Full Time Staff
MAP Hockey Director
Dan is born and raised in Anoka, MN. He grew up playing hockey for Anoka High School, where he earned all-conference honors and helped his team to a state tournament birth in 1997. He began his post high school hockey career playing in the USHL for two years with the Des Moines Buccaneers winning two Anderson cups and one National Championship. Des Moines’s team still holds 2 league records from Dan’s time with the team, Most Wins in a Season and Longest Winning Streak.
Upon completing his tenure with the Buccaneers, Dan played collegiately at Northern Michigan University, where he played for 4 years. He is the only player in school history to earn the Jim Mussatto Memorial Endurance/Fitness 4 years in a row. He graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and a Minor in Marketing.
Upon graduating, Dan played four additional years of professional hockey in the UHL, SPHL, and the CHL. While in the CHL playing for the Amarillo Gorillas he earned Rookie of the Year for his team. He also spent time playing oversees in the Asian Hockey League for a team based out of Seoul, South Korea.
Dan has been with the company for 8 years and is currently one of the North Campus Mangers. He brings a hardworking, no nonsense attitude to the MAP and the players he works with. He is passionate about helping players develop both on and off-ice and looks forward to working with players who strive to improve their game to the next level.
FHIT Hockey Director
Born in Lansing, MI, Brett grew up playing in the Flint Icelanders and West Michigan Warriors organizations, and finished his youth hockey career by scoring the Midget A State Championship game winning goal for the Lansing Capitals.
After graduating from Grand Ledge High School, Brett spent two years playing for the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL, where he was named Assistant Captain and earned team leading scorer and most improved player awards. In his final year, Brett joined the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL in Hawkesbury, Ontario under Memorial Cup winning and current AHL coach Eric Veilliux. While with the Hawks, Brett helped the team to league and regional championships (selected championship game MVP), before falling to the eventual champions in the Royal Bank Cup semifinals.
After juniors, Brett played 4 years at Augsburg College in the MIAC, where he was voted team Rookie of the Year and served as Assistant Captain in his junior and senior years. Brett made the Dean's list and graduated in 2009 with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Information Systems.
After graduating, Brett has continued coaching and teaching the game he loves and has worked with hundreds of players from mites to college looking to improve and get to the next level. His coaching experience includes: 9 years as lead instructor with Laura Stamm Power Skating; 1 year with the Lumberyard Hockey Training; Assistant Coach for the National Finalist Twin Cities Northern Lights; Assistant Coach for the Stillwater Bantam A; and 2 years with Northern Educate Academy. Brett has been working with the MAP and FHIT programs for 3 years.
Guidance Director / Lead Instructor
Dan Daikawa hails from Apple Valley, MN. Dan played 4 years of high school hockey for Rosemount High School. After high school, he played for the North Iowa Huskies in the USHL. Dan continued his hockey career at Miami University from 1991-94. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team his freshman season and was a member of the Redhawks team that advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1992.
After college, Dan embarked on a successful playing career in Japan, where he played 11 years in the JIHL and AHL. He was a four-time member of the Japanese National Team, playing on four Pool A World Championship teams, and was a member of the Japanese Olympic Team.
Upon conclusion of his player career, Daikawa returned to his Alma Mater as the head coach of the Miami University club team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Under his direction, Dan guided the program to four consecutive national tournament appearances. Continuing to diversify his coaching career, Dan went to Jamestown, NY to coach the Jamestown Ironmen of the NAHL, where he was the Head Coach/GM for two seasons. During the 2012-2013 season, he led the team to 37 wins and a birth to the Robertson Cup. The following year he was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wilderness where he helped guide the Minnesota Wilderness to the fourth best winning percentage in the league and a 37 wins season. The last 3 years he has been the head coach/GM for the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. During Dan’s tenure, the team has consistently added 5 wins every year he has coached and has made the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years.
