Staff

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Chris Bergeron

Chris Bergeron is in his third season as the head coach of Miami University hockey. Under Bergeron, the RedHawks posted a record of 5-18-2 in 2020-21, with the entire season being played against conference opponents. Goaltender Ludvig Persson had an impressive first season for the Red and White in 2020-21, leading all NCHC goalies with a .930 regular-season save percentage. Persson earned conference All-Rookie honors, was named to the All-NCHC second team, and picked up Miami’s first Three Stars Award from the NCHC.

In his first season trying to restore the hockey program to the perch he helped it reach in his prior stint as an assistant, Bergeron and his new staff upped the competitiveness of the RedHawks within their contests down the stretch. While a lack of depth led to an overall 8-21-5 record in 2019-20, the RedHawks found themselves at least within a goal, if not leading or ahead in the third period in 15 of their final 25 contests.

Bergeron, a 1993 Miami graduate who played on the school’s first conference championship team and NCAA Tournament qualifier that same year, had been the head coach at former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival Bowling Green for the past nine seasons. Under his guidance, the Falcons went 171-154-44 in his tenure.

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Barry Schutte

In 2019, Barry Schutte returned to Miami as Associate Head Ice Hockey Coach. He has worked over 10 years at the Miami Hockey School. Before returning to Miami, he spent 9 seasons with the Bowling Green Falcons collecting a 171-154-44 record. BGSU posted winning seasons in his last six seasons and won 20+ games in his last five on staff, which culminated in a 25-win campaign in 2018-19 that saw Bowling Green make its first NCAA Tournament since 1990.

Barry has a long Miami history, receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1997 while helping the Red & White qualify for their second ever NCAA Tournament. He then served as Head Coach of the club hockey program where the team earned their first ever National Championship. He then took the role of volunteer assistant coach before serving within the Chicago Steel franchise. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native returned in 2005 resuming the role as Director of Goggin Ice Arena where the RedHawks compiled a 153-52-21 overall record, five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, two regular-season CCHA championship and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four each of the last two years before taking the coaching position with Bowling Green.

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Eric Rud

Eric Rud comes to Oxford after spending the past five seasons as the head coach of St. Cloud State’s women’s hockey program. Rud guided the Huskies to 48 victories during his five. In 2015-16, the Huskies finished with a 13-18-4, 9-15-4 WCHA record. This marked the most wins in a season for the womenHuskies since 2009-10.

Rud was also a former assistant coach with the St. Cloud State University men's hockey team from 2005 to 2010, and served as an assistant men's hockey coach at Colorado College from 2011 to 2014. In Rud's time at St. Cloud State, the Huskies advanced to the NCAA tournament three times and also advanced to the championship game of the NCAA West Regional in 2010.

A graduate of Colorado College, Rud was a two-time team captain and two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year for the Tigers during his collegiate playing career. He went on to play professional hockey from 1997 to 2002. He has worked extensively with the USA Hockey program throughout his career and served as the head coach of the 2008 USA U-17 boys team in the Slovakia Four Nations Cup and the 2009 USA U-18 boys team at the Czech Republic Ivan Hlinka Cup.

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Jimmy Spratt

Jimmy Spratt joins the RedHawks’ staff as the Director of Hockey Operations. Spratt spent five seasons at Bowling Green State University in the same role prior to arriving in Oxford.

Spratt is a former netminder at BGSU from 2005 to 2009. Over his time as a Falcon, Spratt accumulated over 5,500 minutes of action between the pipes. Spratt totaled a 3.45 goals-against average and made 2,441 saves in 100 appearances. Spratt also accountedfor three shutouts in a single season, tying the mark for the most shutouts in a single season for a Falcon goaltender.

Prior to college, the former goaltender played junior hockey for three seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) where he posted arecord of 49-23-10 in 94 appearances.

After graduating from BGSU in 2009 with a degree in sport management, Spratt spent four seasons in the ECHL. Spratt split time with several teams during his stint as a professional, making appearances with the Toledo Walleye (2009-11, 2012-13) Las Vegas Wranglers (2009-10), Victoria Salmon Kings (2009-10), Idaho Steelheads (2011-12) and the Utah Grizzlies (2011-12). Spratt also played in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2011-12 for the Texas Stars, making 40 savesand recording a 2.02 GAA in two appearances.

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Kevin Ackley

Kevin Ackley comes to Miami Hockey School after a career at DI St. Lawrence University from 2001–2006. At SLU, Ackley was a solid contributor as a goaltender despite a number of critical injuries. Prior to SLU, Kevin played two years in the USHL in Fargo, ND and Chicago, IL. Kevin received his Master's Degree in Education during his final year of eligibility at SLU. Kevin is the Sr. Director of Goggin Ice Center and the Director of Miami Hockey School.

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Greg Austin

Greg Austin comes to Miami as the Director of Hockey with a wealth of coaching experience, playing experience and hockey administration. Greg grew up playing in Nova Scotia, Canada and went on to play 2 years of JR A hockey and 4 years of Canadian University hockey at Acadia University. Over the last 25 years, Greg stepped into the hockey coaching world and has been a coach at the collegiate, youth A, AA, and AAA levels. Most recently, Greg has been the Director of Total Package Hockey's Center of Excellence in Indianapolis IN since 2016 and has been both a head coach and assistant with Tri-State Spartans 18U AAA team. Greg will coach our 14UAA team for the 21-22 season.

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Ryan Gayso

Ryan Gayso joins Miami as the Assistant Director of Player Development. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Gayso attended Robert Morris University and was a goaltender for their ACHA and NCAA Division I program. After graduating, Ryan moved on to work with Total Package Hockey throughout Alabama andIndiana in a number of different capacities. Ryan was the assistant coach with the Point Mallard Ducks in the NA3HL, the goaltending coordinator with the Tri-State Spartans, and a skill development coach at the Center of Excellence in Indianapolis throughout his tenure with TPH. During the 2020-2021 season, he worked with his alma mater as the volunteer assistant coach with the Women's NCAA Division I team at RMU, where they won their conference and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson joins the Goggin staff as Assistant Director for Customer Service and Student Engagement. Johnson was formerly on staff as an Intern for Programming after completing her collegiate playing career at Marion University in Wisconsin. Johnson served as the associate head coach for Miami's Division I ACHA Women's Hockey Team and has served on the staffs of multiple camps including Miami Hockey School. Johnson joined the Lindenwood-Bellville coaching staff in 2017-18 and helped guide the Links to a National Championship appearance.

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Bryce Hatten

Bryce Hatten is the Head Coach of Miami’s Nationally-Ranked Division 2 ACHA Men’s Collegiate Hockey Team. An alum of Miami University, Hatten was a defender for the RedHawks during his tenure at the school. Prior to Miami, Hatten spent two seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

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Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney is the Head Coach of Miami’s Nationally-Ranked Divisoin 3 ACHA Men’s Collegiate Hockey Team. Rooney played his collegiate hockey at the University of Louisville, where he accrued over 100 games played manning the blue line as a defender. Rooney also played professionally for a year overseas with the Hamburg Crocodiles in the German 4th division.

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Alex Brennan

Alex Brennan works at Goggin as the Hockey Intern, where he assists with the day-to-day operations of the rink and programs that run throughout the season and is an integral part of the hockey staff. Before joining Miami, Brennan was a forward with West Virginia University’s ACHA team.