Brad Stoffers

D1 Head Coach

Brad Stoffers comes to NIU from the Chicago Cougars in the USPHL Premier League. He was the first and only Head Coach in the team’s history joining in June 2015 as an expansion franchise in the league and quickly guiding them to a 39-9 record that first season.

In his five total seasons with the Cougars an average of 14 players advanced per season, including a total of 51 college commitments, 13 Tier 2 advancement, and 5 Professional contracts signed. His overall record was 155-58-10 (.695) and the team collected 3 Midwest East division championships in 5 years (2018, 2019, 2020) while finishing second once (2015).

Prior to his arrival in Chicago, Stoffers was most recently an Assistant Coach with the Springfield Jr. Blues in the NAHL and Head Coach of the Nashville Jr. Predators u14 AAA team. He does have previous college experience as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at NCAA Division 1 RPI in 2010 and 2012, on staff for the 2010 team that advanced to the NCAA tournament ending a 26 year drought for the school.

Throughout the early part of his career Stoffers was a Strength and Conditioning coach working the Anaheim Ducks Player Development Camp in 2009 with prospects including Nick Bonino, Cam Fowler, Chris Wagner, Stephane Da Costa, Devante Smith-Pelley, and more. He served as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Trenton Titans(ECHL) during the 2011-12 season, and was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University while earning his Master’s degree in Education in 2010.

Stoffers has enjoyed working with players at the Junior level the past 5 seasons, but welcomes the opportunity to get back into the college game and build a program here at NIU.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and see a lot of positives here surrounding the program. It is an uncertain time to take a new job, but I am embracing the change and look forward to building something special at NIU. ”



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.”



John Luciana

D3 Assistant Coach

This will be John’s third year as an assistant coach of the NIU DIII team and sixth year as a coach for NIU. John grew up in Chicago playing for the Chicago Flames and Glenbard North High School. John also spent two seasons with the Chicago Force of the CSHL (now NA3HL). John attended Ohio University where he played three seasons for their ACHA DI team before transferring to NIU to play one season on the ACHA DII team. John currently resides in West Chicago, IL.


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.

Stephen Thulin

Graduate Assistant Goalie Coach

This will be Stephen’s second year as the NIU Goalie Coach. Stephen previously played for the University of Connecticut in Hockey East (NCAA DI) before coming to NIU as a graduate student to play one season on the ACHA DII team. Stephen was named MACHA Goaltender of the Year along with being selected to the MACHA All-Star Team where he participated in the ACHA All-Star Challenge in which the MACHA All-Stars won the championship. Stephen has recently started a summer hockey program in his home state of Massachusetts that focuses on development and college placement of both boys and girls hockey players along with being in charge of both the goalie coaching and head of marketing. Stephen is currently enrolled in both the MBA and the Sports Management master’s programs at NIU. Stephen currently resides in Dekalb, IL.