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RyanEganRyan Egan – Head Coach

Ryan Egan enters his 2nd season as the head coach and general manager of the Coulee Region Chill, a proud member of the NAHL.

Most recently Egan was the head coach of the La Crosse Freeze of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL).  He had a lot of success leading the Freeze in their first two years in La Crosse, taking them to the playoffs both years.  In his first season as head coach in 2014-15 he went 28-14-5 before falling in the first round of the playoffs.  In 2015-16 he impoved the Freeze’s record, finishing 32-15 before falling in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the eventual defending Silver Cup Champions.

Egan is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  There, Egan was a member of the varsity hockey team and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance. He is also certified to teach physical education grades K-12.

Egan has coached at the Youth, High School, AAA Midget, Junior A, and Division III college levels. He spent three seasons at River Falls High School, three seasons with the Omaha Energy as head coach and program director, and two seasons as head coach of the San Antonio Diablos Junior A hockey program.  His last position before joining the La Crosse Freeze  was the assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN for 5 years.

Coach Egan and his wife Melissa reside in Onalaska, WI with their two sons, Jackson and Weston.

Email: regan@crchill.com

Cell Phone: (402) 306-8392


CRChill Bio PicTaylor Ward – Assistant Coach

Taylor Ward has been named the Assistant Coach starting with the 2017-18 season.  Prior to joining the Chill, Taylor has been the Assistant Coach with both the UW-Eau Claire Men’s Club Team (2015-2017; won back to back conference/league championships) as well as the NCAA Division III Women’s team (2014-2017; Assisted in turning the program around in a 3 year span from a 5 win team to a school record 18 win team with a national ranking at the end of the 2016-17 year).
Prior to starting his coaching career he played 3 seasons in the NAHL.  He went on to play for the UW-Eau Claire NCAA Division III men’s team where he was part of the 2013 NCAA National Championship team.
During the summers, he coaches at the Hockey & Son’s Skill Camps started by his Father, Troy Ward, who is a well known coach with experience coaching at almost all levels of hockey including the USHL, AHL and NHL.
Taylor is a graduate from UW-Eau Claire with a major in communications and minor in coaching/leadership.  Taylor is excited about joining the Chill and hopes to have an immediate impact on supporting the development of our players to get to that next level of hockey.

Email: tward@crchill.com

Cell Phone: (952) 356-7996