West Campus Director
Garrett aka Gman hails from Plymouth, MN. He started playing hockey at age 7 for the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. In High School, Garrett was a three-sport athlete playing baseball, football, and hockey at Benilde–St Margaret’s. Garrett experienced great success while at BSM where he won two state hockey championships in 1999 and 2001. It was also where he met his longtime mentor/coach Jack Blatherwick, an expert hockey training physiologist. Jack made a significant impact on Gman in a number of ways including how to train sport (Hockey) specific and how to train smart not just hard.
After High School Garrett moved on to play two years in the NAHL for the Bozeman Icedogs. From there he moved on to college and played four years at the University of St Thomas, where he was a part of a National Runner-up team and was a captain his senior year. Garrett then turned pro in 2008 and played 6 years of Professional hockey for the Odessa Jackalopes, Rapid City Rush, and the Wichita Thunder. After the 2014 season, Gman hung up his skates and he now coaches full-time.
Garrett began his career at FHIT working for the MAP program since 2005 and has worked with both the South and North locations. Garrett also has been an Assistant coach for his Alma mater University of St. Thomas since 2014. He primarily works with the team’s defensemen and does video analysis.
One of the coolest things for him is seeing all the kids that have gone through the program over the years that have progressed from Pee Wees/Bantams to now Junior, College, and Professional players.
East Campus Director
Brad is a Minnesota native, born and raised in St. Louis Park. Brad attended St. Louis Park High School where is helped the Orioles to the State Tournament in 1998. Brad was also a two-time all-conference selection in his high school career. Upon graduating, Brad went on to play two seasons in the USHL with the Twin Cities Vulcans and the Tri-City Storm. While with the Vulcans Brad was a part of the National Championship team in 1999-2000. Brad’s performance during his Junior A career earned him a spot with Minnesota State University, Mankato. Brad enjoyed a great Division I hockey experience, playing all four years with Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks. After his collegiate career ended, Brad continued his career professionally with stints in the ECHL, UHL, and CHL. In total he tallied 5 years as a professional player.
Brad believes that consistency and adaptability are two key ingredients in being successful as a hockey player. He is excited to be a part of the FHIT hockey team and looks forward to the challenges is helping players reach their ultimate potential. He takes great pride in passing his knowledge and the experience he has gained on to aspiring hockey players. He has additional coaching experience with the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Bantam Tier 1 team and the Mounds View JV Boys team as the Head Coach in 2011.
Brad joined MAP hockey in 2011 and has been the Director of the Girls Program since 2014.
Matt was born in Southern California, residing in Los Alamitos for most of his childhood. As a child, Matt played for the California Wave AAA hockey team. He grew up playing all kinds of sports but had a special passion for hockey. At the age of sixteen, Matt decided to pursue hockey in the USHL and played two seasons with the Fargo Force (Fargo, ND). He was selected for the USHL All-Star game during the 2009-2010 season.
Upon graduating high school Matt decided to continue his hockey career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He played four seasons with the Mavericks earning himself notable awards that include: First Team All-American (2014/2015), two-time All WCHA First Team (2013/2014 and 2014/2015), and three NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. He also continues to rank 2nd in school history with 162 career points and 1st of all-time assists. Matt graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies.
Following graduation, Matt spent three years playing professional hockey. He spent time between the American Hockey League (AHL) and the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The majority of his professional hockey career was spent playing for the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). While playing in Manchester, Matt recorded 139 points in 150 games. He earned call-ups to the AHL in each of his professional seasons, where he scored 10 points in 38 career AHL games.
After retiring from the professional hockey world Matt pursued a coaching position with the California State University, Long Beach Club Hockey team. He recently moved back to Minnesota to immerse himself within the Minnesota hockey atmosphere. He is thrilled to be working at MAP and bring his years of hockey knowledge and wisdom to the program. Matt has had a first-hand look at what it takes to play the game at the highest level. He understands the work ethic needed to be successful at the game on and off the ice. Matt’s primary goal is to help the next generation of hockey players achieve his/her highest potential. Matt joined the FHIT team in 2019.
