The New Ulm Steel of the North American 3 Hockey League are excited to announce the hiring of new Head Coach Zach Stepan. Stepan will replace former Head Coach Andrew Kolb who resigned in March.
Stepan spent the last season as the assistant coach of the Chippewa Steel in the North American Hockey League, which is affiliated with New Ulm. Prior to his coaching career, Stepan spent one year in the USHL for the Waterloo Black Hawks where he amassed 32 goals and 46 assists in just 56 games played. Following his time in Waterloo, Zach went on to play four years for DI Minnesota State University, Mankato where he played 136 games (24-35-59). In addition to playing in the USHL and for Minnesota State, Stepan played for USA in the World Juniors as well as being drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL draft.
“Not only did Zach have an impressive playing career, but what we learned over the last several months with his time in Chippewa was that he’s a good coach and an outstanding person,” said Steel VP Bryant Black. “Finding a good person to lead the Steel was our first priority. We certainly got that with Zach. In addition, he is an incredibly hard working individual that cares for the players that he coaches and wants to put them in positions where they can succeed within hockey.”
Stepan had the following to say about his time in Chippewa and what’s to come in New Ulm, “I would
like to say thank you to the Black family and Carter Foguth on giving me an opportunity to be a part of
the organization for the Chippewa Steel this year. I could not have asked for a better place and better
people to start my coaching career with. It came at the perfect time in my life so I cannot thank them
enough for giving me a chance. My time in Chippewa this season could not have been any better; from
the guys we had off the ice, to the staff I was able to work with day in and day out, and the ownership
giving us everything we needed to have a great second half of the season once Carter Foguth and I took
over. I am excited to be a part of the Steel family another year and getting the opportunity to be a head
coach for the New Ulm Steel. I want to take what I learned from Carter, the things I learned in my
playing career, and be able to translate it to New Ulm to get those players ready for the next level and I
believe I can do that. Carter gave me numerous opportunities in Chippewa to have responsibility that a
head coach would have, so I know I am ready to take the reins and take New Ulm to the next level both
on and off the ice. Once again, I want to thank the Black family for trusting me and giving me the
opportunities they have given me to show them what I can do for the organization.”
Accompanying Stepan behind the bench will once again be Assistant Coach Nick Campbell who will be
entering his third season with the Steel.
The New Ulm Steel are entering their fourth season in New Ulm. Next up will be the NA3HL draft on April
18 before the season is officially underway in September.