One of the key components of the success of the Bakken Oilers organization is attracting excellent coaches with the hockey backgrounds and coaching experience necessary to develop and challenge our talented hockey players. Having elite coaches is one of the reasons we are North Dakota's premier AAA hockey program. Some of our notable coaches are described below.
Danny Hanson, from Minot, ND, is the head coach of both the 2000 and 2003 Bakken Oilers. Danny played two years of Tier I junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He also played Division I college hockey for Lake Superior State University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Danny has since coached youth hockey in Minot at the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels. He has had great success coaching our flagship team, the 2000 Bakken Oilers and has also fielded a dominant 2003 Bakken Oilers team that has been an elite team in tournaments in the Twin Cities and Fargo in only its first year of competition.
Jarrod Olson, from Minot, ND, is the head coach of the 14U Bakken Oilers. Jarrod played one year of Tier I junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for the Omaha Lancers. He also played Division I college hockey as a four year player for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Jarrod has since served as an assistant coach of the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League and previously served as program director for the Minot Youth Hockey Association.
Jay Panzer, from Grand Forks, ND, is the head coach of the 2006 Bakken Oilers. Jay played one year of Tier I junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for the Sioux City Musketeers before moving on to play four years for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. During his college career, Jay scored 144 total points for the Sioux and was named a second team All-American during the 1998-99 season. Following his standout college career for the Fighting Sioux, Jay played professionally for the Greenville Growl in the East Coast Hockey League. Jay has since coached youth hockey at various levels in Grand Forks, ND. As head coach of our newest and youngest team, the 2006 Bakken Oilers, Jay has already shown that his team will be elite.
Tom Philion, from Minot, ND, is a coach of the 2001 Bakken Oilers. Tom played two years of Tier I junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for the Rochester Mustangs. Tom went on to play four years for University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He was a member of the Fighting Sioux's 1996-97 national championship team. Tom has since coached at various levels of youth hockey in Minot, ND. The 2001 Bakken Oilers has been successful at tournaments throughout the region during Tom's time on its coaching staff.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Regier is entering his 11th season with the Minot State University hockey program and his fifth season as Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach. At the helm of Minot State University, Regier has amassed a record of 108-18-10 and guided the program to its first-ever national championship in 2013, also earning ACHA Coach of the Year accolades that season. As a player, Regier played three seasons with the Saskatoon Chiefs of the North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from and led the team in scoring all three seasons. Regier was selected to the annual NSJHL All-Star Game all three seasons. He also led the Chiefs to an NSJHL title in 2002. Regier also played four seasons of college hockey for Minot State University, leading the team in scoring for two seasons while earning a selection to the inaugural ACHA All-Star Game.
Originally from Minot North Dakota, Jordan Willert grew up through the Minot Hockey youth program, then played two years of high school hockey Minot High School varsity team, before leaving after his junior year. Willert then move to Kearney Nebraska where played three season for head coach Bliss Littler's Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League. Willert went on to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he played three seasons under former MHS and UND coach Dean Blais. Willert finished his college hockey career with the Minot State University Beavers, winning a national championship in 2013. Willert has served two years an assistant coach for the Minot High School varsity team and during the offseason, coached the Souris Valley Thunder High School team. Most recently, Willert served as the assistant director of the Minot Hockey youth program and an assistant coach for the Minot State Beavers. Willert says, "I look forward to coaching the kids in the Bakken Oilers program. Summer was always one of my favorite times to play hockey and now as a coach I understand that importance of it from a development standpoint. I can’t wait to get going"
Jay Panzer, 2006 Bakken Oilers head coach, instructs his team in the championship game of the 2014 North American Pepsi Cup