Coaching Staff

jets_coaches*Lovell (left), Wilson (middle) and Quenneville (right) with 35th straight win puck setting new USAH Junior hockey record (1/28/17).

Justin Quenneville – General Manager / Head Coach

Justin enters his 4th full season as head coach of the Metro Jets (NA3HL), after taking over two months into the 2013-14 campaign.

He also served as associate head coach of the No. 1 nationally-ranked Honeybaked 2000 AAA Team (2015 State/National Champions) and is a scout for the Lone Star Brahmas (14-15 NAHL South Division Season Champs).  In his first season with Metro, he helped guide the Jets to the playoffs, while promoting multiple players to the NAHL/USHL/University.  The Last three season he guided the Jets to East Division Regular Season Titles, Division Playoff Championships and three straight Silver Cup Appearances (2015-16 + 2016-17 National Champion Runner-Up).  The team also produced more NAHL opportunities than any other team in Junior A for the 4th straight season.  He was also named back to back Coach of The Year (2016, 2017), GM of the Year (2017) and Organization of the Year (2016, 2017) as well as representing Top Prospects teams (2011 NAHL U18, 2016 East, 2017 East).

Prior to moving to Michigan for family reasons, he spent three years with the Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL) as the head coach/director of hockey operations. Justin guided the 2011-12 team to setting a new franchise record for home wins with 17.  In his second season, he was honored by being named head coach of the U18 Selects in the NAHL Top Prospects event in Troy, Mich. In 2012-13, he guided the team to its first ever NAHL postseason berth and over the course of three full seasons, built a developing powerhouse that saw more than 40 players commit to NCAA programs, one NHL draft pick, two NHL contracts, six USHL draft picks and more call-ups to the USHL/CHL than any other program in three years.

Prior to coaching, the Montreal native played in four leagues over six professional seasons (AHL, UHL, ECHL, CHL). While playing for the Corpus Christi IceRays (CHL), as team captain and player-assistant coach, he left the game as the franchise’s all-time leader in points and assists. He totaled 255 points (96g, 159a) in 234 IceRays regular season games. Overall in his pro career, Quenneville amassed 321 points (125g, 196a) in 337 games. His on-ice pro career was highlighted by two team MVPs (ECHL, CHL), four All-Star selections and a CHL MVP finalist nomination in 2006-2007 when he led the IceRays in scoring, while posting career highs in goals, assists, and penalty minutes. In 2009-10, he was named the CHL Man of the Year and received a “key to the city” in Corpus Christi for his off-ice contributions and leadership. In 2005-06 while playing for the ECHL Phoenix Roadrunners, he was named Top Forward of the Year.

Prior to turning pro in 2004, Quenneville, played four seasons of NCAA hockey at St. Michael’s College. In 99 collegiate games, he was among all-time leaders with 59 goals, 70 assists, 129 points and 128 penalty minutes. He was named team MVP twice, Freshman of The Year and ECAC First all Star team 3 times over his 4 year NCAA career. In addition, Quenneville earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with two minors in International Business and Computer Science, respectively. As well as earning a degree, he was also named to 2004’s “Who’s Who in America.”

jquenneville9@gmail.com – 361-877-9999

 

Randy Wilson – Assistant Coach & Goalie Coach

A Detroit-area native, Randy is a former minor-pro goaltender who played for five different teams in the old International Hockey League (IHL) from 1977-1983. He attended training camp as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1981-82.

Over the past 30 years, Randy has worked as a goaltending coach with numerous AAA Midget, High School and Junior Hockey programs in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Currently, Randy is the assistant coach with the Metro Jets of the NA3HL which has produced a number of high-end junior goaltenders – most recently Devon Williams (OHL/Erie Otters), Dillon Kelley (NAHL/Michigan Warriors) and Connor Hellebuyck (Hockey East/UMass Lowell). His success as a goaltending coach is complimented by the fact that 36 goaltenders that Randy has coached over the past 20 years have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft.

Randy also serves as Head Scout for the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and goaltending consultant for the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep High School program.

He has also served as a consultant and evaluator for a number of Michigan high school showcase venues over the past seven years, including the MDHL, Michigan Elite and Team Michigan.

For the past 20 years, Randy has forged a career and reputation as an elite goaltending coach, consultant and scout at various levels of junior hockey in the U.S., including experience in the OHL, USHL, NAHL and NA3HL, as well as with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Most recently, from 2004-2007 and 2008-2011, Randy served as the full-time goaltending coach with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL and goaltending coach for the Motor City Metal Jackets (NAHL) in 2011.

During his tenure in Saginaw, he coached two goaltenders that were selected to the CHL Top Prospects Game and two goaltenders were chosen to the OHL All-Star Team.

From 2005-2007, Randy was the goaltending coach with the NTDP (both U-17 and U-18 teams) in Ann Arbor, Mich. He served as an assistant coach with the USA National Under-18 Team that won the 2006 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Angelholm, Sweden.

