Coaching & Scouting Staff
Jon Jonasson Head Coach/General Manager
The Helena Bighorns Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce the signing of our new head coach, Jon Jonasson.
Coach Jonasson, a USA Hockey Level 4 coach, comes to us from the Steele County Blades Jr. A in Owatonna, MN, where he was the Head Coach and Assistant General Manager since 2012. Before that, he was Director of Scouting for the Cheyenne Stampede Jr A, a position he took after his assistant coaching duties with the Phoenix Polar Bears of the Western States Hockey League, tier III Junior A.
As a player, Jon played his junior hockey in the MNJHL and a stint in professional hockey with Evansville Icemen (AAHL).
Jon has many years of playing, coaching, scouting and recruiting experience; all of which will play a major role in taking the team into a new era of Helena Bighorns Hockey.
Below is an official statement from Coach Jonasson:
“I am excited to be given the opportunity to be involved in the Helena Bighorns organization. Helena has had an outstanding reputation the last 10+ years with Scott Cunningham at the helm, and I look forward to helping build and continue the traditions that he has created in Helena. By stepping in as coach in Helena I have no plan to fill Scott’s shoes, as I am not the same coach. My plan is to continue the tradition of player development, advancement and winning standards that he has left for the next coach to take over. I wish Scott and his family the best of luck in Brooks in pursuing his future in coaching at the next level! My family are I are looking forward to taking the next step in our future in Helena and making it our new home."
Andy Tufto, Assistant Coach
Andy enters his first season as an Assistant Coach for the Helena Bighorns.
Tufto played at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN on the Varsity squad his junior and senior years. In 2008 he played his first junior season with the Colorado Outlaws of the WSHL, and joined the Northern Lights junior A team from the Twin Cities one year later.
He has coached the Chaska Youth Hockey while playing in high school, as well as worked as an instructor/coach at Total Hockey in Lakeville, MN.
“My goal for me as a coach is to help develop the players…enough to where they move up to the next level, and also prepare them for college hockey”, says Tufto. “I believe that hard work gets you everywhere, and also being dedicated, learning from mistakes, and working on weaknesses gets you better, and the results come out of that. Another goal for me is I want to win the league championship and win nationals.”
Head Coach Jon Jonasson said this about Coach Tufto: “Andy is a perfect fit for the Bighorn organization. He has the passion and work ethic to make him a great coach. Andy will be a great asset to the staff this year!”
Patrick J. Schwartz
Pat Schwartz\Scout\Midwest Region
Pat Schwartz joins the Helena Bighorns Scouting Staff as its Midwest Regional Scout. A native of Northern Minnesota, Pat has been playing hockey since the age of three and soon after was introduced to the goaltending position. He is a product of youth and junior hockey organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. He is a graduate from the International Goaltenders School of Yorkton, Saskatchewan which was owned and operated by the late premier goalie coach Reggie Katchnoski. Pat played AAA Midget Major and Junior Hockey under Reggie and later became Head coach of IGS for many years. Under Reggie’s mentorship, Pat gained his extensive knowledge of how to consult and train hockey goaltenders and fine-tuned his talent for finding the right player for the team. His skills has made him one of the most sought after hockey coaches and scouts today. Pat has many private clients from the youth to professional levels, and has been actively scouting for the past 18 years. When not traveling, Pat spends his time with his family in Minnesota.
Josh Reis: Director of Player Personnel
Josh Reis heads up the player personnel department for the Bighorns and works with the Scouting Department.
Reis has had a long tradition of coaching in the Seattle area. Prior to joining the Bighorns in 2009-2010, Reis spent two prior years with the Seattle Totems (NORPAC) where he was an assistant coach and assisted in team administration. Reis also served as head coach of the Puget Sound Tomahawks during the 2007-2008 season.