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Golden Eagles Announce 2020-21 Coaching Staff

By Eagles Hockey, 04/25/20, 4:30PM MDT


18U Coaching Staff
Sean Wilmert - Tier II Head Coach
Jeff Graham - Tier II Co-Head Coach
Cody Bohin - Tier II Assistant Coach
Steele Anderson - Tier II Assistant Head Coach

16U Coaching Staff
Bryce Mannek - Tier II Head Coach

14U Coaching Staff
Jon Solomon - Tier II Head Coach
Nick Fornelius - Travel Head Coach
Taylor Nickels - Goalie Coach

12U Coaching Staff
Shaun Salmon - Travel Head Coach

Sean Wilmert - 18U Coaching Staff

Sean Wilmert 18U Tier II Eagles Hockey - Bio

Coach Sean Wilmert continues to have an exceptional competitive hockey career that started with Shattuck St. Mary’s School and a collegiate career at the NCAA Division I Mankato State University, including a national championship runner up title in 1990-91. Wilmert's professional hockey career logged time as a defenseman the minor leagues from 1989 to 1999 as well as some time with the NHL San Jose Sharks organization.  Sean bring that extensive competitive experience to the Utah Golden Eagles program where he has already provided game review and off-ice assistance to the Eagles coaching staff. Coach Wilmert recognizes the many opportunities he was provided by volunteers throughout his playing years.  Working with Utah’s young hockey players give him the opportunity to give back. Giving back to the community of youth players is an admirable trait that Coach Wilmert shares with his fellow Eagles coaching colleagues. Currently, Coach Wilmert is a successful professional in the medical community.  He is the founder of Peak Performance Hockey Academy, a non-profit whose programs provide hockey training with 100% of the proceeds provided to underprivileged children on the autism spectrum. He has served as the President of Golden Spike Hockey Association. In 2020, Coach Wilmert announced that he has acquired the Ogden Mustangs Jr Hockey Program. We are excited to be associated with a coach who finds value in keeping a competitive juniors hockey program available for talented Utah hockey players. 

Minnesota State U - Mankato

Madison Monsters

Amarillo Rattlers

Reno Renegades

Columbus Cottonmouths

Nashville Nighthawks

Nashville Ice Flyers

Tucson Gila Monsters

Bryce Mannek - 16U Coaching Staff

Bryce grew up playing hockey in Utah. He has been part of winning teams as an outstanding player and coach. Bryce’s experience spans from his playing years to his coaching roles with Utah’s most elite youth programs. Making local news as young as 10U Mannek continued along a path of highly competitive play and coaching. Coach Mannek has participated with other Utah youth hockey programs and most recently with the Utah Tier 1 organization. Among his successes include league championships and national tournament appearances. His experience and knowledge of the game is exceptional and has demonstrated success at transferring his hockey knowledge and playing skills to the youth player.  

Colleagues describe the way he Mannek communicates with players on and off the ice as an art form.  He believes in what he teaches and is very supportive of all of his players   Bryce is a great role model, Coach and one of the best the game has to offer.  Bryce brings his gifts the Utah Golden Eagles Hockey program and the Eagles look forward to advancing the level of play and opportunities for the 16U  players as they launch their 2020-21 tournament and showcase schedule. 

2010-11 Jr Grizzlies 
2011-12 Jr Grizzlies 
2012 - 13 Jr Grizzlies 
2013-14 UT JR Grizzlies 
2014-15 UT JR Grizzlies 
2015-16 WCR U14 
2016-2017 WCR U14 
2017 - UT Wings Summer Team
2017-2018 UT Oval Wolves U12 - skills coach 
2018-2019 UT Oval Wolves U14
2019-2020 WCR U14 

