Head Coach & GM – Mike Janda
Mike Janda was named the team’s new Head Coach and General Manager on April 16th, 2021. For the past nine years, Janda has served as the Director of Coaches and Development Coordinator of the San Jose Jr. Sharks. He also served as the Jr. Sharks head coach for the 16U AAA team and the head coach for San Jose State University in the ACHA.
Janda is a former NAHL player himself, playing for the Springfield Spirit during the 2004-05 season. Janda then played NCAA Division I hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York from 2007-11, going to the Frozen Four in 2010. After graduation, he wound up in San Jose. Janda does have coaching experience in the NAHL, as he spent the 2012-13 as an assistant coach with the Springfield Jr. Blues.
Assistant Coach & Director of Player Personnel – Mike Fazio
Prior to joining the Steel, Mike was the Director of Player Development with the Hudson Havoc of the USPHL from 2019 – 2021. He is currently a Lead Instructor of MAP and FHIT Hockey and works with players in all areas of on and off-ice training. He grew up in Bartlett, Illinois, and played his youth hockey there until his junior year of high school. Mike played 3 seasons (2010-13) in the NAHL and was the Captain of the Springfield Jr. Blues. He also played in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in 2012-13.
As a student-athlete, Mike earned a degree in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Sports Management from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. In his 4 years, his team won 2 Regular Season titles and the WIAC Championship in 2015. After graduating in 2017, he played two years of Professional Hockey in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League.
Mike will oversee all recruiting and player personnel. If you are interested in playing for the Steel, please contact Mike.
Assistant Coach – Logan Murphy
Logan has been hired as an additional Assistant Coach for the 2020-2021 season. He played four years at Chippewa Falls High School earning 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Northwest, and All-State honors while also earning a spot on the school’s all-time scoring list. Logan also participated in the Team Wisconsin program and USA hockey camps during his high school years.
Post high school, Logan played three years of junior hockey with the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL, where he was a captain in 2014-2015. During his career there, the Bulls won two USA Hockey National Championships and one runner-up finish with the team winning over 150 games in his three years.
After a career-ending shoulder injury, Logan earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. While going to school he also coached high school hockey at Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire North high schools for the last four years.