Interim Head Coach – Carter Foguth
Carter Foguth was promoted to Interim Head Coach on November 20th after serving as assistant coach of the Chippewa Steel to start the 2018-2019 season. 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.
Assistant Coach – Zach Stepan
Zach Stepan has been brought on as the new assistant coach for the Chippewa Steel. He played high school hockey at Shattuck St. Marys and went on to play one year in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks. He then attended 4 years at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Stepan signed and played one year of pro hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for the Orlando Solar Bears.
Stephan was selected in the fourth round (112th overall) by Nashville in 2012 NHL Draft. Zach ranked third in the United States Hockey League in scoring in 2012-13 with 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points in 56 games with Waterloo. Stephan was a member of USA U17 team that captured Five Nations Tournament title in 2010 in Switzerland and played with USA U19 team that captured 2012 World Junior A Challenge Tournament title in 2012 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Zach also competed on the USA U20 World Juniors Team in Sweden. Stephan is the cousin of Arizona Coyotes forward Derek Stepan.
Stepan is looking forward to share his experiences as a player and use it to enhance our players careers and teach them not only skills on the ice, but skills off the ice.
Outside of the rink, Stepan enjoys golfing, fishing, and being out on the lake.