Ethan Hayes will be starting his first season as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Gillette Wild for our 2020-2021 season. Prior to this opportunity, Hayes has acted as Assistant Coach to the Great Falls Americans for two seasons. With a lifetime of hockey experience under his belt, Hayes loves to involve himself in youth hockey programs and helping his hometown varsity team whenever possible. As a player, his hockey career extended from 4 years of varsity hockey, a senior season with Wisconsin All-State Honors, well into seasons with the Hudson Crusaders and the Northwest Wisconsin Mustangs.
Taylor Shaw begins his third season in Gillette, Wyoming as the Associate Head Coach of the Gillette Wild. Before arriving in Gillette, Taylor spent the last three seasons as an Assistant Varsity coach with Proctor Boys High School Hockey Team in Proctor, Minnesota. He has also served as the Head JV coach the last two seasons as well as the Goalie Coach since arriving in 2015. In addition, Taylor is a Head Coach for Team Northwest AAA hockey coaching both the high school prep team and bantam teams. While in Proctor, Taylor was also the Goalie Clinic Coordinator for the Proctor, Twig and Mirage Youth Hockey Association.
A native of Sartell Minnesota, Taylor was a goaltender for the Sartell High School Hockey Team from 2009-2012. During his tenure, he earned honors as a conference player of the week, section 6A honorable mention as well as “Most Improved Player.” Upon graduation, he moved on to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth to further his education. He graduated in 2016 with a Minnesota Teaching License in Grades 5-12 Social Studies and earned a minor in Coaching as well. Following graduation, Taylor was hired as an economics teacher at Minnesota Connections Academy where he has been teaching since 2016. He is also currently attending Michigan State University’s Graduate Program while pursuing a Masters of Art in Education with concentrations in Sports Coaching and Leadership as well as Literacy Education.
Having started his coaching career while still attending Sartell High School, he spent time volunteering with the Sartell Youth Hockey Association during monthly goalie clinics. In 2014, Taylor served as a Bantam Coach for the Duluth East Youth Hockey Association of Duluth, Minnesota. Taylor then went on the be a volunteer Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach for the Proctor Boy’s High School Hockey team during the 2015-2016 season. During this time, he developed and implemented a bi-weekly goalie clinic for the Proctor, Twig and Mirage Youth Hockey Association. Following the 2015-2016, he was then moved into a full time position as the Assistant Varsity and Head Junior Varsity Coach of which he has currently held the past two seasons.