Nick Madonia

D1 Head Coach

This will be Coach Madonias first year back with NIU. 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 Masters 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.


Steve Kreusch

D1 Assistant Coach

Steve is excited for the opportunity to be joining the Huskies coaching staff to work primarily with the forwards and helping out with the powerplay.

He has spent the past 3 seasons as the Head Coach for the D211 Chiefs JV team. Steve recieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Aurora University in 2017. While at AU, Steve played for the ACHA DII/DIII team, going to Nationals in 3 of his 4 seasons.

On top of coaching for the Chiefs and Huskies, Steve works in Inside Sales for Banner Medical innovations in Carol Stream, Il. 


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 masters degree from Aurora University.

Cary Hunter

D3 Head Coach

This will be Cary’s first year with NIU Hockey. He has been involved in hockey for 51 years as a fan, player and coach. Cary played as a Mite all the way through Juniors in the Chicagoland area. For the past 5 years he was fortunate to coach both Varsity and JV for the Mid Valley Rampage high school hockey team.

“I am proud to be the head coach of the D3 Northern Illinois University Huskies and look forward to guiding our young men to a successful season on and off the ice. Hockey is without a doubt the greatest team sport with the most accomplished and well rounded athletes, and it is a privilege everyday we get to step on the ice and be a part of this great sport.”


Tommy Ryan

D3 Assistant Coach

This will be Tommy’s first year as an assistant coach for the NIU DIII team. Tommy grew up in Arlington Heights playing for the Renegades and then the Rolling Meadows HS Club Team. Tommy then spent one season with the University of Oshkosh DII team. After finishing his associates degree at Harper Junior College he transferred to NIU and played two years on the ACHA DII for the Huskies . Tommy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Tech and is passionate about working in the film industry. He is excited about being a member of the NIU coaching staff, where he can bring his knowledge and experience to the Dlll Team.