Matt Shaw was named Head Coach and General Manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in May 2013. Shaw replaced Jim Montgomery and became only Dubuque's second coach since the team's return to the USHL in 2010. Shaw brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Fighting Saints. The Phoenix, Arizona native comes to Dubuque from the NHL’s New Jersey Devils where he spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach. His vast coaching experience includes spending the last six seasons in the NHL, working as a video coach with Minnesota in 2007-08 before joining the Wild staff as an assistant coach in 2008-09. Shaw served in the same role with the San Jose Sharks from 2009-12 before joining the Devils last season.
No stranger to the Tri-State area, Shaw enjoyed two stints as a coach with the Quad City Mallards, first serving as an assistant coach from 1995-97, and helping lead the team to 1997 Colonial Cup. After spending a year as the head coach of the ECHL’s Mobile Mystics in 1997-98 and working as an assistant coach for the IHL’s Chicago Wolves the following year, Shaw returned to the Mallards as the club’s head coach in 1999-00 and guided them to a 53-16-0 record, and a berth in the UHL Finals.
He spent seven seasons as an assistant coach and assistant general manager with Houston Aeros, the primary affilate of the Minnesota Wild from 2000-2007. Under Shaw, the Aeros won the 2003 Calder Cup.
In his playing career, Shaw played in the USHL for the Sioux Musketeers in the 1980's before spending three seasons at United States International University before playing one year at Colorado College. After his playing career ended in 1989, Shaw stayed in Colorado Springs and started his coaching career with the Tigers for three seasons.
Shaw and his wife Caroline have two children¬¬, daughter Clare, and son Hayden, who spent last season playing defense at Woodbury High School in Minnesota and was a sixth round selection of the Waterloo Black Hawks in Phase II of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.
Mike Field Assistant Coach / Director of Scouting Email
Mike Field was hired as Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in July of 2012. Field joined Dubuque from American International College where he has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach. He joined the Yellow Jackets in 2009 after serving as a graduate assistant the year prior. During his playing days, Field spent four years at American International, skating at forward and tallying ten points in his collegiate career. He was named a four-time Atlantic Hockey all-academic selection, and was named the conference's Top Scholar Athlete his senior year. Field went on to briefly play professionally before turning to coaching in 2008.
Field, a native of Marquette, Michigan, now resides in Dubuque with his wife Lindsay and their dog Jett.
Oliver David joined the Fighting Saints coaching staff in June 2013. David came to Dubuque from the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League where he served as the team’s head coach since 2009. In his tenure with the Brown Bears, David turned Kenai River into a successful organization, guiding the club to 87-74-17 record during his tenure, including a franchise best 31-25-4 mark in 2011-2012.
Prior to his time in Alaska, David spent a number of years coaching hockey in California, spending three years coaching the LA Selects 14U, 16U, and 18U AAA teams. During his time with the LA Selects he helped his squads earn a pair of state championships and served as an assistant coach for the organization’s Midget Major team that was a USA Hockey National Championship Quarterfinalist in 2008. He also spent two seasons with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, and two with the California Wave, where he guided both programs to a state championship in his time behind the bench. With the Wave in 2006, David served as an assistant coach on the 16U AAA team that claimed a Pacific District Championship and a USA Hockey National Championship.
Matt Millar Goalie Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Email
Matt Millar joined the Fighting Saints as the team’s Goalie Coach/ Director of Hockey Operations in August 2013. He previously held goaltending coaching positions with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and Sioux Falls Stampede, as well as Minnesota High School teams Roseau, Hill-Murray, and Centennial, as well as the collegiate ranks with the Bethal Royals. Millar was an amateur scout for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes from 2009-2011, and was previously a scout for USA Hockey Development.
Sean Murdoch joined the Fighting Saints staff in August of 2013. He comes to Dubuque from the University of Minnesota where he completed his master’s degree while working with the Golden Gopher Baseball team. Prior to the U of M, Sean completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. Sean is a Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainer. His clinical interests include manual therapies such as muscle energy and myofascial release techniques. Murdoch currently resides in Dubuque.
Eric Kupka joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in August 2013. The Zimmerman, Minnesota native comes from St. Cloud State University where he spent five years working as a Student Equipment Manager for the SCSU Men's and Women's Hockey teams. Kupka also has experience working with USA Hockey, serving as an Assistant Equipment Manager for the USA Women's National Team. Prior to Dubuque, Kupka spent the Summer of 2013 as the Equipment Manager for the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods Baseball League. Kupka is a 2013 graduate of St. Cloud State and currently resides in Dubuque.
Jim Romagna Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jim Romagna enters his fourth season with the Fighting Saints as an established Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and a Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise). Romagna is the Department Head at The University of Dubuque in the Health Wellness and Sport program and owns and operates Natural Fit Fitness Training and Consulting, and Romagna Performance with his wife Jennifer. Romagna has competed nationally in more than 20 bodybuilding competitions, appeared on the cover of Muscle and Magazine, free-lance writes for many national magazines, and is currently the face of Labrada Nutrition's ad campaign. A Loras College alumnus, Romagna worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loras College from 2000 to 2007. He and his wife Jennifer and four children, Jade, Angelo, Ava and Beatrice, reside in Dubuque.
Brad Clayton Scout
Brad Clayton joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in November 2009 with the responsibility of scouting future USHL talent. Brad also serves as Director of Scouting for the Jamesville Jets in the NAHL and Director of Western Scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL. Prior to joining the Fighting Saints, Brad coached five seasons of youth hockey in Grand Rapids, MN at the Pee Wee level, and he remains GM/Coach of the Northern Prospects AAA Hockey Program at the Pee Wee, Bantam, U16 and U18 levels. Brad ran cross country, played baseball and hockey at Grand Rapids High School. After high school he attended HCC where he played hockey and was the team's leading scorer, play-off leading scorer, voted to the all-tournament team and was also awarded the Frank Catani MVP award. Brad, his wife Amber and their son Dylan reside in Northern Minnesota.
Mike Cusack Scout
Mike Cusack joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in September 2012 with the responsibility of scouting the New England area, and placing a primary focus on the NE Prep Schools and Midget AAA leagues. Currently, Mike serves as the Director of Hockey Operations for Lovell Hockey and the Boston Advantage program in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. Mike also owns and operates the Boston Junior Whalers AAA Elite Spring/Summer Hockey Program, compiling tournament teams at all age groups to compete in showcases spanning across North America.
Previously, he has served as an Assistant Coach for the Boston Bandits in the EJHL and EJ Under-16 League. Prior to joining the Saints, Mike has served as the Director of Scouting U.S. Scouting for the QMHJL. Originally from North Andover, MA, Mike currently resides in Hingham Harbor, Massachusetts.
Rich Michalowski Scout
Rich served as a varsity high school head coach in the Pittsburgh area for 15 seasons. After a 5 year hiatus, he assisted at the ACHA level for Duquesne University. Four years ago, Rich started to pursue a career in scouting which is his true passion. He was named as the USHL contributing scout for The Scouting Report, which is an on-line site that provides insight and scouting reports on NHL prospects. Some of his prospect reports have been referenced by various NHL and NCAA team websites. Most recently, Rich served as a scout for the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings of the NAHL. In addition, he has assisted IHC Hockey Management in the capacity as an advisor in helping identify prospective clients. Rich currently resides in the Pittsburgh area.
Mark Plantery Scout
Mark Plantery was born and raised in Thorold, Ontario, Canada and has an extensive background in hockey. Plantery played three years of Junior "A" in the Ontario Hockey League playing for the Hamilton Fincups and the Windsor Spitfires and was a member of Team Canada, winning a silver medal in the 1976 World Junior Championships played in Czechoslovakia. He played seven years of professional hockey totaling 398 games (Sherbrooke Jets, AHL; Tulsa Oilers, CHL; Flint Generals, IHL; Val Gardena, Italy) including 26 games in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. Plantery began coaching youth hockey in 1999 for the Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) based in Geneva, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. He was elected President of the CAHA 2010-Present and became a member of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development Committee in 2011. He is involved in evaluating the best bantam and midget players in the state to advance to the Central District Player Development Camp. Also, in 2013, he was invited to the Central District Development Camp in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, evaluating and ranking players for advancement to the National Development Camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He currently reside in Geneva, Illinois with wife Debbie, and two children, Alexandria aged 21, attending the University of Missouri and Sam, aged 17, attending Geneva High School.
Jeremiah Crowe Scout
Jeremiah Crowe joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints scouting staff for the 2013-2014 season with the responsibility of covering Midget AAA, Prep School, and Junior players in the Western New York Area.
Jeremiah played youth and junior hockey in Buffalo and has a great understanding of the landscape. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Clarkson University in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College in 2013. At Clarkson, Jeremiah was a member of the Division
I hockey teams that won the 2006-2007 ECAC Championship, the 2007-2008 ECAC Regular Season Title, and twice advanced to the NCAA tournament. After the 2010 season he was awarded the team’s Unsung Hero Award.
Jeremiah has also served as an intern in the Buffalo Sabres Pro Scouting Department in 2008 and joined Division III Buffalo State as an assistant coach in 2011. He and his wife Bethany live in the Buffalo area.
Ludvig Moteus Scout
Motéus joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints scouting staff in September 2013 with the responsibility of scouting future talents in the Swedish junior leagues, placing a primary focus on J18 Elit and J20 SuperElit. Motéus will play a vital role in the recruiting process of Swedish players due to his wide range of knowledge about the top prospects in his country. Motéus looks for players that can adapt to the North American style of play and eventually become key players for the Fighting Saints.
He is currently studying Law and Economics and is also a staff member on the industry-leading hockey database eliteprospects.com.
Motéus and his family reside in Linkoping, Sweden.
Brian Burke Scout
Brian Burke joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints scouting staff for the 2013-2014 season with the responsibility of covering Midget AAA, High School, and Junior players in the Michigan Area.
Burke has primarily coached at the Midget AAA level for the past 10 years with Victory Honda in the Tier One Elite Hockey League.
While at Victory Honda, Burke has been fortunate to coach over 40 NCAA Division I players and 10 NHL picks, including 1st rounder’s Chris Summers and Ian Cole.
Burke assisted in starting Adrian College’s Division III program which competed for a National Championship in 2011. Burke coached three seasons at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.; the team reached Atlantic Hockey Finals twice.
In 2010 Burke was named Michigan Amateur Hockey Coach of the Year.
Burke, his wife Karen and three kids, Allison, Kelley and Jack live in Dexter, Michigan.
Patti Swartz Housing Coordinator
Patti Swartz returns for her fourth season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints organization as housing coordinator. Swartz has been involved with housing players for 10 years starting with the Dubuque Thunderbird Organization. Swartz is a registered nurse employed at Medical Associates Clinic. She has two married children and five grandchildren. She resides in Dubuque.
JoAnne Gibson Academic Advisor
JoAnne Uthe-Gibson joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2010 as the Academic Advisor for the team. JoAnne received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She taught at Dubuque Senior High School from 1975-2008 and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast Iowa Community College. Her job is to assist the players in preparing for the next level in their educational careers. Players are in high school, taking online classes or attending college while here in Dubuque so school is important. She enjoys working with the Saints players to be academically ready when they leave Dubuque. JoAnne resides with her husband, Don in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin.