Hockey Operations


Jon Vaillancourt | Head Coach



Jon Vaillancourt enters his second season in the Coulee Region, the first with the Coulee Region Chill. In his first season in the NA3HL in 2017-18, Vaillancourt led the Freeze to the 2018 Fraser Cup Finals, the organizations’ first ever appearance.

Vaillancourt, from La Valle, Wisconsin, is a graduate of Reedsburg Area High school. Jon started his junior hockey career with the Hampton Roads Whalers in their inaugural season 2006-07 after playing a year for the Madison Capital’s Midget Major AAA program. Having the opportunity of being coached by the late Bob Suter, a member of the famous 1980’s Miracle team, Jon prides himself on hard work, no excuses hockey. Following his junior career Jon played collegiate hockey for Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts. His strong leadership ability earned him the honor of being elected Assistant Captain his senior year. After college, Jon attended the Elmira Jackal’s (ECHL) rookie placement camp and subsequently was selected to attend the Jackal’s main camp/preseason roster for the 2012-13 season. Jon then played in Williamsport in the FHL before returning to Chesapeake, Virginia, as a coach with the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers program. He also is a co-founder of 1 Mission Fitness LLC.

In his four successful seasons with the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers (USPHL) Jon contributed to high level player and skill development. As assistant coach, Jon helped lead the Premier Tier III Whalers team to the 2015-16 Premier championship of the USPHL. He also served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL.


Oak Moser | Assistant Coach



RyanEganRyan Egan | Director of Hockey Operations

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Ryan Egan enters his 1st season as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Coulee Region Chill. Previously he spent two seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Coulee Region Chill, then a member of the NAHL.

Prior to his time as head coach of the Chill Egan he was the head coach of the La Crosse Freeze of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL).  He had a lot of success leading the Freeze in their first two years in La Crosse, taking them to the playoffs both years.  In his first season as head coach in 2014-15 he went 28-14-5 before falling in the first round of the playoffs.  In 2015-16 he impoved the Freeze’s record, finishing 32-15 before falling in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the eventual defending Silver Cup Champions.

Egan is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  There, Egan was a member of the varsity hockey team and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance. He is also certified to teach physical education grades K-12.

Egan has coached at the Youth, High School, AAA Midget, Junior A, and Division III college levels. He spent three seasons at River Falls High School, three seasons with the Omaha Energy as head coach and program director, and two seasons as head coach of the San Antonio Diablos Junior A hockey program.  His last position before joining the La Crosse Freeze  was the assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN for 5 years.

Coach Egan and his wife Melissa reside in Onalaska, WI with their two sons, Jackson and Weston.

 Ryan Ess |Goalie Coach


Coach Ess has been a devoted student of the goaltender position since 1987, working with many goalie coaches throughout his career and most notably spending 10 summers with hockey legend Vladislav Tratiak. Ryan played high school hockey in Minnesota at The Academy of the Holy Angels from 1996-2000, spending two seasons at the varsity level. During his time at Holy Angels he compiled a 25-4 record with a 1.43 career GAA and nine shutouts. In his junior season alone, he maintained a .83 GAA during a 11-1 campaign. Within that same season he was named Hockey Minnesota Player of the Week by WCCO for capturing six consecutive shutouts and was also a participant in the MSHSL Tournament. Following his successful high school career, Ryan played Junior A hockey in the AWHL for Great Falls, Montana and Minot, North Dakota where he put up a GAA of 2.44 and had four shutouts in over 40 games played. Additionally, Ryan played Division III hockey at St. Mary’s University. In 50 games played he averaged 2.94 GAA, which currently still leads all goalies who have played more than 10 games for the Cardinals. In his time at St. Mary’s, Ryan collected four MIAC Player of the Week awards and started every game during his senior year. Ryan currently coaches students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, and Europe.