Randy Murphy was born in Toronto, Ontario. Randy played his youth Hockey in the GTHL for the Toronto Marlboros and Mississauga Reps before playing Junior Hockey in the Ontario Provincial Hockey League. He then played 4 years of NCAA Hockey and Golf at Elmira College where he graduated with a degree in Sports Psychology and was a part of three ECAC West Championship teams and a National Championship Final 4 team.
After college, Randy was invited by Hockey Canada to attend the Canadian Men's National team evaluations and then embarked on a successful professional 12 year playing career in the US and Europe including stops in the American Hockey League, Central Hockey League and Elite European Levels.
Upon conclusion of his playing career, Murphy began a 6 year coaching career at the professional level in the Central Hockey League with the New Mexico Scorpions. Under his direction Murphy guided New Mexico to a franchise high in wins and points during his first season as a Head Coach in 2007-08. During the 2009-10 season, he led the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL to their first franchise regular season and League playoff Championship. In 2012 Murphy transitioned into the world of Youth Hockey serving as a Director of Hockey of programs in Memphis, TN and Denver, CO where he continued to foster his passion of helping youth Hockey players attain their goals of developing athletic skills and becoming the best version of themselves as athletes and people.
Austin was born in Mankato, Minnesota. He started hockey at 7 years old. Played Mankato area hockey until High school. He played 3 years at Mankato West. His senior year he put up 50 points. After High school he played junior hockey at Breezy Point and New Ulm in the NA3HL. He put up 135 points in those three seasons. He played college hockey at Bethel University for one season before making the difficult decision to conclude his career due to injuries.
Austin has been with MAP for over 2 years. He brings passion for teaching and developing hockey players of all ages including professional players all the way down to peewees. In his off time, Austin prides himself on his repetition and rigor of individual skill training to bring a new level of expertise in order to teach players.
In his time with MAP/FHIT he’s been a role model for not only the players that train but leads by example for the rest of the company.
Austin’s goals for work is to help players of all levels reach the next level and excel their game in every way possible. Austin is dependable and committed to bring his best to work every day on and off the ice. His goals align with MAP/FHIT to maintain it’s great reputation and grow the company to new heights.
Nick Blanchette grew up in northern Minnesota in the small town of Aitkin. He started his youth hockey playing for the C.I.A Grizzlies, which later combined associations to form into the Northern Lakes Lightning. When Nick got to high school, he made the NLL Varsity team as a sophomore and played three years of varsity hockey for the team. His senior year, Nick had the honor of being named captain and later went on to win the Hobey Baker Leadership Award given to seniors who best represent leadership and on ice performance.
After high school, Nick played three years of Junior A hockey in Breezy Point, Minnesota for the Breezy Point Northstars of the NA3HL. In his third season with the Stars, Nick was named team captain of his junior team as well. He was fortunate enough to extend his career into college for some time at Midland University.
Nick has spent the last three coaching the Minnesota Moose in the USPHL Premier league; leading the team to two National Tournament Appearances. In his words, “I’ve spent summers working with hockey camps and clinics, working with players from 8U/ Mite through Junior/ College players helping with their on-ice skills and skating, plus off ice workouts”. He is excited and looking forward to bringing his passion and teaching prowess to the MAP/FHIT team.
Chase was born in Fargo, N.D. and started playing hockey at the age of three in Mayville.
Chase’s accolades included winning a Bantam State Championship in 2012, and Junior Gold State Championships in 2013 and 2014. He balanced the workload of three sports and was named all-region in baseball and football while earning all-state honors in hockey.
While playing collegiate baseball and winning multiple conference titles, Chase also began his coaching career at 19, beginning with his hometown Bantam program and won state championships in 2016 and 2017 before being named head coach of the Mayville Peewee team.
