Hal attended The Blake School and Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, CO. After high school Hal attended University of Denver and finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Hal was a four-year varsity hockey player and also participated in soccer and lacrosse in high school. Hal’s hockey playing career ended his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota. He began coaching that same year and is still coaching today. He has been long time coach and coach educator through the USA Hockey Coach Education Program and early advocate of Positive Coaches Alliance. He has coached at every level from squirts (U10) through college to Tier 2 Juniors. Hal has travelled internationally to the IIHF Coaching Symposiums and USA Hockey National Team Camps. Hal has even coached soccer and lacrosse.
Hal developed and produced coaching videos for youth hockey coaches that have been viewed over 200,000 times in the past ten years. He has been a tireless
advocate for coach and player development for over 20 years and more recently player safety in all sports. Click here to view some of Hal’s work.
When asked what in your past best prepares you for this new role? Hal responded, “My entire career which spans 46 years, is about creating the best environment for my players and teams to succeed. Just as we ask our players to get better every day, I have taken that same approach as a coach.”
Chris Lewis Assistant Coach
Mike is a product of Robbinsdale High School and the University of Minnesota where he earned his B.S. Education.
Mike has served as a JV Hockey Coach for Providence Academy since 2009 and also coached in the Wayzata Youth Hockey organization for nine years.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this role? Mike responded, “Having, coaching my son, and the love of the game.”
Head JV Coach
Coach Radke joins Providence Academy to work with the JV team this year. He brings 5 years of previous coaching experience at Shakopee Youth Hockey and Mahtomedi High School. He was previously a USA Hockey referee for 6 years in Wisconsin, working several state tournaments. Recently, Radke also wrote for Fansided on the Colorado Avalanche team page where he focused on dissecting systems and positioning.
He played hockey through high school in Waukesha, WI where he also played for the Milwaukee Elite team before coming to Minneapolis for college.
Professionally, Coach Radke was a co-founder of Nesel Packs: an entrepreneurial venture that designed and manufactured the first backpack for children with sensory processing disorders. He has also worked as a job coach for blind high school students and as an ACT tutor. Currently, he is a sales analyst for Kids2, specializing on working with Target.
In his free time he enjoys rock climbing and bouldering with his girlfriend, Teylen; trying new foods; and playing the latest video game.