Hockey Operations

Chris Ratzloff – Head Coach/General Manager
chris@rochestergrizz.com

Ratzloff begins his second season as Head Coach of the Rochester Grizzlies following a successful 2019-20 season which saw him lead the Grizzlies to a Central Division Champtionship. 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 third season as assistant coach of the Grizzlies, after 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.