TODD SANDEN – Head Coach / General Manager
Cell Phone: (763) 258-9349
Todd Sanden, Head Coach and General Manager of the North Iowa Bulls is excited to return for his seventh season behind the bench for the Bulls. Reclaiming the NA3HL’s Fraser Cup is a season goal and would be a great accomplishment for our team this season. The North Iowa Bulls have played in 4 of the last 5 NA3HL Silver Cup Finals Championship games, raising the Cup in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Playing in three straight USA Hockey National Championship games (2013-15) and capturing two USA Hockey National Championship titles in those games is also a great source of pride for our team and community. Our team accomplishments are a testament to the caliber of player we have attracted to the North Iowa Bulls. Those were also community achievements and the Bulls are very fortunate to be part of such a supporting environment.
Entering the seventh season with the Bulls coach Sanden has amassed over 980 games as a coach at the junior level and well over 1280 in his career as a hockey coach. This is a season that we can expect to be very competitive with the top teams in the NA3HL. We have some young but promising players that understand the tradition laid before them. With 10 returning players to lead the new crop of Bulls, our rookies will have an advantage of leadership and production to help with the success of this years team.
Coach Sanden has spent time as an assistant with the Coulee Region Chill and the North Iowa Outlaws of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Sanden also has been a head coach in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Coach Sanden is a tireless recruiter who strives to attain the finest talent available to him. The most treasured accomplishments of coach Sanden’s career are the players who have advanced their careers as a result of playing under him. Sanden’s six USA Hockey National Championship titles and seven USA Hockey Sportsmanship Awards show a commitment to excellence and sportsmanship in his programs. Coach Sanden also has international coaching experience, participating in exhibition games in Austria, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland.
Todd Sanden is a resident of Anoka, MN and is married to wife Teresa with two adult children, Nick and Emily.
MARK HICKS – Assistant Coach
Mark begins his 6th year with the Bulls and has over 25 years of coaching experience. He has been a resident of Mason City for over 21 years, moving to town to be an assistant coach with the North Iowa Huskies of the USHL in 1995. Mark has coached all levels of hockey in Mason City, including 13 years as the Head Coach of the Mason City Mohawks High School Hockey Team where he was named coach of the year 3 times.
Previously to that, he spent two years coaching with his Alma Mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he also lettered four years, was a two time All-American and finished his playing career ranked 2nd all time in points in school and NCHA history. He was inducted into the UWEC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Mark also spent a season in the ECHL with the Toledo Storm and Richmond Renegades.
Pastor Mark is a full time Associate and Youth Pastor at Praise Community Church. He and his wife of 19 years, Cassie, have 3 adult children and 9 grand children.
Coach Hicks on-ice passion is working with the power play and developing the offense. In this area the team has ranked near or at the top of the league every season in the NA3HL. He also enjoys looking at game film, breaking it down and implementing game plans for each team the Bulls play.
In adittion to his passion for hockey, his true passion is to see the young men who come to North Iowa excel off the ice as well as on and to assist them in achieving the next level in their hockey career and life. “Junior hockey is one of the greatest times in a players life but it can also be a grind. I want to be an open ear and an open door for each young man who comes to Mason City and help them maximize their experience. I believe a lot of our success as a team has been the open door policy Coach Sanden has with his players and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
KEVIN MURDOCK – Assistant Coach
Cell Phone: (941) 773-1315
Originally from Bradenton, Florida, Kevin attended and played hockey for four years at Shattuck St. Mary’s. He went on from there to play for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL. In his second season he was named a 2nd team USHL All Star and led the league in save percentage and goals against average, as well as participating in the league’s All-star game. Kevin went on to play for NCAA Division 1 Lake Superior State University, where at the time of graduation, he was tied for second all- time single season save percentage and third all- time career save percentage. In 2014-2015 he played professionally in the SPHL for the Fayetteville Fireantz with a couple short stints in the ECHL with the Tulsa Oilers and Fort Wayne Komets. He was named to the SPHL All-Rookie team. This past season Kevin served as both the Goalie Coach for the entire boys and girls hockey program as well as an Assistant Coach with the Boys Prep team at Gilmour Academy. His responsibilities included recruiting, video breakdown, player skill development and being a proctor in the schools residency life program. Kevin has been actively involved with Goaltending coaching/instruction for several years with The Goalie Club. Kevin graduated from Lake Superior State with a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation and also an Associate degree in Natural Resource Technology.
CASEY KIRLEY – Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel
Cell Phone: (715) 558-4254
Casey Kirley was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. He began playing youth hockey at the age of five in the local youth hockey association. During this time, he also played on numerous summer AAA teams. Casey then played four years of high school hockey and was a captain and All-State selection his junior and senior seasons. Before and after his junior high school season, he also played junior hockey with the Wisconsin Mustangs. His senior season, he played midget major AAA with Team Wisconsin and won a national championship at the Chicago Showcase.
Following high school, Casey was drafted into the North American Hockey League by the Kenai River Brown Bears. He would finish the season with the Springfield Jr. Blues. The next season, he played for both the Janesville Jets and Alexandria Blizzard.
Following his junior career, Casey played four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His freshman season, they won the WIAC Championship. While at UW-Stout, Casey majored in Business Administration with dual emphases in Human Resource Management and Financial Services and minored in Economics.
This past season, Casey worked as the Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel with the Great Falls Americans of the NA3HL. The Americans finished the regular season with a 34-10-3 record and won the Frontier Division regular season and playoff titles and advanced to the Silver Cup. In his role, Casey was primarily responsible for working with the defensemen, player skill development, breaking film, administrative work, and strength and conditioning.
Casey is looking forward to the opportunity with North Iowa and to help players progress in their careers. “The NA3HL gives players the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I understand that the Bulls are a standard of excellence and I am excited to become part of the organization.”