Evanston Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) is a premier hockey program in northern Illinois offering all levels of youth hockey from Mites through High School levels.

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Evanston Hockey Director and Varsity Coach

Delayon “Del” Morris

Evanston Hockey Director and USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach with nearly 20 years of overall coaching experience, 10 years with Evanston Hockey; coached every level from 8U Mite through DIII women’s hockey; named the Illinois High School Hockey League (IHSHL) Varsity coach of the year for the 2014-15 season and named a Chicago Blackhawks coach of the month in 2012; played Evanston Wildkits until Bantam; goalie for Park Ridge Express, Notre Dame High School and Evanston Township High School Varsity team; played for New Mexico Ice Breakers after high school; plays in men’s league; photographer; coach and personal trainer

Evanston Hockey House Director

Pat Brownlee

Evanston Hockey House Director and USA Hockey Level 2 certified coach with more than 10 years of coaching experience with Evanston Hockey and Northwestern University; coached all levels of hockey along with Mighty Mites and learn to skate classes; played youth and high school hockey in Minneapolis; played for Team USA as a Select 16 and Select 17 member; played junior A hockey for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL and for Rensselaer (RPI) for four years of college; finished his professional career playing minor league hockey for five years in Virginia and Texas, and continues to play in an adult league in Chicago

Evanston Hockey Coaches

Fabrice Chavannes
Goalie coach with nearly 10 years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached every level from 8U Mite through high school; played with Evanston Wildkits, Chicago Blues and Loyola Academy Gold; speaks French and Haitian Creole with interest in Muay Thai martial arts and billiards; accountant

Ryan Clark

USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach with 25-plus years of overall coaching experience, two years with Evanston Hockey; coached Youth Hockey Colorado, Notre Dame camps, Delaney camps and Youth Hockey Illinois; played Team Colorado; played USHL two years; played four years of Varsity hockey at Notre Dame University; draft pick of New York Islanders; played two years semi-professional; named USHL all-star; custom home builder

Dave Crews

USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with more than 15 years of overall coaching experience, and more than a decade with Evanston Hockey; coached every level from Learn to Skate through high school Varsity; former youth hockey director and Midget Major head coach at Coral Ridge Youth Hockey; former Junior Varsity head coach and Varsity assistant coach with Cedar Rapids Mustangs; played with Evanston Wildkits growing up and for Evanston Township High School Varsity team and also played for Oak Park Youth Hockey and Oak Park River Forest High School; husband and dad; self-proclaimed stat geek and golf fanatic; University of Iowa alumnus; paralegal

Rashaun “Ray” Ewing

USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with nearly 10 years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached 12U Peewee level, 14U Bantam level and Varsity; played high school hockey and named Ohio hockey player of the year; played two years of Junior hockey for Boston Junior Bruins; played four years college hockey for New England College in ECAC East; played two years professionally in Sweden for Kungsbacka Kings; student/coach

Dakota Gaudet

USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach with two-plus years of experience; learned to skate at Robert Crown and played every level from 8U Mites through Varsity hockey for Evanston Wildkits; head coach for lacrosse U11 team and assistant coach for U15

Jeremy Gaylord

USA Hockey Level 2 certified coach with three-plus years of experience; have ran learn to skate classes at Robert Crown as well as coached at 8U Mite and 10U Squirt travel; started at the learn to skate program at Robert Crown and played every level though to varsity hockey

Christian Grunnah

USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with more than 17 years of coaching experience; head power skating instructor for Evanston Hockey and owner of Grunnah Power Skating + Hockey School, a sponsor of Evanston Hockey; coached at all youth levels from 8U Mites to 16U Midgets; he has been an accomplished hockey player since age 5 and has been nationally ranked as a youth player competing in the highest levels of amateur hockey in the nation; having grown up in a family with a history of Speed Skating success, he has a strong background of power skating fundamentals and has applied these techniques in his coaching and instructing; born in the Chicago area, he played in Tier I and Tier II travel hockey programs throughout his youth and culminated his amateur hockey career at the highly acclaimed hockey haven Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota; he has trained with NHL level players both on and off the ice and shares his experiences and knowledge with hockey players of all ages and abilities. 

