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Chris Wilk

Chris Wilk

Head Coach

Chris is entering his second season with the Barons U18 team after heading up the John Carroll University program for 13 seasons. Coach Wilk has 25 years of Head Coaching experience at the ACHA Division I college level, earning 324 wins during that span at Kent State and John Carroll University. During his tenure at JCU, the Blue Streaks have been a strong contender in College Hockey Mid-America and the ACHA Div I National picture, having won their first league title and qualified for the first National Tournament in team history, in 2013. Coach Wilk has guided the Bluestreaks to five winning seasons in the last 7 years, 2 National Tournament appearances, and lead JCU to back-to-back CHMA Playoff Championships in 2017 & 2018. 
Prior to John Carroll, Coach Wilk spent 12 seasons as the Head Coach with Kent State University where his teams earned three ACHA Division I National Tournament Appearances and were consistently ranked in the Top 20 Nationally.

In addition to coaching Chris teaches Sport Studies at John Carroll University and Kent State University. Chris has served as the Executive Director for the American Collegiate Hockey Association for 14 years and has served on the American Hockey Coaches Association, Board of Directors. Coach Wilk is a two-time CHMA Coach of the Year (2012 & 2013), received the ACHA Don Spencer Award in 2010 for “Dedication and Services” and the Sports Development Gold Medal Award in 2013 from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. 

Ryan Whitson

Ryan Whitson

Assistant Coach

Ryan is a native of Bowling Green, OH. After finishing his playing career with the BGSU Club team he began coaching at the Bantam AA Level. He went on to coach Midget and High School hockey including Bowling Green High School.  This will be his 8th year of coaching and his 4th season with the Barons.

Dan Miller

Assistant Coach

Phone: 440-666-5906

Dan is in his 4th year coaching with the Barons. He previously coached under current Baron’s coach Ryan Whitson starting with Bantam AA through Barons Elite U15. He, in the past 10 years, has coached mite hockey up to high school hockey. He also served as a student assistant coach to the men’s and women’s club hockey teams at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is a certified USA Hockey Level 4 coach as well.

Miller played his high school hockey in Cleveland before going to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At the Goggin Ice Center he worked as a student rink manager and was a coach for the Miami Hockey School program. At Miami he obtained his bachelor degrees in International Business and German.

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