Head Coach – Al Rooney
In May of 2018, Al Rooney was named the Chippewa Steel’s first head coach and general manager in the organization’s history. In this role, Rooney oversees all hockey operations, on and off the ice, for the team. This will be his fifth season in the NAHL.
Rooney joins the Steel after spending last season as the associate head coach of the Austin Bruins. He spent one season with the Bruins where he helped lead the Bruins back to the playoffs with a 33-19-8 record, good for seventh overall in the league, helping them bounce back after a last place finish the previous season. Prior to his role in Austin, Rooney served three seasons with the Lone Star Brahmas, the first two as goalie coach and his final season with the Brahmas in a dual role as both assistant coach and goalie coach where he was a member of the 2017 Robertson Cup Champions. His first two seasons spent in the Brahmas, he also served as the NA3HL Brahmas head coach where he accumulated a 61-24-8 record over two seasons and led the team to a NA3HL Silver Cup appearance. All totaled, Coach Rooney has spent 13 seasons behind the bench, all but two of them serving as head coach. In that time he has won four championships and appeared in the finals in yet another season, and he expects more of the same in his time in Chippewa Falls.
Prior to coaching, Rooney was a goaltender who spent eight seasons playing professional hockey, mostly in the CHL and WPHL. Rooney spent all or parts of four seasons playing for the San Angelo Outlaws where he was voted Fan Favorite in the 1997-98 season and was a member of the Western Conference Champions who lost to the Shreveport Mudbugs in the WPHL Finals in the 1998-99 season. Rooney retired from playing after the 2003-04 season and began his coaching career.
Al and his wife Caryn currently live in Rochester, Minnesota and will be moving to the Chippewa Falls area this summer. They have two children; son Sylvain, 20, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and daughter Annika, 5, who will be joining them in Chippewa and anxiously awaits meeting the Steel mascot this season.
Assistant Coach – Carter Foguth
Carter Foguth will enter his first season as assistant coach of the Chippewa Steel. Carter brings a wealth of experience to the Steel, having played AAA travel hockey for Detroit Compuware. As a defenseman, he moved on to play one season in the North American Hockey League for the Marquette Rangers and three seasons in the United States Hockey League for the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Following a four-year junior career, he went on to play Division I college hockey for Minnesota State University, Mankato. Foguth was named assistant captain as a sophomore and team captain as a junior and senior. He finished his four-year college career with 144 games played, +25 rating, 297 blocked shots (led Mavericks in blocked shots the last three years of career), named the teams Unsung Hero as well as being awarded the Don Brose Leadership award following his senior season.
Foguth is looking forward to bringing his extensive playing career experience to the Chippewa Steel players and helping them develop and grow as hockey players this season.
Outside of the rink, he enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and exercising. Carter is originally from Fenton, Michigan.