In the Fall of 2018, Chase Transferred from Mayville State to the University of North Dakota where he finished his degree in Exercise Science while continuing to coach in Mayville as the assistant for the May-Port Area Boys High School Team. After one season as the assistant, Chase was named the new head coach and served at the helm for two years where he recorded two winning seasons.
Chase brings a demonstrated history of coaching, having success in both youth and high school athletics at all levels and ages. He is determined to bring the same mentality of being a leader, and role model while being knowledgeable of the game to continue the success of MAP/FHIT Hockey.
Carter was born and raised in Fenton, Michigan. He grew up playing youth AAA for the Detroit Compuware before beginning his junior hockey career in the NAHL playing 45 games for the Marquette Rangers. The following season, Carter made his debut for the USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks where he would play for three seasons and was named captain for the 2012-13 season.
After his junior career, Carter committed to Minnesota State University-Mankato and played 32 games his rookie season before being named assistant captain his sophomore year and earning the “C” for the following two seasons. Carter also was the recipient of the Don Brose Leadership award.
Upon graduating from MSU in 2017, Carter was named the assistant coach of the NAHL Chippewa Steel, was named interim head coach in the 2018-19 season before being promoted as the permanent head coach and general manager in 2019 where he remained through the 2020-21 season.
Carter enjoys being around the game of hockey and giving back to the game that gave him countless opportunities. He looks forward to setting a good example and helping kids develop on and off the ice to achieve their goals.
Chris Howe grew up in St. Minnesota and played High School Hockey at Apollo where he was a four year letter winner. He continued his hockey playing career at St. John's University. While playing at SJU he led the Johnnies to win back to back MIAC Championships, and placed third in the Frozen Four his sophomore year. After concluding his playing career at SJU, he started coaching college hockey at his alma mater and assisted John Harrington for 5 years. While coaching at SJU, Howe won three consecutive MIAC Championships and recruited 6 All-Americans and 1 National Player of the year winner. In 2008, he took over the hockey program at Concordia College. He spent 14 years as the head hockey coach at Concordia. During this time they made the MIAC Playoffs 9 times and had three All- Americans and 1 MIAC Player of the year winner. He is the proud father of two children, Isaac (21) Maggie (17). He is excited to serve MAP hockey and do my part in developing outstanding players and people.
Elizabeth ("Biz") Bauer grew up playing hockey in Wausau, Wisconsin. She played high school hockey for the Central Wisconsin Storm where her team compiled a 62-17-3 record and earned three trips to the state tournament. In only three seasons and 80 games she scored 125 points, including 82 assists (a Storm career record) and is the sixth leading point scorer in team history. As a junior and senior she was captain and as a senior named 2nd Team All-State. After graduating high school in 2016, she continued her hockey career at UW- Eau Claire where she helped lead the Blugolds to their first three national tournament berths, two O’Brien Cup Tournament Championships and one WIAC Conference Championship and an overall 80-26-9 record. She currently holds the UW- Eau Claire Women's Hockey record for assists (65) and accumulated over 100 career points, she is second overall in points in Blugold history. She was a captain as a senior and named to the NCAA D-III All-American Team in 2020. Elizabeth got her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and minored in coaching during her four years at UW- Eau Claire.
Post college graduation Elizabeth pursued her dream of playing pro hockey and is currently playing in the PWHPA with the Minnesota region 'Team Adidas'.
Elizabeth is passionate about coaching and helping athletes reach their full potential. She enjoys watching her athlete’s progress throughout their time at MAP and understands the work ethic and determination that it takes to get to the next level. In addition to her work for MAP, she also enjoys giving back to the game by coaching Tier I AAA Girl's U-16 Hockey.
Elizabeth has four siblings including a twin sister Emily, who played with her at Eau Claire. Her brother played hockey at UM-Crookston and her father has been a high school hockey coach in Wisconsin for over thirty years.
Cullen is from North Oaks, Minnesota and has a rigorous background with sports and training. He played with Mounds View Association growing up until high school, playing and competing in a plethora of sports including golf, soccer, lacrosse, football, baseball, track, weight lifting and hockey.