Jon Solomon - 14U Coaching Staff

Coach Jon Solomon has been involved with Utah youth hockey since 2002. In that short time, Coach Solly, as he is known, has contributed countless hours coaching over a dozen teams and programs in the greater Salt Lake Valley.  His coaching experience spans recreation to competitive Tier I hockey teams to high school state finalists. Jon served on the WMAHA Board of Directors, contributing his administrative leadership skills to sustain and grow youth hockey in Utah. He has worked with the Utah Leafs and was the Head Coach for the championship Utah Union spring teams. He captured a Sonoran Youth Hockey League Championship and the following year was runner up in the national peewee division ranks. Coach Solly,  has led his teams to five back-to-back State Championships. In 2011-2012 season his Bantam AATeam placed 3rd in the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament, a level not reached by many coaches. He has been awarded the Andy Deiss Coach of the Year Award, an honor given to an outstanding hockey coach by the Utah Amateur Hockey Association.  

Coach Solomon has been tapped to serve as an evaluator for USA Hockey State Camp, helping select the best players from the state of Utah to attend an invitational training camp hosted by the national governing hockey association, USA Hockey Inc. He is a GDA Hockey player advisor ( and he holds a USA Hockey Level-4 coaching certification. Jon is married to Tammy Solomon and has two children. His daughter, Madison, is a SUU graduate and iscurrently working for Zion Adventure Company as an outfitter and guide. She currently lives in Springdale,Ut.His son, Ryan Solomon, is attending Wilkes University and is playing NCAA hockey.

2002-03 County mite Head coach
2002-03 Utah Winter Games Head mite coach
2002-03 Utah Leafs spring team
2003-04 County Mite head coach
2003-04 Utah Leafs spring team
2004-05 Utah Leafs Spring team
2005-06 UT JR Grizzlies SQ. "A" Asst coach
2005-06 Team OSA 96 "AAA" (Calgary Stamped) asst. coach
2006-07 UT JR. Grizzlies SQ "A" Head coach
2006-07 Utah Leafs spring team
2007-08 UT JR Grizzlies PW "B" Head coach
2008-09 UT JR Grizzlies PW "A" Head coach
2008-09 Team Northwest 96"AAA" bench coach
2009-10 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head coach
2009-10 UT Union 98 spring team
2010-11 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head Coach
2010-11 UT Union 99-2000 spring team
2011-12 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head Coach2012-13 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head Coach
2013-14 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head Coach
2014-15 UT JR Grizzlies BTM "AA" Head Coach
2015-16 WCR U14 Head Coach
2016-2017 WCR U14 Head Coach
2017 - UT Wings Summer Team
2017-2018 UT Oval Wolves U12
2018 Utah Stars Summer Team Head Coach
2018-2019 UT Oval Wolves U14
2019 - Utah Stars Summer Team Head Coach
2019-2020 WCR U14 Head Coach
2019-20 SL Stars High School Varsity Hockey Head Coach

Nick Fornelius - 14U Travel Coaching Staff

Coach Nick Fornelius wrapped up his collegiate hockey run with the successful University of Utah Men's Skatin' Utes Hockey Team this season.  Nick led the Utes as an alternate captain and team leader for three of his seasons with the team.  Coach Fornelius was part of the inaugural Division I season for the Ute squad, a first for a Utah University, and part of the multi-season league champion Skatin’ Utes.  Nick had a celebrated high school hockey experience and he is a former Utah Golden Eagle player and was part of the team that had multiple appearances in National Title Games representing the Eagles.  The opportunity to give back to the program that paved the way for him and his former teammates has been an honor for him.  Nick participated on the Utah Union Travel team, a collection of exceptionally skilled youth players that captured numerous tournament titles in the mountain west region. Known for his blistering speed, work ethic, unyielding energy and finesse we expect to see Nick impart his winning attitude, discipline and hockey fundamentals to the Eagles 14U division players.  Nick brings a supporting cast of assistant coaches who also participated on the successful Skatin’ Utes team.  They plan to work collectively to prepare the 14s for the next level of play.

2011 Utah Golden Eagles Team Member and National Title Contender
2014 University of Utah Skatin' Utes
2015 University of Utah Skatin' Utes
2016 University of Utah Skatin' Utes
2017 University of Utah Skatin' Utes
2019 - 20 Utah Golden Eagles 14U Travel Head Coach