Scouting Staff

Assistant General Manager - Chris Lonke

Chris Lonke, is a Proctor, Minnesota native, has been a member of the Tauros scouting staff since 2012 and is also the team's Assistant General Manager. He has been coaching Minnesota high school hockey since 1997 and has also served as the assistant coach at Hamline University.  Currently ,Lonke is the head coach at New Prague High School.

Lonke has led three different teams to the Minnesota Class A State Tourney- The 2003 Simley Spartans and back to back in 2014 (Finished 3rd) and 2015 (Won the Consolation Championship) with the New Prague Trojans.  Lonke was an assistant coach at Hamline University for the 2007-08 season when the Pipers won the MIAC Championship.  Lonke has been been named Section Head Coach of the Year  four different times: 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2015 and was named the Minnesota High School State Class A Head Coach of the Year in 2003.

Lonke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1997. He received his Master's in activities and athletic administration from the University of St. Thomas in 2007.  Lonke has two children with his wife Tonya, Taylor and Jack.

Director of Player Personnel - Brad Clayton

Brad Clayton,  Brad spent the last nine seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL as Head Scout and Director of Bantam Prospects. He also served as Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach for the Austin Bruins in the NAHL.  Brad is currently Director of Scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL.  Brad served as Director of Scouting for the Janesville Jets in the NAHL from 2012-2015.  He was Director of Scouting and Guidance for FHIT Hockey based out of Blaine, Minnesota from 2015-2017.

Brad coached team Rangers to a championship in the inaugural Bantam Elite League season, he currently coaches District 12 in the Minnesota 15’s High Performance program and also coaches the Minnesota Blue Ox U16 team in the Minnesota Tier 1 League.

Brad, his wife Amber, and their son Dylan reside in Northern Minnesota.

Regional Scout (NA3HL and Wisconsin) - Colin Bailey

Colin Bailey is a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, where he is the Head Coach of the Wausau Cyclones in the NA3HL. Bailey is heading into his fourth season as the Head Coach with the Cyclones, where he most recently lead the Cyclones to a 21-24-1-1 record while achieving their first post season berth in program history. Prior to returning to Wausau, Bailey coached with the Northern Lakes Lightning Youth and High School programs out of Breezy Point, Minnesota.

During the summers, Bailey is a Lead Instructor at Heartland Hockey Camps in Deerwood, Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two dogs, family and in the gym. Bailey looks forward to assisting the Tauros in their quest to bring a Robertson Cup to Minot.

Regional Scout (NAPHL and Rocky Mountain District) - Kevin Holmstrom

Kevin Holmstrom native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Holmstrom has coached and developed players in the Colorado area for almost thirty years while advancing players to every level of juniors, college and professional hockey. Currently the head coach for the Colorado Springs Tigers U18AAA team and Tier 1 Director for the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association, he brings a deep knowledge and wide range of contacts from his experience. Holmstrom has guided five teams to Tier1 Nationals with numerous state championships and district appearances to his credit while currently a member of the NAPHL and coaching in the Colorado AAA circuit.

Kevin resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Michelle. Sons Ben(650 pro games) currently plays with
the South Carolina Stingrays and Josh(400 pro games) currently coaching Walpole Express EHL.

Regional Scout (Midwest Wisconsin and Illinois) - Matty Taylor

Matty Taylor, native of Fairbanks, Alaska. He currently resides in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. He is a long time assistant coach for St. Mary's Springs Academy High School hockey team as they are looking for their third straight state title. He also works for Team Wisconsin as a Bantam Minor coach and Peewee Combine Director. Taylor was brought to Wisconsin to play for Marian University NCAA hockey team.

In the summer and off season, he is a lead instructor for Hockey Factor Development Program. He enjoys spending time on the golf course and visiting his hometown in Alaska. Taylor would like to help bring the Tauros a championship and help players pursue their dreams of playing at the next level.