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Coaching Staff

Kyle Grabowski - Head Coach/GM

    Kyle joins the Bruins after spending last season as the Assistant Coach for the Brookings Blizzard.  Prior to his stint in Brookings, he spent four seasons with the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League. He served as an assistant for three years and was named head coach and general manager of the Steelheads in April 2013. In 2013-2014, coach Grabowski lead the Steelheads to a 39-5-2 record during the regular season, a first place finish in the WSHL Northwest Division, and second place finish in the AAU-UHU Tier III National Championship. During his four seasons in Idaho, the Steelheads had a combined record of 155-9-7, won 3 consecutive Thorne Cup Championships (2011, 2012, 2013), and won the AAU-UHU National Championship in 2013. 
    Before coaching at the junior level, Kyle coached in the Tartan Youth Hockey Association (Oakdale, MN) and was Major Team Director. He was a member of the Marian University hockey program from 2003-2007 and played high school hockey at Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN.
 

Keenan Kelly - Assistant Coach

keenan@austinbruins.com

    Keenan joins the Bruins staff after spending the last four seasons working for Northern Michigan University (NCAA-DI WCHA).  While at NMU, he served as the Student-Assistant Coach, Assistant Director of Hockey Operations, and Video Coordinator.  Prior to his time at NMU, Keenan, a native of Boise, Idaho, was an assistant coach for the Idaho Junior Steelheads in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) for two seasons (2009-11), winning the Thorne Cup in 2011. 
    Prior to starting his coaching career, Keenan played Bantam AAA and Midget AAA from 2005-07 while attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.  During the 2007-08 season, Keenan was the first out of state captain in program history for the Pikes Peak Miners U16 AAA in Colorado Springs, Colo. and then suffered a career ending hip injury in the summer 2008.
 

Brad Clayton - Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach

brad@austinbruins.com

    Brad joins the Bruins staff as Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach.  In addition to working for the Bruins, Brad also works for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL as well as Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL.  Brad joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in November 2009 with the responsibility of scouting future USHL talent as well as their Director of Bantam Prospects. Brad served as Director of Scouting for the Janesville Jets in the NAHL from 2012-2015 and is Director of Western Scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL. He coached five seasons of youth hockey in Grand Rapids, MN at the Pee Wee level, and he remains GM/Coach of the Northern Prospects AAA Hockey Program at the U16 and U18 levels. 
    Brad also coached the Rangers in the inaugural Bantam Elite League and is also a coach in the Minnesota High Performance program.
Brad, his wife Amber and their son Dylan reside in Northern Minnesota.