Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER

Jason Fairman

Fairman is in his sixth season as a coach with Cyclone Hockey and his fourth season full season as the head coach and general manager and is coming off a season after which, for the second time in four years, he led Iowa State to one of its most successful seasons in 15 years. During the 2016-17 season, Iowa State held down the top spot in the ACHA Men’s Division 1 Rankings, for the first time since 1999, for four weeks from September 28 through October 19. Although the Cyclones were unable to retain their number-one ranking, the team did secure the Central States Collegiate Hockey League regular season championship, the team’s first since 2002, by picking up an improbable sweep of Ohio on the road in Athens February 17 and 18 with a pair of 3-2, 1-0 victories. The sweep of the Bobcats in Bird Arena last February marked the first time the Cyclones had ever sweep a road series against the Bobcats. A week later, having earned a bye in the first round of the CSCHL Tournament, Iowa State downed tournament host Robert Morris 3-2 to advance to the finals and then took the William W. Easton Cup by persevering to a 5-4 overtime victory over Lindenwood to earn Iowa State’s first CSCHL Tournament championship since 2007. Having led the Cyclones to both CSCHL titles, Fairman was selected the CSCHL Coach of the Year by his peers for the second straight season. Unfortunately, Iowa State was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2017 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Tournament at Columbus, Ohio, by the eventual tournament champion Central Oklahoma, but the campaign was still the first since 2001-02 that Iowa State took both the CSCHL regular season and tournament titles. Overall, the Cyclones finished the season with a 25-15-1-0 record despite playing, according to official rankings strength of schedule computations, the toughest schedule in the entire ACHA. Notable player recognitions included brothers Tony and Jake Uglem being named to Team USA for the 2017 Winter World University Games, Kody Reuter and Aaron Azevedo earning ACHA All-Tournament Honorable Mention Honors, and goaltender Derek Moser being selected to the ACHA Men’s Division 1 All-Second Team and Jake Uglem to the All-Third Team. As a reflection of Iowa State’s overall success, Fairman was again named a finalist for the ACHA Coach of the Year award. The strong campaign last season came after a 2015-16 in which Fairman led Iowa State to a season that was, arguably, equally successful. The Cyclones finished with an overall record of 29-9-1-5 record, which was buttressed by a run to the championship game of the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Tournament. Having already earned CSCHL Coach of the Year honors, as the Cyclones came 12 seconds away from winning the CSCHL regular season championship with one of the youngest rosters in recent memory, ninth-ranked Iowa State knocked off eighth-ranked Colorado with a 5-2 victory in the first round of the 2016 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Tournament, then upset top-ranked Minot State with a 2-0 shutout of the Beavers, and eliminated second-ranked Stony Brook with narrow 2-1 win, before coming up short against third-ranked Lindenwood 2-1 in the championship. Six Cyclones were named to the All-Tournament Team and, for the first time since 1998-99, Iowa State had three players named All-ACHA at the end of the season, as Tony Uglem was named ACHA All-Second Team, All-Rookie Team, and ACHA Rookie of the Year; Jake Uglem was named ACHA All-Second Team; and Colton Kramer was tabbed to the ACHA All-Third Team and ACHA All-Rookie Team. In 2014-15, Fairman guided the Cyclones to a strong 24-14-3-3 overall record and a final ranking of eighth after downing Oklahoma in the first round of the 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Tournament but then losing to eventual 2015 ACHA Men’s Division 1 national champion Central Oklahoma 5-3, which included an empty-net goal. Of significant note, Fairman’s demands that the Cyclones play a detail-orientated game defensively led to an incredible 1.80 goals-against average, which stands as the lowest (best) in Cyclone Hockey history, and also to the team’s lowest penalty minutes per game in team history at 431. Fairman accepted the reins as Cyclone Hockey’s head coach and general manager on November 19, 2013, after starting the season as assistant coach, and the Cyclones went 20-7-3-0 under his leadership to close out the 2013-14 season and to give the team a 30-10-4-0 record overall, its best record in over 15 years at the time, and finished the season ranked fifth. Other major Iowa State accomplishments under Fairman leadership in 2013-14 included sweeping Arizona in Tucson his first weekend as the team’s head coach, downing Ohio 2-1 in overtime at Bird Arena to pick up Iowa State’s first victory in Athens in seven years, defeating Lindenwood 2-1 February 2 for the Cyclones’ first victory over the Lions in Wentzville, and advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Tournament after a big 3-1 win in the first round over an Ohio Bobcats team that eliminated Iowa State in the semifinals of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League Tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory only two weeks earlier.

After four years at Iowa State, Fairman has established himself as one of the top tactitioners in the ACHA, but this is not surprising given the extensive and varied coaching resume he brought to Cyclone Hockey. Fairman got his coaching start in 1993-94 as an assistant coach at Marquette, when the Golden Eagles were in the CSCHL with Iowa State and while he worked for Hershey, and assumed the head coaching position at Marquette for the 1994-95 season, when Marquette achieved its best record in ten years. After one more season at Marquette, Fairman moved to his hometown Twin Cities to work for Coca-Cola and, after a season away from coaching, joined the men’s hockey coaching staff at NCAA Division III Hamline for the 1997-98 season. Hamline named Fairman the Pipers’ co-head coach for the 1998-99 season, but Fairman made the move to Ithaca, New York, for the 1999-2000 season to pursue his master’s degree and to serve as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division 1 ranks under longtime Cornell Big Red Head Coach Mike Schafer. To start the new century, Fairman moved to the junior ranks and served as an assistant coach for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League in 2000-01. When the Fighting Saints relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2001-02 season, Fairman moved back to the college ranks as an assistant coach for NCAA Division I Iona College for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons while finishing his master’s degree in business administration. With his MBA in hand, Fairman concentrated on a career in financial institutional sales for seven years before catching the coaching bug again in 2010-11, when he served as an assistant coach for NCAA Division III Augsburg College. Following his lone season at Augsburg, Fairman was approached about assuming the head coach position for the high school hockey team in Buffalo, Minnesota, which he accepted. Fairman inherited a Bison team that won only three games in 2010-11 and transformed it into the Mississippi 8 Conference champions for the 2012-13 season. As a player, Fairman was a highly regarded prospect for Roseville High School in the mid-80’s and moved on to NCAA Division I hockey at Denver University for the 1987-88 season. Unfortunately, early in his freshman season with the Pioneers, Fairman suffered a significant groin injury that knocked him out of the line-up for a few weeks and limited his effectiveness when he returned. Knowing that any prospects of playing in the National Hockey League or perhaps even the American Hockey League were likely dashed by his groin injury, Fairman transferred to Ivy League Cornell University to finish his college hockey career. Despite limited action with the Big Red his last two seasons of college hockey, due to the nagging effects of the groin injury suffered at Denver and the re-aggravation thereof at Cornell, Fairman played one season of pro hockey with Bergen of the Norwegian Elite League in 1992-93 before hanging up his skates as a player at high levels. As the head coach and general manager of Cyclone Hockey, Fairman oversees all of the organization’s hockey and business operations. He currently resides in Ames and is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership, to add to his MBA and to his a B.S. in applied economics from Cornell.

ASSISTANT COACH

Brian Gibbons

Gibbons joins the Cyclone Hockey coaching staff for the 2019-2020 season as an assistant coach. Originally from Temple Hills, Maryland, Gibbons grew up playing youth hockey in Maryland before playing prep hockey in Vermont from 2005-2008. Gibbons committed to playing NCAA Division III hockey at Utica College after prep school.

Gibbons is no stranger to the ACHA. After playing two seasons for the Pioneers, Gibbons stepped away from hockey and eventually landed at Utah State University. Gibbons joined the Aggie ACHA Division II team for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons before signing his first professional contract for the Neuwied Bears in Germany. During the 2016-17 season, Gibbons joined the Hannover Indians before playing for the Hannover Scorpions.

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Kevin Wey

An alum of Cyclone Hockey and a graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2006, Wey is in his seventh season with the organization in an executive capacity and his eleventh season connected to the team.

Wey re-joined the organization during the 2011 off-season as the director of communications to increase the caliber of Cyclone Hockey’s print, online, digital, and broadcast communications. In July of 2015, Wey gained the title of assistant general manager but it did not result in a significant change in job duties and was more a formal acknowledgment of the role Wey has had as an advisor to the general manager in numerous areas since returning to the organization. A couple months into this season, Wey will have to relinquish broadcasting and other game-night duties, such as game recaps, to fulfill team manager/coaching duties with the Des Moines Jr. Buccaneers (Des Moines Youth Hockey Association), but he will continue to design and create Cyclone Hockey’s poster, pocket calendars, table tents, team programs, and many of the organization’s other significant marketing projects.

Prior to re-joining Cyclone Hockey, Wey served as a scout correspondent for four seasons with McKeen’s Hockey, for which he scouted and reported on players from the American Hockey League, the United States Hockey League, and other midwestern leagues.

As a player, Wey was the first player born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to play junior hockey and played two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-00) for the Minnesota Ice Hawks of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. He then played one season of ACHA D2 hockey for West Virginia University before transferring to Iowa State and playing for its ACHA D3 team for four seasons. While at Iowa State, Wey served as the D3 team’s president his final three seasons. In his final year playing for Cyclone Hockey, he also served as the organization’s media relations intern, in addition to writing for the online hockey prospects website Hockey’s Future.

Wey lives in Johnston, Iowa, with his wife, Britta, and their nine-year-old son, Adam, and five-year-old daughter, Reagan. He also works full-time as the quality control manager for Iowa Workforce Development. Additionally, he serves as the commissioner of the Des Moines Adult Hockey Association’s B League, sits on the board of the DMAHA, and sits on the board of the Johnston Running Club.

SCOUTING STAFF

Nick Hewitt Mid-West (Wisconsin)
Andrew Callaghan Eastern/ Central United States
Steve Cromie Mid-West (Illinois)/ Western Canada
Lukas Simpson Coastal British Columbia
Matt Cohn Illinois
Briar McNaney Interior British Columbia