Coaching Staff & Management

Des Christopher

Des Christopher
Head Coach & Director


Master Degree in Education Administration

Playing Experience
Collegiate: Minnesota State University NCAA Division 1 – Team MVP and Senior Male Athlete of the year at MNSU.

Professional: Adendorfer EC – Germany and WPHL

The Goalie Club- 2002-to Current

Coach Des has Coach and trained over 100 players reach NCAA and Professional Ranks. He has 5 USA National Championship titles as Assistant Coach and 21 USA Hockey Championship Titles as Shattuck St. Mary’s Director of Goaltending. He was named Head Coach of the U16 Prep team at Shattuck St. Mary's in November 2017.


Coach Des is a native of Calgary, AB, where he played youth and Junior Hockey. Des attended and played for Minnesota State University (MSUM) from 1995-1998 where he earned team MVP his senior year as well as the Senior Male athlete of the year award. Coach Des played Professional hockey from 1998-2000 in Germany and United States before volunteering as goaltending coach at MSUM from 2000-2009. Together with former goaltending partner, Craig Lindsey, Des formed TGC in 2002. In April 2005 TGC was selected as, and continues to be, the goaltending choice of National Champion Shattuck St. Mary’s (SSM) Prep School in Faribault, MN (TGC provides goaltending consultants to SSM). Over the years, Coach Des has helped numerous goaltending prospects move on to the college and pro ranks, such as: Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL), Kevin Murdock (Lake Superior State University, WCHA), Nick Kossoff (Lake Superior State University, WCHA), Brady Hjelle (Tulsa Oilers, ECHL), Eric Schierhorn (University of Minnestoa, B1G), Austin Lee (Minnesota State University, WCHA), Cole Huggins (Minnesota State University, WCHA), Peter Traber (Harvard University, ECAC), Taylor Crosby (Northeastern University, Hockey East), Tyler Bruggeman (St. Scholastica Saints, NCHA), Anthony Brodeur (Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL).

SSM has captured 21 National Championship's since joining forces with The Goalie Club. The following teams brought home Championship titles over the years:

  • Girls Prep: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Girls U16: 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Bantam Boys U14: 2014, 2016
  • Boys Prep U18: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Boys U16: 2015, 2016

Coach Des owns a Masters Degree in Education Administration and has coached goaltenders for over 25 years. Coach, his wife Liz, and twins Claire and Liam, reside in Mankato, MN with dog Kipper.

Jason 'Kermit' Windhorn
First Mate (2019)


Coach Jason "Kermit" Windhorn is currently a senior at Winona State University pursuing a degree in Mass Communications.  Coach Kermit is from Lakeville, Minnesota where he grew up playing hockey since he could walk.  He began training with Coach Des and The Goalie Club in the summer of 2006 and began coaching in 2013. 

Coach Kermit played high school hockey at Lakeville High School from 2010 – 2014.  He played Junior Gold “A” hockey and made two state appearances and earned 3rd and 5th place.  His senior year he broke two Minnesota State records with 11 shutouts and the most consecutive shutout minutes (129 minutes, 17 seconds).

After high school, Coach Kermit ran cross country at Winona State University (WSU) for one season.  He then joined the WSU Club Hockey program as a Goaltender.  He completed two seasons with the Warriors before transferring to Iowa State University to play for the Cyclones.  Prior to the start of his Junior Season, the North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL) offered Coach Kermit a position within their organization.  At North Iowa, Coach Kermit was the Digital Media Manager and was responsible for all media operations for the North Iowa Bulls. 

In the spring of 2018, Coach Kermit returned to WSU to finish his Bachelor’s Degree.  He continues with the Bulls as a Regional Scout and Goalie Coach for the three time National Champion team. 

Coach Kermit loves coaching hockey because it allows him to continue his passion with hockey and build relationships with the players.  He enjoys watching the players’ progress year after year, seeing them achieve their goals on and off the ice.  Coach Kermit’s passions off the ice include traveling, running, skiing, photography/videography, spending time outdoors and competitive activities.

Coach Des is pleased to have Jason hooked. “I couldn’t be happier to have Kermit on board to help mentor our current and future Hook Players," said Coach Des. "His positive approach to everyday living and coaching style will provide the players the confidence they need to improve. Simply said, it makes the Hook stronger with Kermit on board.” 

Ryan Schwalbe

Ryan Schwalbe
First Mate (2018 season)


Coach Ryan Schwalbe is currently a junior forward for the Minnesota State University Mavericks and pursuing a degree in Finance.  Coach Ryan is born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and began playing outdoor hockey at the age of three.  Growing up Coach Ryan wore an Anchorage NorthStar and AllStar’s jersey until the age of 13. In those years he learned the fundamentals and fell in love with the game.

Ryan SchwalbeBetween U14 – U17 he attended four USA Hockey Development camps in Rochester, NY.  In 2008 he began attending school at Shuttuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN.  Coach Ryan was an honor roll student and played for the Bantam Tier I, U16 and Prep teams. Coach Ryan won USA Hockey National Championships his Junior and Senior year in high school.  Behind the bench were Coach Des Christopher and Coach Tom Ward, now Assistant Coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Following high school graduation, Coach Ryan spent one season in the British Columbia Hockey League and two seasons in the United States Hockey League.  In his final season of Junior Hockey, he was fortunate enough to be captain of the Sioux Falls Stampede.  Coach Ryan led the team to winning a Clark Cup Championship before attending Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Over the past five years, Coach Ryan has spent the summers coaching young hockey players in Mankato.  In addition, he returns to Stattuck St. Mary’s High School to coach youth hockey schools.  Coach Ryan is a great role model to youth hockey and his teammates.  He loves sharing his knowledge and the love of hockey.