Our Staff

Hockey

JACK SKILLE

Director of Hockey
 
Wisconsin native from Verona, WI with an incredible depth and breadth of experiences in hockey, and the development mindset that fits in perfectly with VSA’s mission.
 
Some of Jack’s accolades include:
  •  2005 7th overall draft pick
NHL Experience includes:
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Florida Panthers
  • Columbus Bluejackets
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • 2003-05 National Development Program
  • 2005-2007 University of Wisconsin
  • 2006 NCAA DI Champion!
Oversea Experience Includes:
  • KHL
  • NL
  • DEL
  • ICEHL

Jonathan Garcia

Power Skating Coach
 
From Salt Lake City, Utah Jonathan has been training and coaching hockey players for the past 3 years.
 
Jonathan is a world champion speed skater with the following accolades:
  • Two-time (2X) Olympian:
    • 2014 Sochi, Russia
    • 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • Nine-time (9X) United States National Team Member
    • 2017 World Cup Bronze Medalist
    • 3rd Place, Team Sprint
  • 2017 World Sprint Championships
    • 4th Place, 1000 Meters
  • 2016 Long Track World Cup Gold Medalist
    • 1st Place, Team Sprint
  • 2015 Long Track World Cup Silver Medalist
    • 2nd Place, Team Sprint
  • 2014 Long Track World Cup Gold Medalist
    • 1st Place, Team Sprint
  • 2012 US Short Track Championships Gold Medalist
    • 1st Place, 1000 Meters Time Trial
  • Three-time (3X) US Short Track American Cup Champion

EMILY BAUER

Skills Coach
 
Emily is originally from Wausau, WI with a long family history in hockey. She graduated from UW- Eau Claire where she played on the Women’s Blugold Hockey Team for 4 years during which they made 3 national appearances and set a new school win record for the program.

MIKE FAZIO

Lead Skills Coach
 
Mike is originally from Bartlett, Illinois and has strong family roots in hockey, following the footsteps of his father and brother. He competed in the Junior Hockey for 5 seasons. From there he attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Sports Management. After graduating, he spent one season playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League and one season in the East Coast Hockey League.
He began coaching and training players at the age of 16 and has been involved in helping players since then. Before coming to VSA he was in his 3rd year as the Director of Player Development with the Hudson Havoc of the USPHL and also scout for the Jamestown Rebels of the NAHL.

ERIN CONNOLLY

Goalie Coach
 
Originally from Mequon, WI, she transitioned to full-time goalie in her second year of squirts. She played high school and tier 1 hockey for three years and started training with Larry Clemens in Madison her sophomore year of high school. Erin has been training and coaching with him ever since. In college, she played for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for four years. While in net, the team set program wins records every year, had several firsts including playoff and regular season championships, and achieved three national tournament appearances. Erin’s coaching experience includes High Performance Goaltending, Team Wisconsin, ECA Stars, and UWEC Women’s Hockey.
 

A few accolades from Erin:

  • WIAC Women’s Hockey Player of the Year
  • Laura Hurd National Player of the Year Runner-Up
  • Judy Kruckman WIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Leader-Telegram Female Athlete of the Year
  • 4x First Team All-WIAC
  • 4x All-American Scholar-Athlete

Baseball

CJ KOEHLER

Director of Baseball
 

Originally from Grafton, WI. CJ brings a lot of knowledge when it comes to the game of baseball as he currently serves as an Assistant coach for the UWEC Blugolds baseball team mainly working with hitters and fielding.

Prior to his job with the Blugolds CJ was an assistant coach at Finlandia University where he mainly worked with outfielders while also working with hitters and pitchers. Prior to his time with Finlandia University Koehler was the Varsity Head Coach for Port Washington High School. CJ has also worked for multiple baseball facilities running private/group lessons, camps, and clinics.

Softball

KINDRA WITTHUS

Director of Softball
 
Originally from Hudson, WI and was a 4-year softball starter for the Hudson Raiders. Other high school softball accolades include: 2-time Team Captain, 4-time 1st Team All Big Rivers Conference member, 3 year All Region Team, 1-time 2nd Team All-State, and 2-time 1stTeam All State! Kindra was also a multisport athlete including obtaining a black belt in Karate and a 4-year varsity starter and all conference basketball player.
 
After high school Kindra was recruited to the east coast where she played for Division I Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Her level of play and talent on the field remained strong as she was honored as a 4- year starter playing 3rd base, outfield, and primary catcher. During Kindra’s senior year, as a team captain and starting catcher, she helped lead St. Francis Softball to a 49-11 record, a regional win at Arizona, an individual Golden Glove Defensive Award, and an All-Conference award. Post-graduation, Kindra has coached softball teams, as well as doing clinics and private lessons. Kindra has been an Occupational therapist for 4 years working with athletes of all sports, specifically overhead sports. Additionally, she has a degree in psychology which she has been using to progress the athlete’s mental side of the game. Kindra also is an NCAA umpire and has her own business, St. Croix Valley Umpires, in hopes of growing the game from all areas.

Administrative

CHASE HOOPLE

General Manager