Hockey Operations

Chris Ratzloff – Head Coach/General Manager

Ratzloff became the second Head Coach in Grizzlies team history on July 23, 2019. He is a Rochester, MN native and a John Marshall alum. After completing his high school career, Ratzloff played two seasons in the USHL (one with the Rochester Mustangs and the other with the Des Moines Buccaneers). From there, he played four years of D-III hockey at Wisconsin-River Falls. Ratzloff spent seven seasons as an assistant hockey coach at John Marshall before spending the past two at Rochester Lourdes as an assistant coach for their girls team.

Mike Aikens – Assistant Coach 

Aiken is entering his second season as assistant coach of the Grizzlies, being hired in April of 2018.  After serving as a student assistant at the University of Denver, Aikens began his coaching career in Omaha (USHL) where he served as an assistant with the Omaha Lancers beginning in 1995.  After three seasons, he landed his first Head Coach/General Manager position with the Rochester Mustangs where he was selected to coach in the USHL All-Star Game.  After one season in Rochester, Aikens remained in the USHL serving as Assistant Coach for both the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks (1999-2000) and Chicago Steel (2000-2001).

Aikens then shifted to the North American Hockey League, where he guided the Billings Bulls over the next four seasons to an impressive 150-59-15 overall record and the two Borne Cup championships.  Prior to coaching the Russell Stover Hockey program 2007-2010, Akiens spent one season in the British Columbia Hockey League where he served as Head Coach/General Manager of the Williams Lake Timberwolves (BCHL) during the 2005-2006 season followed by a stint as the Assistant Coach of the Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL) in 2006-2007.  Aikens was most recently the Head Coach/General Manager of the Omaha Lancers (USHL) from 2011-2013, compiling a .624 win percentage.  Aikens lives in Rochester with his wife, Hope, and his daughters Maren and Brianna.

Business Operations


Matt Winthrop – Director of Broadcasting,  Media & Group Sales

Matt is in his second season with Rochester Grizzlies.  He is originally from Rochester, New York and is a 2014 graduate of the College at Brockport State University of New York, where he was the voice of  Brockport Golden Eagles hockey and high school hockey.  Back in Rochester, he was the play-by-play broadcaster for local high school hockey games on WBGT-TV for the past four seasons.  He also broadcast games for local junior teams in the NA3HL and USPHL the past two seasons.

Brian Schulz – Director of Business Operations

Brian is in his second season with the Grizzlies.  Most fans will recognize Schulz as the Game Day Announcer for the Austin Bruins, a role he has held for the previous six seasons.  Schulz has spent the last seven years as the Human Resources Manager for Rochester Motor Cars, the largest auto dealer in southern Minnesota. Besides the Bruins, his connections to the Austin hockey community come as both a previous member of the Austin Youth Hockey Board, and as a hockey parent.  Additionally, Schulz was involved with St Paul Pioneers football team for 10 years, one of the most successful semi-pro teams in the country.  Schulz won the 2003 American Football Association General Manager of the Year  and assisted in marketing, game day operations, player recruitment and announcing for the team.


Athletic Trainers: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Staff

Game Night Announcer: Jeff Boehmer

Official Scorekeeper: Cletus Mueller

Team Photographer: Sandy Marshall

Equipment Manager: Brian Underhill

Billet Coordinator: Keri Norman

Head of Security & Game Night Operations: Ken Wickelgren

Webmaster: Bryan Hunt