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Cary Eades - Head Coach/General Manager

Eades returned to the Red River Valley where he spent the majority of his adult life, including time at the University of North Dakota as a player and two separate stints as a coach. Eades played for four seasons at UND from 1978-82, winning two national championships in 1980 and 1982, and three WCHA titles. He was Captain of the Sioux his senior season and finished his playing career with 164 points (85 goals, 79 assists) in 144 games. Eades then went on to play professional hockey in the St. Louis Blues organization for two seasons before an injury cut short his playing days. 

Eades began his coaching career at UND in 1984, and worked under head coach Gino Gasparini for seven seasons (1984-91). Eades was an assistant on North Dakota's 1987 WCHA and National Championship team alongside former Force coaches Dean Blais and John Marks. In 1991, Eades headed to the USHL for two seasons as the GM / Head Coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints where he compiled an overall win/loss record of 86-46-7 (.647). The Saints qualified for the National Junior Tournament both seasons under Eades and won the 1993 National Junior championship.

Following Dubuque, Eades went to Warroad (MN) High School where he spent 11 seasons as the Head Coach of the boys hockey team. In his time coaching the Warriors, he posted an overall win/loss record of 237-62-6 (.787) and led the team to three Minnesota State Class “A” championships and seven Section 8A championships. In 1996, he was named Minnesota State High School Coach of the Year.

Eades then returned to UND where he coached for another eight seasons under former head coach Dave Hakstol, and during that time the Sioux captured at least one championship each year. UND competed in five NCAA Frozen Four tournaments, won two WCHA league titles, and won four WCHA Final Five Playoff championships.

In 2012, Eades returned to the USHL where he spent three seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Eades inherited a team that had finished in last place overall in the USHL during the 2011-12 season (41 pts.) and in his first season at the helm of the Stampede, he led them to first place and a Western Conference regular season title (92 pts.). The 51 point increase is a USHL record for points improved from the previous season. Sioux Falls also set team records for wins (45), home wins (24), and points (92), and for these accomplishments, Eades was named USHL Coach of the Year.

Under Eades’ leadership, the Stampede were the only team in the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the bench, culminating in winning the 2015 Clark Cup Championship on May 15 in Sioux Falls with a three game sweep over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Overall, he compiled a win/loss record of 125-70-14 (.599) with the Stampede.

Cary Eades

Head Coach/General Manager

Byron Pool - Associate Head Coach

Byron has been with the Force since the 2010-11 season. Prior to joining the Force, Byron was Head Coach of the Bismarck Bobcats for the 2 seasons after leading the Bobcats to the ’08-’09 Central Division Title in his first campaign behind the bench. He won the ’09-’10 National Junior A Tier 2 Championship in his 2nd and final year with the Bobcats.

Prior to joining the Bobcats, he was head coach and general manager of the Quad City Express in the Central States Hockey League. Byron attended Colgate University from 1996-2000 where he was a four-year letterman for the Red Raiders and graduated with a B.A. in History. Before college, he played his junior hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with stops in North Battleford, Minot, and Flin Flon where he was captain of the hockey team. Following his college career, Byron played three years with the Corpus Christi Rayz and one year with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League. Byron, and his wife Kay, reside in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Byron Pool

Associate Head Coach

Eli Rosendahl - Assistant Coach/Goaltender Coach

Rosendahl enters his first season with the Fargo Force as the teams Goaltending Coach. Prior to his time in Fargo, Eli served as the Head Coach of The Hockey Academy Selects Midget AAA program for 2 seasons. He has also served as a volunteer goalie coach for the University of North Dakota Women’s hockey program since the 2011-12 season. Under Rosendahl’s guidance, North Dakota goalies have set program records for save percentage, goals against average, and shutouts.

Eli currently resides in Grand Forks, ND where he is the Head Coach and Director of the Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena. At the Hockey Academy, Rosendahl oversees all aspects of on-ice and off-ice training.

Eli Rosendahl

Assistant Coach/Goaltending Coach

Brad Lutsch - Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting

Brad comes to the Fargo Force from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the NAHL. As the Assistant coach and Director of Player Personnel in their inaugural 2013/14 season, Brad helped to field a team that went 35W-18L-7 OTL, making the playoffs and moving a number of players on to NCAA D1/D3 programs. Brad is also no stranger to the USHL. He previously spent four years with the Indiana Ice from 2008 – 2012, working as their Associate coach and Director of Player Personnel. During Brad’s time in Indiana, the team’s record was 145 W- 77L- 18 OTL, making the playoffs all four years and winning the Clark Cup Championship in 2008/09.

Brad has drafted/coached over twenty-five NHL draft picks and free agent signees, including Boston Bruins Torey Krug and LA Kings draft pick and Hobey Baker Finalist, Nic Dowd. He has also coached four WJC U20 players, including two from the USA’s 2012 gold medal winning team.

With over twenty years of hockey instruction experience, Brad is well known for his skating and individual skills training. Brad has worked with a number of elite players over the years and currently works with NHL/Pro, NCAA, OHL and USHL players in the Detroit area.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Brad played five seasons of professional hockey in Europe as a defenseman with his first year being at the age of 16. Brad returned to North America in 1993, where he played for the Indianapolis Junior Ice and was the top scoring defenseman in the NAHL and received First Team All- League Honors in 94/95. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Brad returned to Europe where he played his last four seasons of professional hockey in Austria. His final season included an appearance in the highly renowned Spartak Cup International Hockey Tournament, which was held in Moscow in 2005-06.

Brad currently resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife, Kristen, and their two children, Avery and McKayla.

Brad Lutsch

Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting

Steve Baumgartner - Equipment Manager

Steve was a four-time All-MIAC performer for the Cobbers at Concordia College from 1978 to 1982. Baumgartner was named MVP in the MIAC and also played in the NCAA East-West All-Star Game in 1982 for Division I players. He then began his coaching career at Concordia for the men’s hockey team in 1986 where he was on the bench for 22 seasons until 2008. He held an overall record of 223-313-35 and a MIAC record of 140-188-24. He is the all-time winningest coach in men’s hockey at Concordia and is a member of the Concordia College Hall of Fame. Steve started his career with the Force during the 2014-15 season.

Steve Baumgartner

Equipment Manager

Phone: 701.356.4399

Phil Faught - Sanford Health/Athletic Trainer/Strength Coach

Phil Faught, MS. ATC, has served as the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Fargo Force since the inaugural season. Phil received his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of North Dakota and has a M.S in Sport Pedagogy from North Dakota State University. Phil has worked with hockey players from mites to professionals in the area for the past ten years. Phil is a FAKTR certified provider and provides the injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement for the Fargo Force.

Phil is also the Director of Sanford Power Hockey Academy located at the Sanford Power Center next door to Scheels Arena.

Nick Sample - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

Nick Sample, LAT, ATC is entering his first year as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Force. Nick completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where he spent time with the Gator’s Football, Track & Field, and Softball teams as well as a local high school. He also volunteered with the Gators Club Ice Hockey team and has been an avid hockey fan since he was young. Nick has spent the last two summers providing medical care at Woodward Camp, an action sports camp for kids of all ages. Nick is certified in CPR/AED and First Aid and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training at North Dakota State University.