Randy currently operates “GOALTECH,” a private goaltender training program based within the greater Metro Detroit area that caters to elite high school, AAA, Junior and Pro goaltenders.

Randy has spent over 40 years studying the goaltender position from the perspective of both a player and a coach. His ultimate goal is to secure an NHL goaltending coach position, but until then, his focus is on continued goaltending education for both players and coaches at all levels from Pee Wees to pros.

goaltech31@yahoo.com – 248-496-6230

 

Jamie Lovell – Assistant Coach & Strength Coach

Jamie Lovell enters his 4th season as Strength Coach and 3rd full time as Assistant Coach.

A fitness enthusiast since he was a teenager, Lovell founded The M.A.T. with Business partner Quennevile after retiring from an extensive playing career that spanned 8 seasons at the professional AA level. Lovell capped off his playing career with a championship, helping lead the CHL’s Fort Wayne Komets to the 2012 Ray Miron President’s Cup. Born in Orangeville, Ont., Canada, Lovell’s professional career saw him play for 7 teams in 3 leagues (CHL, IHL), where he played in over 500 games, amassing just over 200 points as a defenseman.

Prior to turning pro in 2005, Lovell spent 2 seasons (1999-2001) in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls and London Knights. He would then go on to earn his BA in Psychology while also enjoying a 4 year playing career (2001-05) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He completed his final 2 years as an Academic All-Canadian, and posted career totals averaging just under a point per game, while ranking among the University of Guelph’s all-time leaders for defensemen.

Near the end of his playing career, Lovell’s passion for fitness drove him to get certified through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and work as a personal trainer during the off season helping various populations reach their fitness goals. After retiring from playing, Lovell completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and turn to coaching in the junior and high school ranks. For the past 3 years, Lovell has trained amateur athletes both on and off the ice helping them develop the skills needed to reach the next level.

During then he split his time between his duties as assistant coach of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL), and Associate Head Coach with the Anchor Bay Tars Varsity High School hockey program in 2012-14. In addition, he currently is entering his third year as Head Coach with the 2003 AAA Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.

jamielovell7@yahoo.com – 432-638-9220

Steve Kruk – Associate Coach

The Metro Jets not only have a slew of new faces on the ice this season, but have also added a member to the coaching staff.

Steve Kruk, a 28-year-old native of nearby Clinton Township, has joined the club as the team’s new associate coach.

In his role, Kruk will be responsible for helping organize practice plans and various analytical and coaching duties.

“I had actually gotten offers from a couple other teams in the NA3 to come out and be a head or assistant coach,” explained Kruk. “However, none of the opportunities made sense for myself and my family logistically. I had known (Jets assistant coach) Jamie Lovell through the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies organization and he and I had shared several conversations in months past about potential coaching opportunities with the Jets organization. Shortly after, I met with ‘Q’ (Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville) and we both agreed this would be a great opportunity and beneficial to both the team and myself.”

Quenneville has mutual, positive feelings on the hiring.

“The past few weeks have been great in watching how Steve has transitioned to junior hockey,” said Quenneville. “He is a sharp guy and has a high-level hockey IQ, which will help him at this level. We are excited about his addition to our already decorated staff and look forward to continuing to elevate our platform for our young men. Steve has already made an impact with our group and we hope to help him in his development as well.”

Kruk is the associate head coach with Jr. Grizzlies U16 Tier II team that won a USA Hockey National Championship in back-to-back seasons, the head coach for the Jr. Grizzlies 2007 AAA team and is the varsity head coach with Birmingham Unified High School. He also works with the Birmingham Hockey Association.

He took in both Jets games last weekend and came away impressed as Metro swept both ends of a home-and-home series with the Lansing Wolves.

“The Jets organization is first class – it is run like a professional team,” Kruk said. “The coaching staff is extremely knowledgeable and puts in a ton of extra time to give their players the best chance at success. Our owner (Peter Cammick) is terrific and supports every decision we make as a coaching staff and the volunteers are incredible, especially on game day, taking care of everything behind the scenes.”

On the ice during his playing career, Kruk skated four years of junior hockey in Ontario with the Leamington Flyers and Chatham Maroons. He had opportunities to play college hockey, but wanted to see what minor pro hockey had to offer. Kruk attended main camp and played exhibition games with the 1000 Island Privateers in the Federal Hockey League before leaving due to family reasons.

These days, Kruk resides in Fraser with his wife, Jessica, daughter, Hailey, and sons, Aiden and newborn Grayson.

“My short-term goals here are to provide as much value as possible to this coaching staff and help this team win a Fraser Cup National Championship,” said Kruk. “Long-term goals are to eventually be a head coach and GM at this level and higher in leagues such as the NAHL and USHL.”