Hockey Operations Staff

Matt Hendricks - General Manager

Hendricks_Matt.jpgHendricks is entering his sixth season with the Minnesota Wild, most recently serving as Assistant Director of Player Development for five seasons (2019-24). As General Manager of the Iowa Wild, he is responsible for the day-to-day hockey operations of the American Hockey League club. Hendricks will also continue to support the Wild’s player development department.

Brett McLean - Head Coach

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Brett McLean enters his first season as Head Coach of the Iowa Wild following three seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Wild. Prior to his time in Minnesota, he spent three seasons (2017-20) as an Assistant Coach for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). During his tenure, Iowa owned a record of 107-71-37 (.583).

McLean played 18 years of professional hockey including 385 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. During his NHL tenure, he collected 162 career points (56-106=162) in six seasons (2002-09). The former center played in seven different leagues from 1999-2017, compiling 1,111 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and the Austrian League. The Comox, BC native also represented Canada many times during his career including at the U-18 level, the World Juniors and for six Spengler Cups, winning the Spengler Cup in 2012. McLean also won the Swiss-A championship in 2010. He completed his pro career in 2016-17 in Austria with Linz EHC. The former forward was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. McLean skated in 274 AHL games in six seasons, totaling 198 career points (72-126=198) with Cincinnati, Saint John, Houston, Norfolk and Rockford (1998-12).

He and his wife, Brenna, have a daughter Darian, and two sons, Nixon and Nash.

Ben Simon - Assistant Coach

Iowa Wild Media Day 2023-1958.jpgSimon, 45, spent the previous eight seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He served as an assistant coach for Grand Rapids from 2015-18 and won a Calder Cup in 2017 before being promoted to head coach for the 2018-19 season. Simon also served as the assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies (2014-15), head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones (2013-14), and assistant coach of the Rockford IceHogs (2011-13).  

During his playing career, Simon skated in 81 NHL games and totaled four points (3-1=4) with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Shaker Heights, Ohio native also added 188 points (78-110=188) in 481 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Milwaukee Admirals, Syracuse Crunch, Grand Rapids Griffins, and Toronto Marlies. Simon won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2002 and a Turner Cup in the IHL with the Orlando Solar Bears in 2001. Prior to his professional career, Simon played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Notre Dame, where he totaled 130 points (44-86=130) through 144 games and served as captain during his senior season. 

Richard Bachman - Goaltending Coach

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bachman began his pro career in 2009-10 after two seasons with Colorado College (NCAA). After beginning his rookie season with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), Bachman made his American Hockey League debut for the Texas Stars on Dec. 6, 2009 in San Antonio. His AHL career consisted of 264 regular-season games between Texas, Oklahoma City and Utica, compiling a record of 133-95-17 with 16 shutouts and a 2.70 GAA Bachman played in 21 Calder Cup Playoff games over his career, and was named a 2015 AHL All-Star with Oklahoma City.

Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Bachman made his NHL debut with Dallas on Dec. 11, 2010, stopping all four shots he faced in relief of Andrew Raycroft in a 5-2 road loss two Phoenix. Bachman’s first NHL start resulted in his first NHL win, a 26-save performance in Los Angeles, as the Stars claimed a 2-1 win on Dec. 10, 2011. He finished his NHL career with a 20-18-2 mark, a 2.97 GAA and .903% save percentage and two shutouts between stints with Dallas, the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

Bachman played in three games with Utica in 2019-20 before being loaned by Vancouver to IK Oskarshamn of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on Feb. 12, 2020. Bachman skated in three games with IK Oskarshman, posting a 3.29 GAA.

He has a wife, Devyn, and two children, Knox, 5, and Vail, 3.

Bryan Rohrbach - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Rohrbach joined the Iowa Heartlanders in the ECHL as the team’s strength and conditioning coach ahead of the team’s inaugural season in 2021-22. He previously supported the UNI men’s and women’s track and field teams along with the women’s tennis team and offered support to the strength programs at multiple Iowa high schools. The UNI graduate earned a B.A. in Exercise Science in 2012, then stayed in Cedar Falls to earn his M.A. in Kinesiology and Sports Performance from UNI in 2014. 

Ray Sylvester - Video Coach

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Sylvester, 24, spent the 2022-23 season as the video coach for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native served in the same role for the Charlotte Rush’s Elite and Premier teams in the USPHL from 2020-22 and helped each team win a league championship in 2021. He attended Robert Morris University and assisted the men’s hockey program with analytics from 2017-19 before working as the team’s video coach in 2019-20. 

Daniel Barker - Head Athletic Trainer

Iowa Wild-20221004-TG8_0682.jpgBarker joins Iowa after three seasons as Head Athletic Trainer for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. Before joining the pro hockey ranks, the Wheeling, W.Va. native served as the first Head Football Athletic Trainer in program history for Wheeling Jesuit University from 2018 to 2019. Barker is a certified athletic trainer, received his Master of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and graduated Salutatorian of his class at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2017.

Jason Geisler - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Geisler joins the Iowa Wild following a season with the Heartlanders as the team’s athletic trainer. A Cedar Falls, Iowa native, Geisler joined the Heartlanders as a part of the team’s partnership with the University of Iowa Sports Medicine program. Geisler has worked in hockey and the sports world in numerous capacities before, including with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Ice Hockey programs as a graduate student. 

Richard Krouse - Head Equipment Manager

Brandon Schroeder - Assistant Equipment Manager

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Schroeder, 24, joins Iowa's equipment staff following several seasons with the Flint Firebirds in the OHL. The Livonia, Mich. native spent the 2017-18 season as the team’s assistant equipment manager before working in Thief River Falls for a season. Schroeder returned to Flint for the 2019-20 season and was promoted to head equipment manager ahead of the 2021-22 season. 

John Gingerich - Equipment Assistant

Gingerich.jpgJohn is in his third season with the Iowa Wild. Prior to joining the Wild, John was an assistant clubhouse manager for the Iowa Cubs from 2019-2021. He attended Grand View University on a bowling scholarship and has bowled a 300!