Meet the Coaches
Thank you to our coaches who give countless hours mentoring our young athletes.
12U AA Minor
Jared Bounds - Head Coach
Coach Bounds has been in and around hockey for most of his life. Now a Level 4 certified hockey coach through USA Hockey, Jared is in his 4th year coaching youth hockey in Fairbanks. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska – Jared is a formed competitive level youth hockey player himself in that area. After moving to Fairbanks in 2002, like many coaches, he began to give back to the game that changed his life trajectory when his two sons became age eligible. Coach Bounds adds to the Lions family of coaches his knowledge of the game (having a taste of high level hockey after finishing his youth career) and well documented ability to connect with our young athletes through his high paced practices and charismatic character. A business owner since 2008 here in Fairbanks, Jared and his wife are happy to be in Fairbanks teaching our youth the greatest game on earth. (CEP# 479924 LVL 4)
Kerry Hafele - Head Coach
Coach Kerry Hafele knows hockey and hockey players. After a successful playing career that took him all the way to Division 1 college hockey with the local UAF Nanooks, Hafele began coaching in the late 90’s with West Valley High School in Fairbanks and mentor Erik Drygas. Fast forward more than 20 years and Kerry is still just as enthusiastic and dedicated to developing hockey players with goals to continue playing on a nationwide stage. Learning some valuable lessons along the way to winning nation wide and Canadian tournaments at various age groups, Coach Hafele has a decorated and established list of honors and is considered one of the best coaches Fairbanks has ever produced. A steadfast student of the game, Coach Hafele is known for adapting and leading current needs in hockey and its athletes. Past and current skaters (including his own two sons Kaiden & Landon – not to mention his superstar swimming daughter Avery) appreciate Hafele’s engagement on the ice, the way he makes working hard fun, and the changes they see in themselves after they have the opportunity to play for him. (CEP# 227669 LVL 4)