Growing up on the golf course, he dedicated the majority of his time towards golf and hockey. Right away, he enjoyed extra stick handling sessions before school and skating classes. He spent his summers playing AAA hockey and attending many camps, during this time he gained insight to hockey around the country.
As a sophomore he transferred from Mounds View High School to St Paul Academy to play out his 3 years of Varsity hockey. During his senior year his team earned a spot in the State Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, a goal he had always strived for in his playing career.
Upon graduating from high school Cullen decided to pursue his hockey career further. After meeting with both junior and college teams and scouts, he made the decision to play junior hockey, beginning with the Fairbanks Icedogs. Cullen made a stop with the Shreveport Mudbugs before coming home to Minnesota to cap his career with the Minnesota Magicians. Throughout both his high school and junior careers in the duration of six years, Cullen has coached all levels, from players who have put on skates for the first time to players who play professionally.
Cullen’s favorite part about 15 years of hockey was competing in the postseason and in high stakes situations. Being an athlete is something Cullen has put a great amount of time into participating in and teaching.
Cullen joined MAP and FHIT in the Spring of 2022 and hopes to continue to build great characters through training. Being able to go through the schedule of the programs here gives players the opportunity to build the discipline and carry the habits needed to be successful not only in day-to-day living, but in hockey.
Josh is from Roseville, MN and brings over a decade of coaching experience. He comes to MAP after serving as the Head Coach of Women’s Hockey at Plymouth State University (NCAA DIII) in New Hampshire from 2020-2022. While at the helm of PSU, Josh led the Panthers to new program heights, including the first unbeaten start in program history in ‘20-’21 and many individual player career bests. Under Funk’s leadership, over 20 players in two seasons earned Academic All-Conference Awards, 1 All-Conference, and 6 Academic All-Americans.
Prior to Plymouth State, Funk was an Assistant Coach of Women’s Hockey at Robert Morris University (NCAA DI). While at RMU, he focused on the individual skill development of players and coached multiple CHA players of the week and a NCAA National Player of the Year. Funk helped guide Robert Morris to a 20-12-4 record and a spot in the championship game of the College Hockey America tournament in 2019-20 while the team also earned a top-10 ranking (USCHO) and finished #1 in the CHA.
His career also includes stops at Albert Lea High School (MN), St. Catherine University (MN- NCAA DIII), Sugar Land Imperials (TX- NA3HL), and Miami University (OH) while he has also held numerous roles with Minnesota Hockey CCM High Performance programs. He has coached every level of women’s hockey in the United States and is a USA Hockey Level 4 coach.
Josh attended St. Thomas Academy and was a part of MAP/FHIT at its beginning stages. After graduating, Josh graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Coaching. He then attended Miami University for his Masters in Sport Psychology while coaching their women’s hockey team to a 29-3-2 record and were runners up at the national tournament.
He looks forward to watching players get better every single day and advancing to the next level.
Jake Lainesse is from Fenton, MI and played in the Flint Youth Hockey Associationå where he played the majority of his youth hockey. He played for both the Flint Icelanders and Flint Phantoms where in his last year of youth hockey, won the Michigan state championship.
After youth hockey, Jake played three years of junior hockey, spending one season with the Flint Jr. Generals where the team placed second in the league and participated in the Tier 3 Nationals and another with the Nashville Jr. Predators (NA3HL) where he served as a captain, was named to the NA3HL top prospects team, and won a regular season championship. Jake ended his junior career playing for the Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Elite) and was named captain, winning the regular season and playoff championships.
After his junior career, Jake committed and played at Stevenson University. After one season he had to retire from playing due to medical reasons and transferred to Michigan State University and began pursuing officiating. Jake graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching.
