Ryan Egan – Head Coach
Cell Phone: (402) 306-8392
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.
Taylor Ward – Assistant Coach
Cell Phone: (952) 356-7996
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.
Ryan Ess – Goalie Coach
Coach Ess has been a devoted student of the goaltender position since 1987, working with many goalie coaches throughout his career and most notably spending 10 summers with hockey legend Vladislav Tratiak. Ryan played high school hockey in Minnesota at The Academy of the Holy Angels from 1996-2000, spending two seasons at the varsity level. During his time at Holy Angels he compiled a 25-4 record with a 1.43 career GAA and nine shutouts. In his junior season alone, he maintained a .83 GAA during a 11-1 campaign. Within that same season he was named Hockey Minnesota Player of the Week by WCCO for capturing six consecutive shutouts and was also a participant in the MSHSL Tournament. Following his successful high school career, Ryan played Junior A hockey in the AWHL for Great Falls, Montana and Minot, North Dakota where he put up a GAA of 2.44 and had four shutouts in over 40 games played. Additionally, Ryan played Division III hockey at St. Mary’s University. In 50 games played he averaged 2.94 GAA, which currently still leads all goalies who have played more than 10 games for the Cardinals. In his time at St. Mary’s, Ryan collected four MIAC Player of the Week awards and started every game during his senior year. Ryan currently coaches students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, and Europe.