Don Howard

USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with nearly 20 years of coaching experience, including 12 with Evanston Hockey as coach and Hockey Director; coached all levels and numerous teams to championships (house, high school and travel; ETHS team made state championship game twice, final four four times, league championship game twice; named JV coach of the year

Jimmy Kahn

USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with more than 10 years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached all levels; played with Evanston Wildkits growing up, winning NIHL with 12U Peewee Gold, President’s Cup and first Wolves Cup; builder and woodworker

Deon Kidd

​USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach with coaching experience in Germany; played hockey for 20 years from mini mites to the professional level in the DEL2 (Germany) as a forward; played for REV Bremerhaven, Iserlohn U16, Hannover Indians U18, Weser Stars (Germany 4), Arapahoe Warriors (MM) AA, Boulder JR. Bison (WSHL), Williston State College (NJCAA), Heilbronner Falken (DEL2), Hannover Indians and Hannover Scorpions (Germany3); personal trainer and hockey coach

Darius Mack

​USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with more than five years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached high school Varsity and Junior Varsity; played for Evanston Township High School and Juniors for El Paso Rhinos and Colorado Outlaws; board member for Inner City Education Program; sales specialist

Garrett Munski

Coached 8U Mite and 10U Squirt levels; working on master's degree in fine art with goal of teaching

​Zachary “Zack” Nauert

​USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with more than seven years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached every level from 8U Mite through Junior Varsity high school hockey; second year coaching U14 girls and fifth year with JV; played Evanston Wildkits through high school; all-state player as a junior for Evanston Township High School; played for Hebron Academy, a D1 prep school in Maine; son of former Evanston Hockey president Robert Nauert; UIC alumnus; trainer; lacrosse coach; licensed emergency medical technician

Tim Riley

USA Hockey Level 3 certified coach with five years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; coached at 8U Mite, 10U Squirt and 12U Peewee level; played youth hockey for Lake Forest Vikings (now the Falcons) and high school hockey for the Lake Forest Scouts; continues to play in men's league

​Greg Sprenzel

USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach with three-plus years of experience with Evanston Hockey and overall; played youth hockey for Northwest Chargers Hockey Association; played high school Varsity hockey at St. Viator High School and college Junior Varsity hockey at St. Norbert College; plays in men’s hockey league in Chicago; played semi-pro lacrosse for the Chicago Outlaws; founder of the St. Norbert College Men’s Lacrosse Program; coached travel lacrosse for 10 years; special education teacher

Michael Truskoski

​USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach with nearly 20 years of overall coaching experience, 13 years with Evanston Hockey; coached every level from learn to skate through 14U Bantams; received excellence in coaching award for 2008 Abu Dhabi Falcons; named coach of the year in 2006 for Copper Country Junior Hockey Association; played Squirts through Varsity; aviation consultant

Franco Valentino

USA Hockey Level 3 Certified coach has been coaching at Evanston for four years and his fifth year coaching overall. He’s coached both at the house and travel levels from 10U Squirt to 14U Bantam with fall and spring NWHL Championships, NIHL Squirt Gold President's Cup, Peewee Gold Final Four and a Peewee Gold 2nd place finish. He played youth hockey for both Oak Park and Franklin Park, was a four year Varsity High School player at Oak Park River Forest and played club hockey at the University of Kansas. 

Peter Wiersma

USA Hockey Level 1 certified coach with experience coaching on-ice camps and off-season player development off-ice camps; coached 12U Peewee level teams and 12U Peewee through high school level camps; started playing organized hockey at squirt level for a variety of Michigan youth hockey teams (Grand Rapids Griffins (2 years), East Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association (5 years), West Kent Hawks (1 year), Lansing Capitals (1 year), completing his competitive hockey career with the University of Michigan Wolverines ACHA program; the defenseman — who switched to left wing as a junior in college — is a management consultant and Disney fanatic; loves to travel and also plays (beach and indoor) volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball and whatever recreation sport he gets invited to join