, traveling, and enjoying even more hockey.

 


Brennon Koedding

D3 Assistant Coach

Coach Koedding has played hockey since he was 4 years old. One of his favorite hockey experiences was when he was picked to play on a tournament team to play in Moscow. He is a National Champion at the junior C level. He attended NIU and is an Alpha Kappa Lamba alumni. Coach Koedding is currently the owner and operator of a screen printing company called Black Cactus Print House in downtown Batavia. His favorite pastime activity is golf.