After graduation Jake began working as a strength and conditioning coach for all levels of hockey in Grand Rapids, MI varying from Tier 1 and Tier 2 youth, high school, and men’s & women’s college club teams for 2 years. Jake has also officiated at many junior levels along with 2 Division I NCAA conferences, the Atlantic Hockey Conference and the CCHA. He also was chosen to officiate the 2021-22 Southern Professional Hockey League championship series.
Jake will primarily be at the Hudson campus and occasionally at the Blaine campus. He is looking forward to getting on the ice and working with everyone and trying to help every player move on to the level that they are working toward.
Lead Strength Coach Blaine Campus
Participating in high school football, wrestling and golf, Steve grew up as a multi-sport athlete in
Southern California. After high school, Steve played football at the collegiate level as an offensive lineman and was a 4-year starter with a highlighted junior year at Minot State University where his team made it to the NAIA’s Elite 8.
Steve has since coached football on multiple levels, from youth to college, most recently lending his talents to the Centennial High School football teams as one of the offensive
In 2013, Steve made a career change and earned his certification as a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Shortly after Steve also earned his certification for TRX suspension training and combined those disciplines together in order to pursue his passion of helping youth athletes achieve great physical development.
Steve has been the Centennial Cougar Boy’s Hockey strength coach since 2014 and the Centennial Youth Hockey Association strength coach since 2016. Steve’s mission is to help youth athletes get to the next level and take ownership of their own development though proper form, nutrition, hydration and recovery.
Steve brings high energy and motivation to his training sessions and takes great pride in
ensuring his athletes get stronger, faster and more explosive!
Director of Strength and Conditioning Blaine Campus
Erin grew up playing hockey in Willmar, MN. She began skating at age four and played throughout high school. While in Willmar, Erin was a three-sport athlete participating in Cross Country, Hockey, and Track and field, earning three all-conference titles during her four years. During her senior year, Erin was selected to be the Captain of her hockey and track and field teams.
After high school, Erin attended the University of Saint Thomas. She was a member of the track and field team for four years, earning eight Conference champion titles with her team over the four years. Erin graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and has since earned the title of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
After many years of training programs in both hockey and track and field, Erin has grown to appreciate everything that is required in order to become a better athlete, including but not limited to training, adequate effort, proper nutrition, and passion for the sport. She is passionate about bringing athletes to the next level through off-ice training, as her past mentors have done for her. She understands and shows that players can work their hardest everyday yet enjoy becoming a better athlete. Erin joined FHIT in 2014 and has been a key member of the strength and condition team since then.
Director of Strength and Conditioning Hudson Campus
Travis grew up playing both hockey and soccer in Stillwater, MN. After graduating from high school in 2010, he continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2016. Shortly after beginning college, Travis enlisted in the Army National Guard as a 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer completing a deployment to Kuwait during 2015 and completing his 8 year contract in early 2019.
After college, Travis got started at FHIT Hockey as an intern in Blaine in early 2016 before officially joining the staff that summer. The next year he gained experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both Breck School and Breakaway Academy/Hockey while still helping out at FHIT. Early in 2019, Travis returned to FHIT Hockey to be the face of the Strength and Conditioning at the East campus in Hudson, WI.
Travis's focus is on improving athlete’s strength as well as movement quality so they can transfer those improvements to the ice. Safety is of the utmost importance as he wants the training to complement what they are doing on the ice rather than taking away from it.
Marshall Klitzke is from Annandale, Minnesota. He began youth hockey at five years old playing in the Monticello, Annandale, Maple Lake Youth Hockey Association. Marshall played football, hockey, and golf at Providence Academy in Plymouth. He earned all state honors in football as a running back alongside being awarded all-conference in hockey his junior and senior seasons. Upon graduating high school, Marshall played football for Bethel University and won a conference championship in the process before graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. After college, Marshall moved to Cedarburg, WI where he started his own business with his brother specializing in training youth, high school, and college hockey players. It was there he found his passion for working with athletes to help them reach their maximum potential. He is looking forward to bringing that experience with him to MAP/FHIT.