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Head Coach: Chad Berman

Chad is entering his 5th year as Head Coach at the University of Arizona. During his second season (2015/16) the Wildcats went on to win their first National Tournament victory in 13 years. Under his tutelage the Wildcats have been nationally recognized for their community engagement, winning the 2016-17 ACHA Community Service Award!

Previously he coached under “Chico” Adrahtas, as the assistant coach at Robert Morris University-IL. While at RMU-IL, he had an overall record of 113-36-4. In his final season, for the first time in school history, RMU-IL won the CSCHL League Championship, the CSCHL League Playoffs, and finished as the runner up in the 2014 ACHA National Tournament.

Chad’s playing career took him to Toledo, Ohio, where he played for the Toledo Jr. Storm and was able to put up 107 points in 50 games. That season opened up further opportunities as he landed in the NAHL with the Springfield Spirit and eventually Lansing Capital Center Pride. After his Jr. career, Chad went on to play NCAA Division III hockey for Jeff Meredith, at Sunny Fredonia.

Chad resides in Tucson with his partner Sarah; they have a 6 year old son named Grady and a 2 year old daughter named Gracie.


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Assistant Coach: Toppie Hogan

Toppie Hogan grew up in St. Louis, MO playing for the St. Louis AAA Jr. Blues. During his senior year he was named captain of the Afton Americans, helping to lead his team to a National Championship in 2013.

Toppie is the Twin brother of recent Wildcat Hockey alumni player and coach, John Hogan. The Hogan twins are most known for scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Western Michigan in the National tournament, marking the first National Tournament victory in 13 years for the hockey program!

Toppie spent two and half years playing for coach Berman and the Wildcats - finishing his last season in 2017. During this year Wildcat Hockey fans witnessed one of the most impressive individual season performances in the history of the program. Toppie tallied an incredible 64 points (30 goals/24 assists) in 33 games played; finishing 3rd in the entire country (ACHA) in scoring. At the conclusion of this season Toppie was abundantly recognized as: 2nd Team ACHA All-American, 1st Team WSHL All-Conference, and the WSHL Sportsmanship Award!

At the conclusion of his hockey career he turned in his stick for clubs, accomplishing his life-long dream of playing Division 1 golf for University of Arizona. Unfortunately, a mid-season injury ended his season in February, but a successful comeback lead him to have a strong summer, allowing him to turn pro in the beginning of August.

Toppie is extremely excited to begin a new chapter in his life and is thrilled to be behind the bench this year for the wildcats - something he has always wanted to do.

Goalie Coach: Shane Fausel

Shane is a UofA Hockey Alum and grew up playing goalie in his hometown of Glenview, Illinois starting at the age of five. He went on to play for his high school and Midget level teams. While in high school he earned the Chicago Tribune Prep Athlete Award and was chosen to play in the Illinois High School All Star Game for three consecutive years. He went onto to play Juniors for Team Illinois. Shane played for UofA from 1990-1992 and was part of the 2nd place UofA Team that played in the 1991 ACHA Championship.

He has coached since the age of sixteen in both a Head Coach and Goalie Coach Capacity. He holds a level 4 USA Hockey certification and has been a part of many goalie training camps as both a student and an instructor. Shane is also the President of the UofA Hockey Alumni. He is looking forward to working with our great goalies and helping to bring home a National Championship!

Shane and his wife Heidi have three children. The oldest, Joey, is a goalie for his high school varsity hockey team and runs track, MacKenzie plays soccer and is into theatre and their youngest Sophie, is well on her way to leading her hockey league in penalty minutes. In his spare time he enjoys Crossfit, and playing goalie in men’s league…still. He is passionate about the company that he and Heidi created called Christmas Milk which donates a good part of their profits to help children in state/foster care find a forever home.


Jeremy Goltz, a Wildcat hockey alum,  was a towering defensemen with the Wildcats from 1990-94. He possessed a rare blend of size and skill. After his playing days he  Immediately joined on the Wildcat coaching staff as assistant coach for the 6 seasons before being named Head Coach of Arizona State University’s ACHA Division 1 team; where he was name the 2010 ACHA Coach of the Year.

With 20 years of hockey coaching experience, Goltz continues to stay around the game as the Director of Hockey Operations with the Mission Arizona Hockey. A program that continues with its strong tradition today!

Media Director: Timothy Gassen

Timothy Gassen returns for his third year back with the University of Arizona hockey program. He first served as the team media director from 1998-2000.

Gassen is the play-by-play "Voice of Arizona Wildcat Hockey" and produces video, broadcasts, and other multi-media for UA hockey. He also manages media relations and the student media team for UA Hockey.

Gassen – known as the “AZpuckMan” for his decades of Arizona hockey media work – has won multiple Arizona Press Club awards, including the 2017 & 2018 honors for his hockey column in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. His professional work as an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster stretches over more than 35 years.

Gassen has also served as a color commentator for Pac-12 Network college hockey TV broadcasts, and AHL radio & TV broadcasts. He is a proud media alumnus of both The Ohio State University and The University of Arizona.

He authors numerous hockey books and feature pieces, and writes, produces, and directs hockey documentary films. Gassen is president of the major league World Hockey Association Hall of Fame and travels the U.S. and Canada hosting hockey media events, fan gatherings, and screenings of his hockey films. He also works with the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Minnesota, and National Hockey League teams.

Timothy Gassen operates the longtime Tucson video, film, and audio production company Purple Cactus Media Productions, and has worked for Universal, Paramount, and numerous independent film productions. A noted rock music studio producer, song composer, music publisher, journalist and book author, he has just completed a new feature film about the world of garage rock music.

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