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Head Coach: Chad Berman

Chad just completed his 6th season as Head Coach at the University of Arizona with an overall record of 117-84-6. During that time his teams have won the programs first ever WCHL Conference Championships (Back-to-back) and 3 consecutive Cactus Cups (season series vs ASU). Additionally, they have continued to climb on the national stage, showing consistent improvement annually in the overall ACHA rankings.

           SEASON         RECORD       Win %.    NATIONAL RANKING

  • 2020/21         *Season cancelled due to COVID
  • 2019/20         23-6-1              78%.              8th
  • 2018/19         31-7-0.             82 %.             9th
  • 2017/18         24-13-2           64%.              16th
  • 2016/17         18-16-0           53 %               19th
  • 2015/16         10-17-3          38 %               15th
  • 2014/15         11-25-0          31 %               25th 

Under his tutelage the Wildcats have been recognized for their community engagement several times, winning 4 nationally recognized ACHA Community Service awards.

Prior to Arizona, Chad was the assistant coach at Robert Morris University-IL. While at RMU-IL, they had an overall record of 113-36-4. During his final season at RMU-IL they won the CSCHL League Championship, CSCHL League Playoffs, and finished as the runner up in the 2014 ACHA National Tournament - all of which was done for the first time in the programs history.

Before coaching Chad played in the (NAHL) North American Hockey League with the Springfield Spirit and Lansing Capital Center Pride. After his Jr. career he went on to play NCAA Division III hockey for Jeff Meredith, at SUNY Fredonia State.

Chad resides in Tucson with his fiancé, Sarah. They have an 9 year old son named Grady and a 4 year old daughter named Gracie.

ACHA Accomplishments:

  • 2020/21 - Season cancelled due to COVID
  • 2019/20 - ACHA Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2019/20 – WCHL Conference Championship
  • 2019/20 – Cactus Cup Championship
  • 2019/20 – WCHL Coach of the Year
  • 2018/19 – WCHL Conference Championship
  • 2018/19 – Cactus Cup
  • 2018/19 – ACHA Coach of the Year Finalist
  • 2018/19 – WCHL Coach of the Year
  • 2018/19 – ACHA Overall Community Service Award
  • 2018/19 – ACHA Men’s Division 1 Community Service Award
  • 2017/18 – Cactus Cup Championship
  • 2016/17 – ACHA Overall Community Service Award
  • 2016/17 – ACHA Men’s Division 1 Community Service Award
  • 2015/16 – ACHA National Tournament Runner Up (RMU-IL)


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Tanner Harris, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, recently graduated with an accounting degree from the University’s own Eller College of Management.

For the past three years Tanner has passionately pursued a career in hockey - gaining a wide variety of experience amongst the Tucson hockey community - including serving as the student coordinator for the UA Hockey program with a focus on operations and community relations. During the 2018-19 season, Tanner played a major role in contributing towards the Arizona Wildcat Hockey program’s community service efforts in a season which we were national recognized for two ACHA Community Service Awards (ACHA Men’s Division 1 Community Service Award & the ACHA Overall Community Service Award). This was the second time in the past three seasons the UA Hockey program has been nationally recognized by the ACHA for our community service commitment and dedication!

In addition to working for the UA Hockey program, Tanner spent the last two years serving as an intern with the Tucson Roadrunners working in media relations. He also spent time covering the Roadrunners for the Daily Wildcat (UA Newspaper) during their inaugural season.

Tanner brings valuable experience and familiarity with the University of Arizona hockey program. He will be a tremendous asset as the program continues to be one of the fastest rising hockey programs in the ACHA!

Goalie Coach/Assistant Coach: Shane Fausel

Shane is a UofA Hockey Alum who 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 holds a level 4 USA Hockey certification. 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 Freshman in College where he runs track. MacKenzie, a Sophomore in High school, plays soccer and is into theatre and their youngest Sophie, a Freshman in High School, is on the inaugural Arizona Kachinas U14 Elite Girls Hockey Team. 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 Brands which donates a good part of their profits from their seasonal Eggnog sales to help children in state/foster care find a forever home.

Media Director: Timothy Gassen

Timothy Gassen returns for his sixth year overall with University of Arizona hockey. He first served as the team media director from 1998-2000, and has been involved with the program since the 1980s.

Gassen is the play-by-play "Voice of Arizona Wildcat Hockey" and produces game broadcasts, video, and other multi-media for the program. He also created and manages Arizona Hockey Media, the award-winning student media team that is heralded as one of the finest at any level of college 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, where he has written since 1996. This season Gassen celebrates his 40th year as an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster.

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 has authored 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 has worked 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, label A&R man, song composer, music publisher, music journalist and book author, in 2018 he directed a feature film about the world of garage rock music.

Contact Timothy Gassen at and follow him on on Facebook at and on Twitter @AZpuckMan

Athletic Trainer: Dianne Goodridge

Dianne Goodridge comes from Peru, IN and will be entering her 9th season at the University of Arizona. Dianne, MS, AT, ATC has been a certified athletic trainer for over 30 years and holds a Master's degree from Ohio University along with an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. 

​Dianne, in conjunction with the rest of the staff at Campus Health at the University of Arizona, combine to provide first class support for the program's student-athletes in the prevention and treatment for all Hockey related injuries.