Hockey Staff

Jon Vaillancourt Headshot

Jon Vaillancourt – Head Coach


Cell Phone: (608) 697-9370

From La Valle, Wisconsin, is entering his second season as the head coach and general manger of the Coulee Region Chill in the NA3HL.  In his initial season as the head coach of the La Crosse Freeze (now Coulee Region Chill) the Freeze won its first Central division championship with a regular season record of 34-12-1 and post season record of 4-0. The Freeze where also a final four finalist at the 2017-18 Fraser Cup.

Vaillancourt is a graduate of Reedsburg Area High school. Jon started his junior hockey career with the Hampton Roads Whalers in their inaugural season 2006-07 after playing a year for the Madison Capitals Midget Major AAA program. Having the opportunity of being coached by the late Bob Suter, a member of the famous 1980’s Miracle team, Jon prides himself on hard work, no excuses hockey. Following his junior career Jon played collegiate hockey for Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts. His strong leadership ability earned him the honor of being elected Assistant Captain his senior year. After college, Jon attended the Elmira Jackal’s (ECHL) rookie placement camp and subsequently was selected to attend the Jackal’s main camp/preseason roster for the 2012-13 season. Jon then played in Williamsport in the FHL before returning to Chesapeake, Virginia, as a coach with the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers program. Winning the USPHL Premier Championship in 2015-16. He Also served during that time as the assistant strength and condition coach with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL.


Oak Moser Headshot

Oak Moser – Assistant Coach


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.


Ross Moline – Strength and Condition Coach
Pete Olson – Strength Coach
Marah Strickland – Mobility/Yoga Coach
Scouting Staff: 
Chris Ratzloff – Minnesota Regional Scout
Micheal Francois – Texas Regional Scout
Bryce Uebel – Midwest Regional Scout
Matt Pudlo – Wisconsin Regional Scout
Kevin Oshera – Michgan Regional Scout
Billy Sias – Illinois Regional Scout
Tim Wolford – New